Green scores in regulation and in shootout at NCAA Tournament

April 30, 2021

Jack Green

Anchorage’s Jack Green scored his first college goal and added another one in the shootout to highlight American University’s first-round win in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament.

After a 3-3 regulation and two scoreless overtime periods, American converted all five penalty kicks in the shootout to beat Jacksonville in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Eagles have now won eight consecutive first-round games at the NCAA Tournament, with this one being the first since 2004.

Green, of West High fame, rose to the occasion in his first big dance.

The sophomore midfielder converted a beautiful high arching free kick from way outside the box in the 60th minute for his first college goal.

It was a thing of beauty – a highly technical and wonderfully executed set piece by the left footer. Truly, pro level stuff.

In the shootout, Green converted his PK to give American a 4-3 edge. His goal came moments after Jacksonville had failed to convert, so the pressure was really on the Alaskan.

He has a knack for coming up clutch.

Three weeks ago, he assisted on the game-tying goal in the 85th minute to help American salvage a 1-1 tie that clinched a postseason berth in the Patriot League playoffs.

That was his first college point.

American will face No. 1 Clemson in the next round on Sunday afternoon.