North Carolina struggles, Butler heroic in week 5
With parity alive and well in college soccer this season, North Carolina proved again that a No. 1 ranking (NSCAA coaches poll) means little if your offense can’t score.
The Tar Heels were the third ranked opponent in a row to overlook William & Mary in week 5, losing 1-0 at home on Tuesday (Elon and Creighton were the previous victims) before they conceded late to Wake Forest on Saturday in a game that ended 1-1. The draw was North Carolina’s fourth consecutive tie in ACC play this season.
In other action in the nation’s best conference, Notre Dame remained unbeaten with a 3-1 win over Duke and Maryland continued their climb by rescuing a draw late against Old Dominion on Tuesday and picking up a 2-0 win over Pitt thanks to a Jake Pace brace and freshman goalkeeper Zach Steffen’s first clean sheet.
Moving to the middle of the country, the big midweek in-state battle between Indiana and Butler appeared to be headed to a pedestrian 2-0 final when Butler woke up the record crowd of 5,000-plus at Butler Bowl with a pair of goals minutes apart in the 87th and 89th minute of the game, only to complete the comeback with a golden goal in the 103rd minute. The loss was the fourth in overtime this season for the defending national champions to run their overtime record to a dismal 0-4-1. The Hoosiers did rebound with a much needed 2-0 victory to open Big 10 play against Ohio State on Sunday to even their record at 4-4-1 while Butler made it easier for themselves beating Villanova to go to 7-1-1.
One of the most highly anticipated matchups of week 5 ended in a 0-0 draw in the nation’s capital between Georgetown and the visiting Creighton Bluejays on Saturday afternoon in new Big East play. Creighton also drew Michigan State 2-2 in a Tuesday night match so it was anything but a cake walk in week 5 for a team that’s now a very respectable 5-1-2 despite having one of the toughest and most travel intensive schedules in the nation. The Jays still have travel dates remaining to Milwaukee, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis, New Jersey and Rhode Island left on their schedule.
UMBC and Dayton both kept their perfect seasons in tact with wins to improve to 9-0. The University of Milwaukee Wisconsin and Winthrop both improved to 7-0-1 while California and Washington kept their unbeaten records in tact to set up a tantalizing Pac-12 match-up between the two clubs in Berkeley on Sunday. Both will first have to put their unbeaten records up against tough opponents mid-week as Washington has to get by Stanford on Thursday night and California does battle with Oregon State on Tuesday. Dartmouth, Florida Atlantic and Notre Dame are the only other teams that remain on the shrinking list of Division 1’s unbeaten teams.
Aaron Horvat is a big reason why Wisconsin-Milwaukee is still among the nation’s unbeatens. His Panthers were down 2-1 on Saturday when Horvat found the back of the net three more times to give his team a 5-3 win and tie a Horizon League record with four goals in a game. German-born Winthrop star Max Hasenstab did his part in preserving his team’s unbeaten record with an 89th minute winner against UNC Greensboro on Wednesday and a brace and an assist against VMI Saturday to give him six goals and five assists on the season. Cal Poly senior forward Mackenzie Pridham recorded just the eighth hat trick in program history to lead the Mustangs to a 5-1 defeat of Air Force on Friday and give him eight goals for the season.
Impressive freshman Andrew Brody had two clinical runs ending in a beautiful strike from distance for his first collegiate goal for Louisville on Saturday against Temple and a picture-perfect pass to set up another goal and give him a team-leading five assists for the season (fast forward to 2:39 of this video to see both plays). But he wasn’t the only freshman capturing attention in week 5.
Stanford freshman Jordan Morris bagged a brace to help knock off UC Santa Barbara on the road and Virginia freshman Riggs Lennon scored a pair of goals in conference wins over Providence and Syracuse. Butler freshman David Goldsmith was the hero in Indianapolis with his game-tying and game-winning overtime goals against Indiana on Wednesday and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Fernando Pino was named MAC Conference Player of the Week for picking up a pair of clean sheets in 1-0 wins over Ohio State and West Virginia.
Pino’s Zips teammate Reinaldo Brenes continued to make his MAC Hermann Trophy case with his fourth game-winning goal of the season against West Virginia on Sunday. Sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski played the part of hero twice for Navy with game-winning goals against Virginia Tech and Boston University.
Looking ahead to week six, Tuesday night’s slate will give us Tulsa vs. Maryland, Wake Forest vs. Charlotte and a showdown between the top two scorers in Division 1 in Delaware’s Guillermo Delgado and UMBC’s Pete Caringi III. Wednesday will have Indiana and Notre Dame and Creighton taking on St. Louis, Thursday Washington and Stanford and Oregon State and Cal. The weekend brings Duke vs. North Carolina on Friday (ESPN3) and Michigan State vs. Northwestern and Washington vs. California on Sunday.