2016 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament

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2016 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament
College Cup
2016 NCAA Men's College Cup.png
CountryUnited States
DatesNovember 17 – December 11, 2016
Teams48
ChampionsStanford Cardinal
Runners-upWake Forest Demon Deacons
Semi-finalists
Matches played47
Goals scored121 (2.57 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Julian Gressel (4)
Best playerOffensive: Ian Harkes
Defensive: Andrew Epstein
2015
2017
All statistics correct as of December 3, 2016.

The 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament (also known as the 2016 College Cup) was the 58th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA Division I men's collegiate soccer. The first, second, third, and quarterfinal rounds were held at college campus sites across the United States during November and December 2016, with host sites determined by seeding and record. The four-team College Cup finals was played at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on December 9 and 11, 2016.[1]

The Stanford Cardinal successfully defended their 2015 title. Stanford played the North Carolina Tar Heels to a scoreless draw in the semifinals before winning a penalty shootout, 10–9, to advance to the Championship game.[2] The Cardinal then also tied the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 0–0, in the final before claiming the back-to-back title with another penalty shootout victory, 5–4.[3]

Stanford tied the NCAA record for the Lowest Goals-Against Average in the Tournament (Minimum 3 Games) of 0.00 by becoming the fourth team to not allow their opponents to score a goal in the tournament. The other three co-record-holders are the 1976 San Francisco Dons, the 1995 Wisconsin Badgers, and the 2009 Akron Zips.[4]

Qualification[edit]

All Division I men's soccer programs except for Grand Canyon, Incarnate Word, and UMass Lowell will be eligible to qualify for the tournament. Those three programs are ineligible because they are in transition from Division II to Division I. The tournament field remains fixed at 48 teams.

Of the 24 schools that had previously won the championship, 13 qualified for this year's tournament.

Format[edit]

As in previous editions of the NCAA Division I Tournament, the tournament features 48 participants out of a possible field of 203 teams. Of the 48 berths, 24 are allocated to the 21 conference tournament champions and to the regular season winners of the Ivy League, Pac-12 Conference, and West Coast Conference, which do not have tournaments. The remaining 24 berths are supposed to be determined through an at-large process based upon the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of teams that did not automatically qualify.

The NCAA Selection Committee also names the top sixteen seeds for the tournament, with those teams receiving an automatic bye into the second round of the tournament. The remaining 32 teams play in a single-elimination match in the first round of the tournament for the right to play a seeded team in the second round.

Seeded teams
Seed School Conference Record Berth type NSCAA Ranking[5] RPI Ranking[6]
1 Maryland Big Ten 18–0–2 Tournament Champion 1 1
2 Wake Forest ACC 15–2–3 Tournament Champion 2 3
3 Clemson ACC 13–3–4 At Large 3 2
4 Louisville ACC 12–5–2 At Large 9 6
5 Stanford PAC-12 11–3–4 Conference Champion 8 5
6 Denver Summit 17–0–3 Tournament Champion 4 7
7 Indiana Big Ten 11–1–7 At Large 7 15
8 Syracuse ACC 11–4–3 At Large 6 9
9 North Carolina ACC 11–3–3 At Large 10 10
10 Charlotte C-USA 12–3–2 At Large 5 14
11 Washington Pac-12 13–6–0 At Large 14 8
12 Virginia ACC 10–3–5 At Large 17 20
13 Notre Dame ACC 11–7–2 At Large 20 13
14 Albany America East 12–5–2 Tournament Champion RV 12
15 Butler Big East 13–5–1 Tournament Champion 15 11
16 Kentucky C-USA 11–4–3 At Large 19 18

Schedule[edit]

2016 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament is located in the United States
Clemson
Clemson
Louisville
Louisville
Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill
Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem
Houston
Houston
2015 Quarterfinal sites (blue) and College Cup (red)
Round Date
First round November 17, 2016
Second round November 20, 2016
Third round November 26–27, 2016
Quarterfinals December 2 − 4, 2016
College Cup: Semifinals December 9, 2016
College Cup Final December 11, 2016

Bracket[edit]

Regional 1[edit]

  First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
                                     
       
  1 Maryland 4  
    Providence 5  
  Providence 2
  Delaware 0  
  Providence 2  
  Creighton 1  
  Creighton 3  
  Tulsa 0  
  Creighton 3
    16 Kentucky 2  
     
       
  Providence 0
  9 North Carolina AET 1
       
       
  9 North Carolina AET 3
    Florida Gulf Coast 2  
  South Florida 2(0)
  Florida Gulf Coast PK 2(3)  
  9 North Carolina 1
  8 Syracuse 0  
  Dartmouth AET 1  
  St. Francis Brooklyn 0  
  Dartmouth 0
    8 Syracuse 3  
     

Regional 2[edit]

  First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
                                     
       
  5 Stanford 2  
    Pacific 0  
  CSUN 0
  Pacific 1  
  5 Stanford AET 1  
  12 Virginia 0  
  Vermont 4  
  Rider 1  
  Vermont 1
    12 Virginia AET 2  
     
       
  5 Stanford 2
  4 Louisville 0
       
       
  13 Notre Dame 1
    Loyola-Chicago 0  
  Loyola-Chicago 2
  UIC 0  
  13 Notre Dame 1
  4 Louisville 3  
  UCLA 4  
  Colgate 2  
  UCLA 1
    4 Louisville AET 2  
     

Regional 3[edit]

  First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
                                     
       
  3 Clemson AET 2  
    South Carolina 1  
  South Carolina 1
  Mercer 0  
  3 Clemson 3  
  14 Albany 1  
  Boston College 1  
  Fordham 0  
  Boston College 0
    14 Albany 3  
     
       
  3 Clemson 0
  6 Denver 1
       
       
  11 Washington 4
    New Mexico 1  
  New Mexico PK 0(6)
  Portland 0(5)  
  11 Washington 1
  6 Denver 2  
  San Diego State 1(5)  
  UNLV PK 1(6)  
  UNLV 0
    6 Denver 3  
     

Regional 4[edit]

  First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
                                     
       
  7 Indiana 1  
    Akron 0  
  Akron 2
  Villanova 0  
  7 Indiana 1  
  Virginia Tech OT 2  
  Virginia Tech 1  
  East Tennessee State 0  
  Virginia Tech 3
    10 Charlotte 2  
     
       
  Virginia Tech 0
  2 Wake Forest 2
       
       
  15 Butler 0(4)
    SIUE PK 0(5)  
  Michigan State 1(8)
  SIUE PK 1(9)  
  SIUE 1
  2 Wake Forest 2  
  Coastal Carolina 2  
  Radford 1  
  Coastal Carolina 0
    2 Wake Forest 2  
     

2016 College Cup[edit]

Semifinals
December 9
BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston, Texas
Championship
December 11
BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston, Texas
      
6 Denver 1
2 Wake Forest 2OT 2
2 Wake Forest 0(4)
5 Stanford PK 0(5)
9 North Carolina 0(9)
5 Stanford PK 0(10)

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

Third round[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

College Cup[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

National Championship[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
  • Puerto Rico Carlos Clark — Albany
  • Brazil Bernardo Mattos — Albany
  • Brazil Afonso Pinheiro — Albany
  • Chile Nico Solabarrieta — Albany
  • Bermuda Zeiko Lewis — Boston College
  • United States Brandt Bronico — Charlotte
  • England Daniel Bruce — Charlotte
  • Iceland Einar Einarsson — Coastal Carolina
  • Haiti Frantzdy Pierrot — Coastal Carolina
  • United States Zach Pagani — Colgate
  • United States Bruno Scodari — Colgate
  • United States Myles Englis — Creighton
  • United States Mitch LaGro — Creighton
  • United States Ricky Lopez-Espin — Creighton
  • Mexico Ricardo Perez — Creighton
  • Sweden Joel Rydstrand — Creighton
  • United States Karim Sawaf — Creighton
  • United States Matt Danilack — Dartmouth
  • United States Chandler Crosswait — Denver
  • United States Scott DeVoss — Denver
  • United States Alex Underwood — Denver
  • Spain Robert Ferrer — Florida Gulf Coast
  • United States Justin Gavin — Florida Gulf Coast
  • United States Grant Lillard — Indiana
  • United States Billy McConnell — Indiana
  • United States Kevin Barajas — Kentucky
  • United States J. J. Williams — Kentucky
  • Senegal Cherif Dieye — Louisville
  • United States Jack Gayton — Louisville
  • Senegal Mohamed Thiaw — Louisville
  • United States Kevin Engesser — Loyola-Chicago
  • United States Alec Lasinski — Loyola-Chicago
  • Germany Gordon Wild — Maryland
  • United States Eryk Williamson — Maryland
  • Canada Michael Marcantognini — Michigan State
  • United States Patrick Khouri — New Mexico
  • Germany Nils Bruening — North Carolina
  • United States Jeremy Kelly — North Carolina
  • United States Drew Murphy — North Carolina
  • United States Tariq Branche — Pacific
  • United States Danny Griffin — Providence
  • United States Steven Kilday — Providence
  • United States Brendan Reardon — Providence
  • United States Nick Sailor — Providence
  • Portugal João Serrano — Providence
  • England Fraser Colmer — Radford
  • France Arthur Herpreck — Rider
  • United States A. J. Vergara — San Diego State
  • United States Tomas Hilliard-Arce — Stanford
  • United States Sam Werner — Stanford
  • United States Austin Ledbetter — SIU Edwardsville
  • United States Keegan McHugh — SIU Edwardsville
  • United States Kevin Walker — South Carolina
  • United States Marcus Epps — South Florida
  • South Africa Lindo Mfeka — South Florida
  • Canada Chris Nanco — Syracuse
  • Mexico José Hernández — UCLA
  • United States Kike Poleo — UCLA
  • United States Willie Raygoza — UCLA
  • United States Adam Musovski — UNLV
  • Iceland Jon Arnar Barðdal — Vermont
  • Canada Stefan Lamanna — Vermont
  • Guatemala Pablo Aguilar — Virginia
  • United States Paddy Foss — Virginia
  • United States Brendan Moyers — Virginia Tech
  • United States Forrest White — Virginia Tech
  • Spain Luis Argudo — Wake Forest
  • United States Ian Harkes — Wake Forest
  • United States Jacori Hayes — Wake Forest
  • United States Beau Blanchard — Washington
  • Canada Scott Menzies — Washington
  • United States Elijah Rice — Washington
  • United States Justin Schmidt — Washington
  • United States Steven Wright — Washington
Own goals
  • United States Tanner Dieterich — Clemson (playing against South Carolina)
  • United States Kaelon Fox — Kentucky (playing against Creighton)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Syracuse played their home match at David W. Murphy Field, on the campus Onondaga Community College, instead of their regular stadium SU Soccer Stadium, due to field conditions from snowy conditions.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014-18 NCAA Championship Sites". NCAA & Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Stanford wins soccer semi on penalty kicks". NCAA & Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 9, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "NCAA soccer: Stanford wins College Cup championship in penalty kicks". NCAA & Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 11, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Division I Men's Soccer Championships Record Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2014-09-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Division I Men's College Soccer - Rankings - NCAA.com". NCAA.com.
  7. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (November 25, 2016). "Field conditions force venue change for Syracuse soccer's NCAA Tournament game on Sunday". Syracuse.com. The Post-Standard. Retrieved November 27, 2016.