Upsets On The West Coast - College Soccer - What Happened At A Glance - Coast To Coast - Friday, September 23, 2016

Notre Dame 2 - Syracuse 1 - Bobby Clark's 200th win at Notre Dame is a big one in this well played college soccer contest. 

Irish forward Jon Gallagher sent a shot into the left corner of the net from twenty yards out with just eighteen seconds remaining in regulation to give Notre Dame the edge they needed to top visiting Syracuse.  Jack Casey game Notre Dame a 1-0 advantage when he scored out of a free kick in the 45th minute out of a free kick put in play by midfielder Evan Panken.  Syracuse knotted it at 1-1 when sophomore defender Miles Robinson sent a header into the back of the net out of a corner kick with an assist from midfielder Oyvind Alseth in the 79th minute.  Notre Dame improves to 7-1-0 with a 2-1-0 mark in ACC play while Syracuse losses their first contest of the year to drop to 8-1-0 with a 2-1-0 mark in ACC play.

Maryland 2 - Michigan State 0 - The Terps pick up a good Big Ten conference victory.

Junior midfielder Jake Rozhansky who transferred to Maryland this year after two seasons at Virginia tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Terps from five yards out with a double assist from defender Chris Odoi-Atsem and forward Eryk Williamson nine minutes into the second half of play.  A Michigan State own-goal in the 73rd minute gave the Terps a 2-0 cushion.  Cody Niedermeier had three saves in goal to record the shutout for Maryland.  Jimmy Hague had seven saves in goal for the visiting Spartans. This Big Ten affair was played before an electric Ludwig Field crowd of 7,391 fans.  The Terps improve to  6-0-2 with a 3-0-1 mark in Big Ten play. Michigan State is 5-2-0 overall with a 2-1-0 mark in conference action.  Terp head coach Sascho Cirovski stated, "This was our best and most complete game of the year."

North Carolina 5 - Boston College 0 - This margin in this Atlantic Coast Conference game was much greater than expected but also a little misleading. 

The Tar Heels rolled over the Eagles at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill to improve to 7-1-0 overall with a perfect 3-0 mark in conference play.  Boston College drops to 5-3-0 with a 1-2-0 mark in conference play.  Sophomore Nils Bruening from Hamburg, Germany was a scoring machine for the Tar Heels netting four goals in just forty-one minutes on the pitch.  The scoring began in the 33rd minute when Bruening one-timed a shot into the back of the frame after receiving a cross from forward Alan Winn.  Bruening made it 2-0 two minutes later after Winn played a ball to midfielder Nico Melo on the right flank who sent a well played cross into Bruening.  The teams went into intermission with UNC up 2-0. The Tar Heels opened the contest up when they netted three goals in just under three minutes in the last ten minutes of the contest.   Bruening scored again in the 82nd minute after receiving a cross from forward Zach Wright to make it 3-0 and then added his fourth goal of the evening a minute later with a double assist from Jack Skahan and Wright. Winn concluded the scoring in the 85th minute when he placed a shot into the top left corner of the goal from the top of the box after receiving a pass from freshman Jeremy Kelly.  James Pyle had six saves in goal to secure the shutout for the Tar Heels.

Clemson 2 - Virginia Tech 1 - The Tigers pick up a solid ACC win on the road coming from behind to top a significantly improved Virginia Tech team 2-1 at Thompson Field in Blacksburg. 

The Hokies got on the scoreboard first with Elias Tamburini contributing the goal in the 15th minute of play when he controlled and then sent the rebound of teammate freshman midfielder Brendan Moyers shot in the net.  Clemson senior defender Aaron Jones skillfully placed a shot into side netting  out of a free kick from just outside the box in the closing minutes of the first stanza for to knot the contest at 1-1 and give the Tigers momentum .  Grayson Raynor scored the game-winner for the Tigers in the 87th minute of the match when he sent a bending ball into the upper corner of the net  with an assist from teammate Oliver Shannon.  Clemson is now 5-1-1 overall with a 1-1-1 mark in conference play.  Virginia Tech drops to 7-2-0 with a 1-2-0 record in conference play.   Ximo Miralles had a five save outing between the pipes for Clemson. Ben Lundgaard had three saves in goal for the Hokies.  Tiger head coach Mike Noonan stated, "Coming from behind and winning ACC games on the road is a testament to our player's commitment."  Virginia Tech mentor Mike Brizendine stated, "Obviously, we are disappointed we are walking away from this contest without any points but I thought the guys played strong."

Indiana 0 - Rutgers 0 (OT) - The Hoosiers continue to play rock solid defense but an inability to come up with the big play on the offensive side of the ball resulted in a scoreless tie in this Big Ten contest which was played in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Colin Webb recorded his sixth clean sheet of the season to date for IU with a five save evening in goal.  David Greczek had eight saves in goal for Rutgers. Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley summed the evening up when he stated, "I thought we created a lot of great chances."  He added, "In the end, it's disappointing we didn't get the win but our team defending and overall play has been very good and hopefully, we will be able to pick up some points heading it to these next Big Ten games."  Indiana is now 5-0-4 overall with a 1-0-3 mark in Big Ten play. Rutgers is 0-6-1 overall with a 0-3-1 mark in conference play.  

Cal Poly 1 - UCLA 0 - The roller coaster ride continues for the Bruins who were upset 1-0 by Cal Poly on the road at Alex G. Spanos Stadium before a crowd of over 7,000 fans.  

Senior forward Justin Dhillon's blast into the upper right corner of the frame from thirty yards out after receiving a ball from sophomore defender Nick Carroll in the tenth minute of play proved to be the difference maker in this one.  Junior Eric Kam had two saves in goal in route to notching the shutout for the Mustangs.  The win was the first for Cal Poly over a top ten ranked opponent since they upset UCLA during the 2013 campaign.  UCLA drops to 4-2-1 while Steve Sampson's Cal Poly team which appears to be gaining momentum improves to 2-4-1.

San Francisco 2 - Stanford 1 - Down goes Stanford.  Just when it looked like the Cardinal, who began the season facing the challenge of replacing five key starters from the 2015 national championship team,  was beginning to gel they took a step backward with a 2-1 defeat on the road to San Francisco at Negoesco Stadium before a crowd of 1,900 fans in this nonconference match.  

The win was San Francisco's first over Stanford since 2007. Forward Jorge Ruiz scored in the 37th minute for the Dons when he placed a rebound in the back of the frame and David Garrett found the back of the net in the 56th minute of play from eight yards out to give San Francisco a 2-0 advantage.  Stanford closed the gap to 2-1 in the 86th minute of play as a result of a San Francisco own goal to conclude the scoring for the evening.  Cardinal head coach Jeremy Gunn stated, "San Francisco was fired up, had a tremendous crowd and great excitement. They were playing like it was a cup final and we were playing like it was a Sunday afternoon stroll."  Gunn added, "All credit to the way they played, but we have to look ourselves in the mirror and see about our attitude."  San Francisco head coach Eddie Soto stated, "Tonight there was a lot of grit, a lot of heart and a lot of belief." Soto added, "I think this gives our group a lot of belief that we can compete and we can compete with anyone." Stanford is now 3-2-3 overall while the Dons halt a four game losing streak to improve to 3-5-0.

Pacific 2 - San Diego State 0 - The Pac-12 took it on the chin once again Friday night in this non-conference contest against a surging Pacific team out of the West Coast Conference that has now won five straight to improve to 6-2-0.  The loss leaves San Diego State with a 4-1-2 record.  

Camden Riley converted a header from six yards out after receiving a cross from junior midfielder Andres Ochoa to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage in the 31st minute of play.  Senior forward Julio Cervantes made it 2-0 Pacific with a helper from Anthony Orendain in the 42nd minute to conclude the scoring for the evening.  Junior Curtis Goldsmith from Shingle Springs, California had three saves in goal to anchor a bend but don't concede anything Pacific defense.  Pacific mentor Ryan Jorden stated, "The guys do a great job in taking things game-by game. San Diego State is a great team and I'm pleased with how we continue to focus on the next challenge ahead of them." 


Duke 1 - Pittsburgh 1 (OT) - Duke had a 16 to 8 edge in shots but this one was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and extra time.

 It looked like it was going to be a Blue Devil evening when Brian White converted a penalty kick a mere twenty-six seconds into the game to give Duke a 1-0 advantage.  Pitt responded with a Luca Mellor header out of a corner kick put in play by Darcy Bloemen to tied it up at 1-1 in the 22nd minute.  The Blue Devils had the opportunity take the lead just before halftime when they were awarded another penalty kick but Pitt goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt made a nice save to keep Duke off the board and the teams went into intermission knotted 1-1.  Robert Moewes had a two save game in goal for Duke while Outcalt had a total of six saves for the Panthers.  Duke is 3-2-2 overall to date with a 0-2-1 record in ACC play.  Pitt is 1-5-2 overall with a 0-2-1 mark in conference play.

Gonzaga 2 - UNLV 0 - The Zags get back in the win column with a victory at home over UNLV to improve to 6-2-1 while UNLV drops to 2-7-0 to date.  

Midfielder Colton Cavey sent a curving ball into the left corner of the net with an assist from Isaiah Jackson in the 53rd minute and midfielder Jalen Crisler drove a header into the back of the frame out of a free cut served in by Brayden Sullivan in the 70th minute to put this one on ice.  Ben Willis had three saves in goal for Gonzaga.  Enrique Adame had eight saves between the pipes for UNLV. 

Omaha 1 - Air Force 0 - Defense ruled in this one.  

Omaha's Emmanuel Hamzat scored the lone goal of the evening in the 87th minute of play. Jacob Weiler and Elvir Ibisevic assisted on the game-winner with Weiler sending a pass into the attacking third to Ibisevic who flicked a header to Hamzat who controlled it andmade a nice move in the box to create the space he needed to send a shot into the net to give the Mavericks the edge they needed to secure the victory.  Omaha improves to 3-3-3 while Air Force halts a four game winning streak to drop to 5-3-0.

Army 1 - Navy  0 - A crowd of 10,092 was on hand to witness this one.

Army tops Navy for the second season in a row with freshman Keenan O'Shea alertly taking advantage of a Navy defensive miscue to score from twenty-six yards out in the 67th minute of play to give the Cadets the edge they needed to secure victory.  Justin Stoll had three saves in goal as Army won the soccer equivalent of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy as a result of wins over both Air Force and Navy for the first time since the 2007 season.  Army improves to 3-3-1 with a 1-0-0 mark in Patriot League action while Navy drops to 2-4-1 with a 0-1-0 mark in Patriot League play.


Fordham 2 - Columbia 1 (OT) - This back and forth contest could have gone either way but Fordham came up with the big plays needed to walk off the pitch a winner in overtime. .

Freshman midfielder John Denis scored out of a free kick from twenty-one yards out in the 12th minute to give Columbia a 1-0 advantage that they carried into intermission.  Fordham continued to push the issue and tied it at 1-1 when Janos Loebe scored out of free kick from twenty-one yards out in the 50th minute.  The contest looked like it might end in a tie until Eric Ohlendorf sent a rebound into the back of the net with an assist credited to Loebe to secure the win in the 110th minute of the evening.  Fordham is now 3-3-2 overall. Columbia stands at 4-2-0. 

A Few Observations About The 2016 Season That Might Interest You - College Soccer Coast To Coast

The first phase of the 2016 season has come to an end. 

The Atlantic Coast Conference is off to a great start with Syracuse, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Virginia  all looking very strong.  However as we enter conference play, they will begin to knock each other off.  This Friday Clemson (4-1-1) travels to face Virginia Tech (7-1-0), Boston College (5-2-0) visits Chapel Hill to tangle with North Carolina (6-1-0), and Syracuse (8-0-0) takes to the road to square off with Notre Dame (6-1-0).  On Saturday Virginia (3-1-2) travels to face Louisville (6-1-1). All have big ACC and national implications.  

Home Field Advantage - In conference play it is crucial to hold serve when playing at home particularly in a conference like the Pac-12 where teams play each other home and away. 

Offensive Productivity - This is the time of the year when teams begin to gel as reflected in an increase in productivity on the offensive side of the ball.  Factor in fresher legs due to the greater length of time between contests now that the first few weeks of play are in the books which increases movement off the ball, intensity, focus, and the accuracy of passes.  Look no further than the significant increase in the number of hat tricks and high scoring games across the county last week for evidence of that. 

Defense still rules.  West Virginia topped American 3-0 Tuesday night to improve to 5-1-1. Junior goalkeeper Jose Santos had seven saves in goal for WMU in that contest.  Santos and his Mountaineer teammates have now recorded six consecutive clean sheets.  WVU will seek to keep that streak alive when they travel to face UNCG on Saturday night. 

Transfer Power - Junior forward Marcelo Acuna  (5g, 0a)  at Virginia Tech,  sophomore forward Gordon Wild (8g, 1a) at Maryland,  graduate student goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland  and junior forward Mohamed Thiaw (4g, 0a) at Louisville, graduate student goalkeeper Alex Kapp (0.48 gaa) and senior forward Riggs Lennon (4g, 0a) at Creighton are among the transfers who have made a huge impact so far this year.

Below Expectations - SMU (3-5-0), Georgetown (2-5-0), Rutgers (0-6-0) , Ohio State (2-5-0), and Coastal Carolina (1-3-1) are among the teams that entered the season with high expectations that have not had the season to date that they anticipated.  Perhaps SMU is the most puzzling to date since they returned a very solid contingent of players from the 2015 team that was 15-3-4 overall. However, SMU's 4-3 win in overtime against Akron on Monday night might signal that the Ponies are getting back on track. Look for one or more of these teams to regroup and rebound. 

Road trips can be brutal early in the season but they serve to prepare teams for what they may have to face later down the road.  Akron's three losses to date are to San Diego State, UCLA, and SMU on the road.  Two of UC Santa Barbara's three losses to date were difficult on the road contests with Butler and Akron.

Vermont is 7-1-0 and off to their best start since the 1975 campaign.  The Catamount attack which hs produced a total of twenty times so far this year features the one-two punch of senior forwards  Bernard Yeboah (8g, 1a) and Brian Wright (5g, 9a). The duo has been very effective at putting together combinations that have been difficult for opponents to contain.  

UMass Lowell (6-0-1) also out of the America East Conference is  among the mid major conference teams off to an impressive start.  Coach Christian Figueroa's team has been paced to date on the offensive side of the ball by senior midfielder Wuilito Fernandes (6g, 0a) and redshirt freshman forward Ivan Abramovic  (4g, 5a). Junior goalkeeper goalkeeper Austin Kroll has anchored a Riverhawk defense that has allowed a total of only five goals to date.

Loyola Chicago (6-0-0) under the guidance of fourth year head coach Neil Jones has featured  a balanced attack lead by playmakers forward Brody Kraussel (1g, 5a) and midfielder Kirill Likhovid (0g, 5a) and a rock solid defense that has allowed a total of only two goals in six games.  Redshirt sophomore back Grant Stoneman (3g, 0a) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week three times so far this year.  The Ramblers have a signature early season win over Utah Valley.  Their upcoming dance card includes tough contests with SIUE at home and highly regarded Creighton in Omaha. 

Keep an eye on Villanova out of the Big East.  The Wildcats began the year with losses to Rider and Harvard but have bounced back to improve to 3-3-0 with impressive signature wins on the road over Boston College 2-1 and Delaware 2-1.  In addition, Villanova gave Butler all they could handle before losing 3-2 in overtime.  Effectiveness on the defensive side of the ball may be the key to the level of success the Wildcats enjoy in 2016.

Charlotte began the season with impressive wins over Hofstra, Rutgers, Coastal Carolina and Old Dominion during which time they netted a total of fourteen goals while allowing none.  The 49ers entered their contest with UNC Wilmington on Tuesday night as the only Division I team in the country to not have allowed a goal.  That streak ended when the 49ers were upset 2-0 by the Seahawks that halted a ten UNCW game winless streak against Charlotte that went back to the 1983 season.  The Seahawks improve to 5-1-0 rebounding from a 5-0 thumping from Florida Gulf Coast last Saturday.

UCLA and UC Santa Barbara - Just when you thought it could not get any more intense, the battle for west coast supremacy and the rivalry between UCLA and UC Santa Barbara clicked up another notch as a result of a controversial last second goal out of a free kick in regulation by the Bruins that knotted the score at 1-1 and sent the contest into overtime where Jackson Yueill  netted the game-winner to give UCLA a 2-1 victory over UCSB in Harder Stadium. 

Left Coast Supremacy - UCLA, Stanford, Utah Valley, UCSB, and San Diego State are the current frontrunners for west coast supremacy.  Washington, Seattle, and California may figure in the equation also.  It will be interesting to see how San Diego State fares once they get into Pac-12 play. Gonzaga out of the West Coast Conference began the season with four consecutive wins but two subsequent losses took the glimmer off their start.  

Butler is looking very good in the early going with a 6-0-1 record and a 1-0-0 mark in Big East play.  The question is can they sustain it with a big target on their chests and difficult contests with Providence, Indiana, Georgetown, Creighton, and Denver on their upcoming dance card.  Forward David Goldsmith (7g, 3a) and midfielders  Lewis Suddick (5g, 2a) and Marco Charalambous (3g, 0a) have powered the Butler offense while goalkeeper Eric Dick and backs Joe Moulden, Alex Lehtinen,  Mitch Ostrowski, and Kieran Geldenhuys have anchored the defense.  

After beginning the season with a 0-2-1 record,  Florida Gulf Coast University has bounced back to win five  straight.  The red hot Eagles topped Florida Atlantic 5-1 Tuesday night and UNCW last Saturday 5-0 to improve to 5-2-1. Forward Arion Sobers-Assue lead the Eagle offense in the win over FAU recording the second ever hat trick in the history of the program.  Forward Albert Ruiz netted the first hat trick in the win over UNCW.   FGCU will begin ASUN play when they travel to New Jersey on Saturday to face NJIT.

The Lobos are Back. After opening the season with tough 1-0 losses to Indiana and Notre Dame, New Mexico (5-2-0) has won five straight defeating CSU Northridge, Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, and UC Irvine.  They have a telling CUSA match coming up this Saturday when they hit the road to tangle with Kentucky (3-2-1).

Buffalo reeled off seven consecutive wins to begin the 2016 season before losing to South Florida 3-0 in Tampa.  The Bulls have been powered on the offensive side of the ball by ten goals and six assists to date from senior Russell Cicerone (10g, 6a) and solid team defense lead by backs Alec  Fisher, Fox Slotemaker, David Enstrom, and Austin Place and junior netminder Joseph Kuta.

The America East Conference race is up for grabs with Vermont (7-1-0),  UMass Lowell (6-0-1) and New Hampshire (6-1-0) all off to great starts.  

Michigan State is 5-1-0 with a 2-0-0 mark in Big Ten play that includes wins over Rutgers 4-0 and Michigan 1-0.   The Spartans travel to College Park on Friday to face Maryland (5-0-2) in what shapes up to be an interesting Big Ten matchup.  Maryland is 2-0-1 in Big Ten play with a tie with Indiana and wins over Rutgers and Penn State.

Friday Night Lights - What Transpired At A Glance Coast To Coast - September 16, 2016

North Carolina 1 - Pitt 0 - Redshirt senior back Walker Hume netted the lone goal of the evening out of a free kick from thirty yards out with a double assist from midfielder Cam Lindley and forward Tucker Hume.  The Tar Heels rebound from a 1-0 loss to ETSU on Tuesday night to improve to 5-1-0 to date.  Redshirt sophomore James Pyle recorded the shutout in goal for UNC.

Louisville 1 - Notre Dame 0 - The Irish sustain their first loss of the season with junior forward Mohamed Thiaw scoring what proved to be the difference maker for Louisville in the twenty-fifth minute of the match from forty yards out after receiving a pass from junior back Joey Kunkel in this crucial Atlantic Coast Conference contest.  Credit Louisville and goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland who had a three save evening with a great job of containing the Irish attack.  Notre Dame drops to 6-1-0 while Louisville picks up a big win to improve to 5-1-1.

Syracuse 2 - Boston College 0 - This one was scoreless at intermission but Syracuse took control in the second half with a goal in the fiftieth minute of the contest from Jonathan Hagman with a helper from Johannes Pieles to go up 1-0 followed by a Kenny Lassiter goal in the 74th minute that was set up by a cross  from senior forward Chris Nanco.  The Orange defense anchored by senior back Louis Cross and sophomores Kamal Miller and Miles Robinson and netminder  Hendrik Hilpert did a good job of containing a potentially very potent Boston College offense.  Syracuse improves to 7-0-0 while Boston College drops to 4-2-1 overall.

Wake Forest 2 - Duke 0 - The Demon Deacons took charge early on with freshman forward Ema Twumasi slotting a shot into the lower right corner of the goal from inside the box in the nineteenth minute of play and junior midfielder  Jon Bakero placing a shot into the right side of the frame from twenty yards out in the twenty-fifth minute of the match.  Wake Forest was again solid on the defensive side of the ball with a defense anchored by junior center back Kevin Politz and goalkeeper Alec Ferrell who recorded the shutout with a four save evening. Wake Forest ups their record to 5-1-1 while Duke drops to 2-2-1.  

Stanford 3 - Harvard 1 - This one was all Cardinal to the delight of the crowd of 2,103 fans present at Cagan Stadium.  Defender Tanner Beason converted a penalty kick in the first minute of play and Stanford never looked back.  Forward Foster Langsdorf made it 2-0 in the sixth minute and then 3-0 when he converted a penalty kick in the ninth minute of the match.  Forward Jake Freeman converted a penalty kick in the eightieth minute to get Harvard on the scoreboard and to conclude the scoring for the evening.  Stanford improves to 2-1-3. Harvard is 2-2-1.

Akron 2 - Tulsa 1 - The Zips improve to 5-2-0 with a solid win on the road over an always competitive Tulsa team.  The victory was Akron head coach Jared Embick's 100th career coaching win.  The contest was scoreless at halftime.  Defender Shane Wiedt scored out of a free kick from fifteen yards out in the sixty-fifth minute to give Akron a 1-0 lead.  Tulsa tied it at 1-1 when midfielder Ray Saari converted a penalty kick in the eighty-fifth minute of the contest. Redshirt sophomore Ezana Kahsay netted the game-winning goal for Akron in the eighty-eighth minute after receiving a cross from Brad Ruhaak.  Tulsa now stands at 2-2-2 overall.  Akron travels to face SMU in Dallas on Monday.

Virginia Tech 3 - N.C. State 0 - Forwards  Marcelo Acuna and Som Essome score in the eleventh and fifteenth minutes and forward Ryan Marcano added the third marker in the sixty-eighth minute to propel  Virginia Tech to a win in this ACC matchup.  The Hokies improve to 6-1-0. The Wolfpack drop to 1-5-0 year to date.  Virginia Tech head coach Mike Brizendine stated, "I think we took opportunities when we saw them and scored three great goals."

Washington 3 - Davidson 2 (OT) - This back and forth affair was closer than expected.  Senior forward Maxi Pragnell gave Davidson an early 1-0 lead.  Midfielder Handwalla Bwana scored in the tenth minute for Washington to tie it at 1-1. A gutsy Davidson side responded with a goal from senior midfielder Christian Fechter in the twelfth minute to take a 2-1 advantage. Kyle Coffee scored for the Huskies to tie it up at 2-2 in the seventy-third minute.  David Coly netted the game-winner for Washington in the second overtime period to conclude the scoring at 3-2.  Bwana had a one goal and two assist evening for Washington. The Huskies improve to 4-2-0 while Davidson drops to 1-4-0.  Andrew Kenneson had seven saves in goal for Davidson.

California 2 - Omaha 0 - Junior midfielder Aravind Sivakumar netted what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Golden Bears in the sixty-first minute of play with a double assist from Paul Salcedo and Jose Carerra-Garcia.  Christian Thierjung added an insurance goal when he calmly converted a penalty kick in the eighty-third minute of the match.  California improves to 2-2-1 while Omaha drops to 2-2-3. Jonathan Klinsmann secured the shutout in goal with a two save evening.  Joseph Gitis had six saves between the pipes for Omaha.

American 1 - Liberty 1 (OT) - Liberty drew first blood when forward Tresor Mbuyu found the back of the net in the thirtieth minute with a helper from teammate Jovanni Chavez.  American showed they have grit when they hung in there and responded with a goal from midfielder Joe Iraola out of a free kick from thirty-five yards out to tie it at 1-1. American head coach Todd West stated, "Disappointed to tie, but pleased with our overall performance."  American is now 3-1-3. Liberty is 3-2-2.

New Hampshire 3 - Colgate 0 - Colgate had a 22-6 advantage in shots but New Hampshire dominated in the one statistic that really counts behind goals from Juan Velazquez and Jack Dickson in the first stanza of play and Chris Arling in the second half.  Junior Andrew Pesci had a busy evening between the pipes with twelve saves in goal for New Hampshire. New Hampshire improves to 5-1-0. Colgate is now 4-2-0.

LIU Brooklyn 2 - Rider 1 - All the scoring in this one took place in the second half.  Simen Hestnes alertly sent a deflection of teammate Romario Guscott's shot back into the goal to give the Blackbirds a 1-0 advantage in the sixty-sixth minute. The Broncs responded with a goal from Clement Bourret with a double assist credited to Adrien Huss and Elliott Otmani.  Guscott then came up big with the game-winning goal for LIU in the eighty-six minute after receiving a cross from Rasmus Hansen to give the Blackbirds the edge they needed to secure a good win.   LIU Brooklyn is now 3-2-1.  After beginning the season with four consecutive wins, Rider drops its second contest in a row to go to 4-2-0.  Rider head coach Charlie Inverso stated, "Their defense was pretty solid. I don't think we got into a flow."

Air Force 3 - St. Mary's 2 - Tucker Bone scored from the top of the box in the fifth minute  to give Air Force an early 1-0 advantage. Midfielder Stephen Dougherty scored in the twenty-eighth and forty-fourth minutes to give the Gaels a 2-1 lead that held into intermission.  Trey Pujats scored in the fifty-fourth minute after receiving a cross fom Austin Dewing to knot the score at 2-2 and give Air Force new life. Sophomore defender Jacob Yarnell then scored from fifteen yards out in the seventy-fifth minute with an assist from Luis Martinez to give Air Force the edge they needed to secure the victory. Air Force improves to 4-2-0. Saint Mary's is now 1-4-2.

Canisius 1 - Saint Bonaventure 0 - Thomas Teupen's header in the six minute of the contest proved to be the difference maker in this one for the Golden Griffins.  Redshirt junior Marco Trivellato had three saves in goal to record the shutout for Canisius.  Canisius is now 3-4-0. The Bonnies drop to 0-5-1 year to date.  

Seattle 2 - College of Charleston 1 (OT) - College of Charleston got on the board in the eighty-third minute as a result of an own-goal.  Seattle's Ozzie Ramos controlled a loose ball in the box and sent it into the back of the net thirty seconds later to knot the score at 1-1.  The contest went into extra time where Alex Roldan netted the game-winner for Seattle out of a free kick just outside the box.  The Redhawks improve to 3-3-0. The Cougars are now 2-2-1.

Princeton 2 - Boston University 1 - Boston University jumped out to a 1-0 advantage compliments of a goal from Magnus Benediktsson that was set up by a nice cross from Anthony Viteri in the thirty-second minute. Princeton's Vikram Pothuri scored three minutes later to knot it at 1-1. Benjamin Martin netted the game-winner for the Tigers in the second half with a double assist coming from teammates Henry Martin and Daniel Bowkett.  Princeton improves to 2-2-0.  The Terriers drop to 2-2-0.

Cal State Fullerton 1 - San Francisco 0 - Cal State Fullerton gets a nice on the road win with the difference maker being sophomore midfielder Ross McPhie's chip shot into the back of the frame in the fifty-eighth minute of the contest.  Cal State Fullerton head coach George Kuntz stated, "This was a good, gutsy and grity win versus a well-coached opponent."  The Titans improve to 4-3-0 while the Dons drop to 2-4-0.  Paul Andre Guerin had two saves between the pipes to record the shutout for Cal State Fullerton.  The Titans have now won three straight and appear to be gaining momentum.  

Santa Clara 1 - SMU 0 - Junior forward Carlos Delgadillo scored from four yards out in the seventy-second minute after receiving a cross from senior forward James Huffer to give Santa Clara the edge they needed to top SMU in Dallas.  Dakota Havlick had eight saves in goal for Santa Clara. The Broncos improve to 4-2-0. SMU continues to struggle and drops to 2-5-0.