College Soccer - Tuesday October 22 - What Happened At A Glance

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.

Eight College Soccer Teams That Are Gaining Momentum

Don't sleep on these teams. Some of them may have experienced a learning curve in the early going but things are falling into place and good things could be in store for them as they appear to be gaining momentum and jelling as a team. 

Albany - (6-4-1) - The Great Danes began the season with three losses but have since rebounded to go 6-1-1 in their last eight contests with their only loss a 1-0 defeat against America East foe Hartford.  Sophomore forward Austin DaSilva (10g, 2a) has become a force on the offensive side of the ball for an attack that has steadily matured while the consistency and intensity of play on the defensive side of the ball led by freshman goalkeeper Isac Hjerten has improved as the season has progressed.  A balanced attack to supplement the efforts of DaSilva and continued focus on the defensive side of the ball look to be among the keys to continued success. 

The Great Danes will endeavor to keep their win streak alive when they travel to face UMBC in America East play on Saturday.

Syracuse (5-3-4) - The Orange have steadily jelled and grown in confidence. Their three losses to date are to Georgetown, Wake Forest, and Duke on the road.  Syracuse entered the season with gaps to plug which created a learning curve with the added challenge of playing a very difficult slate of opponents. The Orange is still a work in progress but a gutsy 4-3 come from behind win over North Carolina and a 1-0 win over Connecticut in their last two contests are clear indications that things are beginning to come together for Syracuse.  The Orange's margin for error remains small and continued improvement is needed on the defensive side of the ball along with the emergence of another goal scorer or two to supplement the efforts of Ryan Raposo (7g, 3a) and Massimo Ferrin (3g, 4a). Nonetheless count Syracuse among the programs that looks to be coming together as a team and gaining momentum.

Opportunity knocks for the Orange when they host a very explosive Clemson team on Saturday.  A win in that one would be a nice resume builder.  To accomplish that Syracuse will have to find a way to contain Clemson's high octane attack and also apply the pressure they need to create chances of their own to score.   

Saint Louis (9-3-0) - A talented Saint Louis team began the season on the back foot with a 3-2 loss at home to Notre Dame and a 2-0 loss to SMU in Dallas. Since that time they have quietly and steadily won nine out of their last ten contests including their last six in a row.  Their lone loss during that time was a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Memphis on the road.  

Saint Louis is 5-0-0 in Atlantic 10 play.  A solid Billiken defense anchored by backs Chase Niece, Patrick Wilkinson and Mjueeb Murana and freshman goalkeeper Patrick Schulte has yet to allow a goal in conference play.  Forward Leo Novaes (6g, 5a) who has contributed three game-winners and midfielder Bevin Boyce (4g, 3a) are among those who are counted on to provide punch to the offense.

Saint Louis will seek to keep its win streak alive when it hosts a Dayton team on Saturday that is having a roller coaster season with a  7-7-0 overall record and a 2-2-0 mark against Atlantic 10 competition.  The Billikens then travel to face Virginia on Tuesday with a chance to make a little noise on the national scene.  

Penn State - ( 7-2-2) - The Nittany Lions look to be a team that is gaining confidence and traction. Their two losses so far this year were to Stanford and Indiana. They currently sit in the number two spot in the Big Ten race with a 3-1-1 mark in conference play that includes wins over Ohio State, Michigan State, and Northwestern and a tie with Michigan. The quality and the depth of the roster at Penn State is showing up in their win-loss record.  The fact that Penn State is 4-0-1 on the road is another indication of the grit of this team.  Freshman forward Liam Butts (6g, 0a) and senior midfielder Aaron Molloy (5g, 2a) add firepower to a Nittany Lion attack that has produced a total of twenty-one goals. 

Penn State has a chance to solidify their standing and credibility in Big Ten play when they travel to tangle with Wisconsin on Saturday. They follow that up with a non-conference contest at home against nationally ranked James Madison.  Wins in those games would be huge for the Nittany Lions.

Loyola Chicago - (8-3-1) - The Ramblers opened the season with wins over Vermont and Northern Illinois but then dropped contests on the road against Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount.  They are 6-1-1 in their last eight games with their lone defeat a 2-1 loss in overtime to Missouri State.  

Loyola Chicago has now won four consecutive contests as everything looks to be falling into place.  Senior midfielder Aidan Megally (8g, 1a) has been a force on the offensive side of the ball. The defense  has allowed a total of eleven goals and only two in the last five games. The backline of senior Marius Kullman, freshman Andrew Mitchell, redshirt sophomore Mike Riley and junior Liam Woehrle and graduate student goalkeeper Marcel Kampman looks to be focused and organized.     

Missouri State with a perfect 5-0-0 mark is clearly in the driver's seat in the Missouri Valley Conference but don't count the Ramblers who are 3-1-1 in league play out of it just yet.

Loyola Chicago returns to the pitch on Wednesday October 23 when they travel to Peoria to take on a Bradley team that they tied 0-0 when the two squared off on September 25.  The Ramblers must win that one to remain in contention for the MVC regular season title.

Campbell - (11-2-1) - Campbell out of the Big South Conference has won eight straight and is 5-0-0 in Big South Conference play.  They lost their season opener to Memphis in a match in which they played a man down for eighty-five minutes and they came out on the short end of a 1-0 game on the road on September 17 against Coastal Carolina.

This is a deep and very talented team that is coming into their own in a big way. Last year the number four seeded Camels under head coach Dustin Fonder surprised a lot of folks when they won the Big South Tournament and returned to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time in eleven years.  Campbell is building on the momentum they generated last year.  

Junior Thibaut Jacquel (15g, a), who is among the top goal scorers in the country,  adds a ton of punch to the offense.  Junior goalkeeper Samuel Lechuga along with backs senior Gideon Betz, junior Dylan Sadler, sophomore Franck Momo and freshmen Bissafi Dotte and Moses Mensah are part of a defense that has allowed a total of only six goals in the last thirteen contests and recorded eight shutouts.

Campbell faces UNC Asheville in a Big South match on Saturday and hosts North Carolina out of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday, October 22 in what should be an interesting matchup.

Utah Valley - 8-3-1 - Don't overlook the Wolverines. Utah Valley has won five straight and is a perfect 5-0-0 in Western Athletic Conference play during which they have scored a total of nine goals and allowed only one. This is a resilient team that will not be outworked and that has developed that special something needed to prevail in the close contests in clutch situations.   

Senior Mitch Jensen anchors the defense in goal along with sophomore back Ahmed Longmire.  Senior Alex Felix (3g, 3a) sets the pace in the midfield while senior forward Blake Frischknecht (8g, 0a) provides firepower to the offense up top.

Utah Valley puts their undefeated record in WAC play on the line when they travel to tangle with Kansas City on Saturday.  Kansas City will come into the contest with a little momentum of their own after topping UT Rio Grande Valley 2-1.

UNCW - (7-4-2) - The Seahawks struggled in the early going with unexpected season opening losses to Georgia Southern and Stetson.  They also have losses to Campbell 2-0 and North Carolina 2-0. They have rebounded and are undefeated in their last four contests and remain in the thick of the CAA race with a 4-0-1 mark in conference play. Their margin for error remains slight but they appear to be on the back side of the learning curve that occurs when there are a lot of new faces in key roles. Senior forward Phillip Goodrum is a goal scorer who when on track can take over a contest.  Senior backs Mark Lindstrom and Wilhelm Nilsson are seasoned and very capable competitors. Ditto that for goalkeeper Gabriel Perrotta.   

UNCW travels to face James Madison in a key CAA contest on Saturday.  Both James Madison and UNCW are 4-0-1 in CAA play.  A win in that one would signal that UNCW is back on track.

Tuesday October 15 - Key Games Including Several Upsets Occurred - What Happened At A Glance

The pace continues to heat up as teams coast to coast seek to enhance their standing with resume building wins. It is not to late for teams to rally and turn their seasons around. Depth is a factor as the season progresses.   

Wake Forest 5 - William and Mary 0 - This one was all Wake Forest from the get-go. Bruno Lapa converted a penalty kick in the twenty-second minute to start the scoring. Calvin Harris and Kyle Holcomb added goals in the first half with Aristotle Zarris contributing the helper on both goals. The Demon Deacons added two more goals in the seventy-third minute. Nico Benalcazar scored out of a corner kick served in by Omar Hernandez and Kyle Holcomb threaded a shot inside the near post after receiving a cross from Lapa to conclude the scoring for the evening.

Wake Forest improves to 11-2-0 while William and Mary drops to 4-6-2. 

Georgia  State 1 - Charlotte 0 - This one took place at TransAmerica Field in Charlotte. The 49ers had a twenty-three to four advantage in shots but Georgia State had the upper hand in the only statistic that mattered with sophomore forward Matthew Fearnley netting the lone goal of the contest in the twenty-sixth minute when he sent a bender into the upper left-hand corner of the goal from just outside the box.

Charlotte head coach Kevin Langan pretty much summed things up from Charlotte's perspective when he stated, "It's kind of a weird feeling because we played so well. We absolutely dominated the game from start to finish.  We outshot them 23-4, we hit the crossbar, had balls hit off the line. We absolutely battered them and we lose the game; that's soccer."  

Georgia State head coach Brett Surrency stated, "I'm proud of the guys tonight and their ability to bounce back after the disappointment of Saturday (a 2-1 loss to Georgia Southern). They truly had to compete and grind with everything they had tonight and I'm very pleased for them."

Charlotte sustains its first loss of the season to drop to 8-1-3. The 49ers have a big CUSA contest on Friday when they travel to Miami to face FIU. Georgia State halted a two game losing streak to improve to 7-2-3. 

Virginia 1 - James Madison 0 - This contest between number one ranked Virginia and number nineteen ranked James Madison took place at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville. It looked like this one might be scoreless until Virginia's junior forward  Irakoze Donasiyano decided otherwise when he controlled a loose ball and drove it into the top left shelf of the goal from thirty-five yards out to give the Cavaliers the edge they needed to secure the win.  

Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch stated, "What a way to win the game on a spectacular goal like that. It was a good game and JMU is a very good team.  That's the same team that beat a couple of ACC teams in the NCAA Tournament last year and the same team that beat Wake Forest this year when they were number one. They are an ACC quality opponent with that group."  

James Madison mentor Paul Zazenski stated, "Tonight was a tough result against a team that has yet to be beaten. Our guys battled all night and had opportunities that just didn't fall. UVA scored a great goal and sometimes you just have to tip your hat. Proud of our group on the night despite the outcome."

Colin Shutler had five saves in goal for Virginia to record his tenth clean sheet of the season.  T. J. Bush had three saves in goal for James Madison.

Virginia improves to 11-0-1 and moves forward to host a tenacious Pitt team on Friday.  A determined James Madison team drops to 9-4-1 and returns to Harrisonburg with a tough CAA contest on tap Saturday when they host UNCW at Sentara Park. 

UNCW 0 - Coastal Carolina 0 (ot) - This non-conference contest took place in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Both of these teams have historically had productive attacks but neither could manage to break the code on their opponents defense in this scoreless battle. UNCW had an eight to seven advantage in shots including a twelve to six advantage in corner kicks.  Coastal Carolina has not scored in their last five contests and has managed a total of only eleven goals to date.

UNCW is 7-4-2 and now travels to face James Madison in a CAA contest on Saturday.

Coastal Carolina is 4-6-2 and will travel to Boone, North Carolina to face Appalachian State on Saturday in Sun Belt play.

Yale 1 - Massachusetts 0 (ot) - Kylie Stannard's Yale team has now won eight straight after opening the season with a 1-1 tie with Syracuse and a 2-2 tie with Colgate. Senior midfielder Miguel Yuste came up big once again for Yale with two minutes remaining in the first overtime period  when he utilized his left foot to drive a shot from twenty yards out that deflected off a Massachusetts defender and found its way into the right side of the frame. Ryan Matteo and Jake Schaffer were credited with a double assist on Yuste's difference making goal.

Both sides had goals disallowed due to offside calls.

Stannard stated, "I'm really proud of the guys for finding a way to win a really tough match." He added, "UMass is much better than their record and has competed closely with everyone they've played. We knew this was going to be a battle, and it certainly was."

Elian Haddock had two saves in goal for Yale to post the shutout. Marvyn Dorchin had five saves between the pipes for UMass.

Yale improves to 8-0-2 but has a challenging Ivy League contest on their dance card when they host a very good Cornell team on Friday.  The Bulldogs will need to put together two strong halves of play in that one if they hope to keep their win streak alive. Massachusetts has now lost eight straight contests to drop to  4-9-0. The Minutemen will seek to get back into the win column when they travel to Pittsburgh to tangle with Duquesne in an Atlantic 10 match on Saturday.

Marshall 4 - Loyola Marymount 1 - The Thundering Herd traveled to the west coast and secured an impressive win over a good LMU team in a somewhat physical contest.

Marshall took control early in the contest when Pedro Dolabella sent a header into the back of the net in the nineteenth minute that was served in by Jonas Westmeyer.  Jamil Roberts made it 2-0 Marshall when he scored in the twenty-second minute with a double assist from Milo Yosef and Dolabella. The Herd continued to roll with Yosef scoring in the twenty-fifth minute after receiving a pass from Roberts to stretch the lead to 3-0. Gaetan Roux pulled one back for LMU when he converted a penalty kick in the sixty-fourth minute to make it 3-1. Yosef added the final score of the evening for Marshall when he scored in the eighty-fourth minute to make it 4-1.

Marshall head coach chris Grassie stated, "It was a really crazy match. A definite game of two halves. We dominated the first half with three goals. Then in the second half, the match became very physical and there were a lot of heavy challenges and restarts we had to deal with. LMU moves the ball well and we had to respond."

Paulo Pita had three saves in goal for Marshall.  Jacob Jackson also had a three save evening in goal for LMU.

Marshall ups their record to 9-1-2 and remains on the west coast where they will tangle with San Diego State out of the Pac-12 on Friday in what could prove to be a difficult matchup for the Herd.  LMU drops to 6-4-3 and will host Portland in a crucial West Coast Conference game on Saturday.   

Rutgers 2 - Hartford 2 (ot) - This one was a tale of two halves with Hartford getting the best of it in the first stanza and Rutgers the second.  Both teams initially had trouble settling into a rhythm but that changed in Hartford's favor in the thirty-fourth minute when sophomore midfielder Tomer Drimmer sent a bullet into the left corner after receiving a cross from Jovante Etienne to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.  The two teams went into intermission with Harford up 1-0. The Hawks came out of gate strong in the second half with a Connor Aksoz goal set up by a cross from Etienne to make it 2-0. The second goal appeared to be a wakeup call of sorts for Rutgers with Pablo Avila scoring in the forty-seventh minute for Rutgers and Jackson Temple in the sixty-seventy minute with an assist from Anthony O'Donnell to knot the score at 2-2 and conclude the scoring for the evening.  

Hartford extended their unbeaten streak to eleven games and is now  7-2-4. The Hawks will host Vermont on Saturday in what shapes up to be a challenging America East contest.  Rutgers is  7-3-3 and will travel to face Northwestern on Sunday in a Big Ten Conference contest that both teams need to win in order to get  back on track. Rutgers and Northwestern are both 1-3-1 in conference play.

NC State 0 - South Carolina 0 (ot) - This one took place at Stone Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  The visiting Wolfpack had a fifteen to five advantage in shots over the Gamecocks but after 110 minute of play the score remained 0 to 0. Both teams had opportunities to score but defense ruled in this non-conference match.  Vinnie Durand had one save in goal for NC State. Nick Brady had six saves between the pipes for South Carolina.

South Carolina head coach Mark Berson stated, "It was a tough, gritty effort for our guys. The guys were well organized, had a good plan and they stuck to it. We had a couple decent chances. Obviously, they're a good team and they got their chances. But I think this gives a lot to build on going forward as we head into a big conference match this weekend."

NC State is 7-3-2 and will tangle with Duke in Durham on Friday in an ACC match. South Carolina is now  5-6-2 and will host FAU on Sunday in a CUSA game.   

Elon 3 - Duke 2 - Duke's Daniele Proch scored out of a counter attack in the sixty-fifth minute and sent a volley into the net in the eighty-third minute but it was not enough to top a determined Elon side that gained momentum and confidence when Burl Shepherd created a turnover and sent a blast into the left corner of the frame from inside the box in the thirty-ninth minute of play to go up 1-0.

Elon went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.  Proch then scored for Duke to tie it at 1-1.  Inigo Bronte responded for Elon when he converted a penalty kick in the seventy-fifth minute of the match to regain the lead at 2-1. Proch then scored for Duke to knot the match at 2-2.

It looked like this one was going to go into overtime until freshman midfielder Vemund Hole Vik made an athletic move to flick a ball served in out of a free kick by teammate Kasper Lehm into the net with two minutes remaining in regulation to give Elon a huge and surprising 3-2 win.

Peter Wentzel had two saves in goal for Elon. Will Pulisic had a five save evening in goal for the Blue Devils.

Elon improves to 5-7-1 and will host Northeastern in CAA play on Saturday.  Duke drops to 6-5-1 and will seek to reorganize and halt a two game losing streak when they host a very good NC State team on Friday in an ACC contest.

Penn State 3 - Pittsburgh 1 - Penn State gains momentum with a solid win over a very competitive Pitt team.  Pitt pressed the attack in the early going but was unable to penetrate the Penn State defense. The momentum shifted to the Nittany Lions when Callum Pritchatt was fouled in the box and senior midfielder Aaron Molloy converted a penalty kick in the thirty-seventh minute. The score remained 1-0 at halftime.  Penn State took charge with Liam Butts and Jalen Watson scoring within a two and a half minute span at the start of the second half.  Bryce Washington netted the lone goal for Pitt with an assist from Veljko Petkovic in the eighty-fourth minute.

Penn State coach Jeff Cook stated, "This is an important victory for us this season. I'm impressed with how the players handled themselves. Pitt's an outstanding program in the ACC so we knew this game had a lot of meaning in terms of not only the in-state rivalry but also postseason implications."

The Nittany Lions improve to 7-2-2 and will travel to face Wisconsin on Saturday in a Big Ten Conference game. Pitt is now 6-5-2. Things don't get any easy for the Panthers who travel to Charlottesville on Friday to take on number one ranked Virginia in ACC play.

Louisville 1 - Northern Kentucky 0 (ot) - This one was much closer than expected and was scoreless at the end of regulation. Emil Elveroth scored the game-winner for Louisville in overtime when he sent the rebound of teammate Izaiah Jennings' missed shot into the bottom left corner of the net. Louisville pressed the attack and controlled the run of play for most of the game with a twenty to four advantage in shots for the evening. Jake Gelnovatch had one save in goal for Louisville. Baj Maan had nine saves for Northern Kentucky.

Northern Kentucky head coach Stu Riddle stated, "I couldn't have asked for anything more from the lads tonight. They battled hard and gave absolutely everything they had and were minutes away from a credible result."

Louisville improves to 6-4-2 and will host Boston College on Friday in a key ACC matchup. Northern Kentucky is now 4-7-1 and will host Green Bay in a Horizon League game on Saturday.  

South Florida 4 - Jacksonville 1 -  It was clear early on that this one was going to be dominated by South Florida. Senior defender Jonathan Rosales' goal in the twelfth minute gave South Florida a 1-0 lead that they took into halftime. Avoinne Flanagan, Henrique Gallina, and Ignasi Lupon Fores scored for the Bulls in the second half. Reggie Nicolas netted the lone goal for Jacksonville in the eighty-first minute.

South Florida head coach Bob Butehorn stated, Overall. I'm really pleased with the guys' performance and how they came together, started fast, put them under pressure and scored great goals.  So for me it was a good day all around for these guys."

South Florida improves to 8-3-0 and now travels to tangle with Temple in Philadelphia in an AAC contest. Jacksonville fell to 4-5-2 and does not return to the pitch until Wednesday. October 23 when they take on South Carolina in Columbia.

Saint Louis 1 - Denver 0 - Sophomore midfielder John Klein's goal in the fifty-eighth minute proved to be the difference in this one.  Kobe Gray had two saves between the pipes for Denver. Patrick Schulte continues to take care of business for Saint Louis between the pipes with a three save evening in goal.

Saint Louis extends its winning streak to six contests to improve to 9-3-0. The Billikens will host Dayton on Saturday in an important Atlantic 10 contest.  Denver drops to 2-8-2 and will face another difficult team when they travel to take on Oral Roberts on Saturday.

Loyola Chicago 3 - UIC 1 - The Ramblers gain momentum with a solid win over a good UIC team. Aidan Megally converted a penalty kick in the twelfth minute to give Loyola Chicago an early 1-0 advantage.  Abdulwahab Bukola got UIC back into the mix when he tied it at 1-1 six minutes later when he controlled a deflection at the top of the box and decisively deposited it inside the far post. Billy Hency responded for Loyola Chicago when he converted a header out of a corner kick in the twenty-third minute to give the Ramblers a 2-1 lead that they took into intermission. Fabian Becera iced the game for the Ramblers in the sixty-third minute when he found the back of the net from eight yards out to conclude the scoring for the evening.

Loyola Chicago head coach Neil Jones stated, "It's always a goal of ours every single season to be the best team in Chicago. There's three other very good teams here in this city that we always battle with in many ways. I'm very pleased with the performance tonight, just very proud of the guys. I thought it was a great team effort both offensively and defensively."

The Ramblers win their fourth consecutive contest to up their record to 8-3-1. Their next match is on Wednesday, October 23 when they travel to Peoria to face Bradley in a key MVC game.  The Flames are now 9-4-0 with Oakland on their upcoming dance card in a Horizon League contest on tape for Saturday.

Princeton 3 - Lehigh 0 - Lehigh fell behind early and could never get into a rhythm on the offensive side of the ball. Frankie DeRosa and Danny Hampton scored for Princeton in the first half. Daniel Diaz Bonilla scored via a deflection in the second half to make it 3-0 Princeton.  Princeton junior goalkeeper Jack Roberts had four saves including a stop of  a penalty kick in route to recording the shutout. 

Princeton improves to 7-3-1 and will host Columbia in Ancient Eight play on Saturday. Lehigh falls to 8-4-1 and will seek to regain their rhythm and grit when they travel to face a talented and tough Navy squad on Saturday in a key Patriot League matchup.

Akron 2 - Michigan State 0 - Freshman Will Jackson redirected the rebound of his own missed shot back into the goal to get Akron on the board in the thirty-eighth minute. David Egbo sent a bullet into the upper right corner from thirty yards out in the fifty-seventh minute to seal the win.  Joe Bowles had one save in goal for Akron.  Hunter Morse had three saves in a losing effort for Michigan State.

Can Akron get back on track in MAC play? The Zips are 3-8-1 overall and will seek to gain traction and new life in MAC play when they travel to take on a good Western Michigan team on Sunday . Michigan State is 2-7-3 and will next host Ohio State on Saturday in Big Ten Conference action.