Virginia 3, Princeton 1 South Carolina 1, Cal St.-Fullerton 0
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) _ Nate Friends scored three first-half goals Friday as two-time defending champion Virginia beat Princeton 3-1 in the semifinals of the NCAA soccer tournament.
Jamie Posnanski scored with eight minutes left as South Carolina beat California State-Fullerton 1-0 in the other semifinal. The Cavaliers (21-3-0), trying to become the first team to win the tournamnt for three straight years, play the Gamecocks (16-3-4) for the title on Sunday.
Pressing from the outset, Virginia fired three shots and a corner kick in the first minute. The relentless attack produced the first goal 3 minutes, 14 seconds, into the match, when A.J. Wood passed into the box and Friends beat Tigers goalkeeper Rob Pawloski.
After midfielder Mike Fisher’s pass was deflected, Wood’s shot rebounded off Pawloski’s outstretched hands before Friends converted the second goal in the 35th minute.
Friends scored again in the 42nd minute after securing a loose ball and beating Pawloski to his left at the near post.
Princeton (13-5-0) got a goal in the 57th minute when Mike Busch sent a cross from the left side and Jacob Dowden headed the ball over goalkeeper Jeff Causey.
South Carolina got its goal when Bill Baumhoff’s throw-in was chipped into the penalty area by Greg King. Posnanski beat goalkeeper Mike Ammann to the neat post from eight yards out.
Gamecocks goalkeeper David Turner made a diving save on Eddie Soto in the 89th minute. California State-Fullerton finished at 16-7.