FCD College Round-up: Quarterfinal Preview
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Camarati/UNC Athletic Communications
The college postseason is in full swing and a number of FC Dallas Youth products have already seen their respective seasons come to an end. From this point on, the bi-weekly FCD College Round-up will track those former FCDY players whose teams are still in contention in the various NCAA tournaments.
Baylor University (15-3-3) – Natalie Huggins (Freshman, Forward), Catie McGowan (Senior, Goalkeeper)
The Baylor Bears were knocked out of the NCAA tournament by No. 19 North Carolina last Friday, losing 5-0. The Bears surrendered five goals for the first time since October 16, 2009. Forward Natalie Huggins started the game and played 52 minutes. She had one of the three shots on goal for the Bears. Huggins was fourth on the team in points in her freshman year in 2011. Catie McGowan did not see the field during the tournament.
Old Dominion University (12-5-1) – Skylar Hagan (Freshman, Midfielder)
ODU lost to Jack Coleman's Indiana Hoosiers 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Midfielder Skylar Hagan almost gave the Monarchs a 1-0 lead but Indiana goalkeeper Luis Soffner made a diving save on Hagan's attempt. Hagan finished the season with a goal and an assist, playing in 16 games.
Southern Methodist University (13-6-1) – Chris Figueroa (Sophomore, Midfielder), Jaime Ibarra (Sophomore, Goalkeeper)
After winning the Conference USA championship, SMU was defeated 3-2 by No. 10 Akron in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Mustangs found themselves in a 3-0 hole late in the game, but a set piece goal and a penalty kick, separated by just 34 seconds, brought SMU to within one. However, Akron was able to hold on for the win, ending SMU’s season. Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra posted five shutouts in the 20 games he started while collecting a 13-6-1 record in 2011. Sophomore Chris Figueroa did not play due to his status as a transfer student.
University of Indiana (12-3-5) – Jack Coleman (Freshman, Midfielder)
Indiana eased past ODU 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament and moved on to face No. 1 North Carolina in the third round, Indiana's second straight opponent with an FCD Academy graduate. Indiana was unable to register a shot on goal against UNC, but kept the game 0-0 through the end of regulation. A Hoosier turnover led to the overtime goal and the win for the Tar Heels. Jack Coleman did not play in the game against UNC or ODU and finished his freshman year with one appearance.
University of Maryland (13-3-3) – London Woodberry (Junior, Defender)
Maryland easily beat West Virginia 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament and met No. 12 Louisville in the third round. The match was back and forth until the 78th minute when Louisville broke the 2-2 tie and went on to win 4-2. London Woodberry played in 20 of 21 games this year and helped hold opponents to 22 goals against.
University of Memphis (22-0-1) – Sam Watson (Freshman, Defender)
After a 7-0 rout of UT-Martin in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Memphis found Louisville to be too tough of a test. The Cardinals found the back of the net in the 68th minute and put the game out of reach in the 75th. The loss ended a historic season for Memphis. Defender Sam Watson played in three games this year, including the 7-0 win over UT-Martin.
University of North Carolina (17-2-2) – Boyd Okwuonu (Freshman, Defender)
No. 1 North Carolina had a scare against Coastal Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels went down 1-0 before trading goals and knotting up the game at 2-2 in the 51st minute. A 68th minute goal by Enzo Martinez sealed the 3-2 win for North Carolina and their matchup against Indiana. The third round matchup against Indiana provided another scare for the Tar Heels, as they squeaked out a 1-0 win over the Hoosiers in OT. Boyd Okwuonu helped keep Indiana off the score sheet and started every game this year for the Tar Heels. North Carolina will face off with an upstart St. Mary’s team on Saturday, Dec. 3.