Eric Christian Smith
All four NCAA teams that feature Dynamo Homegrown Players advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship. See what they're up against next.
In this year's NCAA Division I Championship, the field has been narrowed down to 16 clubs. This coming Sunday, eight games will take place to see which teams will make it through to the quarterfinals. While college soccer is definitely not one of the items we typically coverage on Dynamo Theory, our commitment to expand our coverage of the Houston Dynamo Academy reaches into this year's tournament, hoping to showcase some of the Dynamo Homegrown Players.
Last week, we highlighted which teams and academy players were still in the tournament. After the second round of matches, all four teams that feature Dynamo Homegrown Players are still in the running for the NCAA Championship.
Notre Dame is the top ranked team in this year's tournament and got an easy 3-0 win over Michigan State last Sunday. Dynamo HGP Pall Wall splits goalkeeping duties for the Fighting Irish and did not feature in this match. It's possible he could see action against 16th ranked Indiana on Sunday. Indiana knocked off Xavier 4-1 in their second match round to earn a shot at upsetting the top seed.
Notre Dame and Indiana face off on November 25 at 2:00 p.m. CST.
The Tar Heels needed penalty kicks to get past the tough UMBC Retrievers last week. Dynamo HGP C.J. Odenigwe did not feature in the game and has seen limited time since coming back from an injury. North Carolina will meet Fairleigh Dickinson in the third round after they upset eighth seed St. Louis with a winning goal in the second overtime.
North Carolina will face Fairleigh Dickinson on November 25 at 4:00 p.m. CST.
The winners of the two games above will face each other in the quarterfinals.
Tulsa features four Dynamo HGP and all saw playing time in their 1-0 win over South Florida. Matt Boultt had a team high two shots, playing the entire 99 minutes along with defender Bradley Bourgeois. Miguel Zapata came off the bench for 63 minutes, while Abe Matamoros played 23 minutes and added a shot. Tulsa will face San Diego next after their 5-2 over sixth ranked UCLA.
Tulsa and San Diego play on November 25 at 5:00 p.m. CST.
The winner of this match up will play the winner of Georgetown and Syracuse.
The fifth ranked Akron Zips got by Michigan 2-1 in the second round and will now play against Creighton. Akron features Dynamo HGP Fernando Pina, who has yet to see game action this season.
Akron and Creighton face off on November 25 at 3:30 p.m. CST.
The winner will advance to face the winner of the New Mexico and Connecticut game.
As the NCAA Division I Championship continues, we'll keep you posted on the status of all the Houston Dynamo Homegrown Players. An updated bracket can be found here.