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1. SMU, West Virginia and UNC men are upset
November 16th, 2006 2:13AM
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SMU, the top-ranked team in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 for most of the regular season, fell in the second round of the NCAA Division I Tournament on Wednesday night when it lost at home to UC Santa Barbara, 3-1.

Also knocked out were North Carolina, the preseason No. 1, and West Virginia, which was ranked as high as No. 2 during the season.

UCSB dominated No. 3 seed SMU, outshooting the Mustangs, 16-8, and never trailed. Freshman midfielder David Walker scored the first goal of his career to put the Gauchos ahead for good in the 44th minute after UCSB's Nick Perera and SMU's Scott Corbin traded goals. Eric Avila, who set up Perera for the first goal, added an insurance goal in the 76th minute.

"We liked the match-up with SMU from the start," UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg said. "Our team has played in some really big games and, even though they've got a great tradition here and had an amazing season, we had the guys ready to play and believing they could beat this team. The guys played excellent tonight."

All-American Scott Jones' goal with seven minutes left in the second overtime lifted UNC Greensboro to a 2-1 victory over No. 6 seed West Virginia. It was the second winning goal in two postseason games for Jones, who scored with just 24 seconds left in regulation to lift UNCG to a 2-1 win over Virginia Tech in the opening round on Saturday.

The Mountaineers missed two penalties in the space of 10 minutes in the second half -- the first by Dan Stratford was turned away by Spartan goalkeeper Nate Berry and the second by Pat Carroll sailed wide left of an open net with Berry guessing wrong.

"It was an ebb and flow game," said UNCG coach Michael Parker. "It was a very even match-up. But I believe we were the better team in overtime."

Old Dominion's Trevor Banks didn't miss his penalty kick, scoring in the 70th minute to give the Monarchs a 1-0 win over 14th-seeded North Carolina. Carolina outshot the Monarchs, 13-3, and posted a 7-1 edge on corner kicks, but was shut out for the fifth time in its last six games.

"It wasn't much different of a game than what we have played all season long," said Carolina coach Elmar Bolowich. "We pretty much controlled the game, had more of the play, had perhaps better opportunities to go ahead and we did not convert. That puts an enormous amount of pressure on the defense. Old Dominion started believing at that point, and all they needed was that one break."

All other seeds that played on Wednesday advanced to the Sweet 16. Two games were postponed until Thursday because of bad weather: Clemson-Gardner-Webb and Saint Louis-Northwestern.


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