Louisville wins Bluegrass battle; Wake Forest and Duke cruise
Freshman Tate Schmitt paced the offense with a goal and an assist and the Cardinal defense did not allow a shot on goal in a 2-0 win for Louisville over in-state rivals Kentucky to the delight of a crowd of 4,507 fans at Lynn Stadium on Tuesday night.
Kentucky entered the match newly minted at No. 15 in the country and the Cardinals after their loss to Stanford last week dropped to No. 23, but Louisville looked like the better team throughout large portions of the match, limiting Wildcat playmaker Napo Matsoso’s touches and beating goalkeeper Callum Irving for a pair of goals over an 86-second span in the first half.
Schmitt, who played for Real Salt Lake Academy, opened the scoring with his third goal of the season in the 26th minute, drilling a ball low from the left side that hit off the right post and caromed off Irving’s elbow into the net. Less than two minutes later Schmitt set up birthday boy Daniel Johnson with a short pass outside the box that the Maryland transfer rifled past Irving for his first collegiate goal.
Up two goals, junior center back Michael DeGraffenreidt and the back line limited Kentucky’s chances to earn the team’s first clean sheet of the season and their fifth win in six matches against their in-state rivals.
Virginia, Wake Forest and Duke win
Riggs Lennon and Nicko Corriveau scored in the first half and goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell saved a penalty and made three other saves on close-range shots to lead No. 5 Virginia to a 2-1 win over George Mason Tuesday night.
Lennon opened the scoring in the 37th minute with a strong individual effort, dribbling through traffic and touching the ball past the goalkeeper for the goal. Julian Cummings, who made his first career start at right back, connected with Corrivea with a long ball just before halftime.
An errant back pass set up George Mason’s lone goal by Hennings Dirk in the 66th minute.
No. 14 Wake Forest scored four goals in the first half and added a Michael Gamble strike in the 62nd minute to beat UNC Asheville 5-0 on Tuesday. Andrew Harris only had to make one save to record the clean sheet and Jon Bakero, Phillip Parker and Tane Gent joined Gamble on the scoresheet.
Wake Forest’s ACC rival Duke had an offensive outburst of their own in a 5-1 win over Loyola Maryland. Jeremy Ebobisse had a goal and two assists and Brian White a goal and an assist to lead the Blue Devils.
Ciaran Mckenna, Cameron Moseley and Macario Hing-glover also scored for Duke. Brennan Goldsmith scored the lone goal for Loyola in the 62nd minute.
Bicycle kick sends Liberty, Marshall game to overtime
Sachem Wilson scored on a bicycle kick with 16 seconds remaining to send Liberty’s game with Marshall to overtime on Tuesday, but Marshall spoiled the last second comeback with an overtime golden goal Rimario Gordon. Daniel Jodah opened the scoring for the Thundering Herd in the 57th minute.