The pairings (all times are Eastern):
Friday at University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium
Penn State (20-3-0) vs. Florida State (20-3-0), 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
North Carolina (13-5-0) vs. Stanford (21-1-0), 11 p.m. (ESPN3.com)
No major surprises: Aside from No. 2 UNC, each semifinalist was a top seed in its portion of the 64-team tournament. The final is Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
Friday: #16 Indiana (13-5-3) at #9 North Carolina (16-3-3), 6 p.m.
(Hoosiers upset #1 Notre Dame in extra time, while defending champion Tar Heels scored early in sudden-death extra time to stop upset-minded Fairleigh Dickinson.)
Saturday: San Diego (14-8-0) at #3 Georgetown (18-3-2), 1 p.m.
(Toreros scored twice in 5 minutes midway in 2nd half to win at #11 Tulsa, while Hoyas scored late equalizer and prevailed on PKs for first quarterfinal berth.)
Saturday: #10 Louisville (14-5-1) at #2 Maryland (19-1-2), 5 p.m.
(Cardinals edged Northwestern on 86th-minute own goal, while Terrapins routed Coastal Carolina, 5-1, for their fourth quarterfinal appearance in five years.)
Sunday: #12 Creighton (16-3-3) at #4 Connecticut (17-3-1), 1 p.m.
Three teams are from the Big East, two from the ACC.
The College Cup Dec. 7-9 is at a minor league baseball stadium in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Ala., for the second consecutive year. The 2013 final four moves to PPL Park in Chester, Pa. — a better facility and stronger soccer area but with a much higher risk of wintry weather.
The NCAA just can’t get it quite right with the men’s venue on a consistent basis: Southern locations with small crowds or inappropriate stadiums and cold-weather spots in quality stadiums but dodgy conditions.
Best venues over the past 20 years: Davidson, N.C. (1992-94), Richmond, Va. (1995-98), and Santa Barbara, Calif. (2010).