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Callahan, Kahsay reach College Cup semifinals

Liam Callahan's Syracuse Orange and Ezana Kahsay's Akron Zips have both advanced to Kansas City, Kansas, for the Dec. 11 NCAA College Cup semifinals.

The Sweet Home High School graduate Callahan assisted on Ben Polk's goal in the 79th minute as Syracuse blanked Boston College, 1-0. The Golden Eagles were the last team to beat the Orange, back on Oct. 30. Watch the highlights of the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal, courtesy of SU Athletics, below.

Callahan's curling set pieces and crosses have been a weapon for the Orange all season -- his helper on Saturday jumps his season total to nine. Winners of seven straight, Syracuse will face Clemson, the team they beat in the ACC Tournament semifinals, on Friday. The match time and game coverage have yet to be announced.

Over in northern Ohio, Akron needed two overtimes to take down No. 12-seed Creighton, as prized junior midfielder Adam Najem struck the game-winning free kick in the 102nd minute. The Zips and Blue Jays evenly split four goals in the second half, with Creighton answering each time that Jared Embick's team went ahead.

International Prep alumnus Ezana Kahsay -- who plays a very specific role -- did not see the pitch, as the Zips used only two substitutes. Akron will play Stanford and U.S. Men's National Team forward Jordan Morris, also on Friday in Kansas City. The NCAA College Cup final would be played on Dec. 13.

In other college soccer news, the Houghton College women's soccer team won its first National Christian College Athletic Association championship in dramatic fashion, beating Mississippi College, 1-1 (4-2 in PKs) in the final.

Highlanders senior Sarah Gabriele scored on a free kick with 1.7 seconds left in regulation to knot the match, and after two scoreless overtimes, Houghton converted all four of its penalty kicks. Goalie Shawna Sprout made six saves in the title game for Houghton, as well as the game-winning penalty kick save.

Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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