Nov. 24, 2010
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.
The Big Ten's five remaining tournament teams leads the field, while four other conferences are tied with two teams apiece. All five conference teams will play their third-round matches on the road.
No. 14 Indiana (10-7-2) travels to No. 3 Akron (19-1-1) for a 4 p.m. ET match. Will Bruin scored twice to lead the Hoosiers to a 5-1 win over Tulsa last Sunday to advance to the round of 16. Indiana owns a 24-4-2 all-time record against Akron, including a 9-3-0 mark on the road. With a win, the Hoosiers would take on the winner of Sunday's No. 6 California-Brown match in the national quarterfinals.
Riding a seven-match win streak heading into the weekend, No. 10 Michigan (15-4-3) travels to No. 7 South Carolina (13-6-2) for a 2 p.m. ET contest. The Wolverines took down Central Florida in overtime in the second round, winning a 2-1 match in the 95th minute. Sunday's match will mark the first between Michigan and South Carolina. Michigan would play the winner of No. 2 Maryland and No. 14 Penn State in the national quarterfinals with a win.
Michigan State (13-7-1) enters the weekend as one of three unseeded teams remaining in the tournament, traveling to No. 4 North Carolina (16-3-2) for a 3 p.m. ET game. The Spartans defeated Oakland, 2-0, in the first round before taking down No. 13 Butler, 1-0, in the second round. Michigan State owns a 1-0-0 all-time record against the Tar Heels. With a win, the Spartans would take on No. 5 SMU or No. 12 William & Mary in the next round.
No. 16 Ohio State (11-5-3) travels to face unbeaten and top-seeded Louisville (17-0-3) at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Buckeyes defeated Providence, 2-1, in second-round action last weekend to advance to the round of 16. Ohio State and Louisville have already seen each other this season, playing to a scoreless draw on Sept. 22. The Buckeyes would square off with the winner of Sunday's No. 8 UCLA-Dartmouth match in the quarterfinals with a win over the Cardinals.
No. 15 Penn State (14-7-1) takes on No. 2 Maryland (18-2-1) at 5 p.m. ET after defeating Old Dominion, 4-1, in the second round last weekend. Corey Hertzog netted a hat trick for Penn State, moving his season goal total to a Big Ten record-tying 20. The Nittany Lions are 17-19-5 all-time against the Terrapins. With a win, Penn State would face either No. 7 South Carolina or No. 10 Michigan in the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship are set for Dec. 3-5 at campus locations. The 2010 NCAA College Cup will be held on Dec. 10 and 12 in Santa Barbara, Calif.