Terps rout W.Va., 4-0, in 2nd round of NCAA men's soccer tourney

Maryland falls to Okla. St., 1-0, in women's soccer Sweet 16

November 21, 2011|Sports Digest

Men's college soccer

Terps rout W.Va., 4-0, in 2nd round of NCAAs

Senior Casey Townsend scored a hat trick Sunday as No. 5 seed Maryland used three second-half goals to defeat West Virginia, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament. Recent offensive woes were all but an afterthought for the Terps (14-3-3), who held a 19-5 advantage in shots over West Virginia (11-8-1) to advance to the third round for the 10th consecutive season. Maryland will host No. 12 Louisville next Sunday at 5 p.m. in the third round.

Et cetera

Maryland falls to Okla. St. in women's soccer Sweet 16

A fourth-minute goal was the difference as host No. 2 Oklahoma State defeated Maryland, 1-0, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The Cowgirls (22-1-2) scored when a routine throw-in deep in the Maryland zone turned into a shot by Annika Niemeier that trickled into the Terrapins net off the hands of senior goalkeeper Yewande Balogun. Maryland had an opportunity to tie the match in the seventh minute when junior Danielle Hubka was hauled down inside the box, giving the Terps (12-6-4) a penalty kick. But senior Ashley Grove's attempt to the right post was turned aside by goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.

Women's college volleyball: UMES won its first-ever Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's volleyball championship with a five-set victory over Florida A&M (15-25, 25-17, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12) at Coppin State. With the win, UMES earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The Hawks continue their winning streak with their 19th straight victory, improving to 24-6. Florida A&M falls to 13-13. Saitaua Iosia led the Hawks with 25 kills and 11 digs, adding three aces and a pair of assists. Maline Vaitai also had a double double, earning 10 kills, 11 digs, two aces and a pair of blocks. Iosia was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Performer, finishing the three matches with 54 kills and leading the Hawks in that category every match. UMES will find out its opponent in the NCAA tournament when the field is announced Sunday at 6p.m.

MLS: The league announced numerous format changes for the 2012 season. The Montreal Impact will become the 10th club in the MLS Eastern Conference. The same nine teams will make up the Western Conference. Each club will again play 34 regular-season matches. The regular season will have an unbalanced schedule, with each club playing a team from the other conference just once. The number of games against specific in-conference opponents will vary. This year, every team played every other one home and away. The top five clubs in each conference will receive the 10 automatic playoff berths. This year, the top three in each conference advanced, with the next four, regardless of conference affiliation, receiving wild-card berths. The fourth-place and fifth-place teams in each conference will play each other in a one-game playoff. The winner will face the top seed in its conference semifinals, which will retain a two-leg, aggregate format. The conference finals will move from a one-game format to a two-leg, aggregate format. The MLS Cup will remain a single match, but with the better team in the regular season hosting the final.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

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