Dayton –  It was great to be a Dayton Flyer in 2008.

Dayton –  It was great to be a Dayton Flyer in 2008.

Saint Louis 1 – Tulsa 0 (ot) – Senior forward Vince Cicciarelli who is a transfer from Notre Dame made a nice move off the dribble and scored from twelve yards out to secure the win for the Billikens.  However, there are always a group of returning players who have breakout seasons or who step forward and build on the success they have had to date by taking on an even greater role than in the past. – Reforming an archaic collegiate soccer model for the  good of the student-athletes, the fans, the institutions, & the NCAA.  Stanford’s six losses this year may not seem great, but none have come against a team ranked worse than six in the country.

Penn State and Rutgers will play in Friday’s first NCAA semifinal at 5 p.m. John’s might have some weaknesses that would be exploited by top level competition.  Junior Eric Weberman (3g, 4a), Sophomore Cole Missimo, and freshman Brandon Medina Ruiz should all be very important impact players whether it’s off the bench or in the starting XI. You can reach him at  or follow him on Twitter  @chris_teale .   They have exhibited that same toughness in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament which is a real positive.

Maryland opens the regular season on Friday against defending NCAA champion UCLA in Los Angeles. Number one seeded High Point loomed as the next opponent on PC’s dance card.   Both defending national champion Notre Dame and Virginia advanced to the College Cup in 2013 but that dream is going to end for one of them in 2014 when they face each other on Sunday, November 30. Beaulieu and Donnie Smith may provide the edge that the 49ers need to come out on top.

  A selected group of 50 seniors were chosen to compete at the MLS combine in Fort Lauderdale from January 10-14 for one last chance to impress the MLS scouts.   She’s a good forward and good in front of the goal.   Likewise we may never see another season in which a single team dominates Pac 12 play like UCLA did in 2011 with a perfect 10-0-0 mark in conference play.

    Scott Goodwin, who was an All-ACC First Team selection in 2011, is slated to return in goal with two highly successful years of starting experience under his belt.    Our main goal is to make it to the Red Bull Arena Big-East semi-finals.   They now travel to Charlottesville to square off with the Virginia Cavaliers. LIU Brooklyn 2 – Rider 1 – All the scoring in this one took place in the second half.   The Spartans have gaps to fill  due to the loss midfielder Cyrus Saydee (1g, 6a) who was an All-Big Ten First Team selection and midfielder Mark Barone (2g, 4a) who was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection but a solid nucleus does return.

No. 2 seed West Virginia (19-2-1) at No. 1 seed Penn State (19-3-2) Friday at South Florida’s Corbett Soccer Stadium.   Last year the Heels held opponents to a total of only thirteen goals but were only able to find the back of the net a total of nineteen times.   The natural #10 has become much more cognizant tactically on when and where to attack and you can tell his willingness to work on both sides of the ball has improved.

Bluejay midfielder Timo Pitter added the final goal of the day for Creighton in the 89th minute. The Fab Five?  A banner University of Michigan 2013 recruiting class that includes five freshmen rated by College Soccer News as among the top one hundred recruits in the nation bodes well for the future success of the program under the direction of second year head coach Chaka Daley.    Schmidt reads the game superbly and does a great job of reading attackers and blocking shots.

Oregon State has played in five overtime games in the past six matches.  California improves to 2-2-1 while Omaha drops to 2-2-3.   He had a great deasl to do with taking the Final Four (College Cup) to a higher level. When Penn State and Virginia Tech meet in the third round, it sets up as an offensive battle and both squads’ defenses will need to step up.

  Expect Sjoberg to work his into some games this year.

  We put a little bit more pressure on them.”  Caringi added, “I liked our chances the more we got into the second half.”  Maryland finishes the season with a 13-6-3 overall record.  The projections are not reflective of any national polls nor are they attempting to gaugue who the best teams are. Do all teams in each conference earn a spot in their conference tournament?   Elon (CAA #2) Klaas was named an All-America selection. William & Mary’s most recent feat is a 1-0-1 weekend against two ACC foes — a tie at Wake Forest and a win against NC State.

  The team, ranked 6 th in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll, is going to be underdogs and they should embrace that role, as they are capable to turning some of those 2012 disappointing results into W’s for 2013.  The Cavaliers earned an at-large berth this year after they fell in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament 1-0 to Notre Dame.   Credit Louisville and goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland who had a three save evening with a great job of containing the Irish attack.  Nick Perea converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute to give Syracuse the early lead but Virginia Tech came back on a goal by Robert Alberti in the 86th minute to knot the score at 1-1 and send the contest into overtime. Joining the Catholic 7 is Creighton from the MVC, Butler from the Atlantic 10 and Xavier from the Atlantic 10.

   John’s – The 2003 season was without a doubt a special season for the Red Storm. SMU – Will the real SMU men’s soccer program please stand up.   Cirovski brings in another great recruiting class to build on their already deep roster.

Stony Brook 2 – Sacred Heart 0 – Sophomore Alejandro Fritz and freshman Favio Sbarra scored in the first half of play to give Stony Brook the edge they needed to secure a win in their season opener.  Number 14 seeded Wake Forest got on the board first with sophomore Michael Gamble scoring at close range after receiving a cross from junior forward Sean Okoli in the 12th minute.   Down the stretch, the ACC all freshman team net-minder has made some unbelievable saves. She also became the second woman to win consecutive Hermann Trophies in 1997 and 1998, after fellow Tar Heel Mia Hamm.

Second Round: Winner vs. #11 Seattle (WAC Automatic) This one was scoreless at the end of the first stanza of play. Radford freshman Finn Tiedemann redirected a pass from teammate Felix Steinhauser into the back of the net in the forty-third minute to knot the score at 1-1.   They have been through a lot this season, but have persevered through everything that has been dealt to them.

Dayton -  It was great to be a Dayton Flyer in 2008.

  Glodack did well in his six appearances last year only giving up three goals in over 400 minutes of play. Dayton –  It was great to be a Dayton Flyer in 2008.  On top of that, the team closes four of their next six games on the road, including a three game road skid to close out the season.

 She can be reached at .   Next year, Najem will join the impressive list of  Zips in the Pros that includes, DeAndreYedlin, Darlington Nagbe, Perry Kitchen and many others, but it’s just a question of where he will go. Second Round: Winner at #5 Louisville (ACC #3) Anderson Asiedu, who has the ability to run box to box for ninety minutes, is one of the best all-around midfielders in college soccer. Redshirt freshman forward Kyle Brewster and freshman defender Ben Gleditsch also netted a single goal for the Cats. The Road – UMBC advanced past Wake Forest after a scoreless contest in penalty kicks, they defeated number four seeded Maryland 1-0 on the road, and they topped number thirteen seeded Louisville 1-0 on the road. The 48-team field has been announced with Notre Dame, UCLA, Michigan State, and Maryland earning the coveted top four seeds which means that they could play their way to Cary without ever leaving home. “I think a lot of (her opportunities came) because opponents were keying on players like (junior midfielders) Annie Speese and Havana Solaun, and that opened her up a bit because she was playing under the radar,” UF head coach Becky Burleigh said.  “She’s obviously not under the radar anymore.”  The Chanticleer defense was able to contain highly regarded Wake Forest fowards Sean Okoli and Andy Lubahn.

  Daphne is one of those.”   Phil Towler netted the lone goal for the Friars.

   Both teams have significantly matured, gelled, and improved since that early matchup.        It was the biggest turnaround in league history.   Bywaters, a First Team All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year, led the league with 15 goals and six game-winning scores in 2012. Northwestern (Big Ten #3) Winner at #14 Michigan State (11-7-2)  Of the 23 to make the trip to Brazil, 10 are NCAA alumnus, eight of which have seen minutes, only three games into the World Cup.   Zak Allen had five saves for Northwestern.

  In addition the Blue Demon coaching staff headed by Craig Blazer was named the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. New Mexico (5-1-1) vs. University of Pennsylvania – The Red and Blue had an outstanding season in 2002 winning the Ivy League title for the first time in twenty-two years.   Freshman goalkeeper Brandon Berke has been in goal for UC Santa Barbara the last four contests due to an injury sustained by Josh McNeely.

  Jones then found the back of the net for the seventh time to date in the nineteenth minute with helpers from Krolicki and Michael Pimlott to extend the Spartans advantage to 2-0. First round – UNC Wilmington (14-2-4) at Charlotte (11-3-5)?


p> The team’s Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg is already looking ahead to postseason play for his side, especially now that they have secured the regular season Big West championship and a bye to the semifinals of the Big West tournament. As a result they will enter the 2016 season in the unusual position of being the preseason favorite to win the America East title.   Christopher Santana one timed the rebound of teammate Michael Sperber’s shot into the back of the net to give the Anteaters the win.

Dayton -  It was great to be a Dayton Flyer in 2008.

  Joining them in the midfield will be Providence University transfer Marcos Ugarte who should slot in out wide and senior Dylan Mencia (1g, 1a) who should earn a starting role as well. Benson – I can’t believe one of you has not already named Craig Stewart at Providence. WVU, which is averaging 2.58 goals per game,  Were Mullins to take the crown, he would be the first man since Mike Fisher in 1995-96 to win back-to-back MAC Hermann Trophies. Gunn comes to Stanford with a record of success as a head coach at Division II Fort Lewis College and at Charlotte and as an assistant coach at Cal-State Bakersfield which gives him ties to the west coast.

  Holt is a team leader who will need to set the pace in order for the Bruins to bounce back from a 7-10-1 season last year.    With the departure of star players such as Foster Langsdorf, Corey Baird, Drew Skundrich, and Tomas Hillard-Arce, the spotlight is on Gilbey among others to orchestrate yet another NCAA triumph for the Cardinal.   They then defeated Marist, the MAAC Tourney Champions, in an NCAA Play-In game to earn their first NCAA Tournament win. Torres has been associated with Creighton soccer and the success the program has enjoyed for a long time.   They also earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in twenty-five years.

Dayton -  It was great to be a Dayton Flyer in 2008.

The college soccer season is over, but for some special players, their journey will continue. the nation with 2.60 goals per game as five players have contributed at least three or more goals, led by    The Heels made a great run in the NCAA Tourney play to get to the championship match pulling off the upset of the tournament when they defeated Wake Forest 1-0 in the semifinals on Friday before giving the Terps a run for their money in the national championship match.   Maryland has won their last 11 games in a row and have only given up five goals during their streak, without giving up more than one in any game. The Date and Time – 5 p.m. The Gamecocks survived two 0-0 penalty kick shootouts against Clemson and Seattle before edging the Tar Heels on Sunday and have netted just one goal in three NCAA contests.

 The Friars won the Big East Tournament and they have advanced to the Sweet Sixgteen for the first time in the history of the program.