November 25, 2012
END OF THE LINE
FDU men fall in OT to North Carolina in Division I men's round of 16
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Fairleigh Dickinson University's amazing road run in the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament came to an end on Sunday.
|FDU goalkeeper Jacob Lissek stopped just about everything sent his way.
Photo courtesy of FDU SID
The Knights surrendered a goal 90 seconds into the first extra time of its Sweet 16 game with defending champion North Carolina and were eliminated via a 1-0 loss at Fetzer Field.
FDU, which had surprised 18th-ranked St. John's and eighth-seeded Saint Louis in the two opening rounds on the road, battled the Tar Heels close through 90 minutes of regulation as junior goalkeeper Jacob Lissek stopped everything sent his way -- until extratime.
That's when Cameron Brown scored.
Rob Lovejoy sent a cross from the end line to Cameron, who scored from five yards for the golden goal that ended the game.
The Knights finished the season at 11-6-6.
UNC outshot FDU, 11-6, and held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Ninth-seeded North Carolina (16-3-3), which extended its home unbeaten streak to 40 games, will play 16th-seeded Indiana next weekend.
"What a great run we had this postseason," FDU coach Seth Roland said. "This group has restored our program back to greatness and national prominence. We went toe-to-toe with the defending national champions and put ourselves in a position to win the game a handful of times but were just a little unlucky."
The opening 45 minutes were played almost evenly between the two sides with both having legitimate scoring opportunities. FDU had the first chance in the eighth minute, but sophomore Nico Wright missed from point-blank range inside the six-yard box, wide to the right off a feed from redshirt junior Jeffrey Barrenechea.
After UNC sailed a free kick barely over the net a minute later, the Tar Heels' first opportunity came in the 11th minute, but the Knights' defense blocked shot near the top of the penalty area.
After FDU took two corner kicks and UNC threatened on a cross, freshman Jan Aubert missed wide left on a shot in the 30th minute.
With less than 10 minutes to go before halftime, the Tar Heels stepped up their pressure. A cross after a corner kick headed towards the goal, but Lissek made a leaping stop. Following another UNC corner, Brown just missed a goal on a header that sailed high of the open net.
In the 39th minute, Lissek made a nice diving save to his left on a shot from Andy Craven, who made some space for himself just outside the six. The Tar Heels had another chance go high and wide on a shot by Lovejoy a minute later.
The Knights had two chances in the 45th minute. Senior Antony Moore ripped a shot from inside the box that barely missed wide right, and senior Jack McVey forced goalkeeper Scott Goodwin to make a leaping save right two seconds before the half.
FDU started quickly with two crosses from Moore on the right side but they were blocked and snagged by Goodwin. McVey took a shot in the 49th minute, which was blocked.
Junior Nicholas Walker made a vital block of a shot right in front of the net to prevent a UNC goal a minute later. In the 63rd minute, FDU sophomore Godfred Baafi made a key block after a 40-yard free kick. The Tar Heels got a head on the ball in traffic with Lissek going for it. Baafi headed the ball out of harm's way.
Near the end of the 81st minute, UNC found the back of the net on a header but was ruled offsides, disallowing the score. Th.
Lissek finished with two saves, one each half, while Goodwin made his only save in the first half.