Cal State Northridge, VCU and William & Mary upsets highlight week three
College soccer’s traditional power programs continued an early season trend in week three as many of Division 1’s higher ranked teams were picked off by lower ranked opponents.
Cal State Northridge continued their impressive string of victories to start the season with their biggest win yet on Sunday, a 3-2 win over previously unbeaten New Mexico to make it a perfect 6-0-0 to start the year while VCU were celebrating another upset on the road in Akron en route to capturing the University of Akron tournament and William & Mary handed previous No. 1 Creighton their first loss in double overtime on Sunday afternoon.
UConn, St. Louis and UAB also suffered their first defeats of the season in disappointing fashion as the Huskies dropped a 1-0 decision to Bradley, St. Louis fell to Evansville and UAB was the victim of an own goal in a 1-0 loss at home to East Tennessee State. UAB’s own goal was made worse by their failure to score in either weekend match after being ranked first in the nation in scoring through the first two weeks of the season.
The Pac-12 continued its early season dominance as California and Washington kept their unbeaten strings alive, but the Huskies suffered a blow far worse than defeat in a 0-0 draw in a battle of Huskies in Storrs, Connecticut, on Tuesday night. Standout goalkeeper and MAC Herman Trophy candidate Spencer Richey left the game in the 85th minute with a broken leg and will miss the rest of the season.
Furman’s offense exploded over the weekend with a complete thrashing of Presbyterian by the tally of 8-0. Freshman Bobby Edet led the offensive outburst with a hat trick and three other freshman (Eli Pinner, Dylan Rowe and Marco Ortiz) and sophomore newcomer Lewis Hawke found the back of the net in the rout. Cal Poly had an offensive explosion of its own with six goals in a 6-1 win over San Jose State on Sunday and nine total for the week with a 3-2 win over Penn.
Pete Caringi III failed to add to his tally of eight goals but UMBC kept up its impressive start with a 5-1 win over Radford to move to 5-0-0. The individual accolades this week have been going to Northwestern’s sophomore forward Joey Calistri, who netted a hat trick in a 4-0 win over UW-Green Bay and added another in a 2-0 win over Marist and Rutgers midfielder Mael Corboz for his three goals and two assists in wins over Princeton and South Carolina. Loyola sophomore forward Larry Ndjock, a German-born player and top pro prospect, continued his impressive start to the season with a pair of game winners over Quinnipiac and Campbell to bring his season goal tally to six.
North Carolina’s Omar Holness, the former captain of Jamaica’s U17 team, has been capturing view counts by the thousands on YouTube for his goal-scoring run against Maryland on Friday night that depending on how you look at it can be a highlight reel for a top MLS prospect or evidence of how poor the Terps defense is this year. I was also impressed with a run I saw in person by Louisville’s Marlon Hairston to cap a second half comeback by the Cards while playing with 10 men against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday (check it out at the 2:15 mark of this video).
The Louisville game was one of two D-1 games I caught in person over the weekend – the other was a 2-0 win by Illinois-Chicago over Lipscomb in a Belmont Invitational Tournament in Nashville. This week I’m looking forward to catching Georgetown as they pay a visit to Penn on Thursday night and watching the battle of Pete Caringi III and Larry Ndjock on NSCAA TV on Saturday night.