NCAA Tournament first round: Home sides (mostly) hold serve

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The NCAA Division I men’s soccer tournament kicked off with 16 first round matches on Friday, and the hosts had most of the joy.

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Some of that came down to travel, others to fortune, but in any event the second round dates are set for Sunday after Thursday’s openers.

Michigan State 1-1 (8-9, PKs) SIU Edwardsville

It took 11 rounds of penalty kicks for a team to pull off the only road win of the first seven matches of the day. SIUE star Austin Ledbetter scored twice in PKs and goalkeeper Kyle Santo made two saves in the shootout. Keegan McHugh scored the goal in regulation, with Michigan State netting through Mike Marcantognini.

UCLA 4-2 Colgate

The 10-win Raiders had to fly across the country to face the Bruins, and the visitors answered Jose Hernandez’s (pictured) 17th minute goal through Zach Pagani’s 22nd minute tally.

MLS prospect Abu Danladi put UCLA up 3-1 with a goal and an assist before halftime, but Colgate pulled one back through Bruno Scodari. The only goal of the second half came with a minute to play, with Kike Poleo putting UCLA through to the second round.

Vermont 3-2 (2OT) Rider

The hosts twice took the lead through Bernard Yeboah, but coach Charlie Inverso’s stubborn Rider had an answer both times. With penalty kicks looming, MLS prospect Brian Wright added a golden goal to his second half assist.

Elsewhere
South Carolina 1-0 Mercer
Akron 2-0 Villanova
Dartmouth 1-0 (2OT) St. Francis (Brooklyn)
Virginia Tech 1-0 East Tennessee State
Boston College 1-0 Fordham
Coastal Carolina 2-1 Radford
South Florida 2-2 (0-3, PKs) Florida Gulf Coast
Loyola (Chicago) 2-0 Illinois-Chicago
Creighton 3-0 Tulsa
Providence 2-0 Delaware
New Mexico 0-0 (6-5, PKs) Portland
CSU Northridge 0-1 Pacific
San Diego State 1-1 (5-6, PKs) UNLV

Sunday’s second round

Providence at (1) Maryland
Creighton at (16) Kentucky

Florida Gulf Coast at (9) North Carolina
Dartmouth at (8) Syracuse

Pacific at (5) Stanford
Vermont at (12) Virginia

Loyola Chicago at (13) Notre Dame
UCLA at (4) Louisville

South Carolina at (3) Clemson
Boston College at (14) Albany

New Mexico at (11) Washington
UNLV at (6) Denver

Akron at (7) Indiana
Virginia Tech at (10) Charlotte

SIU Edwardsville at (15) Butler
Coastal Carolina at (2) Wake Forest