NCAA soccer tournament previews

November 17, 2012
NCAA Soccer Tournaments

men’s second round

No. 2 Maryland vs. Brown

Where: Ludwig Field, College Park.

When: 5 p.m.

Records: Terrapins 17-1-2; Bears 13-2-3.

Winner plays: No. 15 Wake Forest or Coastal Carolina next Sunday.

Outlook: Maryland, the ACC champion for the third time in five years, is the No. 2 seed behind Notre Dame in the 48-team tournament. Barring an upset, the Terrapins (11-0-2 in College Park) will remain home through the quarterfinals. Junior F Patrick Mullins, the ACC offensive player of the year with 13 goals and eight assists, leads the third strongest attack in the nation (2.5 goals per game). Brown, which defeated Drexel, 2-0, in the first round Thursday, is tied for fourth in fewest goals conceded (10) and has posted 10 shutouts.

No. 3 Georgetown vs. Charlotte

Where: North Kehoe Field, Washington.

When: 1 p.m.

Records: Hoyas 17-3-1; 49ers 15-3-3.

Winner plays: No. 14 VCU or Syracuse next Sunday.

Outlook: At No. 3, the Hoyas received the highest seeding in their modest tournament history (four appearances) and are hosting a second-round match for the first time. F Brandon Allen (13 goals, two assists) was named Big East rookie of the year. Junior MF-F Steve Neumann has seven goals and 11 assists for the conference runners-up, whose only home loss came to fourth-seeded Connecticut in early October. Charlotte, which fell to North Carolina in the 2011 national final, ousted UAB, 3-2, in the first round. The 49ers’ only losses in the past 13 matches came to No. 14 VCU.

Virginia at No. 13 New Mexico

Where: UNM Soccer Complex, Albuquerque.

When: 9 p.m.

Records: Cavaliers 10-6-4; Lobos 16-3-1.

Winner plays: No. 4 Connecticut or Northeastern next Sunday.

Outlook: Virginia began its 32nd consecutive NCAA appearance — the longest current streak in the nation — with a 1-0 victory Thursday over Patriot League champion Lafayette. Senior F Will Bates, a first-team all-ACC selection the past two seasons, scored in the 87th minute for his 12th goal, extending the Cavaliers’ unbeaten streak to seven. The Lobos are 10-1-1 at home and have not lost in regulation in more than a month. Their 52 regular season goals were second in the nation behind Coastal Carolina’s 57. Senior F Devon Sandoval has 14 goals and seven assists to rank 11th in the country in points (35).

women’s round of 16

No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 3 Duke

Where: Klockner Stadium, Charlottesville.

When: 4 p.m.

Records: Cavaliers 18-4-1, Blue Devils 14-5-2.

Winner plays: No. 1 Penn State or Michigan next weekend.

Outlook: With a 6-1 rout of Rutgers on Friday, the Cavaliers have scored at least four goals in six of the past seven matches. Senior F Caroline Miller (Walter Johnson High School) scored twice and added an assist to set the program record for goals (19) and points (45) in a season. The Blue Devils advanced with a 4-1 victory over Miami (Ohio). Earlier this year, Virginia defeated visiting Duke, 1-0, on Makenzy Doniak’s goal in the 88th minute. Despite a nine-game regular season unbeaten streak against Duke, the Cavaliers have lost the past two NCAA tournament meetings with the Blue Devils.

— Steven Goff

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