NCAA Women’s Soccer Down to Last 8

Despite snowy and wet conditions in some parts of the United States, eight teams fought through the third round of matches and now remain in the NCAA Women’s Soccer season.

The first three rounds of the tournament have been completed and eight teams have booked their places in the quarterfinals as they seek a place in the College Cup.

The No. 1 ranked West Virginia Lady Mountaineers advanced to the final eight by beating UCLA. West Virginia needed penalties to dispatch the Bruins on a cold day in Morgantown. The match was played in windy and, at times, icy conditions.

West Virginia took the early led thanks to forward Sh’Nia Gordon’s 23rd minute goal. However, UCLA leveled the match with under two minutes left in regulation when freshman Jessie Flemming equalized.

Neither team could find a goal in extra-time, which took things to penalties. There, UCLA was unable to hold its nerve, as the Lady Bruins crashed out of the tournament, 4-2 on penalties.

Duke will play West Virginia in the elite eight after beating Northwestern 1-0. Duke lost to the Lady Mountaineers earlier this season at home 3-1. The Blue Devils will need to call upon all of its experience to beat West Virginia and avenge its loss in September.

While West Virginia and UCLA dealt with cold conditions on the east coast, USC and Utah battled the wet Los Angeles weather. Despite the rain, USC defeated Pac-12 rivals Utah 1-0, thanks to a second half goal from Leah Pruit.

With the win, USC advances to the final eight for only the second time in school history.

Santa Clara booked its place in the final eight with a comprehensive 3-0 win over NC State. The Broncos had already beaten soccer powerhouse Stanford to get into the round of 16 before taking down the Wolfpack.

The Broncos will play Georgetown in the last eight after the Hoyas downed Virginia 2-0. Georgetown has never made it to the College Cup (last four), and only make the last eight for the second time in school history. Georgetown was powered by Rachel Corboz, who tallied her 11th goal of the season against Virginia.

In a battle of north versus south, North Carolina will take its famed women’s soccer history up against South Carolina in the last eight. North Carolina defeated Clemson 1-0 in the last round and has kept a clean sheet in each of its three matches.

Meanwhile, South Carolina has also kept three clean sheets, and eked by BYU in the last round thanks to a goal from the penalty spot. The Gamecocks had scored seven goals in the opening round, and the team has a very potent attack that North Carolina will look to stifle.

Auburn booked its place into the elite eight with a 3-1 win over SEC rivals Florida. The Tigers earned its first ever quarterfinal trip with the win. Amazingly, Auburn scored 11 goals in the opening three rounds of the tournament and have to be seen as a College Cup dark horse.

NCAA Women’s Soccer Elite Eight

November 25, 2016

USC vs. Auburn

North Carolina vs. South Carolina

NCAA Women’s Soccer Elite Eight

November 26, 2016

Santa Clara vs. Georgetown

Duke vs. West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Farmer
I am a freelance journalist and author currently living in Manchester, England. Originally from the USA, I have written about sports and travel for years.I have written for Hopeless Football Romantic magazine, The Football Pink magazine, World Soccer Talk, Sports Collectors Daily, Forza Italian Football and many more. My debut book Soccer Travels was released in spring 2016, and details travelling to soccer matches around the globe. It can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.