UCLA wanted to end its season in North Carolina, just not this Saturday. After two overtimes, the Bruins defeated defending champion UNC 1-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals to advance to next week's College Cup in Cary, N.C.
UConn stunned six-time champion North Carolina in the first NCAA tournament game ever decided by a penalty shootout, while Duke eliminated a Maryland team favored to win its ninth national title in the other semifinal.
Duke's Erin Mathias and UNC's Jamie Cherry were so eager to join the basketball craze in North Carolina's Triangle that they committed as high school freshmen. With NC State luring top recruits as well, the area is seeing an influx of talent.
Virginia became the imperfect favorite after cracking open the College Cup door for other teams to slip through after its loss in the ACC tournament. Here's what you need to know about the teams and players to keep an eye on.
Compared to its conference counterparts, the Virginia Tech soccer team doesn't have the most padded history book. It's cracked the top five just in time for what may be the program's biggest regular-season game ever.