College soccer roundup: 20 goals in 3 matches
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.
| December 5, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
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