Updated NCAA Bracket
For the first time in league history, four BIG EAST women’s soccer teams advanced to the third round (Sweet Sixteen) of the NCAA Championship following action on Sunday, including Georgetown, which slipped by No. 1 seed Maryland in College Park.
Marquette, Notre Dame and West Virginia also advanced giving the BIG EAST four teams of the remaining 16 in the NCAA Championship. It is the first time the league has had four squads advance to the third round. Previously, three BIG EAST teams had advanced to the third round in 2007, 2004 and 2003 and 1999.
Two days after winning their first postseason game, the Hoyas secured their spot in the third round with a thrilling win in penalty kicks, stunning the crowd at Ludwig Field. Georgetown tied Maryland 1-1, but advanced by virtue of a 3-2 win on penalty kicks.
The Hoyas held a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second half when junior forward Camille Trujillo chested a ball in from the post past the Maryland goalkeeper at 50:40. GU's initial shot from sophomore Christina O'Tousa bounced off the cross bar inside Maryland's six-yard box. The ball bounced up and off a Maryland player toward the post where Trujillo was able to put it away.
Following two scoreless overtime sessions, senior goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin made two saves during penalty kicks to ice it.
Georgetown advances to play in the NCAA Championship Third Round against Minnesota, 2-0 winners over Texas A&M. Georgetown will play at Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 20. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
No. 12/9 Marquette advanced to the NCAA Championship Third Round for the second time in school history after edging Wisconsin 5-4 in penalty kicks at Valley Fields. Both squads were even at 2-2 following regulation and two overtime periods.
After missing the first penalty kick, Marquette netted its next five, while Natalie Kulla stopped Wisconsin's fifth attempt and the Badgers' sixth and final shot went wide.
The shootout marks the third time in program history the Golden Eagles had an NCAA Championship game decided on PKs and the first time the Golden Eagles have advanced.
The Golden Eagles will face No. 2 seed Florida State. The Seminoles advanced to the Third Round after defeating USF 2-1 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Notre Dame senior co-captain Lauren Fowlkes tallied a goal and two assists to lead a balanced Notre Dame attack, as the No. 7/10 Fighting Irish beat 22nd-ranked Southern California 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA Championship on a bright and brisk Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The win sends Notre Dame to the third round of the NCAAs for the seventh consecutive season and 15th time in program history, all in the past 17 years (10th in the 12-year tenure of head coach Randy Waldrum). The Fighting Irish face third-ranked (and top-seeded) North Carolina in an NCAA round-of-16 match at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.; - the match is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET) Saturday (Nov. 20). It will mark the fifth consecutive season and the 10th time overall that Notre Dame and UNC have met in NCAA Championship play.
"This was probably our most complete 90-minute performance of the season," Waldrum said. "Our players really came out with great focus and energy and carried that all the way through the entire game.
A pair of Mountaineer defenders scored goals in leading No. 7 West Virginia past Penn State 2-1 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Juniors Drea Barklage and Meghan Lewis netted first half goals in NCAA Championship second round action, advancing the Mountaineers into the “Sweet 16” for the first time since 2007.
The win moves West Virginia to 18-4-1, tying the school record for most wins in a season. The Mountaineers have won 14 consecutive matches, the second longest streak in the nation – trailing only Stanford.
West Virginia, the No. 3 seed, now awaits a match with No. 2 seed Boston College.
A penalty kick by Florida State's Toni Pressly in the 60th minute was the difference as USF lost 2-1 to the Seminoles at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee.
""We had our opportunities and unfortunately they didn't go in today," said head coach Denise Schilte-Brown. "I'm proud of this team. It's a young team. It's going to be very hard to replace Angelique Waller, in fact we won't at left back. Other than that, it's a young team and we're going to grow from here so I think you can expect some exciting things from USF in the future."
After winning its first NCAA Championship match and reaching the BIG EAST Championship final, the loss ends the most successful season in program history. With 14 wins overall, the Bulls came up one victory shy of the school's single-season win total of 15.