Photo courtesy of Louisville Athletics
By IVES GALARCEP
There will be a new NCAA Men’s Soccer National Champion in 2013 after defending champion Indiana saw dreams of a repeat dashed by a familiar foe.
Akron jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held off a furious second-half charge from the Hoosiers to hold on to a 3-2 victory in their first-round NCAA Tournament match in Akron.
Reinaldo Brenes scored a pair of goals for Akron, which will now face Big East champion Marquette on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday’s first-round action featured few real upsets, but did boast some nail-biters for heavily-favored teams. Louisville needed penalty kicks to fend off Denver, while UConn held off Quinnipiac, 2-1. Big East Tournament finalist Providence needed penalty kicks to beat Ivy League champion Penn, while St. John’s needed an overtime goal to knock off Delaware.
Navy recorded an impressive 3-0 victory against VCU to set up a second-round match-up against Wake Forest.
Seattle University made school history in beating Creighton, 2-1. The Redhawks victory was the first NCAA Tournament victory for the school in any sport since 1964. That win also sets up a second-round clash against rival Washington.
Here is a rundown of all of the Thursday night’s results:
NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND RESULTS
Old Dominion 5, Drexel 1. (RECAP)
UConn 2, Quinnipiac 1. (RECAP)
Elon 1, Clemson 1, Elon won in PKs (RECAP)
Akron 3, Indiana 2. (RECAP)
St. John’s 2, Delaware 1 (OT). (RECAP)
Providence 1, Penn 1, Providence wins in PKs (RECAP)
North Carolina 1, South Florida 0. (RECAP)
Coastal Carolina 2, East Tennessee State 0. (RECAP)
Navy 3, VCU 0. (RECAP)
Louisville 0, Denver 0, Louisville won in PKs. (RECAP)
George Mason 2. William & Mary 2, George Mason won in PKs (RECAP)
Penn State 1, St. Francis (Brooklyn) 0. (RECAP)
Bradley 3, Northwestern 2 (OT). (RECAP)
Wisconsin 1, Milwaukee 0. (RECAP)
Seattle 2, Creighton 1. (RECAP)
Stanford 1, Loyola Marymount 1, Stanford won in PKs (RECAP)
NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE
(All games Sunday)
1pm- (6) Georgetown vs. Old Dominion
1pm- (8) Virginia vs. St. John’s
1pm- (11) Michigan State vs. Louisville
4:30pm- (4) California vs. Bradley
5pm- (16) UMBC vs. UConn
5pm- (5) Maryland vs. Providence
5pm- (12) UC-Irvine vs. North Carolina
5pm- (14) Wake Forest vs. Navy
6pm- (9) Marquette vs. Akron
7pm- (3) Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin
7pm- (13) Charlotte vs. Coastal Carolina
7pm- (7) New Mexico vs. George Mason
8pm- (2) Washington vs. Seattle
9pm- (10) UCSB vs. Penn State
10pm- (15) Cal-State Northridge vs. Stanford
11pm- (1) UCLA vs. Elon