After Sunday's third round matchups, just eight teams remain in the hunt for the national championship. All top four seeds remain (Wake Forest, Indiana, UNC and Louisville) while just 1 unseeded team has advanced to the final eight (Fordham - pictured below). The four quarterfinal matches on December 1 and 2 will determine which schools travel to Philadelphia for the College Cup.
Columbia nearly forced overtime against top-seeded Wake Forest but the Demon Deacons were able to escape with a 1-0 win as Jon Bakero beat the keeper to the left on a penalty kick in the 89th minute... Coastal Carolina advanced to the elite 8 after a 3-1 win over No. 8 seed Clemson. Martin Melchor scored twice – the first and last goals of the game – including a beautiful header in the 4th minute... While many top-seeded teams fell in the second and third rounds, Akron avoided being a part of that group by escaping Wisconsin 3-2 in overtime. Stuart Holthusen scored the golden goal in the 92nd minute... Colgate played the role of spoiler, knocking off No. 13 seed Michigan 3-2 thanks to Aram Ouligian's header off of a corner kick with less than three minutes to play... North Carolina sophomore midfielder Jack Skahan had only scored one goal this season before the Tar Heels' third round game against SMU. He doubled his yearly total with a bouncing strike from 25 yards out that proved to be the game-winner... After beating St. Francis (Brooklyn) in the first round, Fordham have knocked off No. 11 seed Virginia and No. 6 seed Duke. Next up? Another seeded ACC foe, North Carolina. Can they do it again?!... With a 2-1 win over New Hampshire, Indiana returned to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since winning the national championship in 2012.
Wake Forest (1) vs Stanford (9) - Dec 2
North Carolina (3) vs Fordham - Dec 2
Akron (5) vs Louisville (4) - Dec 1
Indiana (2) vs. Michigan St. (7) - Dec 1