The BIG EAST had three men’s soccer teams fall in NCAA quarterfinal action this weekend, as Connecticut, USF and Louisville dropped out of the tournament in the round of eight.
No. 3 seed Connecticut battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Charlotte at home in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,100 fans on Sunday afternoon. The 49ers advanced in penalty kicks 4-2 and will face Creighton in the national semifinal. UConn ended its season with a 19-3-3 record. Senior All-American Tony Cascio scored the Huskies’ lone goal in his final game at Connecticut with a volley from 18 yards out at 81:13.
No. 7 seed USF had a scoreless game with No. 2 seed Creighton run into overtime until a goal in the 96th minute ended the Bulls’ season. The game was rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday. due to heavy snowfall in Omaha, Neb. It marked the Bulls’ third trip to the Elite Eight and the second since the 2009 season. USF made its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and finished the season 13-4-4.
The University of Louisville men’s soccer team fell 1-0 in double overtime to No. 13 seed UCLA in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night. The Bruins advance to the College Cup semifinals after scoring the golden goal in the 102nd minute. No. 12 seeded Louisville finished the season with a 14-7-2 record.
The College Cup will be held Dec. 9 and 11 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. The semifinals will be played at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, with the final played at 4 p.m. on Sunday.