Akron tops Indiana, Elon and Louisville survive in PKs in NCAA first round

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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)

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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

 

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11 Responses to Akron tops Indiana, Elon and Louisville survive in PKs in NCAA first round

  1. Falls City Outlaw says:

    Louisville!

  2. Brandon says:

    Ives, do you have a tv schedule for the tournament you can post?

  3. shuttlehead says:

    5 California teams
    5 North Carolina teams
    Tough draw for Elon.
    Go Phoenix!

  4. Quit whining about soccer in the US says:

    Seattle – Washington should be a blast. Go Huskies.

    • g-dub says:

      Is Sea a soccer hotbed?

      2n round NCAA face off of two teams in city limits, and most of those boys from WA and quite a few Sounders academy players.

      • Gilby says:

        Great to see both teams advance something like 10 Sounders Academy members between the 2 teams should be a good game.

  5. Charlie says:

    Don’t understand why WCC conference champion, LMU had to play Stanford at Stanford, who finished 4th in their conference ? Is this done on some national ranking ? If so, it may be as elusive as the infamous FIFA rankings.

  6. Steve-0 says:

    Is that stiffler from american pie in the picture?