Xavier takes down undefeated Creighton; Akron and Coastal Carolina win
Sophomore forward Matt Vasquenza scored with 1:13 remaining in regulation to hand No. 1 Creighton their first loss of the season at Morrison Stadium in Omaha on Wednesday night.
The game-winner was the second straight for the sophomore from East Hampton, Connecticut after he scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Marquette on Saturday. Xavier looked strong out of the gate against the undefeated Blue Jays and produced a goal in the 14th minute when Josh Grant headed home a cross from Majed Osman.
Creighton responded with an equalizer 20 minutes later when Fabian Herbers set up Lucas Stauffer for a rocketed shot from outside the box that beat the Musketeer keeper. The assist was Herbers’ 10th of the season to go with 12 goals.
The Big East foes appeared to be headed to overtime when a deflection fell to Vasquenza, who buried it to stun the crowd of 3,061 with the late winner.
Creighton fell to 15-1 on the season (Denver is the only remaining unbeaten team in Division 1 college soccer with an 11-0-3 record), but also lost their lead in the conference since No. 7 Georgetown won earlier in the day to stay a perfect 7-0 in conference.
It wasn’t easy for the Hoyas in an afternoon match against a Seton Hall team looking for their first win of the season. The Hoyas fell behind twice, the first time when Danny Bartok opened the scoring in the 71st minute and the second time six minutes later when Julian Kennedy made it 2-1 Pirates.
Senior midfielder David Witkoff equalized for Georgetown in the 77th minute and Brandon Allen sent it to overtime with a penalty kick in the 83rd minute. The senior scored his 20th career game-winning goal in the 96th minute. Alex Muyl was credited with a pair of assists on the day.
Akron shuts out West Virginia; Coastal Carolina edges Winthrop
No. 6 Akron captured at least a share of the program’s 18th regular season MAC title with a 2-0 win over West Virginia on Wednesday.
Junior captain Brad Ruhaak scored the eventual game-winner in the third minute off a flick from Stuart Holthusen and Sam Gainford added a goal in the 67th minute. Senior goalkeeper Jake Fenlason made three saves to record his third clean sheet of the season.
No. 10 Coastal Carolina had to overcome an early goal from Winthrop to win their 12th game of the season. Jordi Lluch scored in the second minute, but the Chants rattled off three unanswered goals from Arnar Geirsson, Martin Melchor and Tobenna Uzo and held on to win 3-2.
Uzo got the game-winner and assisted on both of the other goals. Charles Coulson gave Winthrop made it interesting in the final 12 minutes with a goal in the 78th minute.
Kentucky keeps shutout streak going; DePuy scores two more to lead UC Santa Barbara
Goalkeeper Calum Irving kept UAB off the scoreboard to continue the team’s shutout streak against Conference USA opponents and Sam Miller scored in the 83rd minute off a Napo Matsoso cross to lead 16th ranked Kentucky to a 1-0 win.
Kentucky, which has not conceded a goal in conference play improved to 5-0-1 in conference and 9-3-1 overall.
Nick DePuy scored two more goals to take over the nation’s lead in scoring with 15 goals on the season. The junior forward from Irvine scored in each half to lead the Gauchos to a 2-1 win over Sacramento State.
Dayton scores 7 in lopsided win over St. Joe’s; Melvin Blair’s career day leads Canisius
Six different players scored to lead Dayton to a 7-1 win over St. Joseph’s. Michael Frasca had two goals and an assist and Coletun Long, Kissima Bojang, James Haupt, Maik Schoonderwoerd and Nick Hagenkord also scored for the high-powered Flyers.
Dayton has now scored four or more goals in a game six times this season and has won by a six-goal margin twice.
Redshirt freshman Melvin Blair registered a hat trick and added two assists to lead Canisius to a 5-2 win over Rider. Blair’s eight-point performance is the most in program history since 1999.
Cal Poly held to scoreless draw; Providence wins a wild one
No. 20 had to settle for their fifth draw of the season against UC Davis as the teams played to a scoreless draw on Wednesday. The Mustangs had 18 shots in the game, but only three on goal.
Dominik Machado’s 86th minute goal held up as the winner in a wild Big East battle between Providence and Marquette. Mac Steeves, Klisman Sousa and Julian Gressel also scored for the Friars while Marquette got two goals from Kelmand Islami and another from C. Nortey.