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NCAA Tournament: North Carolina, UCLA advance to College Cup

Two tickets have been punched to the College Cup.

Top seeded North Carolina and 13th seeded UCLA advanced to College Cup 2011 with victories on Saturday and will face one another in on Friday, Dec. 9th at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

The final two spots in the final four will be decided on Sunday when third-seeded Connecticut face Charlotte and second-seeded Creighton take on South Florida. Creighton's match was scheduled to take place on Saturday, but was postponed by snow.

Game capsules after the jump:


North Carolina earned their fourth consecutive trip to the College Cup by ending St. Mary's remarkable run with a 2-0 victory in Chapel Hill.

Senior defender Matt Hedges and Ben Speas provided the goals in a match that was throughly dominated by the Tarheels. North Carolina spent a majority of the game bombarding the Gaels net, and in the 52nd minute of play, Hedges' header on a corner kick to put the Tarheels up 1-0.

Following the goal, the match opened up as St. Mary's began to push for an equalizer. The Gaels challenged the Tarheel defense with forward Trevor Newquist earning several chances on net, but saw all of them stopped by the Carolina defense.

North Carolina put the game out of reach in the 64th minute when junior forward Billy Schuler played a silky pass into Speas, who broke past a Gaels defender before firing in the second goal of the game.


It took 102 minutes, but the UCLA Bruins got their revenge on the Louisville Cardinals.

Reed Williams scored in the second overtime as the Bruins defeated the Louisville Cardinals, 1-0 to advance to the College Cup for the 13th time in school history, and first since 2006. The match bore no resemblance to the exciting  5-4 contest in the snow that saw the Cardinals advance to College Cup in 2010. Rather, the game was a defensive battle, that took place in relatively mild temperatures.

There were few chances for both sides, but the finest came in a ten minute stretch beginning in the 75th minute when Bruin midfielder Eder Arreola cut through the Cardinal defense firing a shot that was saved by Cardinal defender Andre Bourdeaux. Ten minutes later, Louisville forward Colin Rolfe's clever run around the UCLA defense led to a shot at the top of the box, that forced a diving save from Bruins goalkeeper Brian Rowe.

In overtime, the Cardinals appeared to fade as the Bruins began to control possession and threaten the Louisville goal. Finally in the 102nd minute, UCLA broke through when defender Patrick Matchett sent in a cross to Williams, whose shot inside the left post beat Bourdeaux.

UCLA's shutout was their eighth in a row, tying a school record.


  1. @Shane…it’s funny how Porter dismissed Ben Speas, and Speas was the one who scored the winning goal for the Tar Heels….Congratulations Tar Heels, you guys played great!

  2. I said it before and I’ll say it again, I dont understand why Porter let Ben Speas go to North Carolinal. He has a bias against American strikers, I dont know how that’s going to work for the Olympic team.

  3. Creighton wins one hell of a match! Most physical scrappy match I have seen at Morrison Stadium. South Florida lucky to not see red today. So cold!! Ethan Finley with the golden goal. Huge crowd on a cold day!!

  4. There is a lot of talent at those levels some div 2 player got drafted last year but they probaly dont see them worth a draft pick just a camp invite

  5. “Eder Arreola cut through the Cardinal defense”

    He does that to a lot of team’s defenses. Great winger.

  6. Do MLS scouts watch of the Div II and Div III tournaments or do they usually not see those players as high enough class for the MLS?


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