Four seeded teams were eliminated this past weekend as the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Championship took place.
The majority of the 16 games were close with all but two of the games being decided by one goal or penalties.
#1 Notre Dame, #2 UCLA, and #3 Michigan State were among the favorites that advanced to the third round unscathed.
Notre Dame beat Ohio State 2-1 in a rain-soaked match Sunday night. Brandon Aubrey converted a penalty kick a half hour in before Ohio State equalized four minutes later. Danny Jensen scored of a corner kick following a scuffle in the box.
Ohio State thought they had taken the lead shortly afterwards, but a free kick goal was disallowed after the referee deemed that Jensen used his hand to deflect it on target.
Jon Gallagher scored the winner for the Fighting Irish in the 69th minute when he latched on to a through ball and slotted the ball in the far post.
UCLA required overtime, but defeated San Diego 2-1 to avenge their loss to the team earlier in the season. Leo Stolz scored both goals for the Bruins as they came from behind to defeat San Diego.
San Diego, who defeated UCLA 1-0 in September, went ahead after a great solo goal by Parker Price in the 20th minute.
Stolz scored a free kick from thirty yards to equalize in the 55th minute. Stolz scored the golden goal in the 97th minute, but not until after UCLA’s goalkeeper, Earl Edwards Jr., made a fantastic double save 40 seconds into overtime.
Oakland was eliminated by Michigan State, courtesy of Zach Carroll’s goal in the 67th minute. An evenly fought match was decided by the head of Carroll, who dispatched the ball from Dewey Lewis’ corner kick.
Oakland outshot the Spartans, but it all counted for nothing as Zach Bennett kept a clean sheet fort the twelfth time this season.
The next three seeds were not as lucky, as #4 Maryland, #5 Indiana, and #6 Stanford all fell at the first hurdle.
UMBC recorded the first-ever win in the second round by defeating Maryland by a goal to nil. Malcolm Harris’ 70th minute goal was all that was needed. Maryland had plenty of chances to score their first goal against UMBC, after the previous meeting this season ended 0-0.
Indiana, who has won the second-most national championships, was up-ended by Xavier 2-1 on Sunday.
Indiana’s Tanner Thompson missed an early penalty kick before the two sides exchanged first half goals through Xavier’s Matt Vasquenza and the Hoosier’s Grant Lillard.
Vasquenza was fouled in the box, which gave Will Walker the chance to put Xavier ahead. The senior took full advantage to send Xavier into the next round of the national championship.
In the last major upset of the round, UC Irvine’s Michael Sperber scored a golden goal to defeat Stanford 1-0 in Palo Alto, CA.
Stanford, who was undefeated against UC Irvine heading into the game, had a goal disallowed for offside early on. UC Irvine put up a fight in the early stages, but as time went on, Stanford gained a foothold in the game, thanks to recent U.S. MNT call-up Jordan Morris.
But UC Irvine goalkeeper Michael Breslin saved every shot he faced and allowed Sperber the opportunity to link up beautifully with Cameron Iwasa to shock the Cardinal on their home turf.
In a Monday night game, #7 Clemson defeated Coastal Carolina two goals to one to secure their first win in a National Championship game since 2006. Paul Clowes put Clemson in front with forty seconds remaining in the half.
Diego Campos scored Clemson’s second in the 57th minute, before Tom Gudmundsson cut the lead in half five minutes later. Despite attempting 15 shots to Clemson’s 8, Coastal Carolina could not get he equalizer against a Tiger defense led by goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.
#8 Georgetown came from behind to defeat Old Dominion 2-1 in double overtime to secure passage the third round. Old Dominion led through an own goal of a corner kick in the 26th minute, but Georgetown leveled through Brandon Allen with a 74th minute goal.
Georgetown dominating proceedings throughout the rest of the game and overtime, but penalties seemed inevitable. Step in Arun Basuljevic. The freshman midfielder took a shot with five seconds remaining in the second overtime period to end the game in Georgetown’s favor.
Other notable results include North Carolina winning 2-1 at #10 Charlotte, #13 Louisville eliminating 10-time national champions Saint Louis, and Furman falling to #14 Washington on penalties.
The third round kicks off on Sunday, November 30 and if it is anything as entertaining as the second round, we should be in for a treat.
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