CHICAGO (Nov. 24, 2017) - The Eclipse Select Soccer Club field is providing an exciting run, deep into the NCAA Tournament. Five former Eclipse players advanced to this weekend's Elite Eight, and it is feasible that this entire group, representing three universities, could advance to the NCAA Women's College Cup semifinals the way the bracket has been drawn.
Eclipse Select's Elite Eight field:
The NCAA Women's College Cup takes place Dec. 1-3 at Orlando City Stadium, home of Major League Soccer's Orlando City SC. The semifinal matches are held on Dec. 1 and the final two days later.
South Carolina's Milazzo, Koch advance: One of the big highlights during the NCAA Tournament's third round was South Carolina's 1-0 victory on Sunday against Santa Clara. South Carolina sophomore defender Tatumn Milazzo (Orland Park, Ill.) started and notched an assist on the game's lone goal by Meaghan Carrigan in her 49 minutes of play. Her cross from the right during that fourth-minute sequence put the Gamecocks on top early and they never looked back.
Freshman defender Becky Koch (Cary, Ill.) also contributed 12 minutes off the bench for South Carolina, which will now host Florida on Friday (5 p.m. CT kickoff) at Stone Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina is on the cusp of some new territory within its program. With a win, the Gamecocks would punch their first ticket to the Women's College Cup.
McCoy tally boosts Blue Devils: Duke striker Kayla McCoy (Lincolnwood, Ill.) scored the club's second goal in the opening half and the Blue Devils earned a convincing 3-0 win on Sunday against Texas. Chelsea Burns (Jacksonville, Fla.) and the Duke defense also held their ground for the clean sheet, limiting Texas to only one shot on goal.
Duke will now take on Baylor on Friday (4 p.m. CT kickoff) at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
The Blue Devils also are in the midst of a historic mark. With a combined 22 victories this year during the regular season and postseason, Duke is currently tied with the 2011 program record mark and on the verge of breaking that feat if it advances past Baylor.
Abello's Nittany Lions maintain run: Freshman Kerry Abello (Batavia, Ill.) and Penn State continued their NCAA Tournament run with a 3-1 victory against West Virginia on Sunday. Penn State will take on Stanford on Friday (4 p.m. CT kickoff) at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif.
Though Abello didn't appear in the tournament's third round, she did see some strong minutes in the opening 7-0 victory against Stony Brook, logging 36 minutes in that match.
Though Notre Dame fell short during the Round of 16, Fighting Irish defender Ginny McGowan (Lake Forest, Ill.)had a memorable clinching penalty kick that booked a spot in the Sweet 16. McGowan converted the fourth and clinching penalty kick to help the Fighting Irish earn a 4-1 shootout victory against at Texas A&M last Friday in College Station, Texas. The teams trudged through a 2-2 score line through regulation and overtime before Notre Dame truly shone at the spot, converting all four of their attempts while the Aggies missed their second and third attempts.
For more from the NCAA Tournament, visit www.ncaa.com/sports/soccer-women/d1.
For the latest Eclipse Select news, visit EclipseSelect.org.
About the Eclipse Select Soccer Club: The Eclipse Select Soccer Club was formed in 1997 to facilitate elite-level youth soccer players and has evolved into a program consisting of more than 60 teams throughout the Chicagoland area. The club offers programs for boys and girls soccer players of all levels and ages, from preschool children to collegiate-level and national-team athletes. Eclipse Select believes in creating an environment that is physically and mentally challenging so players reach their highest potential. Eclipse alumni include the likes of current U.S. Women's National Team defender Casey Short, three-time All-American and former Notre Dame midfielder Jen Buczkowski, and former U.S. Women's National Team and Santa Clara standout midfielder Leslie Osborne. Hundreds of Eclipse boys and girls have continued their soccer careers at the collegiate level. Eclipse Select's office is located at 700 Oak Brook Road, Suite A, in Oak Brook, Ill. For more information about the Eclipse Select Soccer Club, visit www.EclipseSelect.org and follow Eclipse Select on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EclipseSelectSoccerClub) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/eclipseselectsc).
Eclipse Select prides itself as one of the few clubs across the country to compete in both the Elite Clubs National League and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for 2017-18. The Eclipse Select girls' side has showcased itself on the big stage with multiple ECNL national titles and the 2010-11 ECNL Overall Club Championship crown. The Eclipse Select boys will be competing in the inaugural season of the Boys ECNL, looking to match the national success from the girls. For more on the ECNL, visit www.EliteClubsNationalLeague.com and www.BoysECNL.com.
Also new to the 2017-18 programming, Eclipse Select is competing in the inaugural season of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's girls' season. Four teams, ranging from U-14 to U-19, are taking part in the first Girls' Academy campaign. For more, visit www.USSoccerDA.com.
Athletico Physical Therapy is the official provider of physical therapy and athletic training for Eclipse Select.