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.
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.
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.