NCAA men's tournament
Top-seeded BC is dumped by UMass 2-1 in second round; four in Top 10 lose first match.
| The Minutemen celebrate their upset of top-seeded Boston College in the NCAA tournament's second round.
-- University of Massachusetts web site photo --
NEWTON, Mass. (Wednesday, November 28, 2007) -- Sophomore attacker Mark DeSantis scored late, capping a second-half comeback that gave Massachusetts a 2-1 upset of No. 4 Boston College in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship before 1,882 at BC's Newton Campus Soccer Complex tonight.
BC, the tournament's top seed, was one of 16 seeded teams who received first-round byes and hosted matches tonight. The Eagles, however, were not the alone in being stunned as four members of the SoccerTimes.com College Coaches Poll Top 10 were eliminated at home in their first match.
Old Dominion edged No. 5 Brown 2-1. Bradley sent sixth-ranked Indiana packing 5-4 in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw through 110 minutes. Central Connecticut shocked No. 7 Tulsa 3-2.
Additionally, No. 9 Creighton blanked 12th-ranked Southern Methodist 3-0. SMU, did not receive a seed and needed to edge Gonzaga of Washington 1-0 to earn the trip to Creighton.
Massachusetts (15-7-1) trailed 1-0 at intermission, but rallied to record one of the biggest victories in school history.
"In our halftime meeting, we said we can play with these guys," UMass junior goalkeeper Zack Simmons said. "As (Massachusetts) coach (Sam Koch) said at the end of the second half, we were playing really well and you know we said we have 45 minutes left in our season possibly and we've got to give everything we have. Sure enough, the guys came out with a lot of heart a lot of passion and we played smart too. It wasn't only intensity. but it was a lot of composure and sticking to our game plan."
The decisive tally came on a left-side corner kick from junior midfielder Doug Rappaport. DeSantis, charging toward the back post, headed the ball back into the left corner for a 2-1 lead with 4:17 remaining.
The Minutemen's tying goal also came off a corner kick with freshman midfielder Ben Arikian lifting a ball that sophomore striker Bryan Hogan headed into the right corner of the net to equalize at 1-1 with 50:15 gone.
"We're a little bit stunned right now and we have to thaw out, but we're excited," Koch said, "We're excited about moving on. My hat goes off to Boston College. They're an outstanding team and they gave us so much trouble in the beginning of the game. I'm very pleased with our guys for holding in there and being able to get it done in the second half."
In all, UMass had 11 corner kicks to four for BC (15-5-1).
The Eagles went ahead 1-0 after 17:14 when junior midfielder Alejandro Bedoya took a feed from senior forward Sherron Manswell at the top of the penalty area. With the ball settled at his feet, Bedoya quickly spun to his left and sent a shot past Simmons inside the right post.
"Coming into the second half and being up 1-0, I thought we had everything to play for," BC junior keeper Chris Brown, who made nine saves. "It's just tough that they took the momentum coming out of half time. They just controlled the ball. They just seemed to have the better of the play in the second half. They got enough chances and a couple went in."
UMass, which won its fourth straight and is unbeaten in nine (8-0-1), held a 14-12 shots advantage, 10-6 in the second half. Simmons made four saves for the Minutemen.
BC, coming off capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, had won four straight and eight of nine. "I just told the team at the end of the game that it wasn't our day," Eagles coach Ed Kelly said. "We had a great season and let's not ruin it by being so bummed out. We just didn't do enough to win. It was not like we were unlucky. It's not like the referees were bad or this happened or that happened. We just didn't do enough and we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and face the fact that we just didn't get enough chances."
Old Dominion 2, No. 5 Brown 1
PROVIDENCE -- Sophomore striker Ambane Emmanuel scored in a second and final overtime period to send Old Dominion past No. 1 Brown in a second-round match before 1,675 at BU's Stevenson Field.
"It was a very difficult game. It was a real battle," ODU coach Alan Dawson said. "The Monarchs kept their composure and in difficult circumstances found a way to win."
With Brown (15-2-1) pressing for a winner, ODU (14-6-3) won on a counterattack. Sophomore midfielder Nane Joseph collected a loose ball at midfield and drove a pass over the Bears defense. Emmanuel used his speed to get behind the defense, touched once and fired his shot past diving freshman goalkeeper Paul Grandstand from 16 yards for the 2-1 final at 106:32, 3:28 before penalty kicks would have been used to decide the match.
"We just turned over, lost possession," said Brown senior defender and captain Matt Britner, the Ivy League "Player of the Year." about the play leading to ODU's winning goal. "Ambane Emmanuel took off, which is what we expected. The ball got over my head and it turned in to a footrace between (Bears junior defender) Rhett (Bernstein) and him. The guy got through and Paul (Grandstrand) lost his footing a bit. It wasn't an extremely difficult finish, but he put it away."
Emmanuel also scored the lone goal that gave the Monarchs a 1-0 triumph over visiting Providence in the first round Sunday.
ODU jumped ahead 1-0 when senior midfielder A.J. Kulp scored his fifth goal on a free kick from 45 yards out with 11:07 elapsed. Grandstand apparently was screened by the crowd in front of him and the ball bounced once and went untouched into the right corner of the net.
The Bears equalized early in the second half on a corner kick after ODU sophomore keeper Evan Newton made a diving save on a hard shot by senior striker Kevin Davies. On the subsequent corner, the ball bounced around loose in the box before Davies put it away for his team-leading 11th goal and a 1-1 tie at 48:05.
"The difficult thing is it's hollow after what this team has accomplished," Brown coach Mike Noonan said. "This team has probably got more character and trust than any I've coached."