Washington earns first Pac-12 tournament title since 2000
ORVALLIS, Ore. -- Washington memorable season now includes a trophy. The Dawgs won the Pac-12 title on Sunday, defeating Oregon State 1-0 to clinch their first conference title since 2000. Freshman forward Mason Robertson had the game winner for a third consecutive match.
In the 57th minute, Robertson banged in a one-timer from in front of goal on a cross by Michael Gallagher. The goal came after a scoreless first half that had the Dawgs wondering if the goal was going to come.
The goal was the fifth of the season for Robertson who also had game-winners last week against Stanford and a golden goal versus Cal.
The Dawgs finish the regular season with a record of 14-1-4, including 7-1-2 in the Pac-12. Washington is two points clear of UCLA for the conference title.
No. 4 Maryland 1, Virginia 0
GERMANTOWN, Md. -- No. 4 Maryland benefited from an own goal to defeat Virginia 1-0 and capture its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship Sunday in front of nearly 5,000 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
With 2:42 remaining, ACC Championship Most Valuable Player Patrick Mullins crossed the ball into the box from 15 yards and Virginia defender Kevin McBride failed on the clear, beating goalkeeper Calle Brown and giving Maryland its third title in five years and sixth overall.
Virginia outshot the Terps 6-5 in the match but Maryland controlled the majority of the possession, especially down the stretch late in the second half.
With just under 32 minutes remaining, Michael Sauers found Mikias Eticha for a 15-yard try, but Brown was there for the save. Brown made another stop on Dan Metzger’s 8-yard attempt from the left side with 28 minutes on the clock.
Mullins nearly put the Terps on the board with five minutes to play when the defending MAC Hermann Trophy winner got a solid look from 10 yards on the left wing, but his attempt sailed high.
Unlike Friday’s comeback thriller against top-ranked Notre Dame, Virginia was unable to muster a score following the own goal in the 88th minute and the Terps hung on for the win and the title.
No. 8 Akron 4, Western Michigan 1
AKRON, Ohio -- Top-seeded Akron scored twice in the first 13 minutes and never looked back in a 4-1 rout of No. 2-seed Western Michigan to win its 10th Mid-American Conference tournament championship Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
For the second consecutive match, the Zips (16-3-1) established a season high for goals scored and saw one of its players find the back of the net more than once as Zac Portillos, who also assisted a goal, recorded his first career brace.
With the win, UA earned an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament and will make its seventh-consecutive appearance at the championship.
For their performances this weekend, Adam Najem, Portillos, Aodhan Quinn and Eric Stevenson were named to the All-MAC Tournament Team.
Akron, which defeated the Broncos 1-0 in Kalamazoo, Mich., to clinch the league's regular season title last weekend, was in complete control throughout the match and allowed WMU's goal long after many of its starters had been replaced.