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Utah Valley University’s tremendous second season as an NCAA soccer program has come to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 loss on the road against Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

The Wolverines allowed goals in the 24th and 61st minutes to SMU and couldn’t get on the score sheet, ending the season with a 14-6-2 record.  RSL Academy product Lucas Cawley made his return to the lineup from injury and played 13 minutes off the bench to close out his sophomore season.

Elsewhere, several RSL Academy players advanced in the tournament.

Virginia notched two second-half goals to advance past Rider and will face No. 10 Maryland on Sunday.  Midfielder Riggs Lennon led both teams with four shots, but didn’t figure into the scoring in the match.

UCLA also scored twice in the second half to power past Cal Poly 2-0 to advance to face No. 11 Seattle on Sunday.  Midfielder Jose Hernandez played 90 minutes in the match, continuing a strong first season for the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.  Erik Holt also came off the bench and played 18 minutes in the victory.

It took overtime and a shootout, but South Carolina outlasted Furman to face No. 15 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.  Defender Ive Burnett played all 110 minutes as the Gamecocks moved past their in-state rivals after drawing 1-1 in overtime and winning 2-1 in the shootout.

Many more with RSL ties will take the field on Sunday with an eye on the Round of 16 on Nov. 28 and 29.