The second round of the NCAA tournament was played this weekend, with maybe 3 upsets in between, but 1 HUGE upset. Here are the results:
UCF v Wisconsin: UCF was seeded 3rd and was definitely a team that could make it to the quarter finals for sure, but they ended up losing in just the second round of the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin, who had defeated Arizona State in the first round, dominated the game. With 21 seconds left in the first half, Roxanne Carlson came into the game. She sprinted down the field to catch up to a low Laurie Nosbusch pass, and slotted a shot to the near post. It was the only goal Wisconsin needed to knock out the 13th-ranked UCF Knights, and get into the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1993.
Penn St v Virginia: The biggest upset so far in the tournament. Penn State, another seeded team (4th), was leading 2-0 and they seemed to get comfortable with that lead so they sat back a little. However, Virginia came out STRONG in the second half fighting and looking for a way to win. 15 minutes into the half, Lauren Alwine collected a pass on the left side and curled a her shot to the far post past Penn St star goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Sinead Farrelly blasted a shot from 15 yards out in the 65th minute to tie the game. Virginia started to gain momentum and in the 73rd minute, Caroline MIller took a shot to the upper right corner to give Virginia the lead. 2 minutes later, Hollenberg scored to give the Cavaliers a 4-2 lead. Penn State’ defense looked overwhelmed, and just about a minute later, Miller increased the lead for Virginia. Meghan Lenczyk sealed the win on the 80th minute, upsetting Penn State, 4th seed, and ranked 16th in the nation.
LSU v Texas A&M: The two played to a 1-1 tie, which led to 2 over time periods in which neither team could score to advance. Texas A&M took the lead in the 65th minute when Rachel Shipley took a cross to the far post where Emily Peterson connected with the ball to put it into the back of the net. 2 minutes later, Malorie Rutledge was taken down in the penalty area, and Melissa Clarke scored the following penalty kick to get 4th-seeded LSU back in the game. A round of penalty kicks was needed to define the team that would move on to the Sweet 16. Texas A&M came out victorious scoring 4 penalty kicks to LSU’s 2.
The Sweet 16 round will be played over the weekend, and here are the matches, including my picks: