Thursday, November 16, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #173

Well crap, four of the five teams i was following in the NCAA D-1 men's playoffs lost in round two. Go Virginia!:

SMU, West Virginia and UNC men are upset
SMU, the top-ranked team in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 for most of the regular season, fell in the second round of the NCAA Division I Tournament on Wednesday night when it lost at home to UC Santa Barbara, 3-1.

Also knocked out were North Carolina, the preseason No. 1, and West Virginia, which was ranked as high as No. 2 during the season.

UCSB dominated No. 3 seed SMU, outshooting the Mustangs, 16-8, and never trailed. Freshman midfielder David Walker scored the first goal of his career to put the Gauchos ahead for good in the 44th minute after UCSB's Nick Perera and SMU's Scott Corbin traded goals. Eric Avila, who set up Perera for the first goal, added an insurance goal in the 76th minute.

"We liked the match-up with SMU from the start," UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg said. "Our team has played in some really big games and, even though they've got a great tradition here and had an amazing season, we had the guys ready to play and believing they could beat this team. The guys played excellent tonight."

All-American Scott Jones' goal with seven minutes left in the second overtime lifted UNC Greensboro to a 2-1 victory over No. 6 seed West Virginia. It was the second winning goal in two postseason games for Jones, who scored with just 24 seconds left in regulation to lift UNCG to a 2-1 win over Virginia Tech in the opening round on Saturday.

The Mountaineers missed two penalties in the space of 10 minutes in the second half -- the first by Dan Stratford was turned away by Spartan goalkeeper Nate Berry and the second by Pat Carroll sailed wide left of an open net with Berry guessing wrong.

"It was an ebb and flow game," said UNCG coach Michael Parker. "It was a very even match-up. But I believe we were the better team in overtime."

Old Dominion's Trevor Banks didn't miss his penalty kick, scoring in the 70th minute to give the Monarchs a 1-0 win over 14th-seeded North Carolina. Carolina outshot the Monarchs, 13-3, and posted a 7-1 edge on corner kicks, but was shut out for the fifth time in its last six games.

"It wasn't much different of a game than what we have played all season long," said Carolina coach Elmar Bolowich. "We pretty much controlled the game, had more of the play, had perhaps better opportunities to go ahead and we did not convert. That puts an enormous amount of pressure on the defense. Old Dominion started believing at that point, and all they needed was that one break."

All other seeds that played on Wednesday advanced to the Sweet 16. Two games were postponed until Thursday because of bad weather: Clemson-Gardner-Webb and Saint Louis-Northwestern.

SCOREBOARD: NCAA Division I Men's Tournament
Results -- Second Round
Nov. 15
California 3 (Wilson 2, Ayala-Hil 32, 63) New Mexico 1 (Danaher 83).
Duke 2 (Videira 27, Grella 47) Brown 0.
Indiana 1 (Ackley 20) Northern Illinois 0.
Lehigh 1 (Gazda 84) Rhode Island 1 (Tumicz 18) (OT).
(Lehigh wins 5-4 on penalties.)
Maryland 2 (Hall 26, Zusi 57) St. John's 0.
North Carolina 0 Old Dominion 1 (Banks pen. 70).
Notre Dame 1 (Lapira 44) UIC 0.
Santa Clara 3 (Ustruck 43, Martin 46, Ogunbiyi 93) Washington 2 (Fischer 61, Mohn 81) (OT).
SMU 1 (Corbin 41) UC Santa Barbara 3 (Perera 32, Walker 44, Avila 76).
Towson 2 (Ruck 40, Mangione 52) Fairfield 0.
UCLA 3 (Zizzo 2, 40, Nakazawa 74) Harvard 0.
Virginia 4 (Cristman 27, Colaluca 28, Holder 44, Villanueva 49) Bucknell 0.
Wake Forest 5 (Tracy 22, 73, Schilwaksi 40, 78, Cronin 69) Hofstra 1 (Todd 79).
West Virginia 1 (Wittig 70) UNC Greensboro 2 (Patterson 52, Jones 103) (OT).
Clemson vs. Gardner-Webb-postponed.
Saint Louis vs. Northwestern-postponed

Second Round -- Nov. 16
No. 9 Clemson (12-4-2) vs. Gardner-Webb (9-7-4)
No. 11 Saint Louis (13-4-2) vs. Northwestern (12-7-0)
Third Round -- Nov. 18-19
No. 1 Duke (17-3-1) vs. No. 16 Lehigh (15-1-3)
No. 8 UCLA (11-5-4) vs. Clemson-Gardner-Webb winner
No. 4 Virginia (15-3-1) vs. No. 13 California (13-5-1)
No. 5 Maryland (16-4-1) vs. No. 12 Notre Dame (14-5-2)
Old Dominion (14-5-2) vs. UC Santa Barbara (14-7-0)
No. 7 Indiana (15-4-2) vs. No. 10 Santa Clara (13-4-4)
No. 2 Wake Forest (16-3-3) vs. No. 15 Towson (14-1-3)
Saint Louis-Northwestern winner vs. UNC Greensboro (16-7-0)

NAIA: Lindsey Wilson continues long road back
Opening as the No. 20 seed in the 20-team finals, defending champion Lindsey Wilson began the title defense of its NAIA men's title with a 3-1 win over Judson Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Blue Raiders had to play on the opening day for the first time since the NAIA expanded to a 20-team field in 2003. They had to forfeit five wins for using an ineligible player in their first six games. The Blue Raiders lost the other game and had rebounded from a 0-6 start to enter the national championships with an 11-9-0 record.

Nathan Jafta, Tiyselan Shipalane and Carnell Learmond scored against Judson. The win set up a date for Lindsey Wilson on Thursday against No. 4 seed Rio Grande.

NCAA D2 MEN: Final four has foreign flavor
The NCAA Division II men's tournament continues Thursday with the semifinals at the 2006 DII Championship Festival in Pensacola, Fla. The final four will have a decidedly foreign flavor:

Ft. Lewis is led by Englishman John Cunliffe, considered one of the top strikers in the college game at any level. Cunliffe enters the semifinals with 27 goals and 16 assists.

Lincoln Memorial is coached by Brazilian Helio D'Anna, who starts eight Brazilians. (Former Railsplitter Frederico Moojens, another Brazilian, transferred for his senior year to Clemson, where he starts for the Tigers.)

Local entrant West Florida also has a samba touch. The Argonauts are led by a pair of Brazilians: forward Felipe Lawall (12 goals and 14 assists) and defender Eduardo Oliveira.

The fourth semifinalist, Dowling, starts players from Scandinavia (Norway and Sweden), West Africa (Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal) and the Caribbean (Jamaica). The Golden Lions' four Norwegian starters include 26-year-old grad student Morten Jensen, who has scored 22 goals.

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