Steeves steps up for Providence, Xavier scores eight in opening night action
Junior Mac Steeves rescued his team from defeat with an equalizer in the 89th minute and then delivered the decisive penalty kick two minutes into overtime to lift No. 7 Providence to a 2-1 victory over Bryant on opening night of the college soccer season Friday.
The Needham, Massachusetts native, an invite to the U.S. Under-23 college identification camp earlier this month, picked up right where he left off for the Friars in the College Cup last season when he scored a brace against UCLA in a 3-2 loss. Bryant’s Teddy Spanos opened the scoring in the 62nd minute.
Steeves wasn’t the only one to bag a golden goal in Top 25 action Friday night. Notre Dame transfer Vince Cicciarelli delivered a winner in his first game for No. 22 St. Louis to top Tulsa 1-0 and sophomore Anthony Macchione’s goal in double overtime made No. 25 Akron 3-2 winners over VCU.
Scoreless draws for Georgetown, Notre Dame and Maryland
The marquee match of the night between No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 13 Maryland had plenty of excitement but nothing to show for it on the scoreboard as two of the great minds of college soccer in Bobby Clark and Sasho Cirovski went to head to head in Bloomington.
Maryland dominated possession with senior Tsubasa Endoh leading multiple waves of attacks but Notre Dame’s defense held tough and the Patrick Hodan-led offense looked deadly on the counter. A Mael Corboz clearance off the line and a critical double save by junior Cody Niedermeier preserved the point for the Terps.
No. 3 Georgetown were held scoreless in Florida by Florida Gulf Coast and freshman goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski picked up the clean sheet in a game that saw the two sides register 10 shots a piece.
Xavier score eight, Seattle drop six on UC Davis
A raucous Xavier crowd were spoiled by eight goals in the opening night dismantling of Eastern Illinois. After going into halftime with a 1-0 lead, the 19th ranked Musketeers blitzed the Panthers for seven second half goals. Matt Vasquenza and Kaleb Bayse each had braces and Calum Latham, Eric McWoods and Majed Osman contributed goals. The tally tied for the second-most goals scored in a game in program history.
Senior Hamza Hammadi completed a feat you don’t see very often in Seattle’s 6-0 romp of UC Davis, scoring a hat trick of penalty kicks while adding a fourth goal from the field. Robbie Landeros and David Olsen added goals for the unranked Redhawks.
Upsets in California, New York
Eighth-ranked Stanford’s high-profile offense was kept off the scoresheet by UC Santa Barbara in one of two opening night upset of ranked California schools.
No. 16 Cal’s season began with a lopsided 3-0 loss to San Diego. The Tereros scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half en route to the victory. Transfers Djordje Babic and Marvin Schmiege scored the first two goals and senior Torrey DeArmas added a 73rd minute goal.
No. 15 Syracuse and Hofstra were scoreless in the 61st minute when Liam Callahan’s red card changed the game. Hofstra’s Joseph Holland scored on the ensuing penalty kick for Callahan’s infraction and went up 2-0 less than six minutes later through a goal by reserve Henry Crayton. Junior Oyvind Alseth cut the lead in half with a penalty kick in the 71st minute, but the Pride held on for the victory.
Blue Jays, Tar Heels, Spartans, Hoosiers, Tigers, Cardinals Win
Junior Fabian Herbers (get used to hearing his name a lot this season) provided the offense and the No. 6 Creighton defense spoiled heralded freshman Francis Atuahene’s debut for Michigan in a 1-0 win in Omaha.
Senior defender Zach Carroll led the Spartans on both sides of the field, scoring the game-winner and helping to preserve a clean sheet in front of goalkeeper Zach Bennett in No. 9 Michigan State’s 1-0 win over Portland. The Spartans had a healthy 4,600 in the stands for the opener.
Raby George’s penalty kick was the difference in No. 5 North Carolina’s 1-0 win over FIU.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen missed a PK but Phil Fives delivered a 33rd minute goal off assists from Grant Lillard and Brown transfer Ben Maurey to lead the No. 14 Hoosiers to a 1-0 win over a St. John’s team that saw 11 players make their collegiate debuts.
Paul Clowes, Iman Mafi and Oliver Shannon scored for No. 11 Clemson in a 3-1 win over East Tennessee State.
Freshman Tate Schmidt scored a 43rd-minute winner and Andrew Brody added a goal in Louisville’s 2-1 win over William & Mary. Antonio Bustamante scored for the Tribe on a free kick.