UC reigned over the ACC in an East-West battle in the semifinals of the Men's College Cup on Saturday in St. Louis.
UCLA, looking for its 100th NCAA sports championship, stunned
Virginia with a four-goal blitz in the last 26 minutes to down the Cavaliers, 4-0, in the first semifinals. UC Santa Barbara outlasted Wake Forest, 4-3, on penalty kicks after their game ended in a
0-0 tie and advanced to the NCAA men's final for the second time in three years. David Estrada
, a non-scholarship freshman, scored twice in 67 seconds to lift eighth seed UCLA past Virginia. He worked a give-and-go with Kyle
inside the Cavaliers' penalty area before beating two defenders and putting the ball to the left of keeper Ryan Burke
in the 64th minute.
Estrada did it all himself on the second goal -- his 12th of the season -- hitting a shot that glanced off Burke's outstretched hands and trickled into the right corner of the goal. Fellow Freshmen
and Michael Stephens
added late goals to put away Virginia.
The Bruins will play UCSB, which
they had beaten, 3-1, in Santa Barbara earlier in the season. In the shootout, Wake Forest freshman Zach Schilawski
missed the decisive attempt, hitting his
shot high when the Deacons needed to score to send the shootout into the sixth round. Seniors Ryan Solle
had missed earlier for Wake and UCSB, respectively.
Two years ago, the Gauchos had lost to Indiana in a shootout in the Men's College Cup final in Carson, Calif.
"Losing in a shootout in the national championship always sticks with you," said UCSB keeper Kyle Reynish
, who recorded five saves against Wake. "So having a
shootout in the College Cup, when it looked like it was going that way, it was just good to get a second chance. The guys came through and made four of five shots."