FRISCO - The NCAA College Cup bracket is set, and once again FC Dallas Academy products are featured across the country representing their schools.
As the first round of the tournament kicks off on Wednesday, here are the Academy graduates that are taking part in this year's push for the opportunity to raise the NCAA College Cup.
Philip Ponder, Eddie Munjoma, and Sevon Pendergrass - Southern Methodist University
The SMU Mustangs became Conference Champions for the second year in a row after their victory against the No. 7 ranked UCF team. The team clinched the title in a tied matchup that came down to a penalty kick shoot out. The lone goal scored in the game was off of an assist by Munjoma, who has had a successful sophomore year scoring two goals in his five starts this season. Ponder overcame an early season injury and has started the last six games for the Mustangs with two goals and five shots in his junior campaign. The trio take on Oregon State on Wednesday.
Giovanni Montesdeoca, Martin Salas, and Mark Salas - University of North Carolina
The UNC Tarheels concluded its regular season ranked No. 5 in the nation which clinched them a first round-bye. As the team heads to its first game on Saturday, FC Dallas Academy products Montesdeoca and the Salas brothers have made their presence known. Montesdeoca and Mark Salas played 18 games a piece with the younger Salas starting in all 18 of his games and Montesdeoca starting in 14 games. Montesdeoca recorded seven goals and four assists. Martin Salas has played 13 games in his junior season with the Tarheels. UNC will face the winner of the first round matchup between High Point and James Madison on Saturday.
Brayan Padilla - University of Maryland
The University of Maryland Terps are headed to the NCAA College Cup after finishing their regular season ranked No. 11 in the nation, which put them into a second round spot. The team settled for a draw in their final game against Indiana, in which Padilla took a shot on goal but was not successful. As a freshman, Padilla played in six games with one assist to his name. The Terps will take on the winner of the matchup between NC State and Campbell.
Brandon Terwege - University of California, Los Angeles
The UCLA Bruins lost their final game of the regular season to South Dakota State University, 1-0. Brandon Terwege, an FC Dallas Academy product has had quite a season with the team this year. In his sophomore season, Terwege started in all 18 games that he played and recorded two goals as a defender. The Bruins will face the University of Portland in the first round of the tournament on Saturday. The winner of the matchup will advance to play the University of Kentucky in the second round.
Ben Hale - Furman University
Ben Hale and the Furman men are headed to the first round of the tournament after failing to clinch a first round-bye. Although the team did not seed higher, they finished their regular season on a high note with a shutout win at home. Hale started as goalkeeper in the game against UNC-Greensboro and had 5 saves in the game. Hale started in 20 games this season with 1,756 minutes played and recorded 67 saves this season. Furman meets the University of North Carolina at Wilmington on Wednesday, the winner of the two will go on to face University of Virginia in the second round.
Charlie Furrer - Stanford University
The Redshirt Junior continues to bide his time with the Cardinal, appearing in one game and earning a 3-0 shutout over Delaware in September. As the No. 9 seed, Stanford will wait to play the winner of the UC Irvine and Grand Canyon University matchup in the opening round.
Tosh Yasuda and Alex Radilla - Grand Canyon University
The midfielder Radilla scored just twice in 2018, but scored when it counted last weekend with the game-winner as Grand Canyon took the WAC championship. A member of the FCD Academy from U-15 through U-19, he's the only Academy-product finishing up his senior season. After transferring from SMU following his freshman year, Yasuda played in eight games for the Lopes with one start - all coming over the last eight games of the season. The midfielder registered three shots and will look to provide an impact off the bench as Grand Canyon faces off against UC Irvine on Wednesday.
Daniel Evans and Cole Guindon - Kentucky
The two FC Dallas Academy grads made sizable freshman impacts for the Wildcats. Daniel Evans played in 12 matches with two goals and 19 shots to his name, while Guindon appeared in all 18 games with 15 starts and two assists. Teammate Matt Mazur also grew up in the FC Dallas Youth club, but did not appear in his freshman season. No. 3 seeded Kentucky will await the winner of the University of Portland and UCLA.
Jalen James, Adrian Morales and Matt Karasinski - Campbell
Jalen James and Matt Karasinski played in five and four games, respectively, for the Campbell Fighting Camels, while Morales did not appear in his freshman season. Campbell will face NC State in the opening round on Wednesday.
Alex Bautista - NC State
The freshman played in five games off the bench for NC State, scoring one goal on his only shot of the year in 48 minutes played. Bautista will face a pair of former teammates in James and Morales as the Wolfpack face Campbell in the opening round.