by TRAVIS CLARK
All season long, the ACC has been the talk of men's college soccer — seen by many as the best conference in the nation. And while the nine schools spent the regular season beating up on each other, the NCAA Tournament was the chance for the conference to prove how good it really is. If the second round is any indication, they are as good as advertised, going 6-1 in Sunday's second round.
The University of Virginia was perhaps most prolific in a 5-0 win against Bucknell, with freshman Will Bates scoring a hat trick as the Cavaliers posted a ninth consecutive clean sheet. Next up for the No. 2 seed is Portland, the only school to beat an ACC squad, besting No. 15 North Carolina State 2-1.
Three unseeded ACC schools scored an upset, as Maryland beat No. 7 Penn State 2-1, Duke defeated No. 10 Michigan State 2-1, and Boston College knocked off No. 13 St. John's 1-0. Highly ranked Wake Forest beat UNC Wilmington 2-1, while in-state counterparts North Carolina answered the challenge of Brown by a 2-0 score.
On a day that witnessed the fall of half the seeded schools, the biggest upset of the day took place in Ohio, where No. 4 seed Ohio State fell at the hands of Drake, 1-0 in overtime. The top-seeded Akron Zips kept the undefeated run going, posting a 21st straight victory with a 2-0 win against South Florida thanks to two goals from Anthony Ampaipitakwong.
Here's a look at the rest of the scores from the second round:
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