Thursday, November 02, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #165

To continue last weekends football bad news, OLH got smacked also -- 50-34 to San Antonio Winston. Peter Navarra had his usual outstanding game though -- 87 yards on nine carries and one touchdown.

From Soccer America
No. 1 Wake needs to shootout to beat Carolina
Wednesday's battle between this week's No. 1 and the preseason No. 1 in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 at the ACC Tournament turned out to be a dud.

Wake Forest, which moved into first in this week's Top 25 and North Carolina, ranked 10th, failed to score in 110 minutes of action before the Demon Deacons won, 5-4, in a shootout to advance to the semifinals along with No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Virginia and No. 6 Maryland.

Wake goalie Brian Edwards stopped shots by the Tar Heels' Garry Lewis and Scott Campbell in the shootout, setting up freshman Zack Schilawski's game-winning kick. Edwards also made a great reaction save to deny Campbell in overtime. The result extended Wake's unbeaten streak to 10 games and put it in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the sixth time in the past seven years.

Michael Videira scored the game-winning goal in the 59th minute as top-seeded Duke defeated ninth-seeded N.C. State, 2-1. Blue Devil Chris Loftus and El Hadj Cisse had earlier traded goals in the testy match that featured 37 fouls and seven yellow cards.

Forwards Yannick Reyering and Adam Cristman each scored first-half goals as Virginia advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 win over No. 9 Clemson. Goalie Ryan Burke picked up the 27th shutout of his career to tie the Virginia all-time record held by Jeff Causey.

Sophomore Graham Zusi redirected a Maurice Edu cross with his thighs and scored in the 104th minute to give Maryland, the defending national champion, a 1-0 win over Boston College in the nightcap before 6,314 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Less than three weeks earlier, BC had beaten Maryland, 3-1, in a game that saw ACC Defensive Player of the Year Chris Seitz take down Eagle star Charlie Davies, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, in the box and get sent off. In the rematch, Seitz kept the Terrapins in the game, thwarting Davies on a one-on-one opportunity in the first overtime.

Friday's semifinals: Duke-Maryland, Wake Forest-Virginia, both available on ACCSelect.com.


TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: SMU men crush FIU
Soccer America's Men's Conference Tournament Scoreboard
AMERICA EAST. Top seed Binghamton moved into the conference final for the fourth straight year with a victory over Boston University in a shootout after their semifinal game ended in a 1-1 tie. Binghamton hosts Vermont in Saturday's final. The Catamounts beat New Hampshire, 1-0, on Lee Stephane Kouadio's goal.

CONFERENCE USA. Top seed SMU and host Tulsa both won in blowouts. SMU, ranked No. 2 in the Soccer America Top 25, beat FIU, 6-0, while the Golden Hurricane crushed UCF, 5-0. UAB's Jerson Monteiro scored the game-winning goal with 49 seconds remaining to give the Blazers a 3-2 win over No. 19 South Carolina. In the semifinals, UAB meets SMU, which it handed its only loss of the season last week. Riley O'Neill scored two goals to give him a school record 17 goals for the season and and lead No. 20 Kentucky to a 3-1 victory over Memphis.

MISSOURI VALLEY. Brad Peters scored twice to lift sixth-seeded Eastern Illinois to a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Missouri State in first-round action. No. 4 Drake got past No. 5 Evansville, 2-0, thanks to Ryan Moylan's two goals to set up a date with host Bradley in Friday' semifinals. EIU faces No. 2 seed Creighton.

BIG WEST: UC Irvine moves into lead
UC Irvine earned the biggest win in its program history when it beat UC Santa Barbara, 2-0, Wednesday night before a record crowd of 1,561 fans at Anteater Stadium and took over first place in the Big West.

Matt Murphy scored the game-winner in the 24th minute, and former U.S. U-20 Brad Evans put the game out of reach in the 77th minute. Both Murphy and Evans had sat out the first meeting with UCSB -- a 2-0 Gaucho victory -- because of red-card suspensions.

UCI improved to 13-3-3 overall and moved back into first place in the Big West with 19 points at 6-2-1. UCSB fell to 11-7-0 and 6-3-0 in conference action and is one point behind in the standings.

The Anteaters can clinch the title with a win at Cal State Northridge Saturday. Despite the loss, the Gauchos can still clinch the title with a win over UC Riverside and an Anteater loss or tie at Northridge.

WOMEN: Santa Clara loss muddies seeding picture
On a day when women's conference tournament play moved into full swing, the biggest result was California's 1-0 victory over No. 4 Santa Clara in a non-conference game that could have huge implications for the NCAA Tournament.

Reserve Stephanie Wieger scored on a 22-yard chip shot in the sixth minute of overtime to lift Cal past the Broncos. Freshman keeper Gina Pellegrini lowered her goals-against average to 0.16 with the shutout.

Cal has struggled in the Pac-10 -- it's in sixth place going into Sunday's finale against red-hot Stanford -- so the victory helped the Bears' chances of receiving an NCAA Tournament bid. Cal was 41st in the latest RPI rankings NCAA released on Tuesday.

"We needed to make a statement to everyone out there that we deserve to be in the playoffs," said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. "We haven't maybe had the best results come Pac-10 time, but for us to beat the No. 4 team in the last week of the season speaks volumes."

The loss dropped Santa Clara's record to 14-4-1 and jeopardized its chances of earning a top seeding that would keep it at home through the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos were ranked third in the RPI rankings, behind only Notre Dame and North Carolina, both considered locks for top seeds in their brackets. Trailing Santa Clara in the RPI Top 10 are UCLA, Florida State, Texas A&M, William & Mary, Wake Forest, Penn State and Utah.

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: Clemson women roll
Soccer America's Women's Conference Tournament Scoreboard

ACC. Clemson was the only lower seeded team to advance to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over No. 4 Boston College. Meghan Smith's goal in the 87th minute was the difference for the fifth seed Tigers, who extended their unbeaten to six straight matches. Clemson meets No. 1 seed North Carolina, which won its 19th game in a row with a 3-0 win over N.C. State. In Friday's other semifinal, No. 2 seed Florida State faces No. 3 seed Wake Forest. The Seminoles beat Duke, 2-0, on goals by Australia international Selin Kuralay and freshman Onnie Trusty both set up by Mami Yamaguchi, while Wake edged Virginia, 2-1, on Amy Smerdzinski's goal in the 79th minute for its first victory in the ACC Tournament since 1999.

BIG 12. Texas, ranked No. 7 in this week's Soccer America Top 25, needed a goal from Kelsey Carpenter in the seventh minute of the first overtime to break a scoreless deadlock and beat Nebraska, 1-0, in the quarterfinals in San Antonio. Top seed Texas A&M, ranked No. 8 in the nation, disposed of Baylor, 3-0. All-Big 12 goalie Ashley Holder did her best to keep the eighth seeded Bears in the game, stopping 14 shots, but the Aggies won on goals by Ashlee Pistorius, Cydne Currie and Kat Krambeer. Oklahoma State, ranked No. 11 nationally, edged Oklahoma, 2-1, on Jesyca Rosholt's goal in the 86th minute, while Colorado beat Kansas in a shootout after their game ended in a 1-1 tie.

CONFERENCE USA. UAB and Colorado College both pulled upsets in the quarterfinals. Jamie Maltman, a junior transfer who had not collected a point in 17 previous games, scored her second goal of the match in the second overtime to give CC a 2-1 win over UTEP. UAB also won, 2-1, in overtime over UCF on freshman Danya Barsalona's goal. Memphis also prevailed, 2-1, in overtime, beating East Carolina on Kylie Hayes' 12th goal of the season. Host SMU squeezed past Tulsa, 1-0.

MOUNTAIN WEST. UNLV had Katie Carney, MVP of the 2005 Mountain West Tournament, to thank for staying alive. The Rebels, last year's conference champions, beat Wyoming, 1-0, on Carney's goal with two seconds left in regulation. UNLV and New Mexico move into Thursday's semifinals against BYU and host Utah, respectively.

SEC. Tennessee, which had scored as many as three goals only twice this season, broke out for five goals and beat Auburn, 5-2, in quarterfinal action at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. Kristen Doukakis and SEC Offensive Player of the Year Kylee Rossi both scored two goals. After a wild first half left Kentucky and Mississippi deadlocked at 2-2, Nicola Holdsworth scored the lone goal in the second half to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory over Ole Miss in the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Top seed Florida's 4-1 win over Georgia was closer than the score indicated. The Gators broke the game open with goals in the last 10 minutes from Stacy Bishop, KeLeigh Hudson and Ameera Abdullah. Florida meets South Carolina, which edged Vanderbilt in a shootout, in Friday's semifinals.

SUN BELT. Kala Morgan, the nation's leading scorer, scored her 21st goal in Middle Tennessee's 2-0 win over South Alabama. The other SBC seeds -- Denver, Florida Atlantic and North Texas -- also advanced to the semifinals.



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