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NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament 2012: Denver Pioneers advance to Sweet 16

The University of Denver women's soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 on Friday night by defeating the University of Maryland 3-2.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The University of Denver women's soccer team beat the University of Maryland on Friday night 3-2 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament.

The unranked Pioneers will now face top-ranked Stanford after the Cardinal advanced in the tournament by beating Santa Clara, 2-1.

Denver knocked out fourth-seeded Maryland after rallying from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game late and then win in overtime on a goal by junior midfielder Nicholette DiGiacomo. The game-winning goal by DiGiacomo was her third goal of the game which included a penalty kick score in the 90th minute to force extra time.

The Pioneers face a tough challenge against No. 1 Stanford as they try to continue their tournament run on the Cardinal's home field at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The two teams play on Sunday at 2 p.m. MT in the Sweet 16 match-up. The winner will take the trip down the California coast to play in the Final Four at Torero Stadium in San Diego.