Three Sporting KC Academy players are still alive in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament. Zach Wright (North Carolina), Bryce Gibson (Creighton) and Ryan Krutz (Notre Dame) all advanced to the third round of the tournament. Coastal Carolina’s Wes White and UNLV’s Alexis Quevedo saw their run to the College Cup end on Sunday in defeat.
Four unseeded teams upset their opponents in Sunday including Gibson’s Creighton, who knocked off No. 16 Kentucky 3-2 at Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington. Gibson did not feature in the win. The Bluejays will now host Providence on Saturday after the Friars pulled off the biggest upset of the day, coming back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat No. 1 ranked Maryland 5-4.
Quevedo played nine minutes in the Rebels' 3-0 loss to Denver on Sunday. Denver is the only remaining undefeated team in Men's Division I Soccer with an 18-0-3 record through Sunday.
Krutz and the Fighting Irish were held scoreless for 77 minutes, but ACC Offensive Player of the Year Jon Gallagher scored the game’s lone goal in the 78th minute for Notre Dame. They will now travel to face No 4. seed Louisville, who defeated UCLA 2-1 in the second round.
Sophomore forward Zach Wright continued his strong 2016 campaign with an assist in North Carolina’s 3-2 golden goal win over Florida Gulf Coast University. Wright is now second on the Tar Heels with seven assists and 17 points. North Carolina was one of eight ACC teams to advance to the third round of the tournament. They will now face a Syracuse team that dispatched Dartmouth 3-0 in the second round.