Sounders on Campus: On To the Post-Season

For some Sounders, the college season is over. For others, it's time to start preparing for tournament play.

But for those in the Pac-12, which doesn't have a conference tournament, all of the Sounders on campus are either preparing for tournament play or have completed their season on a team that didn't do enough to make the postseason.

#2 Akron - DeAndre Yedlin (D)
3-0-0 since last update

Three games and three shutouts for the Zips, which means Akron keeper David Meves has 52 in his career, which breaks the NCAA record previously set by a guy you may have heard of named Josh Ford in his career at Connecticut. Yedlin is an important every-minute cog in that record breaking defense as well as a consistent provider on offense.

Note that I'm posting this a day before the NSCAA rankings update and they will almost certainly put Akron at #1 after their two wins this week and Maryland's loss (more on that later).

Next, they host Bowling Green in the MAC conference semifinals and then would host the final if they advance. Last season they were booted out of the conference tournament with a home loss to Western Michigan in the semis, so you can expect them to be focused for this one.

#18 Wake Forest - Sean Okoli (F)
2-0-0 (2 Goals, 1 Assist)

This is another ranking you can expect to improve after Wake defeated previously undefeated #1 Maryland in a commanding 4-2 win. Okoli scored the first goal and assisted the second, cementing his place as the offensive focus for the team. He also scored in the previous win over South Carolina, giving him 6 goals and an assist in the last 4 weeks.

The Deacons begin postseason play tomorrow with an ACC Tournament home match against Virginia. Wake defeated Virginia 4-1 away earlier this season, so they have to feel good about their chances.

#20 Washington - Michael Gallagher (D), Ian Lange (?), Drew White (D), Ryan Herman (GK)
1-1-0

The Huskies have continued to slowly grind their way up the national rankings and Pac-12 standings with solid defensive performances and timely scoring. An unlikely win at UCLA earlier in the season gave Washington an opening for a conference championship, but the Bruins paid the favor back this week with a 1-0 win over Washington and now look destined for a conference title (as befitting a national top-5 team).

The Huskies still have a shot if they win their final game this week at Oregon State. If UCLA then lose at home to San Diego State, Washington takes the conference outright. And if the Bruins draw, they'd be tied on points, and I honestly have no idea how ties are broken in the standings, as the teams have equal head to head record and head to head goal differential.

Regardless, Washington is destined for the NCAA tournament after two straight seasons of barely missing out despite what looked like deserving resumes.

West Virginia - Nick Raskasky (D)
1-1-0

Hey, remember in the last update when I said Raskasky suffered a season-ending injury? That was the initial report, but the Freshman fullback played the full 90 in West Virginia's most recent win at Bowling Green, so clearly the injury wasn't as bad as feared. The Mountaineers now move on to the MAC semifinals against Northern Illinois, setting up a potential finals matchup with Akron.

Elsewhere

Jordan Schweitzer scored his first career goal as Denver beat Air Force 3-2. They now move on to the MPSF conference tournament. Other Sounders moving on to postseason play include Nick Palodichuk at Duke (though he's injured), Jesse Klug at Bucknell, Brandon Brockway at UCSB, and Evan Robicheau at D-II Seattle Pacific.

Update: Sounders17 reminds me in the comments that UCSB isn't postseason eligible after one of their players shoved a referee to the ground at the end of a match (and was arrested for the incident). So no postseason for Brockway and the Gauchos, who spent a lot of the season in the top 25 rankings.

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