Monday, November 13, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #171

From Soccer America:
Top-seed Santa Clara women upset in first round
USC pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament when it beat No. 1 seed Santa Clara, 1-0, in the first round on Friday night before a stunned crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium.

After 11 straight years of reaching the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, fate finally caught up to the Broncos.

The turning point came in the 56th minute when freshman Kiki Bosio drew a penalty but captain Marian Dalmy smashed the penalty kick off the crossbar.

U.S. international Amy Rodriguez's scored in the 87th minute, slotting a ball to the near corner after a failed clearing attempt by SCU defender Hillary Schwartzbach -- who had spent her first three seasons at USC -- to break a 0-0 tie and give the victory to USC, which fell to Stanford, 2-1 in the second round on Sunday.

"We did a lot of things right today," said Santa Clara coach Jerry Smith, whose Broncos had not lost in the first round since 1994, "but like all sports, soccer is a game of inches, and we hit the post once, and had some close misses."

Smith reminded everyone that Brandi Chastain, his future wife, missed a penalty kick -- to almost the exact spot that Dalmy missed -- in her final Santa Clara game, a 2-1 loss to UConn in the 1990 semifinals.

"In Marian and Brandi," said Smith, "I don't think you can find two better people at making penalty kicks. I think today it just proved that Marian is human, and I know she'd like to have that back."

WOMEN: Portland leads unseeded winners
Defending women's champion Portland led a group of six unseeded teams into the NCAA Division I women's sweet 16.

Rachael Rapinoe, twin sister of injured star Megan Rapinoe, scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win victory over BYU on Thursday, and scored two more goals in a 3-0 win at No. 4 seed Utah two days later.

Virginia had one of the most impressive second-round victories, winning at No. 3 seed Wake Forest, 2-0, on goals by Jess Rostedt and Kristen Weiss.

Two other unseeded ACC teams moved into next week's third round: Clemson, which beat Vanderbilt and No. 4 Oklahoma State in shootouts, Boston College, which won in a shootout over No. 3 Rutgers.

Unseeded Stanford took advantage of neighbor Santa Clara's misfortune to win the foursome at the Broncos' Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday. Freshman Kelley O'Hara scored both goals in a 2-1 win over USC.

MEN: Hat tricks propel UW and Brown
Washington's Kevin Forrest, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, and Brown's Andrew Daniels were the scoring stars of the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament, leading their teams to victory with hat tricks.

Forrest scored three goals -- the first two 75 seconds part in the first half -- to lead UW to a 3-0 win over Creighton, which was making its 15th straight tournament appearance. The hat trick was the second of the season for Forrest, who has scored 16 goals in 18 games.

Daniels' first two goals came before and after a goal by Nick Elenz-Martin as Brown blitzed Adelphi for three goals in a span of 223 seconds and won, 4-1, to earn a date at No. 1 Duke on Wednesday night. Daniels couldn't remember scoring a hat trick since playing indoors in his high school days.

NCAA debutants Fairfield and Gardner-Webb advanced to Wednesday's second round.

Fairfield upset Connecticut, 2-1, on Jimmy Gaughan's goal in the 83rd minute to give the school its first NCAA tournament victory in any sport. Huskies coach Ray Reid termed his team's first loss ever to Fairfield an end to "a completely disappointing season."

The one-two goalkeeping punch of Tyler Kettering and Dane Geraci was the difference for Gardner-Webb. Kettering's nine saves against UAB made him the Atlantic Sun all-time career saves leader, but he gave way in the shootout for Geraci, a redshirt sophomore who stopped three of the four Blazers shots, and lead the Bulldogs into the second round with a 3-1 shootout victory after the game ended 1-1.

The other first-year tournament teams lost. St. John's beat Monmouth, 1-0, on another Ryan Soroka goal, is fifth game-winner in the Red Storm's last six games, all shutout wins. Loyola (Ill.) fell to Northern Illinois, 1-0, on Justin McGrane's overtime goal.

Several other games went right down to the wire. All-American Scott Jones connected on a free kick in the last 30 seconds to give UNC Greensboro a 2-1 victory over Virginia Tech. Stephen Brown scored with only 18 seconds remaining to give New Mexico, last year's runner-up, a 1-0 win at San Francisco. Mark Schmiegel's shot from the left wing just over five minutes into overtime deflected off George Mason's Michael Vallie and into an empty net to give Bucknell a 1-0 win at GMU, its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1974,

SMALL COLLEGES: Tournament Roundup
NCAA DIVISION 2 MEN. Defending champion Ft. Lewis moved into this weekend's final four in Pensacola, Fla., with a 5-2 victory over 2004 champion Seattle. John Cunliffe, who scored his 27th goal of the season, Kieran Hall and Nick Kirchhof led the Skyhawks with a goal and an assist apiece. Also moving into the final four are Pensacola school West Florida and Lincoln Memorial, both teams loaded with Brazilian talent. Dowling rounds out the final four.

NCAA DIVISION 2 WOMEN. Grand Valley State knocked off defending champion Nebraska-Omaha with a 1-0 victory in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Shannon Carrier gave the Lakers the lead just six minutes into the game. West Chester improved to 23-0-0 with a 2-1 victory over Franklin Pierce on Michele Kolonet's goal with just 50 seconds left in regulation. The Golden Rams face Metro State, a 2-0 winner over UC San Diego, in Thursday's semifinals. Tampa, which faces Grand Valley State in the other semifinal, crushed Tusculum, 5-0. Shelby Kuni's opening goal tied her school record with 26th goal of the season. Freshman Jocelyn Charette then followed with three goals.

NCAA DIVISION 3 MEN. Steve Wondolowski scored two goals in the first 18 minutes, and UC Santa Cruz cruised to a 4-0 victory over top-ranked Trinity (Texas) in the second round. Also gone is fourth-ranked Redlands, which fell to Wheaton (Ill.), 4-1, in the second round. Said retiring Wheaton coach Joe Bean, "We are the Rodney Dangerfield team of the NCAA Tournament so far. No one expected this from us." The win improved Bean's NCAA record to 605 wins.

NCAA DIVISION 3 WOMEN. Trinity's top-ranked women's team also fell as Hardin-Simmons beat the Tigers, 2-1, in the second round on Sunday. Whitney Piendak scored her 30th goal of the season, and freshman Jordan Morley added the second goal with 11th of the season for the Cowgirls, who improved to 18-0-4. Caitrin Abshere scored two second-half goals to lift Middlebury to a 3-2 win over third-ranked Western Connecticut State.

MARATHON: D3 men's team advances, 16-15, on PKs
Upstate New York schools Nazareth and Medaille played a 20-round shootout before Nazareth prevailed in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Tournament on Saturday.

Nazareth had leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the host Mavericks answered each time, the second time on Ryan Mangino's Division III-leading 34th goal of the season.

Regulation ended, 2-2, and two scoreless overtime periods resulted in the game going to penalty kicks, where Nazareth and Medaille each scored on four of their first five chances. The shootout then went to sudden death as the teams continued to trade penalty kicks. Medaille squandered three chances to advance as Golden Flyers goalie Alex Kilroy made clutch saves. J.J. Bilinski also stopped three penalties for Medaille.

Seven players -- Ed Babcock, Christopher Lofgren, Jeremy Bergan, Scott Cavanaugh, Andrew Wirfel, Nick Proukou and Justino Flores -- converted two penalties. After Flores, Nazareth's 20th shooter, scored, Medaille's Michel Mendez shot went wide left to end the match and send Nazareth to the next round, 16-15, on penalty kicks.

NJCAA: Richland sweeps D3 finals
For the second time in three years, Richland College of Dallas swept the NJCAA Division II men's and women's titles.

The Thunderducks won the men's final with a 3-1 win over host Herkimer County on MVP Alberto's Rodriguez's hat trick, and the women's championship with a 1-0 victory over Brookdale on Karina Davila's goal in the second half.

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