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.
Roaming all over the country, and from conference to conference, the Denver soccer team will go anywhere to find a home in the NCAA tournament. That spirit has the Pioneers knocking on the top 10 of our power rankings.
Near the 10th anniversary of the death of legendary Portland coach Clive Charles, a draw with Stanford helped the Pilots move into our power rankings, showing the soccer culture he helped build is still thriving.
North Carolina's Anson Dorrance has arguably coached the best ever in Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly, but he goes into Friday's College Cup semifinal feeling like the underdog against his "recruiting failures" that chose Stanford.
The NCAA soccer field has been whittled to eight teams. Graham Hays has all you need to know about the tournament, including how these teams have survived and what to expect in the quarterfinal matchups.