College: NCAA Tournament

FCD College Round-up: Tournament Edition

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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.

Read the previous edition of the FC Dallas College Round-up here.

Baylor University (15-3-3) – Natalie Huggins (Freshman, Forward), Catie McGowan (Senior, Goalkeeper)
The Baylor Bears opened postseason action by tying Missouri 2-2 before falling 3-4 in penalty kicks at the Big 12 Championship two weeks ago. The Bears still advanced to the first round of the NCAA Championship, where they defeated Texas State 3-0 last weekend. Freshman forward Natalie Huggins saw time in both matches, while senior goalkeeper Catie McGowan has yet to see any action in the postseason. Baylor will next face North Carolina in the second round on Friday, Nov. 18.

Furman University (12-8-2) – Holly Reilly (Freshman, Goalkeeper)
The Paladins’ postseason came to an end two weeks ago when they bowed out to the Samford Bulldogs in the Southern Conference Women’s Soccer Championship semifinals. Samford scored in the second overtime to eliminate Furman from contention. Freshman goalkeeper Holly Reilly didn’t play in the loss.

Hardin-Simmons University (20-2) – Eliza Keegan (Freshman, Forward)
The Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls clinched their ninth straight American Southwest Conference title on Nov. 6 before falling in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer National Tournament last Sunday to Trinity. The Cowgirls started their postseason with a 5-0 win over Howard Payne in an ASC semifinal before winning the conference championship over the University of Texas at Dallas, 2-0.

HSU then defeated UTD again, 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA Championship before losing to Trinity by a score of 3-1. Freshman forward Eliza Keegan didn’t see time in any of Hardin-Simmons’ four postseason contests. HSU’s only two losses of the year came at the hands of Trinity, with all 20 of their wins sandwiched between the two defeats.

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (8-10-3) – Jacob Gerondale (RS Freshman, Defender)
IPFW closed out its regular season with identical 2-1 wins over Detroit and Eastern Illinois before falling to Oral Roberts in the Summit League semifinals by a score of 3-2.  Freshman defender Jacob Gerondale started all three of the Mastodons’ final three matches of 2011.

Midwestern State University (13-4-1) – Salomon Moctezuma (Freshman, Goalkeeper)
MSU finished the regular season with a 2-1 win over Eastern New Mexico and a 2-0 win over West Texas A&M. But the Mustangs were eliminated from the NCAA Division II tournament in the first round after suffering a 1-0 loss to Incarnate Word. Freshman goalkeeper Salomon Moctezuma didn’t see any time in goal for Midwestern this season.

Old Dominion University (12-5-1) – Skylar Hagan (Freshman, Midfielder)
ODU wrapped up the regular season with a 1-1 draw against Drexel before advancing to the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. The Monarchs advanced to the CAA championship game after defeating Georgia State 5-3 in the semifinals, but fell to the Delaware Blue Hens by a score of 2-1 in the conference final.

On Thursday ODU tied Liberty 0-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but advanced on penalty kicks 5-4. Freshman midfielder Skylar Hagan started the match against Drexel and the win over Liberty. Old Dominion will play their second game of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, Nov. 20 against Indiana.

Southern Methodist University (13-6-1) – Chris Figueroa (Sophomore, Midfielder), Jaime Ibarra (Sophomore, Goalkeeper)
SMU won their final game of the regular season, defeating Memphis by a score of 2-1. The Mustangs then won three straight matches over Marshall (4-3), South Carolina (1-0), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2-0) to win their first Conference USA title since 2006 when they were led by current FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra started all of SMU’s last four games in goal and made five saves to post a shutout in the Conference USA championship game against UAB. Midfielder Chris Figueroa has not played this year due to his status as a transfer student. SMU will face the winner of the match between Akron and Northwestern on Sunday, Nov. 20.

University of Indiana (12-3-5) – Jack Coleman (Freshman, Midfielder)
Indiana won their final game of the regular season 1-0 over Ohio State before opening the Big Ten Tournament with a 2-1 win over Michigan State. The Hoosiers tied Northwestern 1-1 in the semifinals, but fell in penalty kicks. Freshman midfielder Jack Coleman hasn’t seen time in any of Indiana’s last three matches. IU’s next match will be in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, Nov. 20 against Old Dominion.

University of Maryland (13-3-3) – London Woodberry (Junior, Defender)
Maryland finished the regular season with a 1-1 tie with Wake Forest before falling to Boston College by a score of 2-1 in the ACC quarterfinals. Junior defender London Woodberry started both matches for the Terps. Maryland’s next match will be on Sunday, Nov. 20 against West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

University of Memphis (22-0-1) – Sam Watson (Freshman, Defender)
Memphis has won four straight postseason matches to collect their fifth straight Conference USA Women’s Soccer Championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Tigers registered a 2-1 overtime victory over Tulsa in the conference quarterfinals and a 3-0 shutout over East Carolina in the semifinals on their way to defeating UTEP 2-1 in double overtime of the Conference USA final two weeks ago.

Last weekend Memphis routed UT-Martin 7-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament and will face Louisville in the second round on Friday, Nov. 18. Freshman defender Sam Watson played 11 minutes as a substitute in the win over UT-Martin to earn her first postseason appearance for the Tigers.

University of North Carolina (17-2-2) – Boyd Okwuonu (Freshman, Defender)
North Carolina won their regular season finale over Boston College 2-0 before reeling off three straight wins to hoist their first ACC championship since 2000. The Tar Heels beat NC State 4-0 in the conference quarterfinals, registered a 1-0 overtime win over Virginia in the semifinals and beat Boston College again in the championship last weekend by a score of 3-1.

Freshman defender Boyd Okwuonu is one of five players to have started every game this year for UNC. The Tar Heels entered the NCAA tournament as the number one overall seed and will play their first match against Coastal Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 20

University of North Texas (14-4-3) – Michelle Young (Junior, Forward)
UNT won their first game of the postseason, beating Troy 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt tournament two weeks ago. But in the semifinals the Mean Green played Western Kentucky to a 0-0 draw before falling on penalty kicks 4-3. Junior forward Michelle Young started both games for North Texas and scored the game-winner against Troy.

University of South Carolina (9-7-3) – Bradlee Baladez (Sophomore, Forward)
The Gamecocks rounded out the regular season with a 2-2 tie against Kentucky before bowing out of the Conference USA semifinals with a 1-0 loss to SMU. South Carolina was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament after drawing Wake Forest 1-1 through two overtimes and falling 4-3 on penalty kicks. Sophomore forward Bradlee Baladez started all of the Gamecocks’ final three matches of the year, registering an assist against Kentucky.