NCAA Quarterfinal field is set

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All eight places in the NCAA men's soccer tournament quarterfinals were booked this weekend, with North Carolina earning the last spot in thrilling fashion.

Michael Callahan's 86th-minute equalizer gave the Tar Heels life, then Brian Shriver's 94th-minute game winner set off the celebration as North Carolina knocked off University of Illinois-Chicago, 3-2, on Sunday night.

The Tar Heels became the third ACC school to reach the Elite Eight. Defending NCAA men's soccer champion Wake Forest sent a scary message to the other teams trying to prevent them from repeating after smashing Dartmouth, 7-0, in their round of 16 match on Sunday. Cody Arnoux scored twice while Marcus Tracey delivered two assists to book a place in the Elite Eight, where the Deamon Deacons will face South Florida next week.

Wake joined UNC and Northwestern as teams to book quarterfinal berths on Sunday. Northwesten upset Akron, 1-0, to become the only unseeded team to reach the elite eight.

Here are the quarterfinal match-ups:

  • Wake Forest vs. South Florida (Saturday, 4:30pm)

  • Northwestern vs. North Carolina (Saturday, 2pm)

  • St. John's vs. Indiana (Saturday, 5pm)

  • Maryland vs. Creighton (Saturday, 1pm)

What do you think of the NCAA Tournament so far? Can you see anybody preventing a Wake-Maryland final? Will St. John's bring the NCAA title to New York? Share your thoughts on the NCAA Tournament and the Round of 16 results in the comments section below.

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9 Responses to NCAA Quarterfinal field is set

  1. kebzach says:

    I skipped the Northwestern game today due to the 5-9″ of snow that’s starting to fall in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. So, I sure hope that NW gets a chance to take on UIC for the right to go to College Cup.

  2. Kevin says:

    I think Indiana could make a run. As a SLU fan, it would be nice to see the team that knocked us out win the whole thing! 7-0 is scary though.

  3. Raghu says:

    2 Big Ten Teams, 3 Big East and potentially 2 ACC teams in the final 8. Not bad for the better soccer conferences. WHat happened to the Pac 10?

  4. Brian says:

    Heels are a team of destiny. You can’t stop destiny.

  5. ScreaminDeac says:

    Looking for the DEMON Deacs to go all the way and bring another College Cup Trophy back to Wake Forest. Don’t believe anyone can beat them if they are on their game which they definitely were today! GO DEACS!

  6. Tim F. says:

    I was hoping that Connecticut and Akron would advance; will support St. John’s now. I haven’t seen much of the tournament yet but hope to see one quarter-final game, both semi-finals and the final.

  7. Gerald says:

    hopefully ESPNU will show some quarterfinal action

  8. dave says:

    lookin forward to st johns on sat.. belson stadium is a great intimate venue – all its needs is a roof for the stands

  9. Dan Karell says:

    Let go IU!!! They looked great on Saturday, hope they can follow up that performance against St. Johns!! Hoosiers all the way!!!