Written by Jahmal Corner

Indiana, North Carolina, Georgetown, San Diego, Creighton, Connecticut, Maryland, Louisville. That’s what we’re looking at for the men’s Elite 8. So many great stories have played out during the tourney, but here are three recent developments that have my attention.

1. San Diego. Good program, awesome campus, but did we think they’d make the Elite 8? Not exactly. The Toreros have trailed in all three matches but they’ve managed to thrive when their odds are the longest. But can they keep it going against Georgetown? …

2. Sunny Jane. Maryland’s junior striker probably has the best name in college soccer. But it was his game that deserves the attention in the Sweet 16. Jane’s five points helped Maryland handle Coastal Carolina 5-1.

3. Nick Zuniga. All this Connecticut freshman did was score his first career goal in the second overtime to give the Huskies a dramatic 2-1 win over New Mexico. That takes guts. And timing.

 

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Written by The 91st

Ok, so are women’s College Cup predictions weren’t perfect, but the matches nearly were. All four contests were decided by one goal, with heroes emerging in every instance.

In the end, we’re left with four extremely deserving and capable programs: Stanford, Penn State, North Carolina and Florida State.

Congrats to each. The Cardinal and Seminoles are return participants while the Nittany Lions (highlights above) are back in their first Cup since 2005.

Most eyes, of course, will be on Stanford as it attempts to defend its title. Lo’eau LaBonta scored twice to lift the Cardinal past UCLA and she talks about her big moments after the jump.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Fifty-six teams down, seven to go. We’ve reached the Elite 8 of the Women’s Tournament, and since we’ve already handicapped the field for you it’s time to make some outright predictions. Here’s how today plays out:

1. North Carolina beats BYU in penalty kicks. The Cougars have slipped their way into the final eight in the most difficult way possible. They earned a one-goal win in the first round and a pair of PK triumphs in the following two matches. I see them finally being bitten by the Tar Heels.

 

2. Florida State hammers Notre Dame (by at least 2 goals). The Seminoles are on a mission. They can’t stop. They won’t stop.

 

3. Duke edges Penn State in a shootout. Not literally a shootout, but a high-scoring game. I see nine combined goals in this one. Everyone eats (Happy Thanksgiving) but Duke wins.

 

4. Stanford handles UCLA. This one has a big sister-little sister feel. A Pac-12 family struggle. I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but the Cardinal is the big sister and until the Bruins grow up, big sister takes what she wants.

 

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Meet the Elite 8 BYU Cougars

Written by Jahmal Corner

BYU is set to take on North Carolina today for a chance to reach the College Cup. We have the Cougars as the unofficial underdog of the remaining teams.

Standouts Carlee Payne Holmoe, Michele Murphy, Dana Oldroyd Cusick and Paige Hunt give us a glimpse into their souls (slight exaggeration) in advance of their big match.

You can see the remaining three players after the jump. Good luck, Cougars.

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Written by Dill Pickle

I’m gonna make this quick – mom needs me to baste the turkey. (IN A MINUTE, MOM! GOD!)

Happy Thanksgiving. Here are three things I’m especially thankful for this year:

1. Lionel Messi. Every sport wants him, we got him. The little guy doesn’t say much, but when he plays

 

2. New women’s soccer league. Hey, we’ll keep trying as many times as it takes. Women’s soccer is invaluable, and it’s imperative we sustain a professional league.

 

3. Nicole Westbrook. She has a message for us after the jump.

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Written by The 91st

This is just Michael Bridges honoring ‘Movember’ the only way he knows how – by repping the Newcastle blue and red.

As most of you should know, ‘Movember’ is a month-long event that involves growing mustaches to help raise awareness for prostate cancer. But for those of us that are facial hair impaired and have faces smoother than a baby’s bottom, there are creative options. Bridges nails this one.

 

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Written by The 91st

US Soccer has officially announced its new women’s league, a revitalizing moment for the sport. Megan Rapinoe, one of the most important figures in women’s soccer, sat down to discuss the importance of the new league.

 

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Written by The 91st

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You know him as the dynamic attacker for the Seattle Sounders, but there’s plenty that goes into helping Fredy Montero prepare for each performance.

In this special Own the First Move segment, Montero takes us behind the scenes for one of his game days. Poised on and off the field, the young standout gets in some Xbox and goes through his wardrobe while getting in the right frame of mind to compete.

As he says:

“When the referee starts the whistle I know I’m ready. I know I’m prepared … and then we need to score goals.”

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Written by Dill Pickle

Not sure anyone really needs an explanation for dancing with beautiful women. If not for that fact I’d be curious to ask Ronaldo what exactly is going on here – you know, besides the dancing with beautiful women.

I’d also be tempted to point out that ‘Gangam Style’ was so two months ago. But, then,
Ronaldo is so five years ago so I guess it all evens out.

 

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Written by The 91st

So what are you going to tell your nine-year-old kid when they pour a bowl of cereal and realize that fellow nine-year-old Sam Gordon is just chillin’ on the box? Hey kid … I’m proud of you?

Kind of hard to compete when Sam Gordon is running up the score on nine-year-olds everywhere. The youth football darling, whose first love is actually soccer, continues to climb the fame charts as she now appears on a Wheaties Box. I’m pretty sure she’s the first nine-year-old to do so, joining the ranks of your basic sports legends and most important athletic figures of all time. So, yeah, no big deal.

Remember the good ol’ days when a kid’s greatest achievement was cleaning their dinner plate and we were OK with that? Long gone.

 

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