Two weekends remain with the NCAA Division I men determining their Final Four contestants this weekend while the remainder of the NCAA will crown champions. With the Women’s D1 Final Four kicking off today, let’s start with the women. Only one female St. Louis player remains in the tournament – Jr. Caitlin Magruder (Parkway Central/SLSG) – as her Middlebury Panthers face off against top-seed and undefeated Washington University today in a D3 semifinal. Five St. Louis Players Competing in the NCAA Soccer Tournament
Hats off to the 2018 @WASHUwSoccer Senior Class: Maggie Crist, Darcy Cunningham, Caroline Dempsey, Audrey Freeman, Jessica Kovach, Hannah Menard, Jessica Ridderhoff & Isabelle Tamburro.
🐻 77-8-5 record
🐻 Four UAA Titles
🐻 Three Final Fours
🐻 2016 National Champion pic.twitter.com/UG5DuMbZtc
— WashU Bears (@WASHUBears) December 1, 2018
UPDATE – despite out-shooting Middlesbury 12-3, the Bears fall 0-1 in the semifinal.
Washington University won the title in 2016 after falling 0-1 to Williams (a possible Final opponent) defeated WUSTL 1-0 for the title in 2015. It’s the third trip in four years for the seniors! Middlebury and Christopher Newport will both be trying to reach their first-ever championship games. #8 Magruder is listed as a midfielder, a wing I suspect who started 15 games this season including 9 of the last 10 as the team have achieved it’s best record ever (18-1-3). The Panthers have two All-Americans #5 Clare Robinson in the defensive midfield and #11 Janie DeVito in central defense
Looking for more details? Check out the WUSTL Game Notes and keep an eye on #27 Maggie Crist and #17 Darcy Cunningham in the midfield, both named 1st Team All-Americans (again).
UPDATE – Caitlin wen toff injured in the first half with a full length brace on her right leg following a slide tackle on Maggie Crist. If its an ACL, I believe it will be her second after suffering one in high school if my memory serves.
In case you can’t tell, I’m excited to see Ms. Magruder in action today. That’s her on the bottom right of the pile in this photo.
— PCH Girls Soccer (@pcgirlssoccer) May 13, 2016
In D1 action, Stanford are the defending champions but all four of the teams in the semifinals were seeded #1 in their respective regions. No upsets and both Stanford and Georgetown are undefeated up to this point. Florida State and North Carolina will represent the ACC, hoping for an all-ACC affair in Sunday’s final. For more details on all four teams, check out the preview at Equalizer Soccer.
|Fri||4:00 PM||D3||Semifinal: Washington University v Middlebury College||1-0 Panthers|
|Fri||4:00 PM||D1||Semifinal: Georgetown v North Carolina||1-0 UNC in 108th min (of 110)|
|Fri||6:30 PM||D1||Semifinal: Stanford University v Florida State||2-0 Seminoles|
|Fri||6:45 PM||D3||Semifinal: Williams College v Christopher Newport University||2-0 Williams|
|Sat||6:00 PM||D3||Championship: Middlebury v Williams||STREAM|
|Sun||12:00 PM||D1||Championship: Florida State v North Carolina||ESPNU|
|Sun||2:00 PM||D2||Championship: Grand Valley State v UC San Diego Bridgeport||STREAM|
— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) December 1, 2018
For information on the D2 games, Pittsburgh Soccer News is doing fine work.
On the women's side of @NCAADII Soccer Final Four, Grand Valley State, Bridgeport advance to NCAA DII women's final with shut out wins @HighmarkStadium#D2Festival https://t.co/Q5YzOIluAe pic.twitter.com/6kNscsRDZz
— Pittsburgh Soccer Now (@pghsoccernow) November 30, 2018
The D1 Men’s quarterfinals includes five area players still in action. The game that will draw the most attention is Indiana hosting Notre Dame at 6:00 pm today. Freshman #27 Jack Lynn (STLFC Academy) scored an OT game-winner against Virginia last weekend to send Notre Dame to Bloomington. For the Hoosier’s, it was senior #12 Austin Panchot (SLSG Academy/Lafayette) with the game-winner against Air Force (video after the schedule below). Panchot has started 13 games this season and that includes all of the playoff games and the final Big 10 match against Michigan State that clinched the double for Indiana for the first time since 2006 – Big Ten regular season and Big Ten Tournament. He’s joined by freshman #6 Jack Maher, named Big Ten Freshman of the Year for his play as a center back for the #2 ranked team in the country. Redshirt Sophomore #4 AJ Palozzolo continues to get regular minutes at forward.
UPDATE – a header by Austin Panchot, unmarked on the back post on a cross from the left touchline, is the game-winner. Video below!
Here are the Indiana game notes and the Fighting Irish game notes. Even with the Sports package on DirecTV I don’t get BTN+ and my attempt to stream it was blocked by the DirecTV sign-in process never loading. Hopefully it works better tonight.
Sophomore Logan Panchot and the 3x defending champion Stanford Cardinal host Akron, led by Head Coach Jared Embick (Granite City). Panchot has been an early substitute for Stanford at wing midfield for three of the past five games after starting 13 straight to start the season. Stanford should advance but he’ll have to wait for the Final for a possible match against his older brother and Indiana. Not certain it will be available unless you have PAC-12 with your TV provider, a relatively rare situation. Did get to see the St. Mary’s game last week but that’s because the WAC team hosted (and streamed).
UPDATE – the three time defending champion Stanford Cardinals lose 2-3 to Akron. They fought back from an 0-2 deficit to tie the game but saw a late goal by the Zips end their defense and the three year shutout string that exceeded 1400 minutes (over 15 games).
Michigan State, coached by Damon Rensing, an All-American at SLUH in 1992, will face off against James Madison on Saturday so another BTN+ streaming match. State has reached the Elite Eight for the second-straight season and it’s the eighth time under Coach Rensing. Game notes
Maryland vs Indiana
Akron v Michigan State
|Fri||5:00 pm||D1||Quarterfinal: Maryland at Kentucky||1-0 Terrapins|
|Fri||6:00 pm||D1||Quarterfinal: Notre Dame at Indiana||1-0 Hoosiers on Austin Panchot goal (video below)|
|Fri||8:00 pm||D1||Quarterfinal: Akron at Stanford||3-2 Zips|
|Sat||4:00 pm||D1||Quarterfinal: James Madison at Michigan State||2-1 Spartans|
|Sat||11:00 AM||D2||Championship: West Chester v Barry||STREAM|
|Fri||10:00 AM||D3||Semifinal: Chicago v Calvin College||3-1 Calvin|
|Fri||12:45 PM||D3||Semifinal: Tufts University v University of Rochester||3-1 Tufts|
|Sat||1:30 PM||D3||Championship: Calvin College v Tufts||STREAM|
— SIUE Cougars (@SIUECougars) November 30, 2018
WATCH ➡️ Austin Panchot gives the Hoosiers the lead! pic.twitter.com/Z4fyzEaael
— Indiana Men's Soccer (@IndianaMSOC) December 1, 2018
— Akron Zips M Soccer (@ZipsMSoc) December 1, 2018
Former Lafayette @PLTWorg Engineering Design and Development student and current @Stanford Sophomore @Lo_Ponch has developed and launched the clothing line he started creating his senior year in his EDD class. Way to go Logan! #connectedlancer pic.twitter.com/ZWAvJt0rhv
— Mark McAllister (@LafayetteHSIED) August 30, 2018