Here is a rundown of the First Round successes and the look ahead to next weekend's Second Round:
McGowan, Irish dominate IUPUI:
Notre Dame senior defender Ginny McGowan (Lake Forest, Ill.)
had a well-rounded start to the NCAA Tournament, tallying a goal and helping the back line post a clean sheet
for a 5-0 victory against IUPUI on Saturday. Her 47th-minute tally - a near-post header from the left side of the six-yard area - pushed the Irish lead to 3-0 and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way.
The Irish will now travel to face Texas A&M on Friday in College Station, Texas (7:30 p.m. CT).
Le Beau's 21st shutout paces Auburn:
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Le Beau (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
came up with five saves to lead Auburn to a 1-0 victory against Hofstra last Friday
in Auburn, Ala. Le Beau now has 21 career shutouts, which puts her one clean sheet away from tying the Tigers program record.
Auburn has a difficult task this Friday when it faces Stanford this (9 p.m. CT) in the Second Round.
Davison's PK serves as shootout winner for Wildcats:
Northwestern came through in the clutch this past Sunday with a 3-2 shootout victory
against Butler on Sunday at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
In the thick of it were a pair junior defenders, including Hannah Davison (Geneva, Ill.) whose penalty kick conversion served as the game-winner. Davison, Kayla Sharples (Naperville, Ill.) and the Wildcats' defense kept Butler off the score sheet for the entire 120 minutes of regulation and overtime to move the match into a shootout.
Northwestern now prepares for UCLA on Friday in the Second Round (10 p.m. CT).
Duke juniors Kayla McCoy (Lincolnwood, Ill.) and Chelsea Burns (Jacksonville, Fla.) each started during the Blue Devils' 1-0 win against UNC-Greensboro on Saturday at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. Duke will face Oklahoma State on Friday in the Second Round (6:30 p.m. CT)
North Carolina sophomore striker Zoe Redei (Highland, Ill.) started and put a shot on frame in 51 minutes during the Tar Heels' 3-0 win against High Point on Saturday at Chapel Hill, N.C. Next up for North Carolina is Friday's match against Colorado (4 p.m. CT).
South Carolina sophomore defender Becky Koch (Cary, Ill.) logged a shot on frame in 25 minutes off the bench during her side's 3-0 victory against Alabama State on Friday in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks will host Wisconsin this Friday (5 p.m. CT) at Eugene E. Stone III Stadium.
Penn State freshman Kerry Abello (Batavia, Ill.) saw some solid minutes off the bench, logging 36 minutes in her first NCAA Tournament match during Penn State's 7-0 rout of Stony Brook on Friday. The Nittany Lions face Wake Forest this Friday (3 p.m. CT) in Morgantown, W.Va.