The second round of the NCAA DI Men's Soccer Championship has concluded leaving just 16 teams in the hunt for the 2017 national title. All four no. 1 seeds -- Wake Forest, Indiana, UNC and Louisville -- advance to the Sweet 16.
After 88 scoreless minutes, top-ranked Wake Forest men's soccer broke through with a game-winning penalty kick from Jon Bakero in a 1-0 victory over Columbia. The Demon Deacons (18-1-2) will play host to No. 19 Butler on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m. EST. "Columbia was more disciplined and organized than any team we've played in my three years here. If you watch them all year long, they'd only let up six goals before the NCAA Tournament started," head coach Bobby Muuss said.
The No. 2-seeded Indiana University men's soccer team defeated the No. 25-ranked Old Dominion Monarchs, 3-0, on Sunday. With the victory, the Hoosiers improve to 16-0-5 on the season. IU remains the only undefeated team in the nation and advances to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the 37th time in program history and for the sixth time under head coach Todd Yeagley. They host the New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET
The no, 3 seed UNC defeated UNCW, 2-1, with two second half goals to come from behind and advance to the Sweet 16 to take on SMU on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. This will be the 9th time in the last 10 years the Heels will be playing in the Sweet 16.
Tate Schmitt's goal in the 78th minute lifted the No. 4 Louisville men's soccer team to a 3-2 triumph over San Francisco. With the victory, the Cardinals (12-2-4) advanced to an NCAA third round match against Colgate scheduled for Sunday. Louisville clinched an NCAA third round berth for the second straight season, the third time in the last four seasons and the sixth time in the last eight years under head coach Ken Lolla.
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