College Round Up: Three FCD Alumni still alive in NCAA Tournament

U-23 ECNL alum fires UCLA into College Cup

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We've reached the final two weeks of the NCAA soccer season as the women head to the College Cup in Cary, NC while the men contest the elite eight around the country and three FC Dallas alumni are among the players still alive in the college game.

Taylor Smith - UCLA Sophomore Forward

WATCH: Smith sends Bruins to College Cup

Taylor Smith, a Fort Worth native and member of FCD's U-23 ECNL squad last summer, scored the biggest goal of her life, firing in the game-winner in double overtime to defeat reigning national champion #1 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The win was UCLA's first-ever over the 21-time national champions and was Smith's eighth goal of the season and third in the postseason. UCLA had been eliminated by UNC in each of the last four NCAA tournaments and the win sets up UCLA's ninth trip to the College Cup where they will face off against Virginia at 6:30PM on ESPNU.

Mikey Ambrose - Maryland Sophomore Defender

The Maryland Terrapins are headed to the NCAA Quarterfinal round for the ninth time in the last 12 years after defeating UC-Irvine 1-0 in College Park on Sunday through the 16th goal of the season from star senior Patrick Mullins. Sophomore outside back Mikey Ambrose has been a key cog of the Terrapin defense having started all but one game this season. Ambrose has four assists, tied for fourth-most on the team. Maryland travels to face the #4 seed Cal Bears on Saturday afternoon at 3:30PM looking for their second straight appearance in the College Cup(WATCH LIVE HERE).

Nick Rochowski - New Mexico Redshirt Freshman Forward

The New Mexico Lobos booked their second-ever trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, defeating Penn State 2-0 on a chilly Sunday evening in Albuquerque. Nick Rochowski has been used in a substitute role for Jeremy Fishbein's Lobos this season and played 14 minutes of Sunday's win registering one shot on goal. Rochowski and New Mexico travel to Washington for their Elite Eight game on Saturday evening at 7:00PM.