Creighton blows out Villanova; Denver and Akron settle for draws
Top-ranked Creighton scored four first half goals to overcome an early deficit and made it 15 wins in a row to start the season with a 5-1 win over Villanova on Saturday night.
Padraic McCullough opened the scoring in the 12th minute for Villanova, but Blue Jays midfielder Joel Rydstrand responded in the 13th minute with his second career goal and that opened the floodgates for the nation’s top offense. Ricardo Perez, Fabian Herbers and Peter Prescott made it 4-1 at halftime and Perez added a second goal in the 72nd minute.
Herbers, who bagged his 12th goal of the year, had two assists in the game to bring his season total to 9. Timo Pitter had 11 of the Blue Jays 39 shots in the game.
The only other unbeaten team in the nation, seventh-ranked Denver, improved to 11-0-3 after being held to a scoreless draw on the road at Portland on Saturday.
No. 5 Akron also had to settle for a draw. Adam Najem put the Zips in front in the 23rd minute but Sean Conerty tied it up for Western Michigan five minutes later and neither team was able to find a goal in the remaining 82 minutes.
Georgetown keeps pace with Creighton; Cal Poly steals another point from UC Santa Barbara
No. 9 Georgetown stayed perfect in the Big East to keep pace with Creighton with a 1-0 win over St. John’s. Brandon Allen scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 59th minute and the Hoyas defense prevented the Red Storm from getting a shot on goal with their sixth straight shutout.
The fifth largest regular season crowd in NCAA history – 14,919 – were treated to another thriller between rivals UC Santa Barbara and No. 23 Cal Poly. A week after getting a late winner to beat the Gauchos, Cal Poly overcame a two-goal deficit to steal a point on the road.
The Gauchos took the 2-0 lead with first half goals from Ahinga Selemani and Nick DePuy, but Chase Minter gave the visitors life in the 72nd minute and Jared Pressley scored a dramatic equalizer with four seconds to go.
Kentucky and Old Dominion match ends in stalemate; Elon falls to Hofstra
A marquee match-up between Conference USA foes No. 14 Old Dominion and No. 16 Kentucky ended in a scoreless draw on Saturday.
Kentucky goalkeeper Callum Irving made seven saves in the match for his sixth clean sheet of the season and still has not allowed a goal in conference play through five matches. His counterpart Alex Tiesenhausen stopped all three shots he face for his fifth shutout of the year.
An 80th minute goal from Mani Walcott broke a scoreless draw and gave No. 24 Hofstra a 1-0 win over No. 10 Elon and an edge in the Colonial Athletic Association standings.
SMU and South Florida draw; Coastal Carolina wins in overtime
No. 12 SMU blew a two-goal lead and had to settle for a 2-2 draw with No. 13 South Florida. Mauro Cichero scored 18 minutes in and Idrissa Camara made it 2-0 Mustangs in the 72nd minute, but Lindo Mfeka goals in the 78th and 87th minutes earned the Bulls a point.
Tobenna Uzo’s second goal of the night in overtime lifted No. 11 Coastal Carolina to a 2-1 victory over Longwood. Uzo had given the Chants the 1-0 lead until Zach Crandall’s 88th minute equalizer sent it to overtime.
In other top 25 action Saturday, No. 25 Monmouth overcame a 1-0 deficit and ended up beating Niagara 5-3. Colin Stripling led Monmouth with a brace and John Egan, Dave Nigro and Zachary Pereira scored.
Sergio Lujan had a brace and Alex Dimitriu added a goal for Niagara.