The Grind Begins. Conference Play Gets Underway This Weekend In The Atlantic Coast Conference

It’s that time of the year when the teams in the ACC start beating up on each other. Six key ACC contests are on tap this weekend with the results having implications in the conference and on the national scene.

Wake Forest (4-0-0) at Pittsburgh (1-2-1)Friday - At first glance this one should be all Wake Forest but Pitt could surprise the Deacons. There are no easy wins in ACC play. The Demon Deacons will no doubt apply pressure that will likely take a toll on Pitt as the contest progresses.  But the Panthers, who remain a work in progress, have been explosive at times for portions of games as reflected in their two-goal lead over Indiana in Bloomington that ended in a 3-2 loss in overtime and a 3-1 advantage over Delaware that ended in a 3-3 tie. They also have a 3-0 win over Liberty.

This is Wake Forest’s first contest on the road this year.  If Pitt can put together a full ninety minutes of play and keep Wake Forest from dominating the run of play in the middle third then this one could be very interesting.

Duke (4-0-0) at Virginia (3-0-0)Friday - Duke has a potent attack led by Daniele Proch (5g, 0a) but Virginia has a defense that has not allowed a goal in three games and looks to be among the most difficult in the country to break down.

Duke topped Virginia 2-0 last year in Charlottesville when they came out strong and took control of the contest in the early going. Look for the Blue Devils to seek to do the same this year by using their speed on the flanks to open the field of play and create seams that they can exploit in the Cavalier defense. Virginia will seek to keep their shape on the defensive side of the ball and judiciously take advantage of opportunities to attack that come their way. 

This contest has traditionally been determined by a single goal. That may not prove to be the case this year but nonetheless whoever scores first will have a big advantage in terms of setting the pace of the contest. If Duke has to chase Virginia from behind, they will be in trouble. 

This one could go either way but all things considered, the experience the Duke upperclassmen (Daniele Proch, Brandon Williamson, Max Moser, Sergi Nus, Hassan Pinto, Matthias Frick, and Will Pulisic among others) bring to the pitch should give the Blue Devils the edge they need to prevail at home over a very talented but still relatively young Virginia team.

Clemson (4-0-0) at Notre Dame (3-0-0)Friday - This one is an intriguing “something has to give” contest. Clemson has displayed a red-hot multi-dimensional attack led by Kimarni Smith, Robbie Robinson, Grayson Barber and Adrian Nunez that has produced a total of twenty-one goals in four contests. However, the Tigers have not yet faced a team that is as solid on the defensive side of the ball as Notre Dame. This is also their first game of the season on the road. 

The Irish led by sophomore forward Jack Lynn (3g, 0a) have found the back of the net eight times in three contests. The Irish are particularly dangerous out of set pieces. However, Notre Dame could have trouble finding the back of the net against a Clemson defense that has only allowed two goals to date.    

Both teams will attack but this one is going to come down to which team is able to settle into a rhythm and find an appropriate balance between offensive productivity and defensive effectiveness.  Clemson will push the attack but must do so in a manner that does not leave them vulnerable on the defensive side of the ball. The Irish will have to contain the Tiger attack but must do so while maintaining an opportunistic offense.

This one is up for grabs and should be a great college soccer match. 

North Carolina (2-1-1) at Virginia Tech (4-0-0)Friday - The Tar Heels entered the season with some reloading to do on the defensive side of the ball due to the departure of goalkeeper James Pyle and backs Alex Comsia and John Nelson which likely contributed to a season opening 2-2 tie with Creighton and a 2-1 loss at home to UCF.  Creighton and UCF were very competitive opponents but it is worth noting that the four goals the Tar Heels allowed in their first two games equaled forty percent of the total goals UNC allowed last year.  The Tar Heels are loaded on the offensive side of the ball with junior forward Alex Rose currently leading the way with four goals and two assists. This is a good North Carolina team but the jury is still out in regard to their play on the defensive side of the ball.  

Virginia Tech has wins on the road over Loyola Marymount 2-1, UCSB 3-1, Loyola (Md) 2-1 and Hofstra 4-3. This is an experienced and hardworking Hokie squad. Junior Kristo Strickler (3g, 1a) powers a Virginia Tech offense that has scored eleven goals while senior backs Jon Ingason and Will Mejia and junior goalkeeper Mathijs Swaneveld anchor a bend but don’t break Hokie defense. 

Momentum will be important in this one. The team that is forced to play off their backfoot could be in for a long evening. 

Boston College (4-0-0) at North Carolina State (2-1-1) – Saturday - Ed Kelly’s Boston College team is off to an impressive start with wins over Quinnipiac 2-0, Boston University 1-0, Rhode Island 2-1 and Holy Cross 3-2.  This is a young Eagle team with freshmen forward Stefan Sigurdarson (1g, 2a), midfielders Mike Suski (1g, 1a) and Amos Shapiro-Thompson (2g, 0a), back Victor Souza and goalkeeper Giacomo Piccardo in key roles.  

George Kiefer’s Wolfpack squad has had a good but somewhat disappointing start to the season with wins over Loyola (Md) and Longwood, a loss to St. John’s and a tie with William and Mary.   Boston College could pull off the win but chances are pretty good that North Carolina State’s experience, the home field advantage, and the play of Wolfpack midfielder David Loera will give the Pack the edge that they need to open ACC play with a victory.

Louisville (2-1-1) at Syracuse (1-1-2) – Friday – This one is intriguing because it is hard to get a handle on Louisville due to inconsistency in the level of their play and Syracuse looks to be a team that is experiencing a learning curve.  

Louisville opened the season with a disappointing 2-2 tie at home with Cleveland State. They then topped Kentucky 3-0 to secure their first win over the Wildcats since 2015 despite having to play a man down for the final thirty-three minutes of the match.  Louisville then topped Florida Atlantic 3-0 on the road before losing 2-0 to South Florida in Tampa.

The Cardinals look to be a team that is still trying to sort out their own identity. Resolve that and this team is going to win a lot of games. Midfielder Cherif Dieye and forward Emil Elveroth are among those who look to be keys to the Louisville attack.  Goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch and back Cody Cochran are the guys who can bring stability and consistency to the defense.  

Syracuse is going through growing pains of their own with a number of new faces in key roles. The Orange opened the year with a 3-1 loss on the road to Georgetown. They then topped Binghamton 3-1 at home followed by a 1-1 tie with Yale and a 2-2 tie with New Hampshire. If this team jells, they are going to be very good.

The winner of this contest will be the team that is able to put together a full ninety minutes of play.  Both have had trouble putting together two good halves. In their last contest, Louisville dug themselves into a hole from which they were unable to recover when they allowed South Florida to score twice within the first nineteen minutes of the match. In their last game, Syracuse jumped out to a 2-0 lead over New Hampshire but had to settle for a tie when they allowed two goals in the second half.





A Dozen Teams That Are Off To A Great Start - College Soccer Coast To Coast

These teams are off and running with an impressive start to the 2019 campaign  Time will tell whether or not they will be able to sustain the success they have enjoyed so far as the grind of the season progresses. 

Cal State Fullerton – The Titans are 4-0-0 and off to their best start since the 2000 season with a balanced attack led by junior forward Christian Pinzon and redshirt midfielder Oscar Flores and a defense anchored by veteran senior netminder Paul Andre Guerin that has allowed only two goals to date while securing wins over Hartford, Bryant, Loyola Chicago, and Utah Valley.

Up Next: The Titans host an Air Force team on Friday that has scored only one goal in three contests to date and a Florida Gulf Coast University squad that has an explosive offense that when in gear can score in multiples.

Mercer – The Bears out of the Southern Conference are 4-0-0 with wins over Cincinnati, Presbyterian, UAB and Memphis.  Mercer is led on the offensive side of the ball by sophomore forward Trevor Martineau (3g, 3a), the reigning SoCon Player of the Year, and their defense is very capably anchored by redshirt junior goalkeeper JR DeRose.

Up Next:  Mercer travels to Columbia to face a good South Carolina team on Wednesday in a statement game of sorts for both teams. South Carolina is coming off of overtime wins against Gardner-Webb and USC Upstate after a season opening loss to Clemson. South Carolina is 10-1-0 when facing Mercer.  

FIU – The Panthers are 3-0-1 with a 5-1 win over St. Bonaventure, a signature 3-1 victory over James Madison, a 3-3 tie on the road with Jacksonville in which they scored two goals in the final five minutes of regulation, and a 2-1 win over Seton Hall.  Freshman midfielder Stephen Afrifa (3g, 0a) has added an additional dimension to an FIU attack that has produced a total of thirteen goals to date. This is a good FIU team but consistency of play remains an unanswered question.  

Up Next: FIU begins CUSA play when they travel to Boca Raton on Saturday to face an FAU team that is 2-1-0 with wins over James Madison and Jacksonville.

Bowling Green – The Falcons are coming off of a 1-0 win over Wisconsin and a 3-0 win over Northwestern after opening the season with a 1-1 tie with Duquesne and a 2-0 victory on the road over Robert Morris.  Senior team captain Anthony Mwembia anchors a BGSU defense that has allowed only one goal in four games to date. Senior Chris Brennan (1g, 2a) and junior Chris Sullivan (2g, 2a) are among those who add punch to the Falcon attack. Last year Bowling Green began the season with a 1-5-2 record and then rebounded. This year they are taking care of business in the early going with an impressive start.

Up Next:  Bowling Green under Eric Nichols will seek to build on their 3-0-1 record and top another Big Ten team when they welcome Ohio State to Cochrane Stadium on Friday night.  Ohio State under Brian Maisonneuve comes into the contest with a 3-1-0 record and momentum of their own with wins over UIC, Dayton and EIU after beginning the year with a 4-3 loss to CSUN.  This one should be a great college soccer match with a lot on the line for both teams.  

San Diego – The Toreros out of the West Coast Conference under the guidance of second year head coach Brian Quinn are off to a 4-0-0 record and their best start since the 2009 season.  San Diego has not allowed a goal in their last three contests recording a 3-0 win over Cal Poly, a 1-0 victory over Detroit Mercy and a 3-0 win over Belmont after opening the 2019 season with a 3-2 win over San Diego State out of the Pac-12.  Senior Miguel Berry (4g, 3a) powers the Torero offense while redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Matt Wiher has been at the heart of a very stout San Diego defense.

Up Next: The Toreros host a UC Davis team on Friday that also belongs on the short list of teams off to a good start.  The Aggies boast a solid 3-0-1 record that includes a season opening 2-0 win on the road over a good Wisconsin team, a scoreless tie on the road with Milwaukee, and wins at home over CSU Bakersfield 2-1 and Air Force 2-0. This is a very balanced UC Davis squad with six different players accounting for their six goals to date and a defense led by senior netminder Willis Lapsley that has allowed only one goal. The winner of this one gains momentum and credibility.    

Navy – The Midshipmen out of the Patriot League are off to their best start since the 2010 campaign with wins over UNC Ashville 3-1, George Mason 1-0, St. Bonaventure 1-0 and Saint Peter’s 2-0. Navy has been tenacious on the defensive side of the ball posting three consecutive shutouts.  Junior goalkeeper Ian Bramblett has been solid in goal making the key saves that he needs to make to give his team the opportunity to secure wins. Sophomore defender Matt Nocita and sophomore forward Jacob William have two goals apiece to date.  

Up Next: Navy travels to face a Mount St. Mary’s team out of the Northeast Conference on Saturday night that has also started well with a perfect 3-0-0 record that includes wins over Winthrop, Bucknell and Howard.  

NJIT – Redshirt junior forward Rene White (4g, 1a) is among those who provide firepower to an NJIT squad out of the ASUN Conference that is 2-0-1 and undefeated through the first three contests of the year for the fourth consecutive season. The Highlanders have a 7-0 win over Sacred Heart, a 2-2 tie with Fordham, and a 1-0 signature win over VCU to date. 

Up Next: NJIT will seek to add to their win total when host Drexel on Wednesday and travel to face Radford on Saturday.

Villanova – The Wildcat defense anchored by netminder redshirt sophomore Carson Williams has not allowed a goal to date while securing wins over Delaware 5-0, William and Mary 1-0, Temple University 1-0 and Fordham 1-0.  Freshman Lyam Mackinnon (2g, 4a) has added an additional dimension to the Villanova offense. Villanova head coach Tom Carlin stated, “This team believes and we’re very bought in defensively. That’s our backbone right now.”  

Up Next: Villanova will put its 4-0-0 record on the line when it travels to face Penn State on Friday. Penn State is 2-1-1.

Boston College – The Eagles are off to a perfect 4-0-0 record with wins over Quinnipiac 2-0, Boston University 1-0, Rhode Island 2-1, and Holy Cross 3-2. Boston College has displayed a balanced attack to date with seven different players contributing a goal. Amos Shapiro-Thompson (2g, 0a) and Stefan Sigurdarson (1g, 2a) are among several members of the freshman class who have been in the starting lineup and have performed well.  

Up Next:  The Eagles travel to Raleigh on Saturday to face NC State in a contest in which their freshmen will be introduced to the rigors of ACC play.  

Rutgers – The Scarlet Knights are off to their best start since the 1996 campaign with a 4-0-0 record that includes wins over Temple 1-0, Drexel 2-1, Elon 1-0 and Binghamton 3-2.  Forward Jackson Temple and midfielder Jorgen Wisth Lie have played key roles in the attack to date. Freshman Oren Asher has been solid in goal.  Consistency of play and the ability to put together a full ninety minutes of soccer look to be among the factors that will impact Rutgers’ success as the season progresses.

Up Next: The Scarlet Knights will seek to keep the momentum alive when they welcome Manhattan to Yurcak Field on Saturday.

St. John’s – St. John’s has opened the season with four consecutive wins for the first time in eighteen years. The Johnnies shut out Appalachian State 2-0 and NC State 1-0 on the road and then topped Manhattan 3-0 and Iona 3-2 at home.  Seven different players have scored in the four wins to date. The Johnnies streak of 326 minutes without allowing a goal was halted in their win over Iona.

Up Next:  St. John’s hosts Penn on Friday.

Missouri State – Josh Dolling has contributed three straight game-winning goals for the Bears who are 3-0-0 with a 1-0 win over Santa Clara, a 3-0 win on the road against Kansas City, and a 1-0 win at home over Central Arkansas in which Dolling netted the lone goal of the match in the eighty-ninth minute. The Bears' defense anchored by defensive midfielder Jack Denton and goalkeeper Michael Creek among others has been outstanding.

Up Next: Missouri State will host Tulsa on Saturday.



What Happened At A Glance - Coast To Coast - Friday, September 6

Wake Forest 3 - Dartmouth 1 - Midfielder Justin McMaster gave Wake Forest the early lead when he converted a header after receiving a cross from Eddie Folds. David Alino scored out of a throw in for Dartmouth to tie it at 1-1. Wake Forest took control in the second half with McMaster scoring again from the right side of the box and Alistair Johnson sending a header into the back of the frame out of a corner kick served in by freshman Omar Hernandez.

Kentucky 2- Tulsa 0 - The Wildcats got back in the win column after coming out on the short end of a 3-0 contest on Tuesday with in-state rival Louisville.  Sophomore forward Jason Reyes scored in the fourth minute and sophomore forward Daniel Evans added the insurance goal after receiving a cross from sophomore midfielder Clay Holstad  in the fifty-ninth minute of the game. Enrique Facusse had two saves in goal to record the shutout for Kentucky.  The Wildcats will host Xavier next Wednesday.

UCLA  3 - Maryland 2 - The Terps traveled to Los Angeles to tangle with the Bruins and started strong when junior forward Eric Matzelevich drove the rebound of his own shot into the back of the net in the sixth minute of the match but the momentum switched to the Bruins with forward Milan Iloski scoring in the nineteenth, fifty-first and sixty-second minutes of the match to take a 3-1 lead. Iloski's hat trick was UCLA's first since 2011. Forward Brayan Padilla drew the Terps back within a single goal when he utilized his left foot to score out of a free kick from the top of the box.  UCLA improves to 2-1-0 while Maryland drops to 1-2-0.

Saint Mary's 1 - Grand Canyon 0 - A penalty kick by Anders Engebretsen in the forty-ninth minute of the match gave Saint Mary's the edge they needed to secure the win.  Remi Prieur had two saves in goal to secure the shutout for the Gaels.  George Tasouris had a single stop in goal for the Lopes.  Saint Mary head coach Adam Cooper pretty much summed things up when he stated, "In college soccer you need to be able to grind out 1-0 games and that's what we did today. GCU is a good team. They're strong, experienced and tough to play against. I thought we did well enough to get the result and now we'll focus on the next one."  The Gaels improve to 3-0-0. Grand Canyon is 1-1-0.  

Duke 4- Princeton 0 - Danile Proch lead the Duke attack contributing a goal in each half. Scotty Taylor scored for Duke in the thirty-eighth minute with an assist from Max Moser.  The final Duke score was an own goal.  Will Pulisic had two saves in goal for Duke. Jacob Schachner had five saves between the pipes for Princeton.  Duke head coach John Kerr stated, "At times we played some good soccer.  We were on top of them. We got our passing game going a little bit and to get two pretty good goals helped our confidence a bit."  

Indiana 2 - Denver 1 (ot) - Indiana secures its third consecutive win in overtime with redshirt junior forward Ian Black providing the game-winning goal in the ninety-eighth minute after receiving a pass from Joe Schmidt.  Denver's Liam Johnson scored in the sixth minute of play out of a corner kick put in play by Jacob Stensson. Black converted a penalty kick for Indiana in the twenty-eighth minute to tie the game  at 1-1. Denver played a man down for most of the second half when they were given a red card in the forty-ninth minute. Indiana improves to 3-0-0. Denver drops to 0-2-1.  

Georgetown 1 - UC Irvine 0 - Georgetown traveled cross country to secure a hard fought 1-0 win over the Anteaters. Junior midfieder Jacob Montes skillfully placed a shot just inside the far post in the eighty-sixth minute out of a set piece after receiving a pass from junior defender Sean O'Hearn to give the Hoyas the edge they needed to secure the win. UC Irvine played a man down from the seventy-ninth minute on due to a red card. Georgetown improves to 3-0-0 and remains on the west coast to face UCLA on monday evening. UC Irvine drops to 0-2-1 to date.  

Creighton 1 - Akron 0 - This one took place before a crowd of 4,818 at Morrison Stadium in Omaha. Ziyad Fares scored from six yards out when he alertly sent a rebound back into the net. Dominic Briggs added what would prove to be the game-winner for Creighton in the thirty-seventh minute when he placed a shot into the back of the frame from fifteen yards out.  Christian Lue Young scored for Akron in the fortieth minute from inside the box after receiving a cross from Federico Serra.  Paul Krause had four saves between the pipes for the Bluejays.  Tor Saunders had a six save evening for Akron. Creighton is now 1-1-1. Akron is 0-3-0.  

North Carolina 6 - Harvard 0 - The Tar Heel attack was in full gear in this one. UNC had a thirty-five to four advantage in shots for the evening. The Tar Heels wasted no time in getting on the board with Alex Rose directing a header into the back of the net in the first minute of the game after receiving a well played cross from Jelani Pieters.  Jack Skahan scored from twenty yards out in the eleventh minute and the teams went into halftime with the Heels up 2-0. Santiago Herrera, Antonio Lopez, Skahan, and Cameron Fisher scored for North Carolina in the second stanza.  North Carolina is now 1-1-1 while Harvard is 0-1-0.

Washington 1 - Michigan State 0 - Lucas Meek scored the lone goal of the evening for Washington in the forty-fourth minute of play from close range with teammates Dylan Teves and Imanol Rosales credited with a double assist. Bryce Logan had three saves in goal for Washington. Hunter Morse had a seven save game in a losing cause for Michigan State.  Washington is off to an impressive 3-0-0 start while Michigan State is 0-1-2 to date with only one goal in three contests.

Virginia Tech 2 - Loyola Maryland 1 - The Hokies took a 1-0 lead in the second minute of play when Daniel Perieira sent a drive into the back of the frame from twenty-five yards out with an assist from Kristo Strickler. The contest remained 1-0 at half time. Bary Sharifi gave Loyola new life in the forty-first minute when he converted a header header after receiving a cross from Brian Sharifi.  James Kasak netted the game-winner for Virginia Tech in the seventy-sixth minute when he made a nice move to create the space he needed to send a shot just inside the far post. Mathijs Swaneveld had one save in goal for the Hokies. Chase Vosvick had four stops in goal for Loyola. Virginia Tech is 3-0-0 while Loyola is winless at 0-3-0.

Notre Dame 4- Seattle 2 - The Irish displayed a potent and balanced attack with a goal from Jack Lynn out of a throw-in during the first half and Felicien Dumas, Mohamed Omar, Aiden McFadden in the second stanza.  Noe Meza and Hal Uderitz scored in the second half for Seattle but it was not enough to close the gap. Seattle had a seventeen to ten advantage in shots for the evening.  Notre Dame is now 2-0-0. Seattle is 1-1-1.

Louisville 3 - FAU 0 - This one was played in Boca Raton, Florida. The contests was scoreless at the conclusion of the first forty-five minutes of play.  The floodgates opened on the offensive side of the ball for the Cardinals when Louka Masset nailed a penalty kick in the fifty-third minute. Cherif Dieye placed a rebound in the back of the net in the sixty-second minute to make it 2-0 and Izaiah Jennings sent a shot into the back of the net from twenty-five yards out to make it 3-0 to conclude the scoring for the evening.  Jake Gelnovatch had three saves in goal for the Cardinals. Jalon Hagay had four saves in goal for FAU.  Louisville is 2-0-1. FAU stands at 1-1-0.  

Charlotte 2 - Coastal Carolina 1 - Teddy Chaouche scored the game winner for Charlotte in overtime in one of the marquee matches of the weekend. Danny Cabrera scored in the closing minutes of the first half to give Coastal Carolina a 1-0 lead heading into intermission.  It looked like that goal might prove to be the difference in the match until Preston Popp scored in the eighty-six minute to give the 49ers new life and pave the way for Chaouche's heroics in overtime. Charlotte had a fifteen to eight advantage in shots and a six to three advantage in shots on goal. Charlotte is now 3-0-0. A talented Coastal Carolina team drops to 2-1-0.

UCF 2 - Penn State 2 (ot) - Cal Jennings scored twice in the first half for UCF and Aaron Molloy converted a penalty kick for Penn State to send the teams into intermission with UCF up by a goal. Penn State's Christian Sload scored the lone goal of the second half and the contest ended in a 2-2 tie with neither team finding the back of the net in overtime.  UCF head coach Scott Calabrese stated, "I thought we started the game well and played that first twenty minutes or so in their half, got a goal early. Kind of from that point on, we maybe weren't as sharp after that goal. We conceded some space to them and kind of ended up playing in our half."

Michigan 3- Cornell 0 - Michigan played well on both sides of the ball. Mohammed Zakyi  scored in the first half with a double assist from Jack Hallahan and Nebojsa Popovic  while Jackson Ragen and Popovic contributed a goal each in the second half.  Andrew Verdi had a single save in goal for the Wolverines. Brady McSwain had four saves between the pipes for Cornell.  

SMU 2 - Saint Louis 0 - Junior defender Eddie Munjoma scored out of a set piece just outside the box in the third minute of play and added the insurance goal in the fifty-first minute at close range to give SMU a good 2-0 win over visiting Saint Louis. SMU ups their record to 3-0-0 while Saint Louis now stands at 0-2-0.

Oregon State - Redshirt sophomore Kolade Salaudeen and sophomore Adrian Crespo scored in the second half of play to give Oregon State the edge they needed to top visiting Davidson.  Oregon State improves to 2-1-0. Davidson drops to 1-1-0.

Fairleigh Dickinson 2 - Connecticut 1 - FDU picks up a good on the road come from behind win. Jordan Hall scored in the nineteenth minute to give UConn a 1-0 advantage but FDU responded with a goal from midfielder Adrian Barajas in the twenty-seventh minute and forward Diego Arribas in the thirty-first minute to stun Connecticut.  FDU improves to 2-1-0 with wins over Bucknell and UConn.  Connecticut drops to 2-1-0 after opening the season with two wins.

Xavier 2 - Cincinnati 0 - Freshman Karsen Henderlong gave Xavier a 1-0 lead with an assist from Ryan Bellavance a little more than a minute into the contest.  Samson Sergi added a second Xavier goal in the thirty-third minute. Cincinnati pulled within one when Kyle Healy scored in the sixty-fourth minute. Xavier improves to 3-0-0. Cincinnati is now 1-2-0.

Clemson 2 - UNCG  1- All the scoring in this one took place in the first half. Grayson Barber gave Clemson a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of play. Albert Pedra converted a header for UNCG to tie it at 1-1 after receiving a cross from Micah Albert in the thirty-third minute of play.  Phillip Mayaka responded for Clemson when he scored what proved to be the game-winner from twenty-five yards in the thirty-ninth minute of the match.  Clemson improves to 3-0-0 while UNCG is now 1-2-0.  Clemson has scored a total of fourteen goals in three contests while allowing only two.

New Hampshire 0 - Colgate 0 (ot) - This one was all defense as neither team was able to break through.  UNH had an eleven to eight advantage in shots and a four to two edge in shots on goal. New Hampshire is 2-0-1. Colgate is 0-1-2.    

Florida Gulf Coast University 1 - Seton Hall 0 - This one could easily have gone either way. FGCU's Max Edwards produced the game-winner with only fifteen ticks remaining in regulation when he drove the rebound of teammate Miguel Perez's  shot into the back of net.  Andreas Nota had a six save evening in goal for Seton Hall. Gustavo Vasconcelos had three saves in goal for FGCU.   

CSUN 2 - Utah Valley 2 - Utah Valley got on the board first with Alex Felix driving a header into the net after receiving a pass from Mark Brown.  Daniel Trejo scored for CSUN in the twenty-fifth minute to knot the contest at 1-1 with a double helper from Johnny Rodriguez and Giovanni Aguilar. Utah Valley jumped back on top 2-1 with a goal from Zach Maas in the fifty-third minute.  Rodriguez scored from close range out of a set piece after receiving a pass from Ehi Isibor in the sixty-first minute to make it 2-2.  Utah Valley played a man down when they were shown a red card with two minutes remaining in the first half.

Syracuse 1 - Yale 1 (ot)  - Simon Triantafillou scored in the thirty-fifth minute to give Syracuse a one goal advantage. Miguel Yuste scored in the fifty-fifth minute to tie it at 1-1 and conclude the scoring for the evening.  Ian McIntyre stated, "Yale started the game better than us and ultimately they did what they needed to do. They made the game choppy in the second half. And we lacked a little quality in the final third tonight."

Cal State Fullerton 2 - Loyola Chicago 1 - Cal State Fullerton jumped out to an early lead when Christian Pinzon converted a header with an assist from Tyler Marquez in the thirteenth minute and Sebastian Cruz scored from six yards out after receiving a pass from Oscar Flores in the seventeenth minute. Loyola Chicago got on track in the second half but they were unable to close the two goal gap. They did pick one up when Justin Sukow scored in the eighty-eighth minute from nine yards out after receiving a pass from Marius Kullmann.  Cal State Fullerton improves to 3-0-0 while Loyola Chicago drops to 2-1-0.    

Portland 3 - George Washington 0 - Portland dominated this one in the friendly confines of Merlo Field. Luke Hendel scored out of a free kick put in play by Rey Ortiz in the fourteenth minute. Gio Magana-Rivera made it 2-0 Pilots when he sent a shot just inside the left post in the twentieth minute with Ortiz again providing the assist. Freshman Ben Ortiz netted the final goal of the contest for Portland with six minutes remaining in regulation after receiving a through ball from Yusuf Cueceoglu.  Nico Campuzano had four saves in goal to record the shutout for the Pilots who improve to 1-1-1. George Washington drops to 0-2-1.

Bowling Green 1 - Wisconsin 0 - Defense ruled in this one. Freshman defender Michael Montemurri scored out of a corner kick in the eighty-first minute for Bowling Green. Senior Anthony Mwembia had two saves in goal for Bowling Green.  Dean Cowdroy had a three save evening for the Badgers. The win was Bowling Green's first over a Big Ten opponent since September 2016.  BGSU head coach Eric Nichols stated, I am really pleased with the performance and even happier for the guys. They were doing all the right things in terms of soccer, and they could have gotten frustrated by not getting a goal, but they stay dialed in and kept the pressure on." The Falcons improve  to 2-0-1. Wisconsin is 1-2-0.

SIUE 4 - Evansville 3 - The scoring came in bunches in this one. SIUE took a 3-0 lead with Lachan McLean, Jorge Gonzalez, Jacob Bilyeu all scoring within the first eight minutes of the match.  Vincent Jackson then made it 4-0 when he scored in the thirtieth minute of the contest.  It was then Evansville's turn with Ryan Harris finding the back of the net in the thirty-six minute to make it 4-1 at intermission. Nkosi Graham and Filip Johansson scored in the second half for Evansville to narrow the final margin to a single goal.

UIC 5 - Valparaiso 1 - The folks at Flames Field were treated to plenty of action early on in this one.  Sophomore forward Bar Hazut scored in the first minute of the match and completed a hat trick within the first twenty-eight minutes of the contest.  Senior midfielder Jesus Perez also scored in the twenty-eighth and seventy-six minutes  for the Flames. Mason Marcey scored the lone goal for Valpo with a double assist from Ryan Madondo and Jonas Engler in the sixty-second minute of the contest.   UIC improves to 2-1-0. Valpo is 1-1-1.