Creighton wins, UCLA loses third straight and three unbeatens fall
No. 1 Creighton beat Michigan State 1-0 on an easy goal Fabian Herbers scored off a rare mistake by Spartans goalkeeper Zach Bennett, but several other ranked teams didn’t fare so well in games played Sunday.
No. 9 UCLA blew a 1-0 lead and surrendered a golden goal six minutes into overtime to drop their third straight game. Ricardo Ruiz was the hero for UC Riverside, scoring the equalizer in the 71st minute and the winner in the 96th. Jose Hernandez scored the lone goal for the talent-filled Bruins, which were ranked No. 1 in the preseason but now find themselves in a hole with a 1-3 record.
Bowling Green, American and Loyola Marymount perfect no more
Newly ranked teams Bowling Green (No. 24), American (No. 21) and Loyola Marymount (No. 20) fell short in their bids to become 6-0 on Sunday.
Pat Flynn and the high-scoring Falcon offense were kept off the board for the first time since October 22, 2014 by Robert Morris, which has a clinical finisher of their own in Neco Brett. Brett’s sixth goal of the season in the 21st minute held up as the winner for the Colonials and goalkeeper Brenden Alfery made nine saves to record the clean sheet.
American blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in dropping their first match of the season in double overtime to Fairleigh Dickinson 4-3 on Sunday.
Vinny Barone, Chris Fanet and Dale Ludwig scored for the Eagles. Enver Caymaz scored the winner in the 102nd minute, Javen Palmer scored a pair of equalizers and Tchamy Dantse Dantse also scored for Fairleigh Dickinson.
New Mexico’s Mr. Clutch Chris Wehan came up big again for the Lobos, scoring his third game-winning goal of the season in the 77th minute to end Loyala Marymount’s perfect record. Alvaro Madrigal gave the Lions the early lead in the 15th minute and they held New Mexico in check until defender Nicholas Rochowski broke through with a tap-in off a deflection to level the game in the 75th minute.
Oregon State, Stanford, Old Dominion and Hofstra win
Timmy Mueller scored twice in two minutes late in the game – picking up his second straight game-winner – and Tyler Back recorded four saves to lead No. 12 Oregon State to a 2-0 win over Cornell on Sunday. With the win, the Beavers joined Creighton and Wake Forest as the only remaining unbeaten, untied teams in the top 25.
Eric Verso scored with two minutes remaining in the second overtime to lead No. 13 Stanford to a 3-2 win over SMU on Sunday. Brandon Vincent opened the scoring in the 10th minute and Jordan Morris made it 2-0 in the 47th minute, but goals from reserve Christian Boorom in the 62nd and Mauro Cichero in the 88th minute set up the dramatic double overtime finish.
Marius Flateboe’s 85th minute goal held up as the winner in Hofstra’s 2-1 win over George Mason. Meshack Eshun Addy opened the scoring in the 54th minute for the 5-1 Pride, but Cullen Hunter leveled the score in the 79th minute.
Indiana and Providence upset
Temple transfer Robby Sagel (pictured above) was credited with his first Penn State goal off a set piece and helped anchor a Nittany Lion defense that extended its scoreless streak against No. 10 Indiana to 462 minutes dating back to 2011.
Goalkeeper Matt Bersano kept Indiana off the board in the 13th minute with a diving save on Tanner Thompson’s penalty kick and made three saves on the afternoon to register the clean sheet.
Mac Steeves scored another goal to tie the game in the second half, but 18th-ranked Providence dropped their second straight match to an Ivy League opponent, losing 2-1 to Columbia on a goal by Andrew Tinari in the 101st minute.