College Weekend Rewind: Creighton, Butler and New Hampshire stay unbeaten
Top-ranked Creighton stayed perfect on Saturday night with a 1-0 win over DePaul, improving to 10-0-0 on the season thanks to a 35th-minute winner by Fabian Herbers.
The Blue Jays’ perfect start is the best start for the program since the 1993 team went 19-0-0 before losing in the NCAA tournament. Herbers’ goal stretched his streak of scoring a goal or assist in a game to 10 as the junior from Germany became the first player since the Creighton program relaunched in 1990 to record a point in the first 10 matches of the season.
While Creighton is the only team with a perfect record still intact, Butler and New Hampshire stayed unbeaten with wins over the weekend. Butler got second half goals from Vincent Mitchell and Kieran Geldenhuys to top Providence 2-0 on Saturday while New Hampshire improved to 7-0-2 with a 3-1 win over UMass Lowell.
No. 22 St. Francis Brooklyn, which had only conceded one goal all season, gave up three first half goals to NJIT and fell short in their comeback attempt with a 3-2 loss on Saturday.
Stanford, Georgetown and Akron post wins; UCLA tops Washington in overtime
No Jordan Morris, no problem for the third-ranked Cardinal as Stanford scored twice in the first 18 minutes and held on to beat Cal 2-1 on Sunday with their star forward away on U.S. U-23 duty. Defender Brandon Vincent opened the scoring in the 15th minute and Foster Langsdorf made it 2-0 three minutes later. Jose Carrera-Garcia cut the lead in half in the 31st minute, but that was as close as the Bears would get in their Pac-12 opener.
Defender Keegan Rosenberry broke a scoreless tie six minute into overtime to lead No. 16 Georgetown past No. 20 Xavier on Saturday. Hoyas goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski had to make only one save to register the clean sheet.
Adam Najem played the hero for the second straight game, delivering a golden goal for ninth-ranked Akron in double overtime to top UAB 2-1. Richie Laryea opened the scoring in the 73rd minute for the Zips, but Freddy Ruiz answered right back with the equalizer two minutes later to set up Najem’s dramatic winner in the 104th minute.
UCLA’s dynamic freshman duo of Jackson Yuell and Jose Hernandez were the difference in a 3-2 overtime win over 15th-ranked Washington on Sunday. The freshmen scored goals in each half and Hernandez’s fifth of the season won it in double overtime for the Bruins. Ian Lange and Justin Schmidt scored three minutes apart late in the second half to give the Dawgs the lead before Yuell’s free kick goal tied it in the 81st minute.
Notre Dame held to draw by NC State, Kentucky tops New Mexico and Oregon State wins
Zach Knudson scored on a ridiculous bicycle kick in the 76th minute to cancel out Jon Gallagher’s 34th minute goal and hold 7th-ranked Notre Dame to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Super sub Stefan Stojkovic delivered a game-winning goal with a minute left in the second overtime to lift Kentucky to a 1-0 win over No. 21 New Mexico on Sunday.
Lobos goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu made six stops to keep New Mexico in a game the Wildcats dominated offensively (outshooting New Mexico 18-11) while Calum Irving had to make only one save to record the 21st clean sheet of his career. With the win, the Wildcats have now won four straight, all shutouts. Stojkovic has scored four goals in his last three games.
Oregon State improved to 2-0-0 in Pac-12 play with a 1-0 win over San Diego State on Sunday. Jaime Velasco scored the game-winner in the 47th minute and Nolan Wirth made three saves to keep the clean sheet.