Friday, November 23, 2012

Two NCAA Teams with Former Juniors Still Alive

With the second weekend of the men's NCAA Division 1 soccer tournament set to kick off this weekend, 2 teams with former Juniors on their rosters are still alive in the tournament.  Christian Duke and San Diego and Eric De Julio and Chris Tuso at Creighton.

Duke and San Diego won their first round match up over Cal State Northridge in extra time after tying 1-1 through regulation.  Duke played the entire 103 minutes of the game in defense for the Toreros.  In the second round, San Diego faced off against traditional power, UCLA.  After a 1-1 first half, the two teams traded goals inside the first 10 minutes of the second half.  San Diego then went on to score 3 straight without reply to win 5-2.  San Diego advances to the next round where they'll play another seeded team, Tulsa, who beat South Florida 1-0.

As a seeded team, Creighton got a bye into the second round of the tournament facing the University of Washington.  Neither De Julio or Tuso played for Creighton in their second round match up against the Huskies as Creighton came away 4-2 winners after it being level 1-1 early in the second half.  Like Duke and San Diego, Creighton will likely be underdogs in their game on Sunday when they'll travel to take on the Akron Zips in the third round.

Derek Schrick and SMU went out in the first round of the tournament on penalty kicks to Winthrop.  After a late equalizer for Winthrop sent the game to overtime.  Schrick though did not play for SMU.  Raymond Lee and Alex Sweetin both played for Saint Louis in their match up against Fairleigh Dickinson, but the Billikens fell 2-1 to the Knights as Saint Louis was the second highest seed to fall in the second round.

Good luck to the Juniors in their games this weekend.

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