Three Bobby Clark proteges will take teams to Men's College Cup

Three coaches who played for Scotsman Bobby Clark and later served as his assistant coaches have led their teams to the 2021 Men's College Cup: Chad Riley (Notre Dame), Brian Wiese (Georgetown) and Clark’s son Jamie (Washington). Clemson will complete the semifinal field in Cary, North Carolina, where the College Cup will be played Dec. 10-12.

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No. 1 seed Oregon State fell to No. 8 Clemson, 4-3, in a shootout after their match in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament ended in a 1-1 tie.

Clemson keeper  George Marks made saves on Javier Armas and Tsiki Ntsabeleng to send the Tigers to the Men's College Cup against ACC rival Notre Dame. They will be making their ninth appearance in the semifinals and first since 2015. Oregon State was making its first appearance in the quarterfinals.

Dec. 4 in Corvallis, Ore.
Oregon State 1 Clemson 1. Goals: Djeffal (Ntsabeleng) 30; Fernandez-Salvador pen. 85.
Oregon State -- Fernandez, Gilbert, Lund, Armas, Djeffal, Moliner, Gerbet, Thiam, Crespo, Mondi, Ntsabeleng. Subs: Salt, Walker.
Clemson -- Marks, Agren, Malou, Diop, Asensio, Johnson, Fernandez-Salvador, McNeill, Gomez, Sylla, Reid. Subs:
Erkens, Strobeck, Montana, Chifamba, Parrish.
Att.: 1,415.
(Clemson wins 4-3 on penalties.)

After losing in the quarterfinals in the last two NCAA Tournaments, No. 2 seed Washington defeated 10-time national champion Saint Louis, 2-0, thanks to two goals by Gio Miglietti to advance to the College Cup for the first time. The match drew a record crowd of 3,619. The Billikens, the No. 10 seeds, entered the quarterfinals as the only unbeaten team in the country and were seeking their first appearance in the College Cup since 1997.

Dec. 4 in Seattle
Washington 2 Saint Louis 0. Goals: Miglietti (Scardina) 21, Miglietti (Soto) 26.
Washington -- Fowler, Burks, Sailor, Robin, Kossa-Rienzi, Ostrem, Miglietti, Teves, Rosales, Scardina, Soto. Subs: Paul, Threadgold, Brisco, Meek.
Saint Louis -- Schulte; Vaughn, Niece, Palazzolo, Murana, Keller, Buendia, Shterenberg, Klein, Parker, Becher. Subs: Leeth, Wilkinson, Anderson.
Att.: 3,629.

No. 3 seed Georgetown needed a shootout to defeat No. 11 West Virginia, 4-1, and advance to the College Cup for the second time in three seasons and third time in program history. Junior Dante Polvara (photo) scored on a penalty kick for the Hoyas in the 67th minute to even the score. The match drew a record crowd of 3,027 at Shaw Field.

Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.
Georgetown 1 West Virginia 1. Goals: Polvara pen. 67; Popovic (Swiger, McCormick) 16.
Georgetown -- Nikopolidis, Nielsen, Sargaent, Polvara, Linhares, Hegardt, Rocha, Zawadzki, Sands, DaLuz, Stojanovic. Subs:
Tabora, Dillow, De Almeida, Buck, Le, Riviere.
West Virginia -- Tekesky, Jorgensen, Denk Gracia, Morris, Thiesen, Crooks, McCormick, Ollikainen, Baer, Popovic, Swiger. Subs: Dromers, Jimenez Albelda, Bourlot Jaeggi,  Pineda, Ors Navarro, Borneo.
Att.: 3,027.
(Georgetown wins 4-1 on penalties.)

In a battle of ACC teams, No. 4 seed Notre Dame edged No. 5 Pittsburgh, 4-2, in a shootout. Pitt was successful on its first two attempts before Bryan Dowd made back-to-back saves to send the Irish to the College Cup for the second and first under Riley. Under Bobby Clark, they defeated Maryland, 2-1, in the 2013 final.

Dec. 4 in South Bend, Ind.
Notre Dame 1 Pittsburgh 1. Goals: Burns (O'Brien) 67; Feitosa (Loeffelsend) 41.
Notre Dame -- Quinton, O'Brien, Shea, Burns, Ramsey, Roou, Giacobello, Lynn, McCartney, Omar, Dowd. Subs: Mayer, Pellegrino, Russo, Silver, Genenbacher.
Pittsburgh -- Campuzano, Loeffelsend, Crivello, Abualnadi, Ordonez, Feitosa, Mirkovic,Walti, Noel, Jacquesson, Dexter. Subs: Sena, Bailey.
Att.: 1,303.
(Notre Dame wins 4-2 on penalties.)

Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire

2 comments about "Three Bobby Clark proteges will take teams to Men's College Cup".
  1. humble 1, December 6, 2021 at 11:05 a.m.

    Thank you Paul. Interesting head line. Can't say I'd heard of Bobby Clark until I read it.  Amazing career as player and coach.  College soccer in USA, downtrodden by so many, but one of the top amatuer leagues in the world, taken as a whole, for men, and for women.  Who needs FIFA!  I've enjoyed getting to know it over the past year or two.  Articles like this enrich my journey.  Maybe too, that of my player, who in a few short years will be playing in college and have the benefit of a bit of knowledge of the college soccer history and place in our soccer landscape.  Thank you again.  Keep it going!   

  2. Grant Goodwin, December 8, 2021 at 9:52 a.m.

    Great stuff on college.  I am not familiar with Bobby Clark, but he is apparently someone that i need to research.  Seems kind of like Clive Charles, who Brian Dunseth (on Sirius XM) talks about a lot including his influence on Dunny as a person.  

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