By IVES GALARCEP
Freshman midfielder Christian Blandon scored an 89th-minute winner to propel Creighton to a 1-0 victory against UConn in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.
Blue Jays senior Jose Gomez set up the winner with a cross from the right flank that Blandon deposited past UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake to book Creighton’s second straight trip to the College Cup semifinals.
Creighton joins Indiana, Georgetown and Maryland in the national semifinals after the Hoyas and Terrapins both posted victories on Saturday and the Hoosiers knocked off defending champion North Carolina on Friday.
Maryland cruised to a 3-1 victory against Louisville on Saturday, with London Woodberry, Jake Pace and Patrick Mullins delivering the goals for the No. 2 seed Terps.
Georgetown booked the school’s first College Cup appearance after beating San Diego, 3-1, on Saturday. The Hoyas shook off a second-half 1-0 deficit with three unanswered goals. The rally, sparked by a San Diego own-goal, concluded with goals from freshman Melvin Snoh and senior Andy Reimer.
Indiana secured the first place in the Final Four on Friday by eliminating North Carolina. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory for the second straight round to send the Hoosiers to Friday’s College Cup semifinals.
Indiana will face Creighton on Friday in one semifinal, with Georgetown and Maryland clashing in the other semifinal. Both semifinals and Sunday’s College Cup Final are being played in Hoover, Alabama.
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