The 2nd round of play in the NCAA Men’s Tournament is complete, whittling down the field in this year’s event to 16 teams.
Accordingly, our latest Tournament 48 update reflects who has advanced and who has not among the 48 teams in the field. Also, Maryland’s Casey Townsend has been named our Player of the Week, highlighting our Team of the Week selection.
Rutgers upset Boston College on penalties 4-3 after a 1-1 draw through double overtime. Ibrahim Kamara scored a dramatic equalizer for the Scarlet Knights to send the match into overtime. After two scoreless extra sessions, the match went to penalties where Joe Setchell scored the decisive spot kick. Dan Donigan’s team will now play UCLA, 1-0 winners at home over Delaware. The Bruins got a late winning goal from Chandler Hoffman on a Ryan Hollingshead assist. Brian Rowe posted a shutout in goal for the Bruins.
Upstart Monmouth gave Ray Reid’s Connecticut Huskies all they wanted, but Mamadou Diouf’s two goals carried the Big East side into the next round. Matt Jeffrey scored for the Hawks. UConn advances to the round of 16 where they will face James Madison, 2-0 winners over Wake Forest. Christian McLaughlin and Jimmy Simpson scored for the Dukes, who got a shutout performance in goal from Justin Epperson.
Nikita Kotlov scored a pair of goals to lead Indiana to a 3-0 home win over Old Dominion. Tim Wylie also scored for Todd Yeagley’s side, and Luis Soffner recorded a shutout in goal.
The Hoosiers advance to play North Carolina, who needed a 2nd half comeback to avoid upset blushes against Big South winner Coastal Carolina. After Ashton Bennett and Teejay East had put the Chanticleers up 2-0, the Tar Heels came storming back behind goals from Ben Speas, Kirk Urso and Enzo Martinez for the 3-2 victory.
Casey Townsend scored a hat trick to pace Maryland to a 4-0 win over West Virginia. Jordan Cyrus also scored and goalkeeper Keith Cardona recorded a shutout in goal.
In contrast to the Terrapins’ comfortable win, their 3rd round opponents, Louisville, experienced a tremendous amount of drama in the process of advancing. After Scott Davis put Bradley up 1-0 early in the 2nd half, Colin Rolfe and Kenney Walker scored back-to-back goals in quick succession (and just a few minutes from full time) to apparently win the match for the Cardinals, but Bryan Gaul scored in the final minute of regulation to send the match into overtime. Then with the match just a couple of minutes going to penalties, Nick DeLeon scored a winner for Louisville on assists from Andrew Farrell and Brock Granger, for the 3-2 win.
In Creighton’s 3-0 win over Northern Illinois, Jose Gomez scored in the 1st half to put the Blue Jays on top 1-0, and Ethan Finlay added two goals to kill the match off. Brian Holt recorded the shutout in goal for Elmar Bolowich’s team, who now advance to play UC Santa Barbara.
The Gauchos defeated Providence 3-2. UCSB got an early goal from Luis Silva and then a 2nd half score from Josue Madueno. Brandon Adler pulled a goal back in the 68th minute for Providence. But Dom Sarle restored the cushion for Tim Vom Steeg’s side, which was a good thing for them as Anthony Baumann scored later for Providence.
Dylan Remick scored a 48th minute winner off a Ben Maurey assist as Brown defeated St. Johns 1-0. Sam Kernan-Schloss recorded the shutout in goal for the Bears. The Ivy League team will face St. Marys after the Gaels defeated UC Irvine in overtime, 2-1. Substitute Riley Hanley scored a 2nd half goal for the Gaels, but UC Irvine’s Miguel Ibarra tied the score to send the match into overtime. In the 2nd extra session, St. Marys got the winner from Justin Howard to pull off the upset.
George Kiefer’s South Florida Bulls defeated in-state rivals UCF 2-1 behind an overtime winner from Wesley Charpie. USF had gone up via an own goal in the 2nd half, but UCF equalized on a goal from Ben Hunt before Charpie’s overtime heroics. Now USF will face our #1-ranked team, New Mexico, who beat Duke 2-1 in overtime. Nick Palodichuk scored a 2nd half goal for the Blue Devils, but Blake Smith leveled the match with an 82nd minute goal for New Mexico to force overtime, where Lobos’ substitute Carson Baldinger scored the winner.
Charlotte continued their excellent tournament weekend with a 3-1 victory over UAB. The 49ers got a quick opening goal from Evan James and then quicker 2nd half strikes from Jennings Rex and TJ Beaulieu before UAB’s Chase Wickham pulled one back. The 49ers will play defending national champion Akron, a 3-2 winner at SMU.
Darren Mattocks scored twice for the Zips, sandwiching a tally from Luke Holmes, to put Caleb Porter’s side up 3-0. Akron had to withstand a furious rally from SMU however, with Tyler Engel and Arthur Ivo scoring in the closing minutes to make things interesting at the end.
Townsend’s hat trick earns him Player of the Week honors. The complete TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week is as follows:
GK: Justin Epperson, James Madison
M: Wesley Charpie, USF
M: Nikita Kotlov, Indiana
M: Nate Bourdeau, Rutgers
F: Darren Mattocks, Akron
F: Sean Rosa, Brown
F: Casey Townsend, Maryland
F: Ethan Finlay, Creighton
F: Mamadou Diouf, Connecticut
F: Colin Rolfe, Louisville
F: T.J. Beaulieu, Charlotte
Player of the Week: Casey Townsend, Maryland