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Academy Alumni in NCAA Tournament: Trio Records Brace in Second Round


Real So Cal alum and UCLA senior Victor Chavez scored two goals to lead the Bruins to a 4-0 victory against Elon on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Chavez gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when he back-heeled a pass into the back of the net. Chavez’s 54th-minute header pushed the UCLA lead to 3-0 for his eighth tally of the year.

With the victory, UCLA will now face Connecticut in the third round on Sunday, Dec. 1, at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles.

Navarro Tallies Winner for Marquette: Freshman forward Jose “Coco” Navarro, formerly of Real Salt Lake AZ, scored a game-winning golden goal with 25 seconds remaining in the first overtime to lift Marquette to a 1-0 victory against Akron at Valley Fields in Milwaukee. Virginia Rush product and Marquette senior defender Paul Dillon crossed the ball in to Navarro, whose side volley beat Akron goalkeeper Jake Fenlason. It marked the Golden Eagles’ first NCAA Tournament victory, and Marquette now prepares for Virginia on Dec. 1.

Zinkhan Strikes for Virginia: Former Richmond Strikers player and Virginia junior Ryan Zinkhan scored off a set piece to give Virginia a first-half lead and an eventual 2-0 win against St. John’s on Sunday. Zinkhan headed the ball into the upper left corner in the 35th minute from six yards. It was his fourth goal of the year. The Cavaliers are in the midst of their 33rd-consecutive NCAA Tournament, the longest current streak in the nation.

Steffen, Maryland Advance: Long-time FC DELCO goalkeeper and Maryland freshman Zack Steffen made two saves during the Terrapins’ 3-1 victory against Providence at College Park, Md. Maryland’s defense had posted 350 consecutive scoreless minutes until Providence found an equalizer in the 69th minute. Maryland’s Patrick Mullins responded with a penalty kick goal one minute later to regain a lead that the team would not relinquish. Steffen, who was a member of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, improved to 14-3-5 this season. The Terrapins face UC Irvine on Sunday at Ludwig Field in Maryland.

Santana Scores Late Winner for UC Irvine: Former Chivas USA Academy player Christopher Santana scored a game-winning goal with only two seconds remaining in regulation as UC Irvine defeated North Carolina 1-0 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Former Arsenal FC Academy player Michael Sperber led the attack as time wound down. Sperber dished to Santana on the right, and Santana fired to the inside of the left post. Santana now has six goals on the season and three game-winners.

Sundly Carries Cal Past Bradley: Senior midfielder and former Strikers FC player Alec Sundly scored two goals as California defeated Bradley 3-1 on Sunday. Sundly opened the scoring in the 20th minute, assisted on Cal’s second goal by Steve Birnbaum (formerly of Strikers and Pateadores) and tallied the Golden Bears’ third goal in the 57th minute. Sundly has eight goals on the season and Birnbaum leads Cal’s roster with 10 goals. Cal plays Coastal Carolina in the third round.

Notre Dame’s Shipp Scores Twice in Win: Notre Dame senior and former Chicago Fire and Chicago Magic PSG Academy player Harrison Shipp, the 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, scored two goals as the Fighting Irish blanked Wisconsin 4-0 on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament’s second round. Both of his goals in the 22nd and 65th minutes were unassisted. Vince Cicciarelli (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro) and Patrick Hodan (FC Milwaukee) each contributed a goal and the Irish will now host Wake Forest.

Greensfelder Tallies First Goal for Deacons: Wake Forest redshirt freshman and Baltimore Bays Chelsea alum Ricky Greensfelder scored his first collegiate goal as the Demon Deacons defeated Navy 2-1 in the second round. Greensfelder also assisted a tally by former Seattle Sounders Academy player Sean Okoli, who has nine goals this season.

Kreutz Lifts Michigan State in OT: Former Sockers FC forward and Michigan State junior Tim Kreutz scored a game-winning header 6 minutes and 20 seconds into the second overtime period as the Spartans defeated Louisville 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Kreutz leads Michigan State with four game-winning goals and nine tallies overall. Michigan State faces Georgetown in the third round on Dec. 1.

Hoyas’ Gomez Shuts Down Old Dominion: Former St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri goalkeeper Tomas Gomez made six saves for the clean sheet as Georgetown stormed past Old Dominion for a 3-0 second-round victory. Gomez has 12 shutouts this season. Alex Muyl, who won the 2012-13 title with the New York Red Bulls Academy U-17/18s and a U-15/16 championship the previous season, tallied his fourth goal of the season to cap off the scoring. Former IMG Academy player Bakie Goodman gave Georgetown a 2-0 lead.

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