Cavaliers, Terrapins, Hoyas advance to the NCAA tournament round of 16

November 25, 2013

Ryan Zinkhan scored in the first half and Eric Bird added a second-half goal to lead Virginia past St. John’s, 2-0, in Charlottesville and into the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament.

Seeded eighth, the Cavaliers (11-5-5) next Sunday will host Marquette, which was a 1-0 winner over Akron in overtime.

“I would say today was a professional performance,” Virginia Coach George Gelnovatch said. “That first goal and how we managed the game and played together were all great.”

Virginia, making its 33rd consecutive NCAA tournament appearance — the longest current streak in Division I soccer — advanced to the second weekend of tournament play for the first time since winning the 2009 national championship.

The Red Storm (11-7-2) outshot Virginia 9-8. Goalie Calle Brown saved four shots on goal in recording the Cavaliers’ 10th shutout of the season.

Virginia scored in the 35th minute. Patrick Foss sent a free kick into the box and found Bird, who headed the ball back into the six-yard box to Zinkhan, who headed into the upper left corner for his fourth goal of the year.

The Cavaliers struck again in the 64th minute. Scott Thomsen lofted a corner kick across the box toward the far post, where Bird went up in traffic and headed it in for his team-leading seventh score of the season.

MARYLAND 3, PROVIDENCE 1: The fifth-seeded Terrapins benefited from a penalty kick goal from Patrick Mullins in the 70th minute and beat the Friars at Ludwig Field.

Michael Sauers and Jake Pace also scored for Maryland (14-3-5), which advanced to its nation-leading 12th straight round of 16 appearance.

Phil Towler scored for Providence, which finished 12-6-4.

Mullins, a senior, has a team-best 15 goals this season and 42 for his career, tied for fourth in school history. He is 9 for 9 on penalty kicks this season. His 42 career goals are tied for fourth all time at Maryland.

The Terrapins host UC Irvine next Sunday in the third round.

GEORGETOWN 3, OLD DOMINION 0: Cole Seiler scored in the 12th minute off a corner kick at Shaw Field to get the Hoyas started toward earning a spot in the NCAA tournament round of 16.

Bakie Goodman and Alex Muyl added second-half goals for sixth-seeded Georgetown (14-4-2), which will host Michigan State on Sunday.

The Monarchs (11-6-1) outshot the Hoyas by a 20-9 margin and took seven corner kicks to Georgetown’s five.

WAKE FOREST 2, NAVY 1: Ricky Greensfelder scored in the 54th minute as the Demon Deacons beat the Midshipmen in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Jamie Dubyoski scored in the 32nd minute for Navy (16-4-2). Sean Okoli tallied for Wake Forest (10-5-5) in the 27th minute.

NEW MEXICO 1, GEORGE MASON 0: James Rogers scored in the 83rd minute to lift the Lobos in the second round of the NCAA tournament with a light snow falling in Albuquerque.

New Mexico (12-5-2) maintained consistent pressure all evening, outshooting the Patriots (12-3-6) by a 19-4 margin and allowing only two shots on goal.

Hokies’ women advance

Senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts recorded eight saves and then stopped three of four shots in a penalty shootout to lift the Virginia Tech women into the NCAA quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory on penalty kicks over Santa Clara in Blacksburg, Va.

The Hokies (18-4-3) will host Duke on Friday.

After a scoreless first half, Murielle Tiernan scored off a deflection for Virginia Tech in the 55th minute. Sofia Huerta equalized for the Broncos (16-4-2) nine minutes later.

VIRGINIA 2, WAKE FOREST 0: Makenzy Doniak and Morgan Brian scored for the Cavaliers, who advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals with a win over the Demon Deacons (12-7-2) in Charlottesville.

Virginia (23-1), which will host Michigan on Friday night, posted its third consecutive shutout and school-record 16th of the season.

Real Salt Lake in MLS Cup

Robbie Findley’s first-half goal put a comeback out of reach for the Timbers, and Real Salt Lake advanced to the MLS Cup with a 1-0 victory at Portland for a 5-2 aggregate advantage in the Western Conference final.

Real Salt Lake will play Sporting Kansas City for the championship Dec. 7.

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