Photo by Wake Forest Athletics
The favorites romped through the NCAA DI Tournament Round of 16, winning seven of the eight matches over Thanksgiving weekend.
Wake Forest continued to roll, with Carolina Dynamo forward Jon Bakero and GPS Portland Phoenix midfielder Emmanuel Twumasi powering the Demon Deacons to a 2-0 victory over Butler to book a spot in the quarterfinals. Similarly, San Francisco City FC forward Foster Langsdorf helped guide Stanford into the quarterfinals as the Cardinal continue to defend their back-to-back titles.
The lone upset of the round came as Fordham continued their Cinderella run to the quarterfinals by defeating the Duke Blue Devils in penalties. Despite the best efforts of New York Red Bull U23 defender Markus Fjortoft and forward Brian White, the Blue Devils fell after a scoreless double-overtime 8-7 in penalties.
Brad Dunwell started and played 90 minutes for Wake Forest.
Emmanuel Twumasi started, played 78 minutes and provided TWO ASSISTS for Wake Forest.
Jon Bakero started, played 74 minutes and provided ONE GOAL for Wake Forest.
Eric Dick started and played 90 minutes for Butler.
Sean Caulfield did not play for Indiana.
James Pyle started, played 90 minutes and recorded a CLEAN SHEET for UNC-Chapel Hill.
Alec Smir did not play for UNC-Chapel Hill.
Cameron Lindley started, played 90 minutes and provided ONE ASSIST for UNC-Chapel Hill.
Alexander Rose did not play for UNC-Chapel Hill.
Alan Winn started and played 73 minutes for UNC-Chapel Hill.
Tate Schmitt started, played 85 minutes and provided ONE GOAL for Louisville.
Joseph Korb did not play for Akron.
Thomas Barlow started and played 87 minutes for Wisconsin.
Chris Mueller started, played 92 minutes and provided TWO ASSISTS for Wisconsin.
Markus Fjortoft started and played 110 minutes for Duke
Brian White started, played 105 minutes for Duke and provided ONE GOAL and ONE ASSIST.
Ken Krolicki started and played 90 minutes for Michigan State.
Ryan Sierakowski started and played 90 minutes for Michigan State.
Corey Baird started, played 75 minutes and provided ONE ASSIST for Stanford.
Tomas Hilliard started and played 90 minutes for Stanford.
Foster Langsdorf started, played 85 minutes and provided ONE GOAL for Stanford.
Frantzdy Pierrot started and played 87 minutes for Coastal Carolina.