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Maryland stops UNC for soccer crown

Maryland’s Zac MacMath makes a save as the Terrapins continue their domination of North Carolina with a 1-0 win.

Associated Press

Maryland’s Zac MacMath makes a save as the Terrapins continue their domination of North Carolina with a 1-0 win.

FRISCO, Texas — Goaltender Zac MacMath of St. Petersburg was part of a strong Maryland defense that keyed a 1-0 victory over North Carolina in the NCAA College Cup championship soccer game Sunday.

North Carolina took 16 shots, but the freshman MacMath, 17, only had to make two saves.

Graham Zusi scored a second-half goal for second-seeded Maryland (23-3-0).

Maryland beat 13th-seeded North Carolina (15-8-1) for the third time in as many meetings this season in the first all-ACC final in the 50-year history of the men's tournament. The Terrapins are 7-0-1 against North Carolina in the past eight matchups.

With 23:50 left, UNC defender Eddie Ababio blocked Jeremy Hall's shot, but Zusi blasted the rebound into the left corner from 18 yards out. "It's being in the right place at the right time," said Zusi, chosen the tournament's most outstanding offensive player.

UNC senior Brian Shriver of Clearwater was voted to the all-tournament team.

Football

USF AWARDS: Receiver Jessie Hester ended Matt Grothe's two-year run as offensive MVP at USF's annual awards banquet on Saturday. Grothe was named offensive playmaker of the year. Linebacker Brouce Mompremier earned the Lee Roy Selmon Award for the second consecutive year. He continued to attend practice and workouts after his final season ended because of a neck injury. Other highlights: Defensive MVP went to linebacker Tyrone McKenzie; outstanding front seven went to defensive end George Selvie.

Miami awards: Kicker Matt Bosher was named the Hurricanes' most valuable player. He made 17 of 19 field goals and all 38 extra points.

AUBURN: Gene Chizik will be formally introduced as coach today. The Clearwater native faces some skepticism, in part because his Iowa State team lost its final 10 games this season, leaving his record 5-19 in two seasons. "I know that we have found the right fit for Auburn," athletic director Jay Jacobs said, describing Chizik as "a high-energy coach that is an outstanding motivator and demands a tough, physical style of football." Chizik, 46, a former Auburn defensive coordinator, said: "Through my travels in coaching over the last 23 years, there's one place that I've always wanted to return to and that is Auburn.

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Maryland stops UNC for soccer crown 12/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 12:00pm]
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