December 2, 2016
NO FINAL FOUR
Providence Friars eliminated by Tar Heels -- again
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Providence fell a game short of making its second College Cup final four appearance in three years, sustaining a 1-0 extra time loss to North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Menís Championship before a 4009 crowd at Fetzer Field Friday night.
PC (15-7-0), which had a six-game away winning streak snapped, not been held scoreless in 12 games, since a 1-0 loss to UConn Sept. 28. UNC (14-3-0) improved to 2-0-3 in extra time games as redshirt junior Drew Murphy scored his first goal of the season in the 102nd minute. Murphy, a former LA Galaxy Academy midfielder and UC-Santa Barbara transfer, launched a shot from just outside the penalty area that bounced in off the hands of Colin Miller (five saves).
The Tar Heels had a 38th-minute chance off a corner kick negated on an offside call. In the 49th minute, the Friarsí Joao Serranoís free kick resulted in a rebound attempt, play was whistled dead because of a foul. In the 100th minute, Miller made a diving save on a Zach Wright drive from the top of the penalty area.
The Friars, who were outshot, 16-6, fell to 9-7-1 all-time in the tournament, including a 2-0 loss at North Carolina in 2005.