NCAA Men's Soccer Third Round: Four Teams Advance to Elite Eight

Wake Forest, Clemson, Syracuse and Boston College are Elite Eight bound. Four quarterfinal teams is tied for the most in league history.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Ricky Greensfelder scored his fifth-career game-winning goal Sunday afternoon as Wake Forest advanced to the Elite Eight with a 1-0 victory over 16th-seeded and No. 14 Indiana at Spry Stadium.

Greensfelder's goal came in the 88th minute on a rocket into the top-right corner after he was subbed into the contest in the 84th minute. He was set up by Ian Harkes, who found Greensfelder on the weak side after crossing from the top-right side of the box. Greensfelder's shot came off his left foot from 15 yards out and hit the back-right corner of the net.

Wake Forest advances to its first Elite Eight since 2009 with the win and now stands at 17-2-2 on the season. Indiana ends its 2015 campaign with a 13-5-3 record overall.



CLEMSON, S.C. – For the first time in 10 years, the Clemson men’s soccer team is headed to the NCAA Quarterfinals, after defeating No. 15 National Seed UC Santa Barbara by a score of 3-2 in the Sweet 16 on Sunday night at Historic Riggs Field. With the win, the No. 2 National Seed Tigers improve to 17-2-2 on the season, while the Gauchos conclude their 2015 campaign at 14-7-2.

UC Santa Barbara scored the game’s first goal, at the 38:48 mark in the first half. Seo-In Kim headed the ball in from five yards, with assists from Josue Espana and Cody Gibson, to give the Gauchos a 1-0 lead. With less than one minute remaining in the half, Tiger defender Aaron Jones tied the game with a beautiful shot from 24 yards. Jones, a junior transfer from Georgia State, received the ball at midfield and dribbled past several UCSB defenders before sending it into the net for his first career goal as a Clemson Tiger.



SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 6 Syracuse will make its first appearance in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament quarterfinals after defeating No. 13 Seattle, 3-1, in the third round at the SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange will host Boston College, the last team to beat Syracuse, in the Elite Eight on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. The winner of that match will advance to the College Cup in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Orange offense was aggressive from the opening whistle and took the lead in the second minute of the game. Redshirt junior Liam Callahan served a corner kick into the box where freshman Miles Robinson scored on a header at the 1:30 mark. It is the earliest goal Syracuse has scored in a match this season.



WASHINGTON – The Boston College men's soccer team advanced to its second Elite Eight in program history after topping second-ranked Georgetown in penalty kicks on Sunday afternoon at Shaw Field.
 
Freshman Trevor Davock gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, but the Hoyas equalized through Keegan Rosenberry in the 60th. Neither team found the goal in the final 30 minutes of regulation or through two 10-minute overtime periods, so the teams advanced to penalty kicks.
 
BC went a perfect 5-for-5 in kicks from the spot, capped by Len Zeugner's winning attempt in Round 5. The Hoyas went 4-for-5 with Rosenberry sending his kick high to start the third round.



NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A spirited second half rally put the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team on the verge of an equalizing goal on Sunday. Maryland stood tall with its lead, including the final 12 minutes with only 10 men, to defeat the Irish 2-1 in the NCAA Championship Round of 16 at Alumni Stadium.

No. 7 Notre Dame (11-5-6) outshot No. 10 Maryland (12-5-5) by a cumulative 10-4 count in the second half, leading to a 13-13 split for the match. It was the first win at Alumni Stadium for Maryland, and its first victory overall against Notre Dame since 2007.



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Ninth-ranked Creighton capitalized on a deflected clearing pass in the 38th minute of the game to score the goal it needed to defeat fourth-ranked North Carolina 1-0 Saturday night at Fetzer Field in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament third round.  A crowd of 1,432 viewed the game under the Fetzer lights as the Bluejays improved to 19-3 on the season and will now move on to the NCAA quarterfinals against either Akron or SMU.

North Carolina saw its season end with only its second loss of the campaign.  Carolina’s final record for 2015 is 15-2-3.