NCAA Division I Men's Tournament: Five seeds fall at home in second round

Five seeds fell at home in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament on Sunday.

No. 4 Louisville 1 Michigan State 2. The Spartans won for the first time in eight overtime games in 2018 when DePaul transfer John Freitag scored a golden goal in the 93rd minute, slotting home a loose ball from Giuseppe Barone's free kick played into the penalty area.

--> The Spartans' win gives the Big Ten three teams in the final 16. No. 2 Indiana and No. 11 Maryland also advanced. Only the ACC with five teams still alive has more.

No. 5 North Carolina 1 James Madison 2. English freshman Aaron Ward-Baptiste split two defenders and slipped the ball past the keeper James Pyle for the winner in the 68th minute. The bad news for JMU is that Spanish star Manuel Ferriol, who scored the first goal, was red-carded in the 89th minute and will miss the next game against No. 12 Virginia Tech.

--> The win moves the Dukes into the final 16 for the first time since 2011.

No. 14 UCF 0 Lipscomb 1. After beating Washington in Seattle on Thursday, the Bisons traveled to Orlando to face UCF and won on English freshman Louis Robinson’s goal in the 97th minute. Keeper Chris Zappia, one of the heroes at UW, picked up right where he left off on Thursday night with five saves in the first half.

--> With the win, Lipscomb became the first Atlantic Sun team to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament since 1996.

No. 15 Denver 1 Air Force 2. The Falcons entered the postseason with the third best offense in the nation (2.53 goals per game) and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from  Klint Parker and captain Austin Dewing.
--> Air Force won its opening game in the NCAA Tournament for only the fourth time in 13 appearances dating back to 1964.

No. 16 Syracuse 1 Akron 3. Second-half goals by Canadian Marcel Zajac and Morgan Hackworth, the son of John Hackworth, gave the Zips the win in a match moved to Colgate University because of poor field conditions at the SU Soccer Stadium.

--> The win was the sixth in a row for the Zips, who entered the Mid-American Tournament with a 6-6-2 record.

-- Michigan, which won, 11-10, over Princeton, in a 14-round shootout on Thursday, lost by the same score on penalty kicks at Notre Dame. This time, the shootout went 12 rounds. Wolverines keeper Henry Mashburn, who represented Honduras at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup, made two stops with the game on the line against Princeton and did it again with a stop in the sixth round at South Bend. But two saves by junior goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull sent the No. 7 Irish into the third round against No. 10 Virginia.

-- St. Mary's (18-0-1) remained unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Oregon State in match moved to Fresno Pacific because of the poor air quality in Moraga. The win set up a Bay Area date with three-time defending champion Stanford.

Second Round:
#1 Wake Forest
2 Colgate 0.
(Fernandez 15, McMaster 80. Att.: 1,802.)
#16 Syracuse 1 Akron 3.
(Ferrin 42; Mohamed 37, Zajac 74, Hackworth 81. Att.: 240.)
#9 Stanford 2 UC Irvine 0.
(Beason 72, Ryan 83. Att.: 756.)

#8 St. Mary's 1 Oregon State 0.
(Engebretsen 81. Att.: 160.)
#3 Kentucky 4 Portland 0.
(Elmedkhar 41, 60, Williams 47, 68. Att.: 1,831.)
#14 UCF 0 Lipscomb 1
(Robinson 97. Att.: 525.)
#11 Maryland 2 N.C. State 0.
(Sejdic 11, Elney 57. Att.: 1,266.)
#6 Duke 1 Pacific 0.
(Rayyan 65. Att.: 692.)
#5 North Carolina 1 James Madison 2.
(Montesdeoca 32; Ferriol 27, Ward-Baptiste 68. Att.: 850.)
#12 Virginia Tech 1 Charlotte 0.
(Strickler 53. Att.: 446.)
#13 Georgetown 1 West Virginia 0.
(Nealis 88. Att.: 1,777.)
#4 Louisville 1 Michigan State 2.
(Abdikadir 77; Beck 16, Freitag 93. Att.: 1,491.)
#7 Notre Dame 0 Michigan 0 (Notre Dame wins 11-10 on penalties.)
(Att.: 363.)
#10 Virginia 2 Furman 0.
(Crofts 78, 85. Att.: 898.)

#15 Denver 1 Air Force 2.
(Perez 47; Parker 13, Dewing 29 Att.: 1,080.)
#2 Indiana 4 UConn 0.
(Gutman 17, Dorsey 20, Mehl 58, Glass 60. Att.: 1,106.)

Nov. 24-25: Third round
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Quarterfinals
Dec. 7: Semifinals (TV: ESPNU)
Dec. 9: Final (TV: ESPNU)

Third Round:
Saturday, November 24
#2 Indiana vs. Air Force
#3 Kentucky vs. Lipscomb
#6 Duke vs. #11 Maryland
Sunday, November 25
#1 Wake Forest vs. Akron
#7 Notre Dame vs. #10 Virginia
#8 St. Mary's vs. #9 Stanford
#12 Virginia Tech vs. James Madison
#13 Georgetown vs. Michigan State
3 comments about "NCAA Division I Men's Tournament: Five seeds fall at home in second round".
  1. frank schoon, November 19, 2018 at 11:46 a.m.

    I've been watching quite a few of these NCAA tournament games both men and women, and I one thing I noticed is the tons and tons of LONG balls....This development does not bode well. The quality are not worth writing home about, not withstanding that these are the better teams...

  2. mark courtney, November 19, 2018 at 12:12 p.m.

    The sad truth is that College Soccer is tragically disappointing. To see our best players at the end of their journey and witness that the game is still more like Football than futebol, that technique is dismal and IQ even less apparent. 
    Not long ago was the U17 World Cup and those games were of such a higher caliber AND so much more enjoyable to watch. Yes, the best from each nation BUT U17s!
    And the fact that colleges are recruiting more foreigners speaks volumes. They need to because we are still failing to develop competent players for the most part. 

  3. frank schoon replied, November 19, 2018 at 12:43 p.m.

    It is sad that so many colleges are taking in foreign players. Yes, they are perhaps individually better to some extend but I don't see the level play of college soccer being a result of it either...

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