Curley alum Sauers lifts Maryland soccer team into ACC final

Freshman scores in overtime to beat Clemson, 1-0; Virginia next

(Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore…)
November 16, 2013

Michael Sauers (Archbishop Curley) scored with just 13 seconds left in the first overtime period to lift the top-seeded and fourth-ranked Maryland men's soccer team (12-3-5) to a 1-0 victory over Clemson (11-6-2) in the Atlantic Coast Conference soccer semifinals Friday night in Boyds.

The winning score followed a corner kick by Tsubasa Endoh  that players from both sides attempted the control. The ball caromed off the foot of Patrick Mullins, and Sauers punched his third career goal into the right side of the net to give Maryland the win.

“Mikey Ambrose had a back-post cross off a clear and went to Dan Metzger, who brought it down nicely. He whipped it in, it bounced out to me, and I finished it. You have guys like Patrick Mullins, Dan Metzger, Tsubasa Endoh had a great game – always do. Just fighting through the whole game and that last 10-second goal is awesome. Especially being a young guy making it to the finals, it’s awesome. And being a Maryland guy.”

The goal in the 99th minute marked the latest point in a match that the Terps have scored this season. Their previous latest goal came in the 82nd minute in a 1-1 versus Old Dominion on Sept. 24.

The Terps will look to defend their 2012 title against Virginia in Sunday's ACC championship game at 2 p.m. in Boyds.

Maryland, which eliminated Clemson in overtime in the ACC championship’s semifinal round for the second straight year, will be seeking its conference-leading 23rd tournament title. Virginia will be bidding for its 16th ACC championship trophy.

More men's soccer: Dave Arnold's goal in the 58th minute gave top-seeded Navy (14-3-2) a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Bucknell (13-6-1) in the Patriot League semifinals in Annapolis. The Midshipmen will play No. 3 seed Holy Cross on Sunday at 1 p.m. for its first Patriot League title in four appearances in the final. The winner gets an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

More men's soccer: Louisville freshman defender Michael DeGraffenreidt (Loyola High) was named to the All-American Athletic Conference second team and to the rookie team. DeGraffenreidt, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year last year, has made 15 starts for Louisville, including the past 13. He earned Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 30.

—Glenn Graham

Women's soccer: UMBC (13-6-2) was blanked, 2-0, by Virginia Tech in the opening round of the women's soccer NCAA tournament. It was the first-ever tournament appearance for the Retrievers, who set a program record for wins in a season.

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