NCAA ACCtion: Three @ACCMSoccer Teams Reach Quarterfinals


Virginia, Maryland and Notre Dame all advance to NCAA Quarterfinals; Wake Forest falls in the third round.

Down a Man, Virginia Tops Marquette, 3-1, in NCAA Round of 16 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Despite playing a man down for the final 89 minutes, the Virginia men’s soccer team defeated Marquette, 3-1, Sunday afternoon in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 at Klöckner Stadium. The eighth-seeded Cavaliers (12-5-5) advance to play the winner of the UCLA-Connecticut match next weekend in the NCAA quarterfinals; the date, time and location of that match will be announced later Sunday. 

The top-seeded Bruins and Huskies play in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday. If UCLA wins this evening, the quarterfinal match will be contested in Los Angeles; if UConn prevails, the match will be played in Charlottesville. Seeded ninth in the tournament, Marquette bows out with a 13-6-2 record.

The Cavaliers will be making their 18th trip to the quarterfinal round and their first since 2009 when the team went on to win the national championship.


#5 Terps Down Irvine to Advance to NCAA Quarters

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Patrick Mullins capped off his Ludwig Field career in style Sunday with a first half goal that sent No. 5 Maryland past No. 12 UC Irvine 1-0 and into the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

The Terrapins (15-3-5) controlled much of what became a very physical match with the Anteaters (15-5-3). Freshman keeper Zack Steffen came up big time and time again for the Terps over the course of the 90 minutes, including a couple of huge saves in the second half.

Mullins had the best opportunity of the opening 25 minutes when his header flashed wide off a Mikey Ambrosecross. The senior was constant a threat to the Irvine backline.

That threat turned into a tally in the 33rd minute.  Tsubasa Endoh was able to brilliantly dribble past two Anteater defenders on the right wing before sending in a cross that Mullins poked past Irvine keeper Michael Breslin. 

The goal was Mullins’ 16th of the season and put him into a tie with Abe Thompson and Casey Townsend for third on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 43.


#3 Irish Down #14 Demon Deacons 4-2 To Reach NCAA Quarterfinals

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – It was a heavyweight fight with both teams exchanging blows and No. 3 Notre Dame came out with the 4-2 victory over No. 14 Wake Forest in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Round of 16 Sunday evening at Alumni Stadium.
Notre Dame (14-1-6) will play host to Michigan State Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET) in the tournament’s quarterfinal round. The Fighting Irish defeated the Spartans, 2-0, Nov. 5 in East Lansing, Mich.
Wake Forest (10-6-5) struck first when Michael Gamble took a cross from Sean Okoli and scored from close range in the 12th minute. The Fighting Irish responded less than two minutes later as a short corner kick was played to Patrick Hodan, who dribbled his way into the penalty box and drilled home a low-angle shot for his eighth tally of the season. Hodan, a sophomore midfielder, has scored a goal in each of the last four games. 
Gamble threatened again for Wake Forest in the 15th minute when he placed a shot just wide left from 24 yards away. Notre Dame claimed a 2-1 lead in the 42nd minute when Evan Panken worked his way near the left end line and struck a cross that was deflected in by Demon Deacon defender Tolani Ibikunle for an own goal. The Irish led 2-1 at halftime.


Notre Dame Beats Wake Forest in NCAA Championship

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 14-seed Wake Forest scored the game’s first goal off the foot of Michael Gamble, but No. 3-seed Notre Dame scored twice in each half to defeat the Demon Deacons 4-2 on Sunday night at Alumni Stadium in the Third Round of the 2013 NCAA Championship.

Wake Forest ends the year with a 10-6-5 overall record, while Notre Dame will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals to face No. 11-seed Michigan State.

Gamble scored his goal on an assist from Sean Okoli and then assisted later in the game on a goal by Tolani Ibikunle. Gamble finished the year with four goals and four assists. The goal was Ibikunle’s second of the year, while the assist for Okoli was his third of the season.

The Demon Deacons were able to strike relatively quickly when Gamble put one past Notre Dame keeper Patrick Wall at the 11:27 mark of the first half. Okoli created a turnover deep in the attacking third, took a few dribbles and crossed the ball to Gamble in the box. Gamble’s shot went in near the right post.