No top seed will compete this weekend at the Men’s Division I Soccer Championship at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. However, there is a No. 16 seed – and also a No. 12 seed. And one of them will advance to play for the national championship on Sunday.
Friday December 7 on ESPNU
4:00 PM – #3 Georgetown vs. #2 Maryland
6:30 PM – #16 Indiana vs. #12 Creighton
Sunday December 9 on ESPNU
1:00 PM – NCAA Men’s College Cup presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Final)
Via NCAA.com – Indiana advanced to its 18th College Cup by defeating No. 9 seed and defending national champion North Carolina 1-0 on Saturday in the national quarterfinals. Eriq Zavaleta scored the game-winning goal for the Hoosiers in the 57th minute.
As if defeating the defending national champion wasn’t impressive enough, it could be argued that the real shocker came in the quarterfinals, when the Hoosiers took out top-seeded Notre Dame in double overtime 2-1. Zalveta was key there, as well, heading in the winning score in the second minute of the second overtime period.
“I am so proud of this team,” Zalveta said. “This is the best I have seen this team play in a long time.”
Where Indiana has a storied soccer history, Creighton is building one. The Bluejay make their second consecutive appearance in the College Cup and will enter Regions Park riding a 14-game winning streak. They are also clearly not afraid of teams with intimidating records. Their 1-0 victory against UConn on Sunday in the qaurterfinals ended a 38-match home winning streak.
Creighton head coach Elmar Bolowich will make his fifth consecutive College Cup appearance after taking Creighton last season and North Carolina the previous three years.
In the first national semifinal, Georgetown makes its first appearance in the College Cup after defeating San Diego on Saturday.
As with Creighton, the Hoyas have a freshman leading their offensive attack. Brandon Allen, a native of Old Bridge N.J. has 15 goals and a total of 32 points in 24 games. He leads the nation with 10 game-winners.’
They’ll need it all against Maryland, which has won all 28 meetings it has had with Georgetown, the most recent being in 2009 when the Terps won on the road 2-1. Read more about all four teams.
There will be two St Louis goalkeepers playing in the Final 4.
SLUH grad Louis Soffner (@louie_soffner) is a senior & team captain for the Hoosiers, opened his season with a 2-1 win at SLU and has gone on to start all 22 games and play every minute this season, compiling a 14-5-3 while allowing 18 goals. It’s Louie’s photo of the facility pictured above, taken from his Twitter feed.
Webster Groves grad Tomas Gomez (@tomasgomez01) is a sophomore goalkeeper for Georgetown took over the starting position against Lehigh October 9th, going 11-1 since then (15-2 overall). The lone loss was to Notre Dame in the Big East Tourney Final in the 2nd OT. He started 17 games and earned recognition on the All-Rookie Big East squad in 2011.
Both players are also alumni of St Louis Scott Gallagher SC.