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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 12/ 5/2010

College soccer roundup: 20 goals in 3 matches

By Steve Goff

Since MLS's launch 15 years ago and the increasing number of players signing pro contracts at a young age, college soccer has dropped a notch on the American scene. Nonetheless, attendance figures have risen and programs have continued to serve as a feeder for MLS development. And on Saturday, three NCAA tournament quarterfinals provided a festival of goals and late-match drama that any league would envy.

First, Michigan, in only its 11th season as a varsity program, ended Maryland's 15-game winning streak with a 3-2 overtime victory. Then, in the bitter cold in Ohio, one-loss Akron was pushed into penalty kicks by Cal, 3-3, before winning the tiebreaker. (During the match, an assistant referee walked off the job.)

And last night in snowy conditions in Kentucky, top-seeded and undefeated Louisville came from behind and edged UCLA, 5-4, on a late goal.

Three matches, 20 goals.

The College Cup semifinals are Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif.:
#1 Louisville vs. #4 North Carolina, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
#10 Michigan vs. #3 Akron, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

From a local perspective, Maryland's loss might have signaled the end for several non-seniors with pro ambitions. Junior goalkeeper Zac MacMath told the Insider on Friday that he is planning to leave. Junior midfielder Matt Kassel, sophomore defender Ethan White and junior forward Casey Townsend have also been targeted by MLS for Generation Adidas contracts.

The women's final is at noon today (ESPN2) with unbeaten Stanford facing Notre Dame in Cary, N.C.

By Steve Goff  | December 5, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Don't leave us in suspense - - what did Caleb Porter do or say that got the Asst. Referee so agitated?

Posted by: b18bolo | December 5, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Specs starting in midfield, and apparently playing well in attack. Didn't watch the first half, plan on watching the second.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I don't know that anyone who wasn't in the close vicinity knows what was said. Some one who was at the game posted a long retelling of the story over at BS that says that the AR missed some basic, obvious calls and that Porter seemed to say that it was clear the guy was trying to screw his team. Frankly, while I think officials need to have some thick skin, saying something like that should get you sent to the stands. Saying "hey that was a bad call" is one thing. To call the guy a cheat and questioning his integrity is quite another. if that's what happened. It is also possible as some have speculated that since the guy is a FIFA AR he thought he was more important than anyone else at the match.

Posted by: fedssocr | December 5, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

After watching the game the other day, and his second half today, I'll say this much about Spector: He looks confident.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 5, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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