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What Happened At A Glance - Friday September 6, 2013

 

Creighton 3 - Columbia 1 -  A crowd of 5,102 was present at Morrison Stadium as part of Socctoberfest.  Senior Sean Kim scored in the first half for Creighton.  David Najem found the back of the net for Columbia in the 55th minute to tie it at 1-1.  Sophomore Timo Pitter and freshman Ricardo Perez scored to make it 3-1 Creighton. The Bluejays improve to 3-0-0. 


UAB 2 - Indiana 1 - Indiana took a 1-0 lead on a goal from A.J. Corrado in the 52nd minute.  UAB was awarded a penalty kick with less than a minute remaining in regulation. Diego Navarette converted the penalty kick for the Blazers. UAB got the win when Rami Dajani sloted a header into the back of the net with seventeen seconds remaining in the first overtime period.  


Georgetown 3 - West Virginia 0 - Sophomore forward Brandon Allen scored twice and contributed an assist for the Hoyas.  Freshman Bakie Goodman netted the third Georgetown goal.  The Hoyas improve to 2-1 and will host New Mexico on Sunday.  


Connecticut 1 - Boston University 0 - A crowd of over 4,000 was on hand at Morrone Stadium as junior Edir DaGraca netted the lone goal of the night in the 40th minute off an assist from Mamadou Diouf to give the Huskies the edge they needed to secure the win and improve to 2-0-0. Connecticut had a 19 to 8 advantage in shots.  Andre Blake had one save in goal in route to recording the shutout for UConn. 


Maryland 3 - Duke 1 - CSN's Chris Teale was among a record crowd of over 8,000 at Ludwig Field as the Terps came from behind to top the Blue Devils on goals from Tsubasa Endoh, Helge Leikvang, and Patrick Mullins.  Seth Davis netted the lone Duke goal out of a set piece in the 25th minute of the match. 


St. John's 2 - Akron 1 - This one required double overtime to determine a winner.  Eric Stevenson got the Zips on the board in the 71st minute when he fired a bullet into the back left corner of the frame from twenty yards out.  The Johnnies tied it at 1-1 three minutes later compliments of a Josh Godec goal at point blank range after receiving a cross from Jelani Williams.  Jimmy Mulligan converted a penalty kick in the 106th minute of play that enabled St. John's to secure the win.  


Saint Louis 4 - Cincinnati 0 - Defender Julian Gieseke opened the scoring in the 18th minute of play when he converted a header out of a corner kick served in by David Graydon.  Graydon made it 2-0 when he scored out of a free kick.  Adnan Gabeljic and Francisco Vizcaino netted the other two goals for the Billikens who improve to 2-0-0. Cincinnati drops to 0-3-0.  


Gonzaga 2 - UC Santa Barbara 0 - The Gaucho attack struggled in this one.  Gonzaga's Clark Phillips scored out of a throw in in the 29th minute with an assist from forward Conner Bevans.  Ben Striar netted the insurance goal from sixteen yards out for Gonzaga in the 82nd minute of play.  Gonzaga improves to 1-1-0 while UCSB drops to 2-1-0.  


Charlotte 2 - Coastal Carolina 1 - Giuseppe Gentile converted a header after receiving a cross frm Brandt Bronico in the 53rd minute.  Pedro Ribeiro knotted the socre at 1-1 out of a corner kick in the 68th minute.  It was Ribeiro's 21st career goal.  Aidan Kirkbride netted the game winning goal for the 49ers on an impressive sliding shot that came out of a counter attack in the 73rd minute from twelve yards out.  It was a solid on the road win for a Charlotte side that was upset at home on Tuesday 1-0 by UNC Greensboro.  


New Mexico 1 - VCU 1 - James Roberts scored for the Lobos in the 44th minute of play with an assist from teammate James Wypych who made a nice move down the left side of the pitch before sending a pass into Roberts.  VCU netted the equalizer in the 56th minute with Devon Fisher finding the back of the net after receiving a pass from Isaac Iwusu.  Both teams were scoreless in two overtime periods.  


Tulsa 4 - Ohio State 1 - Tulsa head coach Tom McIntosh recored his 200th career win behind goals from Cristian Mata, Bryce Follensbee, Tony Rocha, and Akeil Barrett. Christian Soldat netted the lone Ohio State goal in the 53rd minute of play.  The Golden Hurricane have a big one on Sunday when they host a very talented SIUE team.  


Washington 4 - Portland 1 - A very productive offensvie showing for a Washington side that continues to be very dangerous out of restarts. Mason Robertson netted a header for the Huskies out of a free kick from ten yards out in the 9th minute.  Justin Schmidt converted a header at close range out of a throw in to make it 2-0 in the 45th minute.  Taylor Peay added the thrid goal in the 50th minute of play from five yards out.  Ian Lange added the final Washington goal in the 65th minute out of a corner kick served in by James Moberg.  Eddie Sanchez scored he lone goal for the Pilots in the 53rd minute.  Opportunity knocks for the Huskies who travel east to face Connecticut next Tuesday.  


Clemson 2 - Virginia 0 - The Cavaliers found the going rough at Historic Riggs Field in their 2013 ACC opener.  Brown transfer Thomas McNamara scored out of a free kick for the Tigers in the 27th minute.  Ara Amirkhanian one-timed a shot into the back of the net to score the insurance goal for Clemson in the 39th minute after receiving a through ball from teammate Manolo Sanchez.   Virginia drops to 1-2-0 while Clemson improves to 3-0-0.


Virginia Tech 2 - Syracuse 1 - The Orange come out on the short end in their first match in ACC play.  Nick Perea converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute to give Syracuse the early lead but Virginia Tech came back on a goal by Robert Alberti in the 86th minute to knot the score at 1-1 and send the contest into overtime.  Kai Marshall sent a blast into the back of the net to score the game winner for the Hokies in overtime off an assist from teammate Brandon Eaton.  Goalkeeper Kyle Renfroe had three saves in goal for Virginia Tech.  Alex Bono had seven saves in goal for Syracuse.  The Orange drops to 2-1-0 while Virginia Tech improves to 2-1-0.  


Michigan State 1 - Oregon State 0 - Defender Ryan Thelen tallied the lone goal of the game for the Spartans slotting a ball just inside the back post in the 59h minute of the match out of a corner kick.  Zach Bennett had three saves in goal to record the shutout for Michigan State.


Marquette 3 - Bowling Green 0 - The Golden Eagles got into the win column for the first time this year with this result.  All three goals came in the second stanza of play. Adam Lysak, Louis Bennett II, and C. Notley netted the scores for Marquette.  Charlie Lyon had five saves in goal for the Golden Eagles who are now 1-1-1.  


Brown 1 - Bryant 0 - Senior forward Voltaire Escalona placed a shot into the top left corner of the frame in the 67th minute after chesting and controling a centering pass from teammate Jose Salama to give Brown the edge they needed to win their season opener in the Ocean State Classic at Stevenson Field.  


Michigan 1 - South Florida 1 - A crowd of 1,846 was present in Ann Arbor at U-M soccer stadium.  South Florida drew first blood when Stiven Salinas converted a picture perfect backheel from six yards out after receiving a cross from teammate Wesley Charpie.  Junior midfielder TJ Van Slooten scored for Michigan in the 62nd minute of play to tie it at 1-1.  Both Michigan and South Florida are now 1-0-2.  


FDU 3 - Princeton 0 - The crowd at University Stadium in Teaneck enjoyed this one.  Junior forward Nico Wright sloted a shot into the lower-left corner out of a corner kick in the 26th minute of play to make it FDU 1-0.  Dantse Dantse converted a header to make it 2-0 FDU.  Junior Martin Lukaschit tallied the final score of the evening finding the lower left corner of the goal from the right side of the box in the 86th minute of play.The Knights are 3-0-0 for the first time since the 2005 season.  


Monmouth 1 - Seton Hall 1 - Neither team scored during the first half of play.  Seton Hall got on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute when Mateusz Brela scored out of a corner kick played in by Victor Manosalvas.  Junior back Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang netted the equalizer for the Hawks with less than a minute remaining in regulation. Seton Hall had a 12-9 advantage in shots for the evening. 


DePaul 3 - UIC 1 -  DePaul secured a solid on the road win.  Jalen Harvey scored out of a corner kick a little less than three minutes into the game.  Kyle Lindberg scored for UIC to knot the score at 1-1 in the 20th minute of play.  The score remained tied at intermission.  Joe Brinckwirth and Pat Flynn scored for DePaul in the second half.   


Presbyterian 2 - UNC Wilmington 1 - Josh Carter scored twice to lead Presbyterian to an impressive come from behind on the road win over the Seahawks.  David Sizemore scored the lone goal of the evening for UNC Wilmington in the fourth minute of play.   


N.C. State 1 - Pitt 0 - The Wolfpack got the game winning goal in the fourth minute of overtime when Nick Surkamp placed a header into the net off a double assist from Gbenga Makinde and Clement Simonin.  Gbenga served in the corner to the far post which Simonin redirected with a header to Surkamp who completed the play.  NC State outshot Pitt 19 to 6 for the evening.  Fabian Otte had two saves in goal for the Pack to record his tenth career clean sheet.  


 

Maryland Earns 3-1 Comeback Win Over Duke Before Record Crowd - By Chris Teale

The Maryland Terrapins earned their first win of the season thanks to a pulsating 3-1 win over ACC rival Duke in front of a record 8,397 fans at College Park.

Duke had taken the lead in the 25th minute thanks to a free kick from midfielder Sean Davis from 28 yards out that crept in past Maryland goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

However, the hosts turned things around dramatically in the second half thanks to goals from Tsubasa Endoh, Helge Leikvang and captain Patrick Mullins.

After the game, Maryland’s Head Coach Sasho Cirovski was full of praise for the support for his side from the fans, who packed out Ludwig Field for the largest ever attendance in the college’s men’s soccer history.

“It was one of the great, magical nights in Maryland soccer history,” he said. “The support by the student body and all the Maryland soccer community is just amazing. It’s humbling and to see it continue to grow like this is a source of pride.”

The Terps had been largely dominant in the first half but found themselves 1-0 down thanks to Davis’ free kick. However, Cirovski was pleased to see his team recover and refuse to let their spirits drop despite the disappointing half-time scoreline.

“I thought our team grew up a lot tonight, I thought we played a full 90 minutes,” he said. “We were unlucky to be down in the first half, we had some good chances, we stayed positive and we came out on fire in the second half.

“I thought our discipline was outstanding today, we didn’t give many fouls away, we didn’t make many mistakes, and staying tuned into the whole process is important. When you put on a Maryland soccer shirt, you give your best game. We did our best and we came back.

“We’re still a work in progress, but we got a little tougher today, a little better and got rewarded with a good result.”

After Endoh scored the equalizer for the home side, midfielder HelgeLeikvang was on hand to give his team the lead in the 64th minute, and the senior was delighted to make such a big impact in front of the vocal home support.

“I had goosebumps from even before the game, and I probably still have goosebumps,” Leikvang said after the game. “It was an amazing night and a great game for us and our program. There’s nothing that comes close to that.

“I didn’t start the first two games so it was good to get in there and get a good game and especially the go-ahead goal, that felt really good. It gave us confidence after falling behind and then we just kept grinding and I was lucky enough to get the one for the team.”

The Terps scored their third goal thanks to captain and defending MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins, whose low finish just two minutes after Leikvang’s goal gave the hosts the cushion they wanted.

“I think that third goal there was real important,” Mullins said. “At 2-1 if they get a goal they’re right back in it and it’s a real tough game again, so we just wanted to keep going after that third goal.

“We knew that we had played well up to that point but the game wasn’t over and we wanted to play a full 90 minutes so I think that third goal was important.”

Mullins was another who was keen to praise the superb support at Ludwig Field, in an atmosphere that some said was perhaps unlike any other in college soccer.

“I didn’t want the game to end,” he added. “I’ve been here for four years, and this was hands-down the best atmosphere I’ve played in at any point in any time.

“We have such a great program here, great coaches but the reason why this is a dream place for players to come and play is because of these people out here. They showed that tonight. We have the best fans in the country and they come out every week.”

The Terps next face Virginia Commonwealth University on Sunday, September 8 hoping to improve further on their current record of 1-1-1.



Chris Teale is a contributing writer for College Soccer News.  You can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow him on Twitter @chris_teale.   

 

 

 

 

 

USC Trojans Keeping Their Feet On The Ground Despite Blistering Start - By Chris Teale

The USC Trojans women’s soccer team may have made their best start to an NCAA regular season since their College Cup-winning season of 2007, but the team are refusing to get too far ahead of themselves despite a record of 3-0-0.

The Trojans’ blistering pace has seen them score 12 goals and concede just four, rocketing them up to number 17 in the NSCAA rankings released on September 3. However, the team’s Head Coach Ali Khosroshahin is keen to enjoy his team’s great start and not look too far into the future.

“I am not a good fortune-teller,” he said. “All I’m really concerned with is how we do today and I’m very pleased with where we are today. With the way the players are working, their understanding of our gameplan and more importantly their commitment to each other and doing things the right way has been the best it’s been since I’ve been here at USC.

“The team’s chemistry and attitude towards each other and towards training has been second-to-none this year.”

USC’s season began with a bang with a 4-1 win over then-11 ranked San Diego State on August 23, and since then the Trojans have picked up a 4-2 win over San Diego two days later and then a 4-1 victory over Cal State Northridge on August 30. Khosroshahin believes that his team’s great start is largely due to an experienced group of players who have been able to execute their gameplan on a regular basis.

“This is the first year since 2008 where our healthy returners have outnumbered our new players,” he said. “When you have the majority of your team that’s accustomed to executing the gameplan and then you bring in a class, they’re able to teach them as well. We haven’t had that kind of an atmosphere here in probably two or three years.

“We’ve got five seniors that play pretty regularly for us, and having five seniors that play regularly brings a maturity into the program.”

Indeed, Khosroshahin is full of praise for his more experienced players for their help in welcoming the five new recruits who have joined the team this season and increased the competition for places.

“I have to give a lot of credit to our returners, who have really taken it upon themselves to make certain that the transition that these new players have to our program is as quick as possible and as comfortable as possible,” he added.

“With that being said, there’s still some growing pains that the younger players have to go through but it’s really nice having the support of the seniors, juniors and sophomores to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible.”

The Trojans next face two tough matches in the Minnesota Gold Classic against Ole Miss on September 6 and LSU on September 8. And while USC’s Head Coach is confident of the club maintaining their current streak, he is at the same time refusing to look too far into the future.

“I never try to plan ahead too much. Our goal here at USC every year is to compete for a National Championship, but I think when you look at it in the context of season-to-season, you want to do the best that you can with the group that you have.

“To know that we’ve started off this way, it’ll build some momentum, more importantly it’ll build some confidence in our players especially coming off the last two seasons.I think if we keep doing what we’re doing, I like our chances against anyone in the country.”


Chris Teale is a contributing writer for College Soccer News. You can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="line-height: 1.6em;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow him on Twitter @chris_teale.