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College Cup Quarterfinal Rewind: Stanford top Louisville, Denver edges Clemson and more


Although the College Cup 2015 champions are still very much in the running for this year’s trophy, three other deserving semifinalists will be jumping at the chance to unseat Stanford.

The four teams emerging from the quarterfinal round are North Carolina, Denver, Wake Forest and Stanford. Each team had their defensive plan ready to go as they took the field over the weekend, with no goals coming in the first half and two matches needing overtime to crown a winner.

It was a matchup of narrow margins between North Carolina and Providence, with the game scoreless at the end of regulation. It was Drew Murphy who broke the deadlock for UNC in the second period of overtime, scoring in the 102nd minute to send the Tarheels to the semifinals.

Stanford traveled to Louisville intent on a second straight run at the College Cup and, while the home team held strong initially, Stanford scored twice in the final 30 minutes to advance. Foster Langsdorf headed home the first strike, his first of the year, from a Derek Waldeck corner. The insurance goal came from a long-range Sam Werner free kick in the 79th minute.

Wake Forest midfielder Ema Twumasi rose to the occasion against Virginia Tech, scoring twice in two minutes to send the highest remaining seed to the semifinals. Elsewhere, Denver defender Kortne Ford headed home from a deep cross to give the visitors the win on the road at Clemson.

The semifinalists will face off on Friday night in Houston, with North Carolina taking on reigning champions Stanford, and Wake Forest squaring off with Denver.

Here’s a closer look at the results from the quarterfinal matches:

Providence 0, (9) North Carolina 

(3) Clemson 0, 1 (6) Denver

Virginia Tech 0, (2) Wake Forest 

(4) Louisville 0, 2 (5) Stanford


  1. Uhm, it was Langsdorf’s 15th of the year not his first. He was th Pac12 leading scorer and had the game winner against Virginia just last week


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