UNC to face Charlotte in College Cup final
Hoover, AL (Sports Network) - North Carolina will face Charlotte in the final of the men's College Cup after the Tar Heels beat UCLA in penalty kicks 3-1 in Friday's semifinal with the two sides finishing 2-2 in regulation.
UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin saved the first two attempts from the Bruins in the shootout and Ben Speas converted the winning kick after UCLA missed the net on another attempt.
UCLA took the lead after 17 minutes through a laser from Ryan Hollingshead, who smashed the ball off the underside of the crossbar and into the net from 25 yards.
North Carolina came close to equalizing on two occasions in the first half with Billy Shuler's shot being tipped onto the crossbar by UCLA goalkeeper Brian Rowe, while Speas rattled the post just before halftime.
UNC continued to pressure in the second half and found the tying goal in the 56th minute when Rob Lovejoy headed home from six yards following a cross from Speas.
Kelyn Rowe thought he won the match for the Bruins with a goal in the 74th minute, which he scored after a nice one-two with Chandler Hoffman on the edge of the penalty area.
But the Tar Heels battled back to level the contest five minutes from time as a long-range effort from Enzo Martinez was parried off the post by the goalkeeper, leaving Shuler to bundle the rebound over the goal line from a yard out.
Fernando Monge nearly answered one minute later when his close-range shot was kept out by Goodwin, while Brian Rowe came up with a diving save on UNC's Kirk Urso just before the match went to penalty kicks.
From there, UCLA had trouble solving Goodwin as he saved two kicks and watched another go wide.
UNC converted three of its four to claim the win.
12/10 00:28:04 ET