The final four of the Big East college soccer tournament is almost set after a weekend of knockout action.
No. 1-ranked Louisville continued to roll through Big East opposition, using a second-half surge to down West Virginia 2-0.
Scoreless at the break, the Cardinals (15-0-2) got the offense they needed from two unlikely sources – midfielder Charlie Campbell scored the eventual game winner in the 60th minute, while substitute Aaron Horton added the insurance tally with less than 15 minutes to go.
They’ll face No. 19 Notre Dame at Red Bull Arena after the Irish earned a 2-1 win over Marquette. Central defender Grant Van De Casteele headed home the game-winner in the 66th minute, and Notre Dame was able to hold off the Golden Eagles.
The only upset of the tournament’s second round took place in Washington, as No. 25 Georgetown (11-6-1) fell 2-1 to Providence. Marc Cintron’s goal in the 84th minute broke a 1-1 tie to move the Friars on to the next round.
Weather has forced some juggling of the opening matches, and Providence will face the winner of Monday night’s second-round matchup between Cincinnati and Connecticut in next weekend’s semifinal.
Elsewhere around the nation:
No. 15 Virginia’s preparations for the ACC tournament were dealt a blow with a 2-0 loss at North Carolina State. The Cavaliers (10-4-3) have only won once in their last four games, and are winless in their last three ACC matches.
No. 16 Princeton (12-3-1) became one of the first teams in the nation to punch a ticket to the tournament, defeating No. 13 Penn (12-4-0) 2-1 to seal the regular-season Ivy League title and the automatic berth that comes with it.
No. 7 UC Irvine (14-2-3) vanquished Big West foe Cal State Fullerton to win its second conference regular-season title on Saturday. Christopher Santana broke a 1-1 tie in the 49th minute before Amani Walker sealed the game with a 71st-minute tally.