Tuesday night featured an aggressive slate of contests and several surprises as many teams faced a non-conference opponent for the last time in regular season play before heading down the home stretch in conference play.
Virginia 3 – Saint Louis 0 – Redshirt junior Colin Shutler had two saves in goal for the Cavaliers who notched their eleventh shutout of the 2019 campaign to improve to 12-1-1 with an 8-0-0 record against non-conference competition. Virginia has regular season contests remaining on the road against ACC foes Virginia Tech this Friday and at home against North Carolina the following Friday. Sophomore forward Daryl Dike contributed a goal in each half and junior midfielder Irakoze Donasiyano scored in the second half for Virginia. Saint Louis drops to 9-5-0 and will face Duquesne in Pittsburgh on Saturday in an Atlantic 10 Conference contest.
Wake Forest 1-Loyola Maryland 1 (ot) – In one of the surprise results of Tuesday night, senior forward Josh Fawole scored for Loyola Maryland with twelve ticks remaining in regulation to knot the contest at 1-1 and send it into overtime. Bruno Lapa found the back of the net for Wake Forest in the sixth minute of play and it appeared at the time that the Demon Deacons would dominate but that was not to be the case. Andrew Pannenberg had five stops in goal for Wake Forest. Chase Vosvick had three saves in the cage for Loyola Maryland.
Wake Forest head coach Bobby Muuss stated, “The result is on me. We need our guys to step up and play big minutes on a consistent basis.” Loyola Maryland head coach Steve Nichols stated, “I couldn’t be prouder of the guys for their performance tonight. We knew we could play with anybody in the country, and we showed that tonight.”
Wake Forest (12-2-1) will seek to get back on track when they host Notre Dame on Saturday in an ACC contest. Loyola Maryland (7-7-1) will host Holy Cross in Patriot League play on Saturday.
Clemson 5 – Radford 0 – Hold that Tiger. This is the third straight game in which Clemson has scored four or more goals. They took a 3-0 lead into halftime powered by an own goal and a goal each from Adrian Nunez and Tanner Dieterich. Robbie Robinson and James Brighton scored for Clemson in the second stanza. Twenty-three Clemson players saw playing time.
Clemson head coach Mike Noonan stated, “The guys have prepared themselves really well and are playing in a manner that is well-rounded. The defense is creating offensive chances and that showed itself particularly in the first fifteen minutes of the game.”
Clemson improves to 12-1-1 and will host a very good Boston College team in ACC action on Friday. Radford drops to 4-9-2 and will host High Point on Saturday in Big South Conference play.
SMU 5 – Stetson 0 – This one was all SMU. The Ponies put five in the back of the net for the fourth time this year against a game but outgunned Stetson team. Gabriel Costa got the scoring started in the second minute of play when he converted a penalty kick. Eddie Munjoma, Knut Ahlander and Brandon Terwege scored to send the teams into intermission with the Mustangs up 4-0. Munjoma scored for the second time in the second stanza out of a free kick to conclude the scoring for the evening. Junior Grant Makela had five saves in goal for SMU. Lute Lillo-Portero had a career high nine saves in goal for Stetson.
SMU head coach Kevin Hudson stated, “The first 30 to 35 minutes was some of the best soccer we’ve played this year.”
SMU improves to 11-1-1 and will take to the road to face Cincinnati on Saturday in an AAC match. Stetson is now 7-7-2 with a non-conference contest in Orlando against a very good UCF team on their dance card on Tuesday, October 29.
FIU 2 – South Florida 2 (ot) – This one was all about momentum. This matchup between in-state opponents took place in Tampa. South Florida looked to be in control with goals from freshman forward Victor Claudel in the twenty-ninth minute and junior forward Adrian Billhardt in the sixty-third but FIU affirmed the old adage that a two-goal lead is the most precarious lead in soccer. The momentum of the contest changed during a ninety second span in the second half when Andoni Garrogerricaechebarria scored in the seventy-eighth minute after receiving a cross from Inigo Sagardy and Nicholas O’Callaghan scored out of a corner kick served in by Sagardy in the eightieth minute to knot the score at 2-2.
Daniel Gagliardi had seven saves in goal for FIU while Harrison Devenish-Meares had a five save evening for FIU.
South Florida head coach Bob Butehorn stated, “Well, we were unfortunate. That was a game that we had full control of and we never should have lost it. We could have been up by three or four in the first half, and maybe the second half.” He added, “But I was pretty happy with our guys and the way they played.”
FIU is 9-0-5 and will take on South Carolina in Columbia in CUSA play on Friday. South Florida is 8-4-1 and will host another in-state foe when they tangle with UCF on Saturday in an AAC match.
Indiana 5 – Evansville 0 – The Hoosiers rolled in this one with a season high five goals. Redshirt junior midfielder Spencer Glass used his left foot to send a shot into the bottom left corner of the frame from just inside the box to give Indiana a 1-0 advantage within the first minute of play while those in attendance were still settling into their seats. Forward Victor Bezerra and defender A.J. Palazzolo added goals in the first half for Indiana to make it 3-0 at half time.
Senior midfielder Jesse Stafford-Lacey converted a penalty kick for Evansville in the sixty-third minute to make it 3-1 after which forward Thomas Warr and midfielder Trey Kapsalis found the back of the frame for Indiana to make it 5-1.
The Hoosiers bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Maryland to improve to 9-2-3 overall. Indiana will host Big Ten opponent Rutgers on Friday. Evansville is 2-10-1 and will travel to Springfield to face a very good Missouri State on Saturday.
FGCU 1 – Charlotte 0 – FGCU secured a resume win in Fort Meyers, Florida with senior midfielder Miguel Perez providing the lone goal of the match when he scored from within the six yard box after receiving a pass from teammate forward Alex Guichard. The goal was Perez’s first of the year and the assist was Guichard’s first of the year.
FGCU had a twelve to eight advantage in shots for the evening. Elliot Panicco had five saves in goal for Charlotte while Connor Gavigan had two saves in goal to anchor a very stout Eagle defensive effort.
FGCU head coach Jesse Cormier stated, “They’re a very good team, one of the best in the country and we needed to have a very special effort from multiple guys. It was a team effort and I’m excited to have that kind of form heading into the last few games. The end of October and November is when you really need to start coming in form so tonight’s performance was encouraging.”
Charlotte drops to 8-2-4 with an 0-2-2 record in their last four games. The 49ers will seek to regain their momentum and return to the win column when they host Old Dominion in CUSA game on Sunday. FGCU improves to 7-6-2 and will host NJIT in an ASUN contest on Saturday.
Marshall 2 – Wright State 2 (ot) – This one reaffirmed that the margin of error is small in college soccer. Marshall took the early lead when Vitor Dais scored from within the box in the twentieth minute after receiving a pass from redshirt freshman forward Milo Yosef. The teams went into intermission with the score 1-0.
Wright State got new life when Logan Thompson scored in the fifty-eighth minute to knot it at 1-1. Marshall went up 2-1 when Pedro Dolabella drove a header into the net in the eighty-sixth minute after receiving a cross from freshman Joao Souza. Wright State responded in less than a minute with a header from Alec Philippe that tied the match again at 2-2.
Marshall head coach Chris Grassie stated, “It was a frustrating evening for sure. We had two lapses in concentration and they caught us both times. We saw that after their match against Duke, that if you don’t finish your chances they will continue to fight and counter. That’s exactly what happened. We had so many chances, but only scored two, and we weren’t focused enough to prevent them from catching us.”
Paulo Pita had two saves in goal for Marshall. Alex Williams had two saves in the cage for Wright State.
Wright State is 10-1-3 and will play on the road for the fifth consecutive time when they travel to Boca Raton, Florida to face FAU in a crucial CUSA contest. A gutsy but up and down Wright State team is 6-5-2 and will face Cleveland State on Saturday in Cleveland.
NC State 3 – Elon 2 – All the scoring in this one took place in the second half. Elon jumped to a 2-0 advantage when freshman midfielder Jeppe Jordoson scored from twenty-two yards out in the forty-eighth minute and midfielder Sam Bacon made it 2-0 when he sent a curing ball into the frame out of a corner kick in the fifty-first minute.
The Wolfpack seemed to get a wakeup call and new life when midfielder Gabriel Machado scored out of a free kick from forty yards out in the fifty-second minute to make it a 2-1 game. Sophomore defender Pepe Garcia converted a header for the Pack in the fifty-eighth minute with a double assist from Ivy Brisma and David Lorea to knot the score at 2-2. Forward Kuda Muskwe headed in the game-winner for the Wolfpack out of a free kick served in by senior forward Tyler Gabarra in the sixty-ninth minute of the game.
A determined Elon team that had won three straight drops to 6-8-1 and will take the field again on Wednesday, October 30 when they host the College of Charleston in a CAA contest. NC State improves to 8-3-3 with a difficult game on their dance card on Saturday when they travel to New York to tangle with ACC opponent Syracuse.
North Carolina 1 – Campbell 1 (ot) – This one took place at the Eakes Complex in Buies Creek, North Carolina under foggy and wet conditions which made it one of the more unusual contests of the evening. Campbell took the early lead when defender Bissafi Dotte drove a header downward into the left side of the net out of a corner kick in the twentieth minute. North Carolina tied it a little more than three minutes later with an Alex Rose goal that was set up by a nice cross from midfielder Jack Skahan. North Carolina had an eighteen to seven advantage in shots for the evening but was unable to come up with a second score. Campbell was awarded a red card in the eighty-seventh minute of regulation and played a man down for the final three minutes of regulation and the two overtime periods.
The Tarheels are 7-4-3 and will host Louisville on Friday in an ACC contest. Campbell is unbeaten in their last ten contests to stand at 12-2-2 overall. The Camels will host Longwood on Monday, October 28 in a Big South Conference matchup.
James Madison 1 – Penn State 1 – This one took place at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania. The contest was suspended in the seventy-second minute of play with the score tied 1-1 due to the amount of fog on the field. Tom Judge scored for James Madison in the seventeenth minute. Senior midfielder Aaron Molly utilized his left foot to score for Penn State after receiving a cross from Dax Hoffman in the forty-second minute to knot the score at 1-1.
James Madison head coach Paul Zazenski stated, “Tonight’s game had a very bizarre ending with the fog coming out of nowhere to end the game. Penn State is a very solid team so getting a point on the road in a tough environment against a ranked opponent is a positive.
Penn State mentor Jeff Cook stated, “certainly some strange circumstances tonight with the referee deciding the conditions were unsafe due to the heavy fog. They felt they couldn’t officiate the game and keep the players safe on the field and that’s why they decided to end the game.” He added, “I’m disappointed we couldn’t finish and see who could win the game, but I thought overall we played really well and created a lot of good scoring opportunities.”
James Madison is 9-5-2 with a 0-2-1 mark in their last three contests. The Dukes will face the College of Charleston on the road Saturday in CAA play.
Temple 2 – Louisville 1 – Temple secures an impressive on-the-road win over Louisville. Cayet Pierre sent a header into the back of the frame out of a corner kick put in play by Esteban Suarez in the opening minutes of the second half to give Temple a 1-0 lead. Liam Bennet scored from close range for Louisville in the seventy-fifth minute after receiving a cross from Cherif Dieye to knot the score at 1-1. Lukas Fernandes came up big for Temple when he converted a header to net the game-winner in the eighty-seventh minute.
Louisville had a fourteen to seven advantage in shots for the evening. Simon Lefebvre had four saves in goal for Temple. Jake Gelnovatch had two saves between the pipes for Louisville.
Temple has now won three in a row to improve to 6-6-1 and will host UConn on Saturday in AAC play. Louisville drops to 7-5-2 and will travel to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina in an ACC contests on Friday.
Central Arkansas 4 – Memphis 1 – Central Arkansas took control of this one early on and never let up. Senior forward Niklas Brodacki converted a penalty kick in the second minute of the match to give Central Arkansas a 1-0 lead. Brodacki made it 2-0 in the eleventh minute when he sloted a shot into the bottom right corner of the frame with his left foot after receiving a through ball from midfielder Katsuyoshi Kimishima. The Bears extended their lead to 3-0 with Brodacki again finding the back of the net in the forty-fourth minute with an assist from freshman midfielder Alexsi Morel. The contest remained 3-0 at intermission. Sophomore defender Alberto Suarez sent a header into the bottom right corner of the goal for Central Arkansas in the fifty-seventh minute that was set up by a pass from midfielder Soren Jensen to make it 4-0. Memphis got on the board in the seventy-seventh minute when Artur De Luca drove a shot into the top left corner of the goal out of a free kick.
Central Arkansas head coach Ross Duncan accurately summed things up when he stated, "The fast start made a massive difference in the match because that allowed us to play with a lead. With a good team like Memphis, it they get the first goal then it becomes a lot more difficult. That was so important."
Central Arkansas improves to 8-5-1 and will host a very good Oral Roberts team on Saturday in a non-conference match before they get back into Sun Belt Conference play with upcoming contests agains Georgia State on the road and Howard University at home. It was a disappinting loss for a Memphis team that came into the game off a 4-3 win on the road over a very good SMU team. Memphis drops to 9-4-0 and will seek to get back into gear when they host Tulsa on Saturday in American Athletic Conference play.
Michigan 1 – Notre Dame 0 – Defense ruled in this one which took place in South Bend. Nebojsa Popovic converted a penalty kick with a little over a minute remaining in regulation to give Michigan a good resume building win over the Irish in this non-conference matchup. Andrew Verdi had five saves in goal for Michigan. Duncan Turnbull had four saves in goal for Notre Dame.
Irish head coach Chad Riley stated, “Obviously disappointed with the result. It was a chaotic last ninety seconds. I am not going to analyze it until I see it on video but some big decisions were made in the last ninety seconds. I thought we had a decent first half and were good for moments and Michigan was good for moments.”
Michigan halts a two-game losing streak to improve to 7-4-3 and will return to Big Ten competition when they host Wisconsin on Friday. Notre Dame falls to 7-6-1 and will travel to Winston-Salem on Saturday to face Wake Forest in ACC play.
High Point 1 – Duke 0 – High Point topped Duke for the second year in a row. Sophomore midfielder Alex Abril scored out of a counter attack in the sixty-fifth minute after receiving a cross from senior Jonathan Bolanos to give High Point the edge they needed to upset Duke in Durham 1-0. Duke had a fourteen to five advantage in shots for the evening but only two of their shots were on goal.
This one came down to the fact that High Point was able to take advantage of a scoring opportunity while Duke was not. It was a disappointing loss for the Blue Devils.
Keegan Meyer had two stops in goal for High Point. Will Pulisic had one save in goal for Duke.
High Point improves to 10-5-0 and travels to face Radford on Saturday in a Big South Conference contest. Duke is 0-3-1 in their last four games and drops to 6-6-2. The Blue Devils will seek to regroup and get back on track when they travel to face ACC foe Pittsburgh on Friday.
Bowling Green 4 – Purdue Fort Wayne 0 – Kale Nichols scored with an assist from Charlie Maciejewski and Achille Robin converted a header out of a corner kick served in by Chris Sullivan in the first half for Bowling Green. Sullivan scored out of a free kick and freshman Spencer Straka added the fourth goal in the second half with a double assist from Sullivan and Zach Buescher in the second half for the Falcons.
Anthony Mwembia had a single save in goal to post the shutout for Bowling Green. Tor Erik Larsen had five saves in goal for Purdue Fort Wayne.
Bowling Green improves to 8-5-1 and host MAC foe West Virginia on Saturday. Purdue Fort Wayne is 3-12-0 and squares off with Northern Kentucky on Wednesday, October 30.
Albany 2 – Cornell 1 – Albany comes from behind to secure a nice non-conference victory. Cornell got on the board first in the thirtieth minute of the match thanks to a goal from senior forward Brady Dickens. Freshman forward Andrew Weiner deposited a rebound into the back of the net for Albany in the sixtieth minute to knot the score at 1-1. This one looked to be headed to overtime until a goal from Kaio DaSilva out of a breakaway with sixteen seconds remaining in regulation gave Albany a huge 2-1 win. Midfielder Niklas Roessler contributed the assist on the game-winning goal.
Albany head coach Trevor Gorman stated, “Tonight was a classic midweek October game. The weather made it hard for a lot of passes to be connected so it was very tight. Our guys rebounded to a sluggish first half with the kind of effort required to grind out a win. We are pleased with the win and looking forward to the weekend.”
Albany wins its fifth consecutive contest to improve to 8-4-1. The Great Danes travel to face America East opponent Stony Brook on Saturday. Cornell is 7-5-0. The Big Red returns to Ivy League play when they host Brown on Saturday.
Portland 2 – California 1 – Freshman midfielder Jacobo Reyes scored out of a free kick from twenty-one yards out in the nineteenth minute to give Portland the early lead. Greg Tracey scored three minutes into the second half after receiving a cross from Reyes to give Portland a 2-0 lead.
Junior midfielder Francisco Perez got California on the board in the sixty-ninth minute to conclude the scoring for the evening.
Portland head coach Nick Carlin-Voight stated, “Tonight was a total team performance where we had different players step up to beat a very talented Pac-12 team.”
Portland halts a two-game losing streak to improve to 6-5-1. The Pilots will host Santa Clara in a WCC matchup on Saturday. California is now 6-4-2 and will host UCLA in a Pac-12 contest on Thursday, October 31.
Oakland 1 – Michigan State Oakland 0 – Neither team could break through in the first half but a Luke Morrell goal less than a minute into the second half proved to be the difference maker for Oakland. Morrell converted the game-winning goal after receiving a cross from Evan Sawula.
Liam McQueenie had two saves in goal to record the shutout for Oakland. Hunter Morse had two saves in goal for Michigan State.
Oakland tops the Spartans for the first time since the 2014 season to improve to 7-6-2. The Golden Grizzlies have a difficult match coming up when they host a good Marshall team on Tuesday, October 29. Michigan State drops to 3-8-3 and will return to the pitch on Friday when they travel to face Big Ten foe Northwestern.