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Michigan travels to Santa Barbara, Calif., this weekend to take part in the 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup, marking the Wolverines' first trip to the event. No. 10 Michigan (17-4-3) will square off with No. 3 Akron (20-1-2) in the national semifinals at 11 p.m. ET on Friday at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
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Michigan travels to College Park, Md., to take on Maryland in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. The 10th-seeded Wolverines (16-4-3) make their second national quarterfinal appearance and first since 2008 looking to advance to their first College Cup.
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Indiana's Will Bruin and Penn State's Corey Hertzog have been named semifinalists for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy as announced on Wednesday. Bruin and Hertzog are among 15 semifinalists for the award, which honors the national player of the year.
The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Bruin posted 41 points on 18 goals and five assists in 2010, leading Indiana to the Big Ten Championship and its 24th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. His 18 goals are good for fifth-most in a single season in Big Ten history.
Hertzog led the nation and tied the Big Ten record for goals in a season, scoring 20 for the Nittany Lions en route to the team's 12th NCAA Championship berth. The junior also tallied six assists in 2010, giving him the second-highest point total in Big Ten history with 46.
NCAA Division I head coaches will vote on the 15 semifinalists, narrowing the field down to three finalists on Dec. 10. The 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy winner will be announced on Jan. 7.
No. 16 Ohio State fell to top-seeded Louisville, 2-1, on Sunday night in the third round of the NCAA Championship. The Cardinals opened the scoring in the 24th minute, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime. The Buckeyes' Austin McAnena tied the match at 1-1 early on in the second half, scoring Ohio State's lone goal in the 52nd minute. Louisville responded with the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute. The loss closes the season for Ohio State, which compiled a 11-6-3 overall record in 2010.
No. 2 Maryland scored a goal with just over two minutes remaining in the second half to defeat No. 15 Penn State, 1-0, on Sunday evening. Maryland's Taylor Kemp fired a shot from 18 yards out, tallying the game-winning goal for the hosts in the 88th minute. The loss eliminates Penn State from contention. The Nittany Lions close out their season with a 14-8-1 overall record.
No. 14 Indiana dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 3 Akron on Sunday afternoon, bowing out of the NCAA Championship. The Hoosiers and Zips played a scoreless first half before Akron took the lead on two goals within two minutes early on in the second. Andy Adlard notched the lone Indiana goal of the contest, scoring in the 83rd minute to cut Akron's lead in half. The Hoosiers wrap up the season with a 10-8-2 overall record.
After playing to a 1-1 draw with No. 4 North Carolina, Michigan State fell to the Tar Heels in penalty kicks, eliminating them from the NCAA Championship. The Spartans opened the scoring on a Cyrus Saydee goal, taking a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute. North Carolina scored with nine seconds remaining in regulation to tie the match and force overtime. Michigan State goalkeeper Avery Steinlage made nine saves in the match. The Spartans close the 2010 season with a 13-7-2 overall record.
Justin Meram scored two goals to lead No. 10 Michigan past No. 7 South Carolina, 3-1, in the third round of the NCAA Championship on Sunday. Meram notched his first of the afternoon in the 64th minute to give Michigan a 1-0 lead before teammate Soony Saad extended the lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute. Meram struck again in the 81st minute, giving the Wolverines a 3-0 lead. South Carolina would mark its lone tally of the match in the 84th minute, but Michigan held on to earn the win and move on to the national quarterfinals. The Wolverines will take on either No. 2 Maryland or No. 15 Penn State in the next round.
The Big Ten will be well-represented in Sunday's NCAA Men's Soccer Championship round of 16, as the conference sends all five of its postseason-qualifying teams to campus locations to compete in the third round of the tournament on Sunday. Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State each won their second-round matches after first-round byes to earn spots in the 16-team field, while Michigan State reeled off back-to-back wins in the first and second rounds to advance to the third round.
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