College Cup: Carolina Shocks Wake & Maryland beats St John’s


Tonight provided the ultimate shock as Brooks Haggerty made save after save to preserve a 1-0 North Carolina victory over heavily favored Wake Forest tonight. The Deamon Deacons steam rolled through last year’s NCAA Tournament and had done the same this year including a 5-0 quarterfinal win over South Florida. Led by Marcus Tracey, Wake looked unbeatable.

During the ACC season, Wake scored four second half goals to erase a half time deficit to beat the Tar Heels But tonight despite out shooting the Tar Heels 20-9, Wake shockingly lost. North Carolina will face Maryland in an all ACC College Cup final Sunday. The Terps beat St John’s in overtime. Neal Kitson was amazing in goal for the Red Storm, but finally in overtime the Terps who out shoot St John’s by more than a five to one ratio scored on a curling free kick goal by Graham Zusi.

Sunday’s final is at 1pm ET on ESPN2. 

3 thoughts on “College Cup: Carolina Shocks Wake & Maryland beats St John’s”

  1. Marcus Tracy may be a standout goal scorer at the college level, but he's not Wake's leader. (I know “led by” probably wasn't used so literally in the above column). The failure of the Wake strikers to step up is why UNC's advancing actually isn't earth-shattering. Wake were the best team in 2008 but squads like Maryland and UNC are also stocked full of talent. Both Wake & UNC had at least 3 outstanding defenders. Bone and Schuler are both top-tier talents as US attackers. Shriver outperforming Tracy was the difference. That was a surprise. Wake had their big advantage in the midfield, but giving up the early goal allowed UNC to rely on some promising defenders to frustrate Wake's limited top-end finishing ability.

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