The first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships begin this week, all interesting as the women have advanced to the third round. I’ve got the games featuring area players identified for you along with streaming information. The Washington University women are hosting first and second round play this weekend, the only area games. . Details below under the Women’s section. St. Louis Representing NCAA Soccer Tournament Time
PHOTO GALLERY – WUSTL v Wheaton, D3 Quarterfinal Saturday
Last weekend was rough on the locals as only Chicago are still playing, details below. We add Division I this week as they have opened NCAA play. Let’s look at who’s representing this year. IN PROGRESS, HAD TO GET THE WOMEN’S INFO POSTED
Stanford are the three-time defending champions but a #9 seed this year. Sophomore Logan Panchot has been a captain for the squad after his championship season last year, the only freshman on the squad then. They host Grand Canyon on Sunday in the second round.
Duke, and Aedan Stanley, advanced as a #6 seed sporting a 10-6-2 record and finishing behind top-seeded Wake Forest and No. 4 seed North Carolina in the ACC, the Blue Devils were 11th in the final RPI. Duke also held wins over No. 7 seeded Notre Dame, 10-seed Virginia and No. 12 Virginia Tech. They host Pacific on Sunday. Former Missouri State Assistant David Stockton is with Pacific now.
Defensively, the Blue Devils are anchored by All-ACC second team goalkeeper Will Pulisic (cousin of Christian). The sophomore goalie has played all but 10 minutes this season and sports a 1.20 goals against average, a .690 save percentage and has five shutouts. Playing directly in front of Pulisic is the trio of rookie center back Aedan Stanley, sophomore Matthias Frick and senior captain Ciaran McKenna.
Indiana is the #2 seed and host UConn Sunday in the second round after the Huskies advanced past Rhode Island Thursday. Freshman Jack Maher has started every match at centerback while earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Sophomore AJ Palazzolo has shown his offensive skills this season at forward while earning Offensive Player of the Week in August. Senior Austin Panchot has started the last four games and scored against Michigan in the Big 10 tournament final.
Notre Dame is a #7 seed and host the Michigan/Princeton winner Sunday in the 2nd round. Jack Lynn
Sam Gomez (Webster) is a freshman goalie for the Syracuse Orange but he’s one of four and waiting his turn. A #16 seed, they earned a 1st round bye and host Akron on Sunday.
Teams with Coaches from St. Louis that are made it to the dance include Kevin Hudson at Southern Methodist, who lost Thursday at #24 Oregon State. It’s the second consecutive season in the tournament for the Mustangs who were the American Athletic Conference champions. The Michigan State Spartans also opened yesterday, defeating UIC in a home match.
MSU, who reached the NCAA’s for the third time in the last four seasons, is led by Damon Rensing. They travel to Louisville for the second round Sunday.
At the D3 level Chicago, who won the UAA title for the fourth time in the past five seasons, have advanced to the Sweet 16 in D3. They host the third and fourth round this weekend. They face Trinity Saturday. If they advance, it will be against the Luther/St.Thomas winner. Luther was responsible for ousting Knox College where Howell’s Jake Totty had a fine freshman campaign. Kyle Ruark, who led Rockhurst to the State Championship last year, has been playing well as a freshman for Chicago.
|Sat||1:00 pm||D3||#1 Chicago v Trinity (TX)||1-0 Chicago|
|Sun||11:00 am||D1||#2 Indiana hosts UConn||4-0 Hoosiers|
|Sun||1:00 pm||D1||Akron v Syracuse||3-1 Zips|
|Sun||4:00 pm||D1||#7 Notre Dame v Michigan||ESPN3|
|Sun||4:00 pm||D1||#22 Michigan State at #4 Louisville||ESPN3|
|Sun||5:00 pm||D1||#6 Duke v Pacific||ESPN3|
|Sun||7:30 pm||D1||#9 Stanford v UC Irvine|
|Sun||3:00 pm||D3||Chicago v Luther||1-0 Chicago|
The DIVISION I Soccer Championship is scheduled for Dec. 7-9, at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA. The DIVISION II Soccer Championship is scheduled for Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh at the Highmark Stadium. The DIVISION III Soccer Championship will be held Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 in Greensboro, NC at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
UPDATE – Washington University advances to the Final 4 on November 30. They’ll face Middlebury, who feature Parkway Central grad Caitlin Magruder on Friday, November 30th.
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Washington University in St. Louis has been selected to host the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Sectional on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at Francis Field in St. Louis. This marks the fourth time in school history WashU has hosted Sectional play, and the first since 2015.
No. 1 WashU and No. 23 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse square off in the opening game Friday at 5 p.m. (CT), while No. 4 Centre College and No. 15 Wheaton College (Ill.) meet in game two at 7:30 p.m. The winners will meet in the Sectional Championship Saturday at 6 p.m. for a berth in the 2018 NCAA Division III Semifinals, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec 1, at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.
Second round games kick off today and the Kansas Jayhawks reward for beating SLU in the first round is a meeting Friday at #1 North Carolina. Madison Meador #9 (Marquette) is their starting centerback.
Perhaps the most welcome attitude in front of goal comes from Kirsten Davis (Westminster), from whom Tech was looking for more scoring come the season’s halfway point. The sophomore has become the true finisher the team knew she was and has been leading Tech’s offensive production. She has either scored or assisted six of the Red Raiders’ last nine goals dating back to Tech’s win over Kansas State on Oct. 12. She is one of just three players in the Big 12 to have tallied 20 or more points this season.
In D2 action, the Central Missouri Jennies have advanced to the Third Round and they face Central OK today, a tough match that will send a competitive program to the Quarterfinals Sunday. Maria Wilder and Alex Harms are representing.
D2 players representing in the schedule below included Caitlin Magruder (Parkway Central) at Middlebury.
In D3, Washington University advanced to the Third Round and will host Friday, followed by the Fourth round game on Saturday at Francis Field. They open against Wisconsin-La Crosse (home of Old Style!) on Friday and hope to advance to play the winner between Wheaton and Centre.
|Fri||10:00 am||D2||UCM v Central OK||4-3 in OT|
|Fri||1:00 pm||D2||Grand Valley State v Ferris State||5-0 GVSU|
|Fri||1:00 pm||D1||TCU v Texas A&M||2-0 Aggies|
|Fri||3:00 pm||D1||Texas Tech v Virginia||Cavaliers in PKs|
|Fri||4:00 pm||D1||Kansas at #1 North Carolina||4-1 UNC|
|Fri||6:35 pm||D1||Wisconsin v Hofstra||6-0 Badgers|
|Fri||5:00 pm||D3||Washington University hosts WI LaCrosse||3-0 Bears|
|Fri||7:30 pm||D3||Centre v Wheaton at WUSTL||3-2 Thunder|
|Sat||10:00 am||D3||Middlebury v Swarthmore||2-0 Panthers|
|Sat||6:00 pm||D3||WUSTL v Wheaton||2-1 Bears|
|Sun||12:00 pm||D3||Middlebury v Misericordia||1-0 Middlebury|
|Sun||12:00 pm||D2||UCM v Grand Valley St||6-1 GVSU|
|Sun||12:00 pm||D1||North Carolina v Virginia Tech||3-0 UNC|
|Sun||3:35 pm||D1||Wisconsin at #1 Stanford||1-0 Stanford|
Golden Goal for UCM in the first OT after a 3-3 draw in regulation. Central Region Champions for the fifth time. Will play GVSU/Ferris State winner Sunday https://t.co/lxjiAjsbm1
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