No. 2 seed UCLA was the only home team to survive the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Tournament, but it was not easy. The Bruins were on the verge of elimination in the fifth round of the shootout
when goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr.
stopped Glen Long
's penalty kick to prolong the suspense and then made a diving save on
in the eighth round to give the Bruins the win after a wild match at Westwood that ended 3-3. They join Virginia, the only survivor from last
year's Men's College Cup, and UMBC, both also shootout winners, and Providence in the final four in Cary, North Carolina.
“What a fantastic night for our program, our team and our
University,” said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo
after the 7-6 shootout win. “To see all of these students, alumni and everyone enjoy the
result was a memory that will last a long time.”
UCLA came back from 1-0 down on a free kick by Omar Holness
to lead 3-1 on second-half goals
by Brian Iloski
, Christian Chavez
and Abu Danladi
and looked to be coasting
against Carolina, which was down to 10 men after the 20th-minute red card to Alex Olofson,
but goals from Tyler
and Andy Craven
less than 30 seconds apart in the 78th minute gave the Tar Heels new life.
No. 16 Virginia silenced the Shaw
Field sellout crowd of 2,232 with a Todd Wharton
equalizer in the 90th minute and went on to win in a shootout, 5-4, after a 1-1 tie.
move on to play unseeded UMBC, which won its fourth straight game on the road by shutout, winning at Creighton Friday night in another shootout, 5-4, to advance to the College Cup for the first time
as a Division I program.
Providence, which had never even made it to the round of 16, is headed to the College Cup after winning at No. 3 seed Michigan, 3-2. Daniel Neustadter
, Dominik Machado
and Fabio Machado
scored for the Big East champions