Number 1 Notre Dame were the biggest upset victims in the NCAA’s weekend round of 16, falling 2-1 in double overtime to 16 seed Indiana. The underdogs wiped out a 1-0 deficit, erasing a Kyle Richards tally on a goal from Nikita Kotlov, who added to his hat trick last time out.
Less than a minute into the second overtime period, Kotlov connected with Matt McKain’s ball into the box, picking out strike partner Eric Zavaleta. The Hoosiers leading scorer made no mistake, heading home his 17th goal of the year, and sending the number 1 seed home early.
Of the remaining seven games in the round, two were settled by penalty kicks and two went to overtime, while Louisville needed an 85th minute deflection to squeak by Northwestern. And that doesn’t even factor in unseeded University of San Diego’s 2-1 upset victory over Tulsa, leaving San Diego as the only unseeded team to survive as one of the tournament’s Elite 8.
The number two seed overall, Maryland, were the only team to let their fans enjoy a stress free day, as they cruised to a 5-1 win over Coastal Carolina. Maryland’s Sunny Jane scored twice for the Terrapins and Coastal Carolina were overmatched by this Maryland team that now must wear the mantle of favorites.
Caleb Porter’s Akron side were hoping to send their highly regarded coach off to the MLS Portland Timbers with a second NCAA title in three years, but the Zips came up short against 10 man Creighton, on penalty kicks. Creighton lost sophomore Jose Ribas to a 91st minute red card, but held on to get to pk’s. Two freshmen came up big in this huge win for the Blue Jays, goalkeeper Jeff Gall and German born goal scorer Timo Pitter.
Pitter notched the Jays lone goal from play, and then shrugged off the pressure to send Creighton to the Elite 8 when he converted the final penalty kick. For his part, keeper Gal saved a penalty just seconds into overtime, and held up his end in the penalty kick shootout.
Georgetown and UConn were two high seeds, numbers 3 and 4, who needed more than the allotted 90 minutes to advance. Georgetown trailed on a 29th minute goal from the Orangemen’s Jordan Vale and they needed an 85th minute goal from their outstanding freshman Brandon Allen to tie the game. The match went to overtime, and eventually all the way to penalty kicks, where the Hoyas would prevail.
UConn also fell behind in their game with New Mexico State, but Nicholas Zuniga picked a pretty good time to score his first college goal, an O.T. strike that sent the Huskies to an Elite 8 showdown with Creighton.
Fairleigh Dickinson University gave UNC quite a scare, but they couldn’t find the goal they needed to end North Carolina’s 40 game home unbeaten streak, and they fell in overtime. Carolina senior Cameron Brown was the Tar Heels hero, scoring from Rob Lovejoy’s well placed cross. UNC will try to extend that very impressive home unbeaten streak when they host Indiana in the Elite 8.
Quarterfinal Schedule: Home teams listed first, all times Eastern Standard Time
Friday, November 30, 6PM
North Carolina (9) vs. Indiana (16)
Saturday, December 1, 1PM
Georgetown (3) vs. University of San Diego
Saturday, December 1, 5PM
Maryland (2) vs. Louisville (10)
Sunday, December 2, 1PM
UConn (4) vs. Creighton (12)
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