Xavier and Elon score big upsets; Duke and Louisville fall
Jalen Brown ended Notre Dame’s scoreless streak and unbeaten record with a 47th minute goal in South Bend Tuesday night that held up as the winner for Xavier over second-ranked Notre Dame.
The goal, which came after a scramble in front of the net on a corner kick, ended the Irish defense’s five-game shutout streak to start the season and puts the Musketeers back in the national conversation after a pair of disappointing losses to Lipscomb and Virginia Tech in the second week of the season for the preseason No. 19 team.
Notre Dame wasn’t the only ACC team to suffer a setback to a non-conference foe on Tuesday night.
Eduardo Alvarez’s 40th minute penalty kick was the all the offense No. 20 Elon needed to knock off 7th-ranked Wake Forest and become the first team in Division 1 with a 6-0 record this season (Loyola Marymount, Bowling Green, American and now Wake Forest have all lost after 5-0 starts). The win was the third straight for the Phoenix over Wake Forest dating back to the 2012 season and their third win over a top-10 opponent since 2013.
Duke and Louisville fall; Virginia and Clemson roll
UNC Wilmington celebrated cracking the top 25 for the first time this season with a 3-0 win over 16th-ranked Duke. After a scoreless first half, the Seahawks took the lead in the 79th minute on a Daniel Escobar goal that held up as the winner. Freshman Ben Fisher scored his fourth goal of the season and senior forward Colin Bonner chipped in with his sixth.
The loss was the first of the season for Duke, which fall to 4-1-1 and the fourth straight for the Seahawks (5-0-1) over the Blue Devils.
David Graydon’s free kick deflected off a Louisville defender into the net to give St. Louis a 3-2 overtime win over 19th-ranked Louisville in a rematch of a game the Billikens lost in last year’s NCAA tournament on Tuesday night.
Andrew Brody headed home a long ball from Danny Reynolds in the 89th minute to send the game to overtime after Vince Cicciarelli gave the Billikens the lead in the 55th minute.
Evansville transfer Faik Hajderovic opened his Billikens account with the first goal of the game in the 27th minute and the score held until the 50th minute when Daniel Johnson was awarded a questionable penalty in the box (he was taken down again later in a play that looked more like a penalty but wasn’t called). Defender Tim Kubel converted the penalty kick to tie it up.
Jake Rozhansky scored in the first half and Jean-Christophe Koffi in the second to lead sixth-ranked Virginia to a 2-0 win over James Madison. Goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell made four saves to preserve his second clean sheet of the season.
No. 14 Clemson had it even easier with rivals Furman, scoring a pair of goals in the first half and adding a third to win 3-0. TJ Casner opened the scoring in the 37th minute and Kyle Murphy added a goal a minute later and Austen Burnikel finished the scoring in the 56th minute.
Andrew Tarbell made a pair of saves to record the clean sheet.
Drexel gets first win in UniCity Derby
As college derby matches go, proximity of schools doesn’t get too much closer than Drexel and UPenn, which share a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. The two teams renewed their University City rivalry on Tuesday night in front of a capacity crowd of 1,500 at Drexel.
The fireworks came for the home side in the 63rd minute when Francisco Rodrigues da Palma played a cross over the heads of the Penn defense to Colin McGlynn, who headed home the goal to secure the first win of the season for the Dragons.
It was the first win for Drexel over the Quakers since 2012 and evened the record for the short history of the derby to 2-2.