Men's DI conference tournament recaps

Men's DI conference tournament recaps
by Travis Clark
November 13, 2017

Big East: McCabe free kick secures conference title

Just two minutes from penalty kicks in the second overtime, senior Declan McCabe's free kick beat Xavier goalkeeper Colin Hanley, securing a 2-1 victory for the Hoyas and a Big East tournament title.

It was a result not without controversy. In the 49th minute, Xavier took the lead from a Matt Vasquenza penalty kick, when Foster McCune handled a goal-bound shotl onto the bar. However, the freshman defender was spared a red card, leaving the Hoyas with 11 players on the field.

McCabe setup Derek Dodson for the equalizer, which eventually pushed the game into overtime, setting the stage for the senior's heroics.

ACC: Penalty kicks required as Wake Forest tops Virginia

Despite playing more than 60 minutes with a man advantage, Virginia came up short against Wake Forest, falling on penalty kicks after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.

Wake defender Logan Gdula picked up a second yellow card in the 43rd minute when he pulled Edward Opoku to the turf on a counter attack. Gdula earned his first caution when he fouled Raheem Taylor-Parkes in the fifth minute to prevent getting hit on the break.

The Demon Deacons showed their quality despite playing down a man, outshooting the Cavaliers by a 7-1 mark in the second half.

In the shootout, things got off to a dicey start when Wake Forest missed its first two takes. But sophomore goalkeeper Andreu Cases Mundet made a couple of saves, and the Demon Deacons came back to win it 4-3.

CAA: Bustamante continues scintillating run for William & Mary

Two games after a four-goal effort, junior Antonio Bustamante continued to peak at the right time of the season for William & Mary. 

The D.C. United Academy product scored a hat trick, leading the Tribe to a 4-2 win against UNC Wilmington to clinch the team a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

With the score tied at 1-1 in the second half, Bustamante scored all three of his goals in 12 minutes, getting on the board in the 65th and rounding out his hat trick in the 77th minute.

UNCW grabbed a consolation with four seconds left in the game, but that was a tiny bump in the Tribe's celebration at the final whistle.

MAC: Akron gets revenge against Western Michigan

Forced to play away from home in a MAC tournament for the first time in several years, Akron got revenge by defeating Western Michigan by a 3-1 score.

The two teams exchanged first half goals, as senior forward Stuart Holthusen opened the scoring from a header, which was canceled out by WMU's Ben Thornton.

Akron pulled away with second half strikes from Sam Gainford and Manuel Cordeiro to secure the crown.

Automatic Bids

America East: Albany
Atlantic 10: Massachusetts
Atlantic Sun: Lipscomb
Big South: Presbyterian
Big Ten: Wisconsin
Big West: Cal State Fullerton
Conference USA: 
Horizon League: UIC
Ivy League: Dartmouth
MAAC: Fairfield
MVC: Central Arkansas
NEC: St. Francis Brooklyn
Pac-12: Stanford
Patriot League: Colgate
Southern: Mercer
Summit League: Omaha
Sun Belt: Coastal Carolina
WAC: Seattle
WCC: San Francisco

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