Ohio State came back from two goals down to knock off defending champion UC Santa Barbara. Offensive explosions from No. 2 seed Wake Forest and No. 3 Connecticut sent them into the quarterfinals. Notre Dame returned to the final eight for the second straight year, while Virginia Tech, Massachusetts and UIC (thanks to a goal by Ian Sarachan, son of former Chicago Fire coach Dave Sarachan) booked their first tickets to the Elite 8.
2-Wake Forest (19-2-2) vs. 10-Notre Dame (14-4-5)
3-Connecticut (20-2-1) vs. 11-Virginia Tech (13-3-5)
5-Ohio State (15-3-5) vs. Bradley (16-5-4)
Massachusetts (16-7-1) vs. UIC (13-5-6)
OHIO STATE-UC SANTA BARBARA (4-3, OT). Ohio State had not allowed more than two goals all season, but the Buckeyes fell behind defending national champion UC Santa Barbara, 3-1, eight minutes into the second half but still recovered to win in overtime and extend their unbeaten streak to 13 games.
"We felt we gave them two goals in the first half," said Ohio State coach John Bluem. "We were confident going into the second half because we felt we had the opportunity to be the better team. But when we gave up that goal early in the second half, it didn't look good. But our guys never give up."
Ohio State defender Eric Brunner scored twice on free kicks of 30 yards and 20 yards, Eric Edwards put away the second goal off a scramble in the box, and Andrew Magill won the game in the second overtime to lead Ohio State's incredible comeback on a wet field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
"Obviously, the story for us will be having a 3-1 lead in the second half on the road and not being able to finish," UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg said. "We felt like we had this game won when we went up 3-1 and had several opportunities to go ahead 4-1 or 5-1. But they got that second goal and that was the turning point in the game. The second goal gives them energy and we let it get away."
Dec. 2 in Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State 4 UC Santa Barbara 3. Goals: Brunner 25, Edwards (Verhoff, Balc) 66, Brunner 70, Magill (Edwards, Gold) 104; Motagalvan (O'Brien) 25, own goal 31, Perera (O'Brien) 32.
Ohio State -- Latchem, Roan, Verhoff, Gabel, Brunner, Gold, Irizarry, Marsh, Espinoza, Balc, Magill. Subs: Lomnicki, Kustos, Edwards.
UC Santa Barbara -- Rueckner, Iro, G.Curry, J.Curry, Tennelle, O'Brien, Motagalvan, Avila, Zerah, Nunez, Pontius. Subs: Walker, Perera, Kaveny, Cintas.
WAKE FOREST-WEST VIRGINIA (3-1). The No. 2 seed Demon Deacons rallied from one goal down to win their school record 19th game of the season.
Austin da Luz set up Zack Schilawski for the tying goal, and Cody Arnoux put the game away with a pair of goals, the first set up by freshman Corben Bone and the second by da Luz.
Da Luz, son of Wake women's coach Tony da Luz, says the Deacons' comeback was inevitable.
"I think that when we play a game, no matter how defensive a team is, there's not really much they can do," he said. "We're so good at moving the ball and finding a place to play, we did that well today. So as good as they are at the back, there wasn't much they could do."
Dec. 2 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Wake Forest 3 West Virginia 1. Goals: Schilawski (da Luz, Phelan) 56, Arnoux (Bone) 65, Arnoux (da Luz) 87; Wright pen. 50.
Wake Forest -- Edwards, Cronin, Valentin, Phelan, Opara Adams, Franks, Brown, Tracy, Lahoud, Arnoux. Subs: da Luz, Bone, Schilawski.
West Virginia -- Johnson, Bristol, Erwin, Halsell, Carroll, Maworere, Stratford, Wright, Anoia, Hagey, Paradise. Subs: Cooper, Gillespie, Lindroos, Dewese.
Red card: West Virginia -- Maworere 85.
Referee: Andrew Chapin.
CONNECTICUT-SOUTH FLORIDA (5-0). O'Brian White broke the UConn record for goals in a season when he scored his third hat trick of the season to give him 23 goals. The Jamaican international broke the record off 22 goals set by by Joe Morrone, Jr. in 1979.
Mike Pezza set up White's first two goals to give him 19 assists, one shy of the Husky record set by Pedro DeBrito in 1979 and again in 1981.
USF finished 14-6-2 with three of its six losses to No. 3 seed UConn. "They are a top team, for sure," said Bulls coach George Kiefer, a former UConn assistant. "I give them a lot of credit."
Dec. 2 in Storrs, Conn.
Connecticut 5 South Florida 0. Goals: White (Pezza) 2, White (Pezza) 22, Priestley 47, White (Stahl) 60, Chijindu (Priestley) 76.
South Florida -- Restrepo, Y.Marshall, Mittoo, Claessens, D'Oyley, Aristeguieta, Devenish, Neaves, Schoendorf, Anor, Seabrook. Subs: Mohammed, Perucica, Magill, A.Marshall, Taylor, Gonzalez.
Connecticut -- Ford, King, James, Watson-Siriboe, Castillo, Pezza, Priestley, Stahl, Arad, Cordeiro, White. Subs: Nicklaw, Chijindu, Holden, Brickley, Jones, Boa, Sgueglia, Lopez.
Referee: Erich Simmons.
SANTA CLARA-NOTRE DAME (0-2). The Fighting Irish return to the quarterfinals for the second straight year after taking advantage of some slopping defending to end Santa Clara's unbeaten streak at 18 games.
Joseph Lapira, the 2006 Soccer America Player of the Year, scored in the 68th minute and then set up Dave Donohue five minutes later to give Notre Dame the lead against the run of play.
"I thought we did what we wanted to do," Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark said. "In the first half, we got them turned a lot and got the game into their half for long periods of the game. That is what we set out to do. I don't think we opened nearly as well in the second half. I thought they got into the game in the first 10 minutes of the second half. It took us about 10 or 15 minutes to get going in the second half. Once we got the goals, they had to come out to try and get back into the game and that left them a little vulnerable in the back. We maybe could have had a couple more goals in the last 10 minutes."
Dec. 1 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Santa Clara 0 Notre Dame 2. Goals: Lapira (Yoshinaga) 68, Donohue (Lapira) 72.
Santa Clara -- Klasila, Hatzke, Sauter, Roberts, Anibaba, Marquess, Lowry, Brown, McCarthy, Wantulok, Ogunbiyi. Subs: Smith, Sweeney, Curry, Character, Martin, Buttitta, Cosgriff, Danzeiser.
Notre Dame -- Cahill, Miller, Traynor, Rellas, Besler, Thomas, Armstrong, Yoshinaga, Morrow, Lapira, Martin. Subs: Donohue, Brovsky.
Referee: Yader Reyes.
MASSACHUSETTS-CENTRAL CONN. STATE (3-1). The game was delayed for more than a hour due to slippery field conditions, and when play resumed fans were treated to a dominating performance by UMass, which reached the quarterfinals for the first time.
The Minutemen had an 8-2 edge in shots in shots in the first half but couldn't score. The game's four goals all came in the last 16 minutes. Bryan Hogan broke the ice in the 74th minute, who scored on a header after Ben Arikian's corner kick was headed on by Mark DeSantis. For the Minutemen, it was the fifth goal off a corner kick in the postseason after not scoring a goal off a corner all regular season.
"We're in New England," said UMass coach Sam Koch, "and fields freeze when it goes below 32 degrees and to not play, I didn't really understand, but I was going to do whatever they told me to do. We were ready to play right now, we wanted to play right now, but if we had to play tomorrow we would have done that as well.
Dec. 2 in Amherst, Mass.
Massachusetts 3 Central Conn. State 1. Goals: Hogan (Mark DeSantis, Arikian) 74, Hogan (Amick) 80, Ofosu 87; Klukowski (Tyrie) 88.
Massachusetts -- Simmons, Lepone, Brown, Rappaport, Amick, Cook, Mike DeSantis, Arikian, Cirillo, Mark DeSantis, Hogan. Subs: Jejna, Ofosu, Thomson.
Central Conn. State -- Armstrong, Tyrie, Cooper, Floyd, Cavener, Klukowski, Agbatar, Veldhuis, Waldorf, Pinto, Rundquist. Subs: Howe, Oware, O'Leary.
Referee: Bahij Salman.
VIRGINIA TECH-OLD DOMINION (1-0). The Hokies made Ghanaian star Patrick Nyarko's first-half goal stand up with a superb defensive effort, limiting ODU to one shot on goal.
"In the first half, we struggled with some things on the defensive point," Virginia Tech coach Oliver Weiss said. "All the players who played in the second half made a great adjustment and really kept their poise and focus on our game plan, which was to at least limit Old Dominion's opportunities."
Nyarko scored when Georg Zehender dribbled to the right corner and delivered a cross to the front of the goal.
"That's a play we've practiced over and over again," Nyarko said. "When I saw the ball go over to the flag, I knew what run to make and [Zehender] found me with that ball. I was being heckled a little bit, but I just decided to go until the end of the play, and luckily, it went in."
Dec. 2 in Blacksburg, Va.
Virginia Tech 1 Old Dominion 0. Goal: Nyarko (Zehender) 23.
Virginia Tech -- Aigner, Baden, Zegender, Shupp, Reed, Collier, Spangler, Gilson, Nason, Campbell, Nyarko. Subs: Hock, Edmans, Brutus, Dillie.
Old Dominion -- Newton, Lutton, Haddal, Kulp, Joseph, William, Haywood, Horst, Silver, Foglesong, Banks. Subs: Emmanuel, Loizou, Montambo.
Referee: Bill Dittmar.
CREIGHTON-UIC (0-1). Ian Sarachan -- son of former Chicago Fire coach Dave Sarachan -- was the hero with his second goal in as many games.
The opportunistic Sarachan sent the Flames into the final eight for the first time when an errant backpass by defender Seth Sinovic went over the head of keeper Matt Allen, and Sarachan was right there to convert the opportunity, chasing down the loose ball and tucking it into the back of the net.
"Coming up, I could tell the defender and the keeper didn't communicate," said Sarachan. "Sometimes it's about being in the right place at the right time, and that was one of the easiest ones you'll score, but you'll take it."
Dec. 1 in Omaha, Neb.
Creighton 0 UIC 1. Goal: Sarachan 74.
Creighton -- Allen, Castillo, Schuler, Sinovic, Gotsmanov, Thayer, Bohnenkamp, Wittig, Minutillo, Gjoesund, Schmitz. Subs: Sindlinger, Walters, Travis, Eid.
UIC -- Bubonja, Giffin, Younger, McMahon, B.Husidic, Sarachan, Dundjer, A.Husidic, Zambrano, Spiess, Bilbrey. Subs: Stoll, Simek, Trout.
Referee: Jorge Riopedre.