Maryland freshmen shine in exhibition win over Providence
Between the two teams, Maryland and Providence have 23 freshmen on their rosters this season so newcomers were bound to factor into the exhibition match between the preseason No. 13 and No. 7 teams in the country on Saturday afternoon.
Factor in they did and more in a game that saw all four goals scored by fresh faces to college soccer.
Sasho Cirovski’s talented recruited class had the edge as a trio of freshman led the Terps to a 3-1 victory over a College Cup team from last year. Sebastian Elney was credited with a goal off an assist from Eryk Williamson to open the scoring early in the second half and Maryland appeared to be on their way to an easy win when Providence freshman Tiago Mendonca responded off a counter attack to level things in the 64th minute.
Paul Bin put the Terps back up for good when the freshman from South Korea perfectly one-touched a cross from upperclassman Michael Sauers past the Friar goalkeeper. Jorge Calix and another freshman, Connor Smith, combined for the third goal in the 82nd minute when Smith found Calix with space in the box and the DC United Academy product buried his shot.
In another preseason match-up of ranked teams in the Beltway on Saturday, preseason No. 3 Georgetown beat No. 2 Virginia 4-0. Match recaps weren’t posted on either team’s website so the goalscorers for the Hoyas are unknown.
UCLA tops San Francisco, Creighton blows out Northwestern
Out west, preseason No. 1 UCLA got goals from Larry Ndjock and William Cline to top San Francisco 2-1 on Saturday. No. 5 North Carolina continued their run of good form in preseason with a 2-0 win at No. 21 Coastal Carolina on Saturday night. Raby George picked up his second penalty kick goal of the preseason and sophomore Zach Wright also scored for the Tar Heels.
Fabian Herbers scored a goal from long range (with help from a couple deflections) and picked up two more assists in a 5-0 win for No. 6 Creighton over Northwestern. Vincent Keller had a brace for the Blue Jays and Ricky Lopez-Espin and Myles Englis got on the scoreboard. Lopez-Espin’s goal in the 64th minute was a fantastic display of the spine of Creighton’s dangerous attack with Herbers splitting a pass between three defenders to Timo Pitter, who one-touched the ball to Lopez-Espin that the sophomore blasted past the keeper.
No. 11 Clemson also put up five on the scoreboard in their preseason match with UAB Sunday afternoon, beating the Blazers 5-1. Senior T.J. Casner led the Tigers with a brace and Kyle Murphy, Iman Mafi and transfer Aaron Jones also scored. Chandler Stroupe scored the lone goal for UAB.
Mexico U-17s finally get the better of a college team
The U-17 Mexican National Team picked up their first win in four games against college competition, posting a 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night. Claudio Zamudio opened the scoring for Mexico in the 21st minute. Sophomore Diego Sanchez fired home an equalizer six minutes later but two second half goals by Ricardo Marin and Bryan Salazar gave the visitors the win after drawing UCLA 1-1 last week and losing to Notre Dame and Indiana by identical 2-1 scorelines back in April.
A Jonathan Wright clearance off the line and a beauty of a save by Nick Jeffs kept Oakland off the scoreboard in a scoreless draw between No. 18 Louisville and Oakland in a match broadcast on ESPN3 Saturday. No. 8 Stanford and Santa Clara also ended in a scoreless draw.
No. 19 Xavier and Ohio State traded goals in their 1-1 draw.
Julian Buescher’s brace gave No. 15 Syracuse a 2-1 win over old Big East rivals UConn in Storrs on Saturday. Istvan Kanyo opened the scoring, but junior Oyvind Alseth and Kenny Lassiter combined with Buescher for two unanswered goals.
Butler junior forward David Goldsmith scored a hat trick for the Bulldogs in a wild game between Butler and Dayton that saw the Flyers win by a 5-4 final.
Phil Fives scored off an assist from Billy McConnell and Jeremiah Gutjarh set up Tim Mehl for a second goal to lead No. 14 Indiana to a 2-0 win over Marquette.
If you haven’t already seen it, this Ian McGrath goal for Evansville in an exhibition match with Mercer last Thursday is worth checking out.