Connecticut, Rutgers, USF and Louisville won second-round games to advance to the third round of the 2011 NCAA men’s soccer championship.
West Virginia and Providence each lost after advancing through first-round games at home, while St. John’s fell after earning a bye into a second-round game at home.
Connecticut, the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, earned a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Monmouth at home in front of 3,979 fans. Sophomore Mamadou Doudou Diouf scored both goals for the Huskies.
UConn will host James Madison in the NCAA tournament third round at Morrone Stadium on Sunday, November 27.
Rutgers senior forward Ibrahim Kamarascored in the 86th minute to force overtime against the No. 4 seed Boston College as the Scarlet Knights advanced to the field of 16 on penalty kicks (4-3) on Sunday.
The Scarlet Knights continued their run in the NCAA Tournament in dramatic fashion, tying the Eagles in the closing minutes and continuing to battle in overtime, eventually taking down eighth-ranked Boston College to move on to the third round for the first time since 2001.
The Scarlet Knights will face the winner of UCLA vs. Delaware on Sunday, Nov. 27 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. With a UCLA win, Rutgers will travel to California, while a Delaware victory would give RU a home game at Yurcak Field.
USF freshman midfielder Wesley Charpie’s header in overtime sent the seventh-seeded USF men’s soccer team past UCF 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday before a Corbett Soccer Stadium record crowd of 3,029.
USF (13-3-3) moves on to the third round 6 p.m. Sunday, when it will host the second round’s Duke-New Mexico winner back at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
What made the win extra special was the fact that the Bulls’ got payback from last season’s first-round loss to the Knights in Orlando that ended their season.
Goals from senior forward Colin Rolfe and redshirt-senior midfielder Kenney Walker helped No. 12 seed Louisville to battle Bradley through two overtime periods, with senior midfielder Nick DeLeon heading in the gamewinner with just over two minutes left in the second overtime period. The goal that gave Louisville a 3-2 victory was the first gamewinner of the season for DeLeon and his fifth at Louisville.
The Cardinals will face No. 5 seed Maryland in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 27 in College Park, Md.
West Virginia lost to the Terrapins 4-0. The Mountaineers posted a 2-1 overtime win against Xavier in a home match in the first round to advance. The Mountaineers finished the season with an 11-8-1, their second consecutive season with 11 wins. Ten of West Virginia’s matches were against top-25 opponents at the time of the match and WVU had a record of 5-5 against those teams.
St. John’s, the No. 9 seed in the tournament, lost to Brown 1-0. The Red Storm earned a first-round bye and a second-round home game after defeating Connecticut in the BIG EAST Championship final 1-0 on Nov. 13 to earn the league’s Champion’s Cup. The Red Storm finish the season 14-7-2.
Providence rallied with two second-half goals scored by freshman Brandon Adler and sophomore Anthony Baumann, but fell short at No. 15 seed UC Santa Barbara 3-2 in the NCAA second round. The Friars, who were making their sixth NCAA Tournament (fifth in the last seven years) end the season at 11-8-1. PC defeated Dartmouth at home 1-0 in the first round to advance.