Freshman Jordan Allen scored the tiebreaker in the 62nd minute as Virginia gained its first NCAA semifinal berth since 2009, defeating Connecticut 2-1 in Charlottesville.
The eighth-seeded Cavaliers (13-5-5) got the night's first goal from Ryan Zinkhan in the 12th minute, thanks to a cross from Darius Madison that set him up.
UConn (12-3-8), whose 17-match unbeaten streak ended, pulled even in the 39th minute on Kareem Morad's first goal of the season. It came after a corner kick U.Va. failed to clear.
Allen converted the winner with a half-bicycle kick from just outside the 6-yard box on a play in which Scott Thomsen's corner kick caromed around in traffic. Zach Carroll flipped the ball up to provide Allen the opportunity.
U.Va. will play its College Cup semifinal next Friday at 5 or 7:30 p.m. at PPL Park near Philadelphia. The Cavaliers, appearing in a semifinal for the 11th time, will face the winner of Saturday's match that pits No. 5 seed Maryland at No. 4 California.
Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder hired Ulrick Edmonds as the Monarchs’ linebackers coach.
Edmonds was an assistant from 2004-13 at James Madison, where he coached tight ends and running backs and also served as the Dukes’ recruiting coordinator. JMU is seeking a new head coach after the recent dismissal of Mickey Matthews, the Dukes' all-time winningest coach.
Edmonds, who grew up in Nottoway County, was a four-year letterman at JMU and recorded 154 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a defensive lineman. ...
Virginia Union dismissed Michael Bailey as head coach, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
James Madison yielded a 13-point second-half lead and lost 77-76 to Sam Houston State in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Bearkats’ Jabari Peters hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with about 10 seconds left.
In the second game of the two-night Southland-CAA challenge, event host Stephen F. Austin beat Towson.
Apprentice’s scheduled Sunday game at Ferrum was postponed and rescheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 12 because of an impending winter storm.
Eastern Michigan won the last three bouts to gain a 21-19 win at Old Dominion (2-4) in the Monarchs' Mid-American Conference opener, though ODU’s Chris Mecate (141 pounds) and Lenny Richardson (149) registered pins.
The Norfolk Admirals registered one of their more notable victories of the early season, overcoming a three-goal deficit to defeat Syracuse 4-3 in an overtime shootout in the opener of a two-game series on the Crunch's home ice in New York state.
Admrials goalie John Gibson left the game following a collision with former Admiral Mike Angelidis in open ice, with Syracuse ahead 3-0. Veteran Brad Thiessen relieved him and got the victory.
Rickard Rakell's second-period 5-on-3 power-play goal cut the Crunch lead to 3-1. Steven Whitney scored on a power play 2:21 into the third period, and newcomer Chad Painchaud pulled the Admirals (11-8-0-4) even four minutes later by converting a rebound of Garnet Exelby's shot.
In the shootout, Rakell and Charles Sarault scored for the Admirals to give them a 2-1 lead after four rounds. Thiessen stopped a shot by Phillip-Michael Devos in the fifth round to seal the victory.
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