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IRVING, Texas - For just the third time in SCAC Men's Soccer Tournament history, a No. 6 seed defeated a No. 3 seed as Southwestern University shocked Colorado College, 1-0, to advance to Saturday's semifinal round. Official Website | Postgame Interview
A first-half goal by junior Alex Newell stood up as the Pirates improved to 6-11-3 and moved to the semifinal round for the first time since 2014.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first half was fairly even with Colorado College holding a slight 11-8 shot advantage.
- In the second half, the ball stayed almost entirely on the Colorado College side of the field. Despite holding a 14-1 shot advantage, however, the Tigers could not find the net.
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
- Alex Newell: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
- Christian Lopez: 1 assist, 1 shot on goal
- Ryan Benner: 8 saves, 0 goals allowed
COLORADO COLLEGE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
- Theo Hooker: 5 saves, 1 goal allowed
- Joel Frykholm: 6 shots, 4 shots on goal
- Cam Stopforth: 6 shots, 1 shot on goal
- This marked just the third time in SCAC men's soccer history that a six seed has defeated a three seed. The first time it happened was in 2011 when sixth-seeded Southwestern once again knocked off third-seeded Colorado College (2-1).
- The loss snaps Colorado College's three straight appearances in the SCAC title game.
- Southwestern is 4-1 lifetime against Colorado College in the SCAC men's soccer tournament.
- Colorado College (11-4-5), which was the No. 2 ranked team in the last NCAA West Region poll, will now have to await word of an at-large bid with then brackeet is released on Monday.
Southwestern (6-11-3) moves on to take on the host school, University of Dallas, Saturday at 1:30 pm CT. Dallas swept the regular season series against Southwestern, winning both contest by identical 2-1 scores.