Creighton and Denver stay unbeaten; Wake Forest tops North Carolina
Only two unbeaten teams in Division 1 college soccer remain after Saturday’s results with Creighton and Denver both picking up wins and North Carolina suffering their first loss of the season to Wake Forest.
No. 1 Creighton got goals from Fabian Herbers – his 11th of the season – freshman Joel Rydstrand and Noah Franke to beat Marquette 3-1 on the road and improve to 14-0-0. Kelmend Islami’s goal in the 51st minute for the Golden Eagles was only the sixth scored against the Blue Jays this season.
Junior Karsten Hanlin scored in the 101st minute to lift eighth-ranked Denver over Omaha 1-0 and extend the Pioneers home unbeaten streak to 26 games. With the win, Denver improves to 11-0-2 on the year.
Jacori Hayes scored the go-ahead goal in the 17th minute and the Wake Forest defense kept No. 2 North Carolina off the scoresheet in a 1-0 win in front of a Spry Stadium record crowd of 5,070 fans on Saturday night.
It was the first loss for the Tar Heels since November 9, 2014 and snapped their 16-game unbeaten streak (they went out on penalties against UCLA in the NCAA tournament last year). Alec Ferrell made three saves to record his fourth-straight clean sheet of the season.
The fifth-ranked Demon Deacons have gone 439 minutes without allowing a goal, going back to 1-1 tie with Clemson on September 26. North Carolina’s record fell to 11-1-1 with the loss.
Clemson tops Syracuse; Cal Poly stuns UC Santa Barbara in overtime
Senior Kyle Murphy scored with 51 seconds left on a 60-yard run to lift No. 4 Clemson over 16th-ranked Syracuse in an ACC classic Saturday night.
Cal Poly senior defender Kody Wakasa headed home the first goal of his career off a corner kick in the 104th minute to stun No. 14 UC Santa Barbara in overtime in front of the 12th largest regular season crowd in NCAA history Saturday night.
It was the first win for Cal Poly over their arch rivals since they swept the two-game set in 2012. Attendance checked in at 11,075. All four goals in regulation were scored in the first 38 minutes of the match. Ismaila Jome opened the scoring in the sixth minute for the Gauchos but Ruben Duran answered in the 10th minute and Kip Colvey gave the home team the lead in the 30th minute before Seo-In Kim tied it up in the 38th minute.
Wakasa’ winner was just the third shot he has ever recorded on goal in 58 career appearances.
Akron beats up on Northern Illinois; Georgetown, Elon and SMU win
Richie Laryea scored a hat trick to lead sixth-ranked Akron to a 4-0 win over Northern Illinois. Sam Gainford had a pair of assists and Victor Souto added a goal in the Zips’ 10th win of the season.
Jake Fenlason made five stops to record the clean sheet.
Arun Basuljevic broke a scoreless tie in the 75th minute and the Hoyas defense did the rest to secure the 1-0 win over DePaul to keep 10th-ranked Georgetown undefeated in Big East play (5-0-0). Alex Muyl picked up the assist on the game-winner and JT Marcinkowski made two saves to register the shutout.
No. 11 Elon improved to 12-2-0 on the year with a 2-1 comeback win over James Madison. Connor Coward gave James Madison the lead in the 9th minute, but goals from Nathan Diehl in the 39th minute and Jaiden Fortune in the 82nd gave the Phoenix the victory.
Sophomore Mauro Cichero scored with two minutes left in double overtime to lift No. 21 SMU to a 1-0 win over Cincinnati. The goal was the ninth of the season for the Norman, Oklahama native and the third game-winner. With the win, the Mustangs ran their winning streak to eight and are 5-0-0 in American Athletic play.