Oneonta, Amherst, Loras win in OT; Kansas City bound!
|Senior Nikki Elsaesser scored one of the five goals for Messiah in Sunday's win
Messiah Athletics photo
Sunday's 2015 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals are a wrap. All eight of our Final Four teams have been settled with the Centre, Messiah, Williams, and Washington U. women, and the Calvin, Oneonta State, Loas, and Amherst men advancing to to play in Kansas City.
For a complete review all of the action in the Tournament, as well as information on past Tournaments:
The last quarterfinal match was played on Monday in Dubuque, Iowa where No. 17 Loras edged Wheaton (Ill.) 2-1 in overtime. Senior Justin Giacotto nailed the game winner off a corner kick. Junior Alex Bradley and senior Jorge Simon assisted on the goal, which sent the Duhawks to the Final Four for the fourth time in five years. The Thunder finishes at 15-4-3.
At Haverford College, No. 7 Oneonta State played with a man down due to a red card, but converted a corner kick in the first overtime period to edge No. 8 Haverford 1-0. Senior defender Greg Silvestro sent a corner kick into the box and senior Dylan Williams grabbed the game winning goal for the Red Dragons. The Fords end their campaign at 18-4, but celebrate their best season ever in the NCAA era.
|Loras celebrates their quarterfinal win over Wheaton on Monday
Loras photo by Christina Ney
Host No. 4 Amherst needed two overtimes to defeat No. 2 Trinity (Texas) 1-0. Senior Nico Pascual-Leone scored the winner to send Amherst to the Final Four for the first time since 2008. Trinity ends another successful season at 22-3.
In women's action at Messiah, the No. 1 Falcon's cruised past No. 16 Swarthmore 5-0. Five different players scored for the Falcons, who advance to the Final Four after a two year absence. Swarthmore ends their season at 18-3-2, after a second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Messiah will face Washington University in the national semifinals.
At William Smith, No. 7 Williams gave up their 1-0 lead late in regulation, but prevailed against the third-ranked Herons in penalty kicks. Junior Audrey Thomas put the Ephs on the board in the eighth minute, which stood until junior Shay Callahan headed the equalizer for the Herons. But after two overtime rounds, the Ephs took the PK round 3-0. The Herons end another strong season at 19-1-2, while the Ephs advance to face No. 13 Centre in Kansas City.
In St. Louis, the sixth-ranked Washington U. Bears edged No. 24 UW-Whitewater 1-0. The Bears outshot the Warhawks 23-4, and had a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks, notching their tally off an own goal which came during a clearing attempt by the Warhawk defense. Whitewater finishes their best season ever at 20-5, and will return the majority of their team in 2016. The Bears will face Messiah in the Final Four on Friday, December 4.