Akron tops Penn State; New Mexico and Indiana post wins
Adam Najem converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute to lead ninth-ranked Akron to a 1-0 victory over Penn State.
The junior captain with ties to the New York Red Bulls Academy got a chance from the spot after a handball in the box was whistled against Penn State. Zips goalkeeper Jake Fenlason made three saves to record his second straight clean and third of the season.
No. 21 New Mexico and Indiana also posted wins on a rain-soaked Wednesday night that saw several cancellations. No. 4 Coastal Carolina and No. 12 Old Dominion had their games rained out and a Big East match-up between Providence and UConn was called off.
The Lobos scored three times in the first half and held San Francisco in check to improve to 6-2-1. Chris Wehan scored his fourth game-winning goal and 8th overall in the 18th minute of the match and freshman Simon Spangenberg added his first career goal in the 29th minute on a laser from 35 yards. The third goal came off a deflection from a Dons defender.
The Hoosiers got a game-winning goal from Kyle Sparks with five minutes left in the second overtime to beat St. Louis 3-2. The teams twice traded leads with Jair Minors opening the scoring in the 22nd minute and Phil Fives equalizing for the Hoosiers four minutes later. Indiana center back Grant Lillard’s third goal of the season put the Hoosiers ahead just before halftime but freshman Anthony Brown sent it to overtime with his second goal of the season in the 89th minute.
Elon falls; Temple and Delaware draw
Tenth-ranked Elon suffered a lopsided defeat to William & Mary on Wednesday. Jackson Eskay’s brace led the way for the Tribe, which also got goals from Ryan Flesch and Antonoio Bustamante. By the time Amir Berkane scored for the Phoenix in the 81st minute, the game was already out of reach. The loss was just the second of the season for the Phoenix and their first in conference play.
The Owls rebounded from their first loss of the season with a scoreless draw against Delaware on Wednesday. Alex Cagle made six saves to keep the Blue Hens off the scoresheet while Todd Morton only had to make one save to record the clean sheet.