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Cuellar’s bicycle kick in sudden death sends UConn to a 2-1 victory over Clemson.

CLEMSON, S.C. (Sunday, November 26, 2000) -- Cesar Cuellar, a freshman striker from Bolivia, scored on a bicycle kick from 15 yards out 12 minutes into sudden death to lift No. 6 Connecticut to a 2-1 triumph over seventh-ranked Clemson this afternoon in an NCAA tournament second-round match before 1,260 at Historic Riggs Field.

Cesar Cuellar
Cesar Cuellar celebrates his spectacular bicycle-kick goal in sudden death that lifted Connecticut to a 2-1 victory over Clemson and into the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
Donny’ Mark’s second tally of the season with 3:24 remaining forced overtime for UConn (17-3-2). Clemson (14-4-2) was playing one man down at that point after Oskar Bringsved was sent off with a second yellow card at 65:14.

"It is hard to play with 10 men," Clemson coach Trevor Adair said. "I give credit to our team in trying to hold off a fine UConn team. I have an empty feeling in my stomach for our seniors who were committed to winning a national championship. . . This senior class is the best senior class I have ever had. A lot of these guys will be playing professionally. They committed themselves to our program, to Clemson soccer. As a number-two seed, we felt we had a chance to win it all, but we knew this would be a difficult game. Our bracket was very tough."

It was the Huskies’ first victory over Clemson in five tries, though the previous four meetings came in the regular season. UConn advanced to a quarterfinal meeting with Brown.

Cuellar, who rattled the crossbar from 20 yards in the 32nd minute, put away a loose ball for his 14th goal and fifth game-winner, glancing off the hand of Tigers goalkeeper Doug Warren at 101:18.

"We took this as a challenge, going on the road," Huskies coach Ray Reid said. "It was a tough game and our team did not crack. We kept our composure. Donny Mark's was a great goal and of course Cuellar's goal was outstanding. It was a great college soccer game."

Clemson took a 1-0 lead at 8:59 when Mark Lisi received a pass from Pablo Webster and hit a low shot into the near left corner past keeper Bryheem Hancock for his 15th goal. It was the 13th goal allowed by Hancock this season.

At 86:26, Mark took a pass from Chris Gbandi atop the penalty arc and drilled a 22-yard shot which was deflected by Warren, but rolled into the left corner of the net for a 1-1 tie.

"We got great play from our bench. That is one of our strengths, depth," Reid said. "That made a difference in the game, it gave us a thrust today. At halftime, we were down and I told the team to keep going. Get a goal and tie it up. I told them to keep their heads up. Often the team down a man gets motivated. It takes a lot of energy out of you when you are a man down. We just kept going."

[1] North Carolina 3, [22] Rhode Island 1

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Top-ranked North Carolina used goals by Chris Carrieri, Caleb Norkus and Ryan Kneipper in a 13-minute span early in the second half to defeat No. 22 Rhode Island 3-1 before 1,205 at Fetzer Field.

The Tar Heels (21-2), who won their 15th straight, advanced to a quarterfinal match with two-time defending NCAA champion Indiana. The 21 victories established a new school record, supplanting the mark set by UNC’s 1987 team which went 20-5 and advanced to the Final Four.

Carrieri put UNC ahead 1-0 at 53:30 mark when his cross deflected off defender Neil Lewis and ricocheted into the net.

At 55:49, Norkus scored following a nifty combination of passes in the box by Logan Pause and Noz Yamauchi.

The Rams (17-6-1), who saw a six-game winning streak end, cut the UNC lead to 2-1 at 65:08 when Nicholas McCreath exploited a Tar Heels’ defensive breakdown.

Carolina responded with a goal by Kneipper off an assist from Sean McGinty at 66:58.

Michael Ueltschey made six saves for the shutout in the Tar Heels’ goal.

[4] Virginia 2, [12] St. John’s 1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 4 Virginia men's soccer team built an early 2-0 lead behind first-half goals by Steve Totten and Ryan Gibbs and held on for a 2-1 victory over 12th-rankeed St. in front of 1,799 spectators at Klöckner Stadium.

U.Va. advanced to a quarterfinal meeting with Creighton.

The Cavaliers (17-5-1) went ahead 1-0 with 9:04 expired when Totten gathered a cross from Gibbs and sent a 20-yard shot inside the right post.

Exactly 15 minutes later, Gibbs netted scored the eventual game-winning goal when he gathered a loose ball following two shot attempts taken by Alecko Eskandarian and chipped in a shot from four yards away for a 2-0 advantage.

With 1:33 left, the Red Storm (14-5-2) pulled to within 2-1 when Jeff Matteo sent a cross to Adam Maurer whose header hit the bottom of the crossbar and came down just over the goal line.

[25] Brown 1, [14] Duke 0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Senior Scott Powers provided the game's only goal in the 56th minute to give the 25th-ranked Brown a 1-0 victory over No. 14 Duke (15-6-1) despite playing three-quarters of the match with 10 men.

Brown (13-5-1) advanced to a quarterfinal match against Connecticut.

In torrential rain at Stevenson Field, Powers took a feed from fellow co-captain Anders Kelto and drove a shot from 25 yards that skipped past Duke keeper Jeff Haywood.

The Bears played stifling defense for much of the contest in front of goalkeeper Matthew Cross, who finished with six saves for his second consecutive shutout in the NCAA tournament. The one ball Cross couldn’t stop -- an Ali Curtis shot with six minutes remaining -- was cleared from the goal line by defender Scott Felluss on

Bears midfielder Adam Buchanan was sent off with a red card at 21:24 for a violent foul. The Blue Devils also were reduced to 10 players when Nii-Amar Amamoo received his second yellow card from referee Alex Prus at 79:59.

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