Three in a row! Men’s soccer wins third straight AAC title

The Golden Hurricane men’s soccer team has earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with their third straight victory in the American Athletic Conference Championship.

In the semifinals, No. 2 seed Tulsa faced the UConn Huskies, the No. 3 seed. Early on, Juan Sanchez scored his second goal of year with a nice piece of dribbling before getting his shot past the goalkeeper. Tulsa took the 1–0 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Matt Puig finished off a nice team play with Sanchez and Rollie Rocha to double the Golden Hurricane lead. The defense held strong to secure the victory at the 2–0 score.

No. 1 seed USF defeated No. 4 seed UCF in overtime to earn a matchup in the finals against Tulsa.

The championship game was very even throughout. Neither team was able to convert any chances in the first half, leading into a crucial second half of play. USF struck first, scoring five minutes into the second half. Tulsa responded midway through the half, as Sanchez scored for the second game in a row to knot the score.

The remainder of regulation and the ensuing two overtime periods were scoreless, leading the teams into a penalty kick shootout to decide the champion. Tulsa goalkeeper Jake McGuire was the hero, making two saves to give Tulsa a 4–2 penalty kick victory.

With the championship win, Tulsa clinched the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, and will find out their opponent later this week.

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