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What Happened At A Glance - First Round Action In the 2015 NCAA Tournament - The Road to the Final Four

Charlotte 2 - Radford 1 - Defender Luke Waechter controlled a deflection and placed it in the back of the net coming out of a free kick served in by midfielder Brandt Bronico from forty yards out to give Charlotte a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute of play. The teams went into halftime with Charlotte up 1-0. Radford was awarded a penalty kick as a result of a foul in the box in the 60th minute which was converted by defender Jamie Summers to knot the score at 1-1.  Bronico scored the game-winner for the 49ers in the 84th minute to give Charlotte their first win in NCAA Tournament play since the 2012 campaign. Things don't get any easy for the 49ers who will face number one seed Wake Forest on Sunday in Winston-Salem in what shapes up to be a very good college soccer match.  Radford ends an outstanding season in which they were 14-4-2 overall.  


Connecticut 3 - Boston University 1 - Junior midfielder Kwame Awuah contributed two goals and an assist to lead the Huskies past the Terriers. Boston University struck first with Felgix De Bona scoring in the 30th minute of play with a double assist credited to T.J. Butzke and Mark Wadid.  BU went into intermission with a 1-0 advantage.  Connecticut took charge in the second half with freshman forward DeAndre Brown scoring to knot the score at 1-1 in the 54th minute of play with an assist from Awuah.  Awuah then netted what proved to be the game-winner in the 76th minute when he placed a shot in the upper left corner from twenty-two yards out after receiving a pass from teammate junior midfielder Sebastian Brems.  He then added the insurance goal in the 83rd minute after receiving a cross from junior defender Jake Nerwinski. Connecticut is now unbeaten in its last nine games and improves to 10-5-6.  The Huskies advance to the second round to tangle with number sixteen seed Indiana in Bloomington on Sunday, November 22 at noon at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Boston University closes out the 2015 season with a 12-6-2 overall record.


Dayton 2 - Oakland 2 - - Dayton advances 4-3 in penalty kicks. Oakland jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Matt Richard converting a header out of a corner kick in the 8th minute of play and Austin Ricci finding the back of the net from just outside the box in the 23rd minute.  Matt Dudley contributed the assist on both goals.  Dayton got back into the game with a goal in the final minute of the first half when Kennedy Nwabia drove a header into the back of the net out of a corner put in play by Anthony Keene. Carlos Sendin controlled a deflection of teammate James Haupt's shot and sent it back into the goal in the 72nd minute to tie the game at 2-2.  Eliott Tarney had six saves in goal for Oakland. Justin Saliba had two saves between the pipes and one key save in the penalty kick shootout for Dayton.  The Flyers have now won four straight to improve to 13-5-4. They advance to the second round in NCAA Tourney play for the first time in the history of the program where they will tangle with number nine seed Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday at 1 p.m at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes topped Dayton 2-0 when they faced each other back on September 25 in Columbus. Oakland under the direction of head coach Eric Pogue ends another very productive season with a 10-8-2 overall record.


Santa Clara 3 - Cal State Fullerton 0 - This one was all Santa Clara. Luis Urias converted a header from just inside the penalty spot out of a corner kick in the tenth minute of the contest to go up 1-0. Carlos Delgadillo scored at close range in the 37th minute to make it 2-0 Santa Clara. Edson Cardona converted a penalty kick for the Broncos in the 53rd minute to conclude the scoring for the evening.  Kendall McINtosh had six saves in goal for Santa Clara. David Elias had one save in goal for the Titans. Santa Clara improves to 11-7-1 and advances to face number eight seed Stanford on Sunday at 5 p.m.  Cal State Fullerton concludes the 2015 season with a 13-8-1 overall record.


Coastal Carolina 1 - North Florida 0 - Martin Melchor's header in the sixth minute out of a throw in with a double assist credited to Tommy Gudmundsson and Amar Geirsson proved to be the difference maker in this one. Fernando Peina had five saves in goal for the Chanticleers.  Kyle Nasta had one save in goal for a very determined North Florida team.  Coastal Carolina improves to 13-2-4 and advances to face number five seed North Carolina. North Florida ends a very productive season in which they earned their first NCAA Tournament berth with a 10-7-1 overall record. 


Drake 2 - Kentucky 1 - Drake got on the board in the 19th minute of the match when Alec Bartlett scored out of a corner kick with an assist from James Wypch. Kentucky knotted it at 1-1 a minute later when Kevin Barajas drove a header into the far post out of a corner kick. Redshirt junior James Grunert scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Drake when he drove a header into the far post after receiving a well played cross from Mason Leonard in the 74th minute of the match. Drake secures a hard fought on the road win to improve to 13-4-3 and earn the right to tangle with the Creighton Bluejays in Omaha on Sunday, November 22 at 1 p.m. It was a disappointing loss for Kentucky but nonetheless a very productive season in which they had a 12-5-2 overall record.


SMU 2 - Utah Valley 0 - The Mustangs drew first blood when midfielder Brenden Lee secured the deflection of teammate Mauro Cichero's shot and sent it back into the goal in the 24th minute of play. The score remained 1-0 at halftime. Senior forward Idrissa Camara added the insurance goal in the 61st minute for the Mustangs from six yards out with a double assist credited to Lee and midfielder Stanton Garcia. Michael Nelson had two saves in goal for SMU while Derek Wilcox had two saves in goal for Utah Valley.  SMU improves to 14-2-4 and advances to face number thirteen seed and undefeated Denver Pioneers at 6 p.m. on Sunday at CIBER Field.  Utah Valley concludes a season that they will no doubt continue to build upon with a 14-6-2 overall record.


Rutgers 1 - LIU Brooklyn 1 - Rutgers prevails 3-2 in a penalty kick shootout to earn the right to advance to the second round of play to face number four seed Akron on Sunday at 4 p.m. Junior goalkeeper David Greczek had four saves during regulation and the two overtime periods and three saves in the penalty kick shootout to play a key role for the Scarlet Knights.  This contest was played in rainy conditions. Simen Hestnes placed a shot inside the near post in the 32nd minute to give the Blackbirds the early advantage. Ahad Faheem netted the equalizer in the 76th minute of the game for Rutgers with a double assist from Jason Wright and Sheldon Mckoy. Logan Keys had seven saves in goal for LIU Brooklyn. Rutgers out of the Big East is now 12-6-2 overall and LIU Brooklyn out of the NEC 11-5-5 overall.


Hofstra 2 - Lehigh 1 (ot) - Hofstra wins its third consecutive match to improve to 14-7-0 and now advances to the second round of the NCAA Tourney where they will face number three seed Georgetown on Sunday. Lehigh took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute of the game when forward Mark Forrest alertly took advantage of a defensive miscue to score from within the box. Midfielder Mario Ruiz scored in the 77th minute for the Pride to tie the score at 1-1. Freshman forward Daniel Massey's header after receiving a cross from junior midfielder Andreas Iosifides in the first overtime period gave Hofstra the edge they needed to survive and advance to play another day. Patric Pray had five saves in goal for Hofstra while Joe Bogan had two saves between the pipes for a very determined Lehigh team out of the Patriot League that concludes the season with a 13-6-3 overall record.


Boston College 1 - Vermont 0 - A goal by Boston College freshman forward Simon Enstrom from point blank range in the 71st minute with assists from Zeiko Lewis and Len Zeugner proved to be the difference in this one. Alex Kapp had six saves in goal for Boston College. Greg Walton had two saves in goal for Vermont. Boston College improves to 10-7-1 and will travel to Tampa to face number fourteen seed South Florida on Sunday. Vermont concludes the 2015 campaign with an 11-7-3 overall record.


UCLA 2 - Cal Poly 0 - All the scoring in this one took place in the second stanza. Jordan Vale sent a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick put in play by Jackson Yueill in the 59th minute of the contest. UCLA added the insurance goal as a result of an own goal in the 74th minute. Juan Cervantes had four saves in goal for the Bruins while Wade Hamilton had one save between the pipes for Cal Poly. UCLA improves to 11-8-1 overall and now takes to the road to face number eleven seed Seattle on Sunday, November 22.  Cal Poly out of the Big West Conference concludes the 2015 campaign with a 11-5-5 overall record.


Dartmouth 1 - Hartwick 0 (ot) - This one was scoreless at the end of regulation and had the feel of game that was destined for a penalty kick shootout but junior midfielder Alexander Marsh from Plantation, Florida decided otherwise when he scored with seven ticks remaining on the clock in the first overtime period to give Dartmouth the edge they needed to secure the win and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tourney to tangle with number six seed Syracuse at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Dartmouth improves to 12-5-1 while Hartwick ends a very successful season with a 11-6-3 overall record.


Tulsa 3 - FIU 2 (ot) - Miguel Velasquez scored the game-winning goal in the 95th minute of play to propel Tulsa past FIU. The Golden Hurricane improve to 8-6-6 and will face number seven seed Notre Dame at 1 p.m. on Sunday. FIU concludes the 2015 season with a 12-7-1 overall record. Luis Betancur placed a header in the back of the net from close range after receiving a cross from Paul Marie to take a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute of play. Juan Sanchez scored in the 52nd minute and Geoffrey Dee in the 56th minute to put Tulsa on top 2-1. Brad Fountain scored from twenty yards out in the 82nd minute for FIU to knot the score at 2-2 and send the contest into overtime where Velasquez scored the game-winner from twelve yards out with an assist from Zack Stavrou.  Jake McGuire had five saves in goal for Tulsa. Arthur Clapot had four saves between the pipes for FIU.


Virgina 2 - Rider 0 - This one was scoreless at the end of the first forty-five minutes of play. Redshirt junoir Marcus Salandy-Defour sent a shot into the far corner in the 67th minute that proved to be the ice breaker for Virginia with sophomore midfielder Jake Rozhansky contributing the assist. Rozhansky then netted the insurance goal in the 88th minute of play. Jeff Caldwell had five saves in goal for Virginia. Ryan Baird had six saves in goal for Rider. Virginia improves to 10-4-3 and advances to face old rival from ACC days number ten seed Maryland at 5 p.m. on Sunday in College Park.  A very competitive Rider team concludes a solid season with a 14-6-1 overall record.


South Carolina 1 - Furman 1 - South Carolina advances 2-1 in penalty kicks. Danny Deakin made a quick move down the right side of the pitch and placed a shot into the lower right corner in the 58th minute to give South Carolina a 1-0 advantage. Lewis Hawke scored in the final minute of regulation to give Furman new life and send the contest into extra time. Both Gamecock keeper William Pyle and Furman netminder Sven Lissen came up big for their teams in the penalty kick shootout but South Carolina prevailed. The Gamecocks are now 11-7-2 and advance to face number fifteen seed U.C. Santa Barbara on the road.  Furman concludes the 2015 campaign with a 8-5-6 overall record.


Elon 3 - Winthrop 0 - Elon wins its first ever NCAA Tournament contest before a crowd of 2,400 fans at Rudd Field behind goals from James Brace, Eduardo Alvarez and Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler. The Phoenix will face number two seed Clemson at 6 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field in what should be a dandy on Sunday.  Elon improve to 14-5-1 while Winthrop closes out a successful 2015 season with a 11-7-2 overall record.