Bobby Clark’s hopes of leading Notre Dame to a second straight college soccer crown ended Sunday night with a home loss to No. 16 seed Virginia.
It was a disappointing day for the Clark household as Jamie Clark’s University of Washington also exited the national NCAA Tournament in the Round of 16.
Former Livingston U-19 forward Michael Scott remains as the unlikely flag carrier for Scotland in next weekend’s Elite Eight stage.
Notre Dame was facing Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia for the third time this year. September’s regular-season clash in Charlottesville ended in a 1-1 tie. The Fighting Irish eliminated the Cavaliers from the ACC Championship at the quarter-final stage three weeks ago with a 3-0 win in South Bend, Indiana.
Sunday’s cagey contest was settled in Virginia’s favor when Nicko Corriveau swept a low drive into the far corner with eight minutes remaining.
The Clarks came within 90 minutes of a College Cup semi-final meeting last season before Washington was eliminated by New Mexico in the quarter-final. The chance of a first Father vs. Son clash had evaporated earlier on Sunday when Jamie’s No. 14 seeded team was eliminated at Michigan State via a penalty shootout.
Aberdeen-born Clark saw his Huskies build a two-goal lead in the second half before conceding twice in the final 15 minutes to tie 2-2 at the tournament’s No. 3 seed. Washington squeezed past Furman on penalties in last week’s second round. Two misses prevented the Seattle-based school from reaching the Elite Eight for the second straight year.
Washington ends its season with 12 wins, five losses and three ties. Mason Robertson, the son of former Aberdeen and Rangers defender David, recorded seven goals and two assists in his 20 appearances.
Inverkeithing native Scott and his University of Maryland, Baltimore County teammates continued their remarkable year with a 1-0 win at No. 13 seed Louisville to reach the last eight for the first time.
UMBC (14-5-4) edged past 2007 tournament winner Wake Forest on penalty kicks in the first round before pulling off last weekend’s shocking triumph at state rival Maryland, a two-time national champion in the past decade and last year’s runner-up.
The Retrievers entered the NCAA Tournament ranked 50th out of 205 Division I schools, forcing the America East Conference champion to travel in each round. UMBC quickly settled into Sunday’s game. Mamadou Kansaye’s penalty kick put them ahead midway through the first half after Scott had a goal ruled out by the offside flag.
Louisville spurned a host of chances in the second half and UMBC goalkeeper Billy Heavner pulled off a miraculous late reflex save to extend the Retrievers’ unbeaten run to nine games.
UMBC next visits Omaha, Nebraska to face No. 12 seed Creighton in Friday’s quarter-final.
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