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COLLEGE WOMEN: North Carolina returns to final four
Soccer America, 11/27/2006 11:08:00 AM

North Carolina had to twice come from behind before beating Texas A&M, 3-2, before 4,887 fans in the NCAA Division I women's quarterfinals and returned to the Women's College Cup after a two-year absence.

The Tar Heels failed to reach the final four in 2004 and 2005 -- the only two years in the 25-year history of the NCAA Tournament they didn't advance to at least the semifinals.

Carolina won after falling behind, 1-0 and 2-1, in one of the most dramatic games in Fetzer Field history. The Aggies went ahead on Laura Grace Robinson's goal in the 30th minute and held UNC to one shot in the first half -- the fewest in its history. Heather O'Reilly, back with UNC after playing for the USA at the Women's Gold Cup on Wednesday, tied the score 47 seconds into the second half, but Allison Martino put A&M ahead again on a free kick from just outside the area in the 56th minute. To make matters worse for UNC, defensive star Jessica Maxwell suffered a broken ankle in the tangle-up of players after the play that led to the free kick.

But the Tar Heels responded with goals by freshmen Whitney Engen and freshman Nikki Washington to go ahead, 3-2, before withstanding a late A&M assault. In the last minute, Washington cleared a ball off the line that had deflected off an A&M player when substitute goalie Ashlyn Harris tried to clear a ball from the area.

''A 3-2 result,'' said UNC coach Anson Dorrance, ''that's a soccer promoter's dream. Lots of goals, end-to-end action, it was just a fantastic soccer game to be a part of. Certainly, [I] want to publicly congratulate Texas A&M -- they gave us just incredible problems in the first half, dominated play, scored a nice chance and we really couldn't get much organized.''

Dorrance goes for the 800th win of his coaching career when UNC meets UCLA Friday night in the Women's College Cup semifinals at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. He has won 627 games in 28 years with the Carolina women and won 172 games in 12 years with the men.

NOTRE DAME 4 PENN STATE 0. Freshman Michele Weissenhofer scored a hat trick in a span of less than 13 minutes and sophomore Kerri Hanks had three assists as the top-ranked Irish extended their unbeaten streak to a school record 25 games and moved into Friday's other semifinal against Florida State. The Irish dominated the game with a 27-3 edge in shots but couldn't score until Weissenhofer's first goal on assists by Hanks and Jen Buczkowski in the 54th minute. Hanks (64 points with 22 goals and 20 assists) and Weissenhofer (53 points with 18 goals and 17 assists) now rank 1-2 atop the national scoring charts.

UCLA 2 PORTLAND 1. The Bruins gained revenge for their 4-0 loss to Portland in last year's Women's College Cup final with Friday's victory Friday night. Postseason sensation Rachael Rapinoe put UP ahead in the sixth minute, but UCLA responded with goals by McCall Zerboni less than three minutes later and freshman Lauren Cheney from the penalty spot in the 70th minute. The penalty came after playmaking sparkplug Christina DiMartino was brought down on the left side of the box.

FLORIDA STATE 2 CLEMSON 1. The Seminoles also need to come from behind to return to the College Cup for the second straight year and third time in the last four years. The Tigers stunned FSU on a brilliant strike by Molly Franklin from 35 years and led at halftime, but FSU responded with a volley by Australia international Selin Kuralay in the 50th minute and a goal by freshman Becky Edwards in the 63rd minute. The game drew an FSU record postseason crowd of 1,754.


COLLEGE MEN: UCLA rallies to stun No. 1 Duke, 3-2
11/26/2006 11:14:00 AM


UCLA overcame a 2-0 first-half deficit to defeat top-ranked Duke, 3-2, in NCAA men's quarterfinal action at Duke's Koskinen Stadium.

Sal Zizzo scored the tying goal in the 78th minute and the game-winning goal -- on a preplanned play -- just 30 seconds into overtime to send the eighth seeded Bruins to the College Cup for the 12th time in school history.

Duke scored on goals by Spencer Wadsworth after 25 seconds and Chris Loftus in the 19th minute, but the Bruins soon thereafter began as assault on Justin Papadakis' goal. UCLA was rewarded for its efforts with a goal by Jason Leopoldo after work by David Estrada and Kyle Nakazawa.

Zizzo's tying goal came after working a short corner with Nakazawa and Mike Zaher. Zizzo's winning goal was set up by a cross from Leopoldo streaking down the left wing into the box.

''We talked about the play before [the overtime],'' said Zizzo. ''The plan was to get on the endline and make a near post run. Jason drove the ball around, and I tucked it away.''

VIRGINIA 3 NOTRE DAME 2. Midfield general Nico Colaluca set up senior Adam Cristman twice for goals as Virginia returned to the final four for the first time since 1997. German Yannick Reyering score the third Virginia goal -- his third in three postseason games. Kurt Martin scored both goals, the first set up by Joseph Lapira, who finished the season with 50 points (22 goals and six assists). Virginia set the modern NCAA single-season record for total attendance as 5,850 fans watched the Cavaliers knock off the Fighting Irish, giving UVa a single-season record of 43,183. (Connecticut drew larger single-season totals in the heyday of the Joe Morrone era in the early 1980s -- before the NCAA kept official soccer records.)

WAKE FOREST 3 SANTA CLARA 1. The No. 2 seed Demon Deacons reached the final four for the first time with three goals after SCU went ahead on a goal by Peter Lowry. Free-kick specialist Steve Curfman curled a free kick over the wall for the equalizer in the 43rd minute, and Mike Lahoud and Wells Thompson broke the game open with goals in the last quarter of an hour. The game drew 3,520 fans at Spry Stadium.

UC SANTA BARBARA 3 NORTHWESTERN 2. The Gauchos will return to the Men's College Cup for the second time in three years thanks to Canadian Tyler Rosenlund's hat trick. Bidding for its first trip to the final four, Northwestern gave the crowd of 8,784 fans -- the largest crowd in the country in 2006 -- a scare by going ahead, 2-1, at halftime on goals by seniors Brad North and Gerardo Alvarez.


TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: NCAA Division I Men & Women
11/27/2006 1:20:00 AM

NCAA DIVISION I MEN
Results, Quarterfinals
Nov. 24
Virginia
3 (Cristman 25, 71, Reyering 35) Notre Dame 2 (Martin 71, pen. 84).
Wake Forest 3 (Curfman 43, Lahoud 75, Thompson 83) Santa Clara 1 (Lowry 24).

Nov. 25
UC Santa Barbara 3 (Rosenlund 9, 48, 63) Northwestern 2 (North 13, Alvarez 38).

Nov. 26
Duke 2 (Wadsworth 1, Loftus 19) UCLA 3 (Leopoldo 41, Zizzo 78, 91) (OT).

Schedule, Semifinals, Dec. 1 in St. Louis
Virginia
(17-3-1) vs. UCLA (13-5-4)
Wake Forest (18-3-3) vs. UC Santa Barbara (16-7-0)

NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN
Results, Quarterfinals
Nov. 24

Notre Dame 4 (Weissenhofer 54, 56, 66, Cinalli 72) Penn State 0.
UCLA 2 (M.Zerboni 9, Cheney pen. 70) Portland 1 (R.Rapinoe 6).
Florida State 2 (Kuralay 50, Edwards 63) Clemson 1 (Franklin 31).

Nov. 25
North Carolina 3 (O'Reilly 46, Engen 62, Washington 74) Texas A&M 2 (Robinson 30, Martino 55).

Schedule, Semifinals, Dec. 1 in Cary, N.C.
North Carolina (25-1-0) vs. UCLA (21-3-0)
Notre Dame (24-0-1) vs. Florida State (18-3-4)


HERMANN TROPHY: Davies, Lapira, Needham named men's finalists
11/28/2006 5:36:00 PM

Boston College's Charlie Davies, Notre Dame's Joseph Lapira and SMU's Jay Needham are the three finalists for the 2006 Men's MAC Hermann Trophy.

The winner will be announced at a press conference at the Busch Center on the campus of Saint Louis University on Saturday, Dec. 2, between the NCAA Division I men's semifinals on Friday and final on Sunday. None of the trio will be playing at the Men's College Cup.

Davies, a junior forward from Manchester, N.H., was the ACC Offensive Player of the Year with a school record of 15 goals and six assists for 36 points.

Lapira, a junior forward from Lake Charles, La., was the Big East Offensive Player of the Year. He led the nation with 22 goals and 50 points.

Needham, a senior defender from Ft. Worth, Texas, was the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, anchoring a defense that tied a school record with 14 shutouts on the season


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