New Mexico 2, Clemson 1 Dec.
New Mexico 2, Clemson 1Dec. 9, 2005
CARY, N.C. (AP) -- New Mexico's Andrew Boyens scored a tiebreaker in the 63rd minute to give the Lobos a 2-1 win over Clemson in the semifinal of the NCAA College Cup Friday night.
New Mexico will take on top-seed Maryland, a 4-1 winner over Southern Methodist Friday, in the championship game.
The Lobos took the lead for the first time in regulation in the postseason in the 20th minute. New Mexico won all three previous games in overtime.
New Mexico scored first, when Boyens took a long throw-in inside the penalty area. The ball glanced off his head to the far post where Brandon Barklage moved past a defender and scored from 4 yards.
Clemson (15-6-3) evened the score in the 40th minute, when Dane Richards tapped in a loose ball at the goal line for his 12th of the season. The goal developed off Bradley Gibson's curling cross from a free kick on the wing targeting Charlie Roberts about 5 yards from the goal.
Lobos goalie Mike Graczyk collided with Roberts while trying to punch the ball away, leaving Richards to finish the play.
Graczyk was bloodied with about 7 minutes left when Richards, trying to reach a loose ball, hit the diving keeper in the jaw with his cleat. Graczyk held onto the ball.
Clemson failed to convert several late scoring chances, including a header with less than 30 seconds left by Randy Albright that hit the crossbar, bounced onto the goal line and out.
-- Courtesy Associated Press