College Cup Preview: Men Kickoff Tonight, Women Set For Second Round On Friday

College Cup Preview: Men Kickoff Tonight, Women Set For Second Round On Friday

The 2016 Men’s College Cup kicks off tonight with second round action for the ladies on Friday.

In total, five California men’s teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament and the ladies had a total of seven.

The Stanford men will be looking to be the first team since 2003-04’s Indiana to win back-to-back championships.

Men

Performance Soccer Field – California State University Northridge – California State University Northridge vs Pacific – 7:ooPM
-Northridge has one of the lowest RPI’s in the College Cup field. They booked their ticket with a 2-1 overtime win over Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Tournament final. Northridge has been on a roll. They are undefeated in their last six matches. This is the first time in program history that Pacific has made the NCAA Tournament. They earned an at-large bid and finished the regular season with a 12-3-2 record.
-Winner of this match will face #5 Stanford.

Drake Stadium – UCLA – UCLA vs Colgate – 5:00PM
-UCLA earned its 44th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid. UCLA’s Jose Hernandez was named co-Pac 12 Player of the Year.

SDSU Sports Deck – San Diego State – San Diego State vs UNLV – 5:00PM
-It was a banner year for SDSU after they posted a 9-4-5 record. The highlight for years to come will be the 1-0 victory over then #1 Akron. This in the ninth time in program history that the team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Women

Laird Q. Cagan Stadium – Stanford – Pepperdine vs NC State – 4:30PM
-Pepperdine advanced to the second round in thrilling fashion. Playing at home, they defeated California on penalties 3-2. This was after both teams remained deadlocked at 1-1. Pepperdine’s Danielle Thomas scored in the 5th minute and California’s Arielle Ship scored her 11th goal in the 67th minute.

Laird Q. Cagan Stadium – Stanford – #1 Stanford vs Santa Clara – 7:00PM
-Santa Clara moved on after they defeated Long Beach State 3-0. Jordan Jesolva scored in the 12th minute and Maddie Gonzalez recorded a second-half brace. Stanford defeated Houston Baptist 4-0 in the first round. Scoring for the Cardinal was Kyra Carusa, Sam Tran, Michelle Xiao, and Logan Karam. Stanford held Houston to no shots on goal. These two teams faced each other earlier this year – September 16 – with Stanford walking away with a 2-1 victory.

McAlister Field – USC – #2 USC vs Texas A&M – 1:30PM
-USC advanced following a 3-1 win over Eastern Washington. All goals were scored in the first half. Morgan Andrews recorded a brace and Nicole Molen added one just before the break.

Dick Dlesk Stadium – Morgantown, West Virginia – #4 UCLA vs Nebraska – 12:00PM
-UCLA moved on with a 3-0 thrashing over Seattle. Scoring for UCLA was Anika Rodriguez, Zoey Goralski, and Amber Munerlyn.

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