Creighton wins big, Notre Dame gets 500th win and Chris Wehan sparks Lobos
Third-ranked Creighton continued its success over teams from California, posting the program’s 18th straight win over a school from the Golden State with a 4-0 win over No. 13 UC Irvine on Sunday night. Fabian Herbers had a pair of goals and an assist to give him 4 goals and 3 assists on the season and Timo Pitter and Myles Englis both scored for the Blue Jays.
Four games in, Creighton is 4-0 with 11 goals and has only conceded once. With UCLA’s loss on Friday night and Virginia’s draw, Creighton is likely to move into that top spot. UC Irvine leaves Omaha looking to regroup with two straight losses after opening with a 1-0 win over Loyola Chicago.
Omaha made it a clean sweep for the Nebraska schools over California with a 2-1 win of their own over Cal State Northridge on Sunday. The two Omaha programs, which both took offseason trips to prepare for the season to Germany (Creighton) and Costa Rica (Omaha), are now 8-0.
Notre Dame wins number 500; North Carolina tops Tulsa
A pair of Jon Gallagher goals and Michael Shipp’s first career goal led No. 5 Notre Dame to a 4-0 win over UAB in a milestone day for the program in South Bend Sunday afternoon.
Connor Klekota also scored in the match to add insurance for the Fighting Irish’s 500th win in its 39-year history at the varsity level. The win also secured Notre Dame the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament for the sixth time in the tournament’s 13-year history.
Goalkeeper Chris Hubbard made three saves to extend Notre Dame’s scoreless streak to start the season to 398 minutes.
No. 4 North Carolina got back into the win column Sunday after a draw Friday night to William & Mary.
Goals by Zach Wright and Tucker Hume put the Tar Heels up 2-0 in the first half and the defense limited Tulsa to a Zach Jackson goal just before halftime to get the 2-1 victory.
Wehan brace leads Lobos past UC Santa Barbara; Pat Flynn runs goal total to six
Chris Wehan recorded his second brace of the weekend to lead New Mexico to a 2-1 win over No. 19 UC Santa Barbara. Wehan scored in the 66th and 87th minute after Ahinga Selemani opened the scoring for the Gauchos in the 23rd minute.
Bowling Green forward Pat Flynn continued his assault on the nation’s scoring charts with a brace and an assist in the Falcons 3-0 win over Cleveland State. The junior from Naperville has 6 goals and 2 assists through four games for the 4-0 Falcons and 20 in two seasons now in Bowling Green after transferring from DePaul after one season.
Xavier, South Florida lose again
After a high-flying first weekend, No. 10 Xavier has been brought back to earth with a second straight defeat on Sunday morning to Virginia Tech.
Midfielder Merlin Baus led the Hokie offense again, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the 3-1 victory. Ricardo John scored his second of the season and Dylan Huber also found the back of the net for the Hokies. Chris Moore scored the lone goal for the Musketeers on an assist from Cory Brown.
No. 24 South Florida dropped its second straight after a solid opening weekend to No. 18 Indiana. Femi Hollinger-Janzen opened his scoring account for the season and Grant Lillard added a goal for the Hoosiers.
UMBC, Stanford win
Darius Madison was again the hero for his new team, scoring a highlight-reel goal for the Retrievers in the 63rd minute to beat Oakland 2-1. The goal was his second game-winner of the weekend for 17th-ranked UMBC.
No Jordan Morris or Amir Bashti, no problem for the Cardinal. With both players out for U.S. national team duty (Morris was added to the senior team roster ahead of Tuesday’s friendly and Bashti is in Serbia with the U-20s), No. 16 Stanford got goals from Foster Langsdorf and Eric Verson in a 2-0 win over VCU. The loss was the fourth straight for VCU to start the season.