Creighton comes from behind to stay perfect; North Carolina stays unbeaten

Recaps

Top-ranked Creighton kept their perfect record intact the hard way, overcoming a one-goal deficit to improve to 11-0-0 with a 2-1 win over Drake on Tuesday night.

Drake kept Creighton off the board in the first half and took the lead 21 seconds before halftime with a goal from Mueng Sunday.

Timo Pitter finally gave the nervous crowd of 2,427 the goal they were looking for in the 79th minute and Ricky Lopez-Espin delivered the game-winner six minutes later off an assist from defender Vincent Keller. It was the first time this season star forward Fabian Herbers did not record a goal or an assist.

Zach Wright scored twice in the first half and Alan Winn added an 81st minute goal to lead No. 2 North Carolina past UNC Wilmington 3-0 and improve to 9-0-1. James Pyle made two saves to preserve the shutout for the Tar Heels.

New Hampshire and Butler fall from the ranks of the unbeaten

While Creighton and North Carolina kept the goose egg in the loss column intact, New Hampshire and Butler suffered their first losses of the season on Tuesday night.

A 55th minute goal by Jake Freeman was all the offense Harvard needed to hand New Hampshire their first defeat of the season. Crimson goalkeeper Evan Mendez made four saves to deny the Wildcats, which fell to 7-1-2 on the season.

After finally cracking the top 25, No. 21 Butler suffered their first loss of the season to Southern Illinois Edwardsville. Garet Christianson scored the winner for Cougars with only 36 seconds remaining.

Devyn Jambga opened the scoring in the 4th minute and it took the Bulldogs 82 minutes to respond with a penalty kick from Jeff Adkins after Vincent Mitchell was taken down inside the 18.

Wake Forest, Syracuse and Clemson post wins

Sixth-ranked Wake Forest scored twice in the second half to top No. 15 South Carolina and improve to 9-1-1. Jacori Hayes’ 52nd minute goal held up as the winner and reserve Tane Gent added a second goal in the 74th minute. Freshman Jack Harrison had assists on both goals and Alec Ferrell made seven saves to preserve the clean sheet.

No. 22 Syracuse made it five wins in a row with a 2-1 win over Albany. Ben Polk’s 78th minute strike broke the deadlock after Chris Nanco scored for the Orange in the 14th minute and Carlos Clark equalized just before halftime.

Iman Mafi scored in the 77th minute and Andrew Tarbell made four saves to preserve the clean sheet for fifth-ranked Clemson in a 1-0 win over Charlotte.

Akron wins fourth straight; Rutgers explodes again

Richie Laryea scored a goal in each half to guide No. 8 Akron to a 2-0 win over Santa Clara. The win was the fourth in a row for the Zips and marked the second time this season that the sophomore from Ontario has registered a brace.

Zips goalkeeper Jake Fenlason saved a penalty kick in the 8th minute that would have given the Broncos the lead and made three other saves to preserve the clean sheet. Adam Najem missed a penalty kick 36 seconds after Santa Clara’s spot kick.

Jason Wright scored his first career hat trick and JP Correa added a brace to lead Rutgers to a 5-2 win over Yale. The Scarlet Knights have now scored four or more goals in a game four times this season and have 25 total goals in 10 games.

Wright, a forward from Jamaica, now has 8 goals and 2 assists on the season.

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