2009 NCAA Championship Central

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Northwestern, Indiana fall in NCAA Round of 16

Two Big Ten teams dropped out of the NCAA Championships Sunday afternoon as Indiana and Northwestern each lost 1-0 heartbreakers in the Round of 16.

No. 9 Northwestern fell victim to a late goal in the Wildcats 1-0 loss to No. 8 Tulsa. The Wildcats battled to a scoreless tie well into the second half before Tulsa's Austin Neil scored to give Tulsa the game-winning tally in the 73rd minute. NU keeper Misha Rosenthal saved five shots while the Northwestern offense fired 11 shots as the Wildcats end their 2009 season 11-5-4.

The Indiana Hoosiers' season came to an end Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 5 North Carolina 1-0 in the Round of 16 in the 2009 NCAA Championships. Hoosier keeper Luis Soffner made five saves and Andy Adlard had three shots on goal for Indiana, which finished the year 12-10-1. North Carolina's Alex Dixon scored the game's only goal in the 27th minute.

NCAA Round of 16 Results
No. 5 North Carolina  def. Indiana, 1-0
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No. 8 Tulsa def. No. 9 Northwestern, 1-0
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NCAA Round of 16 Preview

The third round of the 2009 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship begins this Sunday with Indiana and Northwestern still in the hunt for the national crown. After playing host in the opening rounds of competition, both teams will travel to meet third-round opponents. Winners from the round of 16 will advance to the quarterfinals with games being played on either Dec. 4, 5 or 6.

The Hoosiers are set to travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. where they will face No. 5 seed North Carolina in their second straight third-round appearance and the third in the lat four years. Indiana advanced to the third round by downing Louisville (2-0) and No. 12 seed Butler (1-0).

Ninth-seed Northwestern will journey to Tulsa, Okla., to face No. 8 seed Tulsa for a third-round matchup set for 3 p.m. ET.  The Wildcats ousted Notre Dame (3-1) in their opening round while the Golden Hurricanes survived a narrow 4-3 overtime decison over Saint Louis to advance in the bracket.

Sunday, Nov. 29 | 2 p.m. ET
No. 5 North Carolina (14-2-3) vs. Indiana (12-9-1)
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Sunday, Nov. 29 | 3 p.m. ET
No. 9 Northwestern (11-4-4) at No. 8 Tulsa (14-4-2)
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Indiana and Northwestern Advance to NCAA Round of 16

The Big Ten saw two teams advance to the round of 16 in the 2009 NCAA Championship as No. 9 seed Northwestern and Indiana overcame second-round opponents Sunday afternoon.

Northwestern (11-4-4) downed Notre Dame, 3-1, to advance in the bracket and will face eighth-seeded Tulsa (14-4-2) in third-round action on Sunday, Nov. 29. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 7-4-1 in NCAA contests.

Indiana avenged a heartbreaking 2-1 double overtime loss to Butler from earlier in the season as the Hoosiers ousted the No. 12 seeded Bulldogs with a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon. The contest marked the fourth meeting between the two programs in the NCAA tournament, with Indiana leading the series 3-1 on the national stage. Indiana improves to 76-24-4 in NCAA action, and 12-9-1 on the year. Up next, the Hoosiers will square off against No. 5 seed North Carolina (14-2-3) on Sunday, Nov. 29 in Chapel Hill.  

In other Big Ten action, three conference squads saw their seasons come to a close. Big Ten Champion Ohio State battled Drake to a 0-0 stalemate in regulation but the Bulldogs ultimately prevailed 1-0 in the extra stanza. The Buckeyes end their season 12-5-4 while the Bulldogs improve to 15-6-2.

Meanwhile, Michigan State and Penn State dropped 2-1 decisions to Duke and Maryland, respectively, in second-round action. The Spartans complete the 2009 campaign with an 11-8-2 record, while the Nittany Lions end the year 12-8-2. 

NCAA Second Round Results 

Indiana def. No. 12 Butler, 1-0
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No. 9 Northwestern def. Notre Dame, 3-1
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Drake def. No. 4 Ohio State, 1-0 (OT)
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Duke def. No. 14 Michigan State, 2-1
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Maryland def. No. 7 Penn State, 2-1
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Second-Round NCAA Pairings Set for Sunday

The 2009 NCAA Championship pairings are set for Sunday's second round of competition as all five conference teams remain in the hunt for the national crown.

Indiana downed Louisville, 2-0, Thursday evening to keep its NCAA run alive and will meet No. 12 seed Butler at their own Jerry Yeagley Field at 2 p.m. ET.

In other first-round action, Notre Dame ousted Green Bay from the tournament with a 2-1 decision. The ninth-seed and No. 21-ranked Northwestern Wildcats will square off against the Fighting Irish (11-7-4) in Evanston, Ill., with kickoff slated for 2 p.m. ET.

Fourth-seed and No. 13-ranked Ohio State is set to entertain No. 24 Drake in a 1 p.m. ET second-round matchup. The Bulldogs (14-6-2) topped Western Illinois, 2-1, Thursday evening to advance in the bracket.

Penn State enters this year's tournament as the No. 7 seed and will face seventh-rated Maryland in its tournament opener on Sunday from Jeffrey Field. The Terps (13-5-2) arrive in State College on the heels of a first-round 2-1 victory over Loyola (Md.).

The Michigan State Spartans will host No. 20 Duke in the second round of the NCAA Championship at 1 p.m. ET at DeMartin Stadium. The Blue Devils advanced by defeating Winthrop, 3-2, on Thursday night in Durham, N.C.

Indiana Blanks Louisville 2-0, Advances to Second Round

The Indiana Hoosiers advanced in the NCAA Championship bracket with a 2-0 win over Louisville in front of a home crowd at Jerry Yeagley Field, Thursday night. Indiana senior and Louisville native Darren Yeagle recorded his first career multiple goal game with two scores to oust the Cardinals in the tournament opener.

With the win, the Hoosiers improve to 11-9-1 on the year while upping their NCAA Division I-leading wins in the postseason event to 75 overall. Indiana will host No. 12 seed Butler (14-2-2) in second-round competition on Sunday at 2 p.m ET at Armstrong Stadium. 

Louisville ends its season at 13-3-4.

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The 2009 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship is set to begin this weekend with 48 teams from across the country vying for the national title, including five from the Big Ten. Michigan State,  Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State received first-round byes and will begin action on Sunday, Nov. 22. Indiana will enter tournament play Thursday as the Hoosiers play host to first-round action in Bloomington, Ind. Two teams represent the conference in the latest NSCAA/adidas national top 25, while four Big Ten squads rank in the RPI's top-15, tied with the ACC for the most among all conferences.

The Big Ten's most storied program, Indiana, makes its 34th overall NCAA appearance and 23rd consecutive. Boasting seven national titles, the Hoosiers own an all-time record of 74-24-4 in NCAA tournament play with a Division I-best 74 wins and .745 winning percentage. Indiana welcomes sixth-ranked Louisville in the tournament opener on Thursday, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers are looking to avenge a 4-0 loss to the Cardinals from earlier in the season and will rely on the strength of their home crowd as the No. 14 Big East foe has never defeated Indiana in Bloomington. Thursday's contest will mark the first meeting between the two programs in postseason play. The victor will advance in the bracket to face No. 12-seeded Butler on Sunday.

2009 NCAA Championship First and Second Round Pairings

Bloomington, Ind
First round - Louisville at Indiana (Nov. 19, 7 p.m. ET)
Second round - Winner at No. 12 Butler (No. 22, 1 or 2 p.m. ET)

South Bend, Ind.
First round - Green Bay at Notre Dame
Second round - Winner at No. 9 Northwestern (Nov. 22, 2 p.m. ET)

Des Moines, Iowa
First round - Western Illinois at Drake
Second round - Winner at No. 4 Ohio State (Nov. 22, 1 p.m. ET)

Durham, N.C.
First round - Winthrop at Duke
Second round - Winner at No. 14 Michigan State (Nov. 22, 1 p.m. ET)

College Park, Md.
First round - Loyola (Maryland) at Maryland
Second round - Winner at No. 7 Penn State (Nov. 22, 1 p.m. ET)