Men's soccer NCAA round of 16

Sunday, November 29, 2009

MARYLAND AT HARVARD

Where: Ohiri Field, Cambridge, Mass.

When: 1 p.m.

Records: Terrapins 14-5-2; Crimson 14-3-1.

At stake: Quarterfinal berth next weekend against Virginia or Portland.

Outlook: While Maryland, the defending national champion, is in the third round for the eighth consecutive year, 10th-seeded Harvard is making its first appearance since 1987, when it reached the semifinals. Senior F Andre Akpan, the Ivy League player of the year, has 12 goals and is the Crimson's co-leader in career goals (47). Junior F Jason Herrick has nine goals for the Terrapins, who, despite being unseeded for the first time in eight years, advanced with 2-1 victories over Loyola (Md.) at home and No. 7 Penn State on the road. In their last 12 matches, they have a 9-2-1 record and have not conceded more than a goal in a game. Sophomore GK Zac MacMath has a 0.82 goals against average and six shutouts in 19 starts. Senior MF Doug Rodkey remains sidelined with a foot injury.

VIRGINIA VS. PORTLAND

Where: Klockner Stadium, Charlottesville.

When: 1 p.m.

Records: Cavaliers 15-3-3, Pilots 12-5-5.

Tickets: $5, $7, $9 at stadium box office.

At stake: Quarterfinal berth next weekend against Maryland or Harvard.

Outlook: The second-seeded Cavaliers are unbeaten in 12 straight (9-0-3) with nine consecutive shutouts for a scoreless streak approaching 1,000 minutes. In a 5-0 victory over Bucknell last week, junior GK Diego Restrepo (0.32 GAA) broke former World Cup GK Tony Meola's program mark of 891:25 without a goal, set in 1988, and stretched his program-record shutouts in a season to 13. Virginia has conceded just five goals in regulation (seven overall) and has yet to allow more than one goal in a match. With a hat trick last week, freshman F Will Bates increased his team-best goal total to 11. The Pilots, making their first trip to the round of 16 in eight years, upset 15th-seeded North Carolina State, 2-1, last weekend. Virginia opened the season on Sept. 4 in Portland at the Nike Invitational, claiming a 3-0 victory as sophomore MF Tony Tchani (seven goals, goals assists) scored twice and Bates once.

-- Steven Goff


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