Akron beats third straight ranked opponent; ACC play opens
Akron overcame a two-goal deficit in the first half and picked up a third straight win over a ranked opponent in the program’s 1,000th game at a rain-soaked FirstEnergy Stadium on Friday night, beating No. 16 St. Louis 3-2.
Sam Gainford led the Akron offense with a 39th minute goal to cut the St. Louis lead in half and scored the winner in the 71st minute. Andy Najem scored the equalizer for Akron in the 53rd minute after Anthony Brown opened the scoring with his first career goal in the third minute and Filip Pavisic added a goal four minutes later for the Billikens.
ACC conference opens play
No. 23 Louisville drew Syracuse after a thrilling overtime period in front of 2,237 fans on Friday night in a game that perfectly illustrated just how tight and competitive the best conference in college soccer will be this year.
Syracuse opened the scoring early when Julian Buescher combined with Oyvin Alseth for his team-leading third goal of the season in the ninth minute. The young Orange back line featuring freshmen Miles Robinson and Kamal Miller limited the Cardinals opportunities for much of the first half but a Tim Kubel corner kick ended up falling to the feet of Daniel Johnson in the 44th minute and the junior who was superb all night for Louisville drilled the volley past Austin Aviza for his second career goal.
The game was scoreless the rest of the way through the second half and two overtime periods but was entertaining nonetheless for the third largest crowd in SU Soccer Stadium history.
The tie was one of two draws in ACC play on Friday, fifth-ranked Virginia and Duke drawing 2-2 in the other deadlocked game. After Markus Fjortoft opened the scoring for the Blue Devils 22 minutes in, Virginia scored two unanswered goals seven minutes apart by Pablo Aguilar and Jake Rozhansky to start the second half. But Jeremy Ebobisse continued his strong run of form to start the season, keeping the Blue Devils unbeaten through five matches with his 67th minute equalizer. The goal was the fifth of the season for the sophomore from Baltimore, who volleyed a rebound off the crossbar into the upper 90 for the highlight-reel goal.
Virginia goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell had four saves in the match and Duke goalkeeper Wilson Fisher had eight.
Raby George collected a 38th minute winner and Tucker Hume added a goal three minutes later to lead No. 3 North Carolina to a 2-0 win over Virginia Tech on Friday night.
Junior defender Matt Habrowski headed home a Andy Panken corner kick in the 51st minute and the Irish defense extended their scoreless streak to start the season to a program best 488 minutes as No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 9 Clemson 1-0 in South Bend on Saturday night.
No. 14 Wake Forest also won on Saturday night, scoring twice in each half to top Pitt 4-0. Michael Gamble picked up the game winner six minutes in and Steven Echevarria, Tane Gent and Ricky Greensfelder added goals.
American, Bowling Green and Loyola Marymount also move to 5-0
Pat Flynn brought his goal total to eight with a brace and added his third assist of the season to lead No. 24 Bowling Green to a 3-1 win over Evansville on Friday night and a 5-0 start to the season.
Joel Hart scored a goal in each half and Dylan Hobert made eight saves to lead No. 21 American past No. 17 Hofstra in a battle of 4-0 teams on Friday night.
Miles Chow’s 75th minute strike held up as the winner in Loyola Marymount’s 3-2 victory over Cal State Bakersfield to stretch the program’s best start ever to a season to five wins out of five. The Lions streak of 405 minutes without surrendering a goal this season and 529 minutes dating back to last year was snapped just after halftime Simon Doherty and Christian Duarte scored a second in the 87th minute to make the final three minutes interesting.
Providence and UMBC lose derbies; Maryland held in scoreless draw
Mac Steeves played the hero for No. 18 Providence yet again with a 56th minute equalizer but Jack Hagstrom got the golden goal seven minutes into overtime to lead Brown to victory over their cross-town rivals on Friday.
11th-ranked UMBC also suffered their first loss of the season in a Baltimore County derby match at Loyola.Brad Warenicz scored a 54th minute goal for the Greyhounds and the Retrievers comeback attempt was stunted with under three minutes remaining when goalkeeper Billy Heavner was shown a red card. The Retrievers fired off 19 shots in the match, but couldn’t beat Loyola goalkeeper Matt Sanchez, who made four saves in Loyola’s first win of the season.
Another big crowd of 6, 294 turned out to watch fourth-ranked Maryland play Michigan to a scoreless draw in College Park on Friday night. Jorge Calix was shown a red card with 35 minutes to go in the match and goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier helped preserve the draw for his short-handed side with four saves on the night.
Coastal Carolina shuts out William & Mary; Kentucky held by Memphis
Freshman Jair Espinoza scored his first career goal in the 57th minute and added a second late to lead the 7th-ranked Chanticleers to a 2-0 win over William & Mary on Saturday night.
Goalkeeper Fernando Pina made four saves to record his fourth clean sheet of the season.
Callum Irving made six saves to record a clean sheet of his own on Saturday night, but the Kentucky offense couldn’t capitalize on 15 corner kicks to find a goal in a disappoint scoreless draw with Memphis.
The draw was just the first point for the Tigers this season and the fourth straight time they’ve been shut out. Mason Morise scored the team’s only goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to UAB to open the season.
After moving into the top 25 with a pair of wins to start the season, 15th-ranked Kentucky is 0-1-1 .
Georgetown offense clicks; Mueller wins it for Oregon State and Denver scores overtime winner
The Hoyas offense is officially back on track and it should come as no surprise that forward Brandon Allen is involved in turning things around for 25th-ranked Georgetown.
The senior hit the 40-goal milestone for his career with his first two goals of the season and added his third assist of the season in the 5-2 win over Radford. Alex Muyl had a brace and an assist too and sophomore Declan McCabe added a goal for a Hoyas team that has eight goals in its last two games after being shut out the first three games of the season.
Timmy Mueller scored with a minute left to lead No. 12 Oregon State to a 3-2 win over Duquesne on Friday. Reserve forward Jordan Jones and Duquesne midfielder Colin Phillips scored alternating braces (Jones scored in the 27th, Phillips in the 28th, Jones again the 50th and Phillips again in the 58th) to make it 2-2 before Mueller’s dramatic late winner gave the Beavers a 4-0 start to the season.
Chandler Crosswait scored seven minutes into overtime to lead No. 19 Denver to a 2-1 win over St. John’s on Saturday. Cole Stevenson leveled the game in the 61st minute for the pioneers after Filippo Ricupati gave the Red Storm the early lead in the 9th minute.