NCAA Men’s College Cup semifinal matchups solidified
The NCAA Men’s College Cup semifinals are set after No. 3 Indiana and North Carolina locked up the final two spots.
The Hoosiers punched their ticket with a 2-0 win over Seton Hall while the Tar Heels scored two straight goals for a 2-1 upset of No. 5 Wake Forest.
Below are the final stats from each match. Click or tap here to view the updated interactive bracket.
IU spent much of the first half in a scoreless tie before a weather delay sidelined the match for nearly an hour. Out of the break the Hoosiers played with pace and pressure and Ryan Wittenbrink capitalized with a 44th-minute screamer through traffic into the bottom right corner of the net.
— Indiana Men's Soccer (@IndianaMSOC) May 10, 2021
Indiana’s Thomas Warr added the insurance goal in the 58th minute. Maouloune Goumballe made a nice run off a through ball and found Warr running the far post and all he had to do was tap in the ball to put the match out of reach. This is Indiana’s first College Cup appearance since 2017.
North Carolina found itself down 1-0 after 10 minutes of play, but that deficit was erased 32 seconds later. Giovanni Montesdeoca was left unmarked in the box, burying an 11th-minute, first-touch rebound for the Tar Heels after their initial cross was headed down right to the senior. UNC went ahead for good in the 58th minute when Santiago Herrera anticipated a blocked free kick and ripped a left-footed shot into the top left corner. Carolina also returns to the College Cup for the first time since 2017.
— UNC Men's Soccer (@UNCmenssoccer) May 11, 2021
While Pittsburgh and Marshall locked up their first-ever College Cup berths earlier in the day, UNC and IU have a bit more experience. The Tar Heels will make their ninth College Cup appearance. Indiana adds to its NCAA record with a 21st trip to the College Cup semifinals.
Here are the 2020-21 College Cup matchups:
The first pair of quarterfinal matches on Monday saw a pair of matches enter halftime with scoreless ties. The floodgates opened in the second halves, as No. 2 seed Pittsburgh scored three goals against No. 7 seed Washington, including two from long range in the final three minutes, while unseeded Marshall advanced thanks to a 70th-minute goal.
“OH MY GOODNESS A WONDER GOAL FROM VELJKO PETKOVIC!”
— Pitt Men's Soccer (@Pitt_MSOC) May 10, 2021
Pittsburgh took the lead on a beauty of a header from Valentin Noel, who was assisted by Jasper Loeffelsend, then Bertin Jacquesson scored on a sliding strike from about 40 yards out when Washington keeper Sam Fowler had pushed out of the box. A minute later, Veljko Petkovic‘s try from midfield was good, putting Pitt up 3-0.
The Marshall-Georgetown match was scoreless for nearly 70 minutes, until Marshall’s Vitor Dias snaked through the box and down the end line and until his pass found Jamil Roberts open near the back post, who finished the job. Georgetown was unable to answer and the reigning national champions were sent home by Marshall.