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Local college soccer roundup: Delaware upsets Virginia in NCAA first round

Virginia was making its 31st consecutive appearance in the NCAA men’s soccer tournament. Delaware hadn’t participated in 41 years and was a heavy underdog visiting Charlottesville in the first round Thursday. The outcome? Delaware 1, Virginia 0 in extra time. The Blue Hens are coached by Ian Hennessey, who played for MLS’s MetroStars in 1996.

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Fifth-seeded Maryland, which received abye, learned its second-round opponent: West Virginia on Sunday at 5 p.m. in College Park. The Mountaineers defeated Xavier, 2-1, in extra time.

Several matches, including Old Dominion’s win over Liberty, were decided in extra time or penalty kicks.

On a side note, former Maryland forward Jason Herrick was forced to retire because of a concussion after just one pro season.

Meantime, George Washington wasted little time filling the coaching vacancy left by retiring George Lidster, promoting top assistant Craig Jones.

The women’s tournament resumes Friday with the round of 32 at eight venues, including a doubleheader in Charlottesville.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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