PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Georgetown, Providence and West Virginia all won first-round men’s soccer NCAA Tournament home games to advance to the second round of the Tournament. The three advancing teams will join the three BIG EAST teams that received first-round byes: Louisville, Notre Dame and Connecticut. The only team to fall in first-round action was USF. The Bulls were shut out 3-0 at UCF. The BIG EAST’s seven teams selected to compete in the NCAA was the highest total of any conference.
Providence came out firing on all cylinders to start competition in the NCAA Tournament. The Friars defeated St. Peter’s 6-2 in Providence, RI on Friday, recording the most goals by a BIG EAST school in NCAA men’s soccer history. Providence (13-5-3) will take on No. 16 seed Ohio State on Nov. 21 at 1:00 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio. The game marked the first NCAA Championship soccer match at Providence College as the Friars recorded their second-ever NCAA Tournament win. Providence increased its unbeaten streak to 10 games, the longest such streak since 1984. In addition, the six goals were the most since 1987 when Providence tallied six goals in a win over Northeastern.
Georgetown (12-6-1) defeated the UNC Greensboro Spartans (12-6-4), 3-0, Thursday afternoon at North Kehoe Field in the opening round. The Hoyas will move on to play North Carolina on Sunday at 6 p.m., in the second round of the championship. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels were given a first-round bye. BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Ian Christianson, a sophomore, scored what would become the game-winner in the ninth minute of the game. Senior forward Jose Colchao assisted on two of the three goals.
Junior Franck Tayou netted three of the Mountaineers’ four goals to lead West Virginia (11-7-2) to a 4-2 win against visiting Xavier (10-7-4) on Thursday evening. Tayou’s hat trick was the first since Jarrod Evans scored three against Delaware in 2004. It was the first time a Mountaineer has recorded a hat trick in postseason tournament history. The Mountaineers now take to the road to face No. 3 seed Akron in a second-round match on Sunday, Nov. 21. The game will begin at 4 p.m. and be held at Lee Jackson Field. The Zips had a first-round bye in the tournament and are last year’s NCAA runners-up.
Louisville (16-0-3), the No. 1 overall seed, will play College of Charleston (11-4-3) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m., while No. 9 Notre Dame (10-5-4) will play Dartmouth (11-6-1) at 6:00 p.m. and No. 11 Connecticut (12-2-5) hosts Brown (12-3-3) at 1:00 p.m.