Friday Night Lights - College Soccer Coast To Coast - October 25, 2019

It is gut check time as teams head down the home stretch seeking to peak at the right time with conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament right around the corner.

Virginia 2 - Virginia Tech 0 - The Cavaliers continue to combine stout play on the defensive side of the ball with an opportunistic attack to secure an impressive on the road win over the Hokies in ACC play. Junior forward Nathaniel Crofts scored what proved to be the game-winner in the thirty-third minute of play when he sent a bending ball into the top right corner of the goal after receiving a cross from sophomore forward Daryl Dike.  Dike sent a one-timer into the back of the frame in the fifty-seventh minute after receiving a through ball from Crofts to give Virginia a 2-0 advantage.  Redshirt junior Colin Shutler had five saves in goal for the Cavaliers to record his twelfth shutout of the year.  Mathijs Swaneveld had two saves between the pipes for Virginia Tech. 

Virginia improves to 13-1-1 with a 5-1-1 mark in conference play.  Virginia Tech falls to 7-4-2 with a 1-4-2 mark in conference play.  

Clemson 3 - Boston College 1 - Clemson's high powered offense was in gear once again on senior night at Historic Riggs Field.  The Tigers have found the back of the net a total of fifty-seven times so far this year while allowing a total of only fifteen goals.  Midfielder Robbie Robinson (14g, 8a) scored from ten yards out in the thirty-second minute to give Clemson a 1-0 advantage which they maintained at intermission.  Senior midfielder Tanner Dieterich scored from eleven yards out two minutes into the second half with an assist from Phillip Mayaka to make it a 2-0 contest.  Redshirt freshman forward James Brighton added the third Clemson goal in the sixty-seventh minute with Grayson Barber contributing the helper.  Boston College got on the board in the seventy-eighth minute when Joe Kellett converted a penalty kick.  George Marks had two saves in goal for the Tigers. Giacomo Piccardo and Christian Garner combined for six saves in goal for the Eagles.

Clemson improves to 13-1-1 with a 5-1-1 mark in ACC play while Boston College is now 7-4-3 overall with a 1-4-2 mark in conference play.

Indiana 3 - Rutgers 0 - Indiana's starting lineup included seven freshmen.  The game was scoreless at halftime but the Hoosiers opened it up in the second stanza with goals from senior midfielder Joris Ahlinvi in the fifty-fourth minute, redshirt sophomore midfielder Joe Schmidt in the seventy-second and freshman midfielder Aidan Morris in the seventy-ninth.  Ahlinvi scored from twelve yards out after receiving a long ball out of a free kick put in play by Morris. Schmidt scored after he made a nice move off the dribble to create the space he needed to drive a shot into the back of the frame from twenty yards out after receiving a through ball from Morris.  Morris added the final goal of the evening when he alertly sent the rebound of Thomas Warr's shot back into the net.  Freshman Roman Celentano had a single save in goal to notch the shutout for Indiana.  Freshman Oren Asher had five saves in goal in a losing cause for Rutgers.

Rutgers head coach Jim McElderry stated, "For seventy minutes, we executed our plan well tonight, but the game shifted when they scored their first goal on a set piece, which is disappointing."

Indiana is 10-2-3 with a 5-1-0 mark in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers are undefeated in thirty-five consecutive home contests.  Rutgers is 7-5-3 overall with a 1-5-1 mark against Big Ten opponents.

Maryland 2 - Ohio State 0 - This Big Ten match took place in Columbus.  Maryland got the best of the run of play for most of the match to secure a good on the road win.  Ohio State created several scoring opportunities in the early going but was unable to finish.  Sophomore forward Justin Gielen scored in the thirty-sixth minute after receiving a cross from senior midfielder Eli Crognale to take a 1-0 advantage into intermission.  Freshman midfielder Malcoom Johnston added the second goal from close range in the eighty-fifth minute after receiving a touch pass from Eric Matzelevich.  Niklas Neumann and Russell Shealy combined in goal to notch the shutout for Maryland. Parker Siegfried had four saves between the pipes for Ohio State.

Maryland mentor Sasho Cirovski stated, "I'm very pleased with our performance today. Our goal was to come on the road and get a result against a good team and it was mission accomplished. I was happy with our commitment on the defensive side of the ball and our good balance of possession and penetration."

Maryland wins its third consecutive match to improve to 9-4-2 with a 3-1-2 record in Big Ten play. A competitive Ohio State team is 6-8-1 with a 1-4-1 mark in conference play.

Louisville 1 - North Carolina 0 - Louisville's up and down season continues with an up as a result of a 1-0 win on the road over a good North Carolina team.  The Cardinals came into the contest off a 2-1 loss at home to Temple.  Sophomore forward Haji Abdikadir scored the lone goal of the evening in the thirty-fifth minute when he sent a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal from the top of the box after recovering the rebound of teammate Kino Ryosuke's shot.  Jake Gelnovatch had two saves in goal to secure the shutout for Louisville.  Alec Smir had two saves in goal for North Carolina.  This one could have gone either way but at the end of the day it came down to the fact that Louisville was able to finish a scoring opportunity while North Carolina was not.

Louisville improves to 8-5-2 overall with a 3-3-1 mark in ACC play. The Tar Heels are 7-5-2 overall with a 3-4-0 record in conference play.

Penn State 4 - Appalachian State 0 - A competitive and steadily improving Appalachian State team traveled to University Park hoping to secure a resume building win over Penn State out of the Big Ten but that was not to be the case. Freshman forward Liam Butts scored in the thirty-fourth minute to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 advantage that they carried into halftime.  Penn State opened things up in the second half with forward Joshua Dabora, midfielder Aaron Molloy and midfielder Daniel Gonzalez contributing a goal each.

Kris Shakes recorded the shutout in goal for Penn State.  Redshirt freshman Jacob Madden had four saves in goal for Appalachian State.

Penn State head coach Jeff Cook stated, "It was an excellent result against Appalachian State that came in here with a great record and are competing for a place in the NCAA Tournament. So I thought the way we approached the game was very satisfying. We got some great goals tonight and I couldn't be prouder with the way we played."   

Penn State improves to 9-2-3 and will host Maryland on Tuesday.  Appalachian State is now 9-4-1 and will travel to Chapel Hill on Tuesday to face North Carolina.  

Pittsburgh 4 - Duke 3 - In one of the more improbable comebacks of the year, Pitt comes from three goals down to top Duke in this ACC contest.  It was a huge confidence builder for Pitt and a heartbreaking loss for Duke.  Max Moser, Suniel Veerakone, and Daniel Wright scored as Duke had what appeared to be an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Pitt in the thirty-seventh minute of the contest.  Pitt pulled one back when Edward Kizza scored in the forty-first minute after receiving a pass from Alexander Dexter.  Duke went into halftime with a 3-1 lead. The contest was all Pittsburgh in the second stanza with Velijko Petkovic, Jackson Valti and Alexander Dexter scoring to give the Panthers a huge come from behind win in conference play.  Dexter's game-winner came in the eighty-sixth minute of play when he controlled and sent a rebound into the back of the net.

Arie Ammann had six saves in goal for Pitt. Will Pulisic had three saves in goal for Duke.

Pitt head coach Jay Vidovich stated, "I don't care where you are in a program, but if you come back 3-0 in a match like that, just the belief factor that can bring to you, to not quit and to find a way to keep pushing and discover a way to find a goal and to keep yourself in it is one of the biggest things."

Pitt improves to 8-5-2 with a 4-2-1 mark in ACC play that includes wins over Boston College, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Duke.  Duke drops to 6-7-2 with a 2-4-1 record in conference play.

Michigan 1 - Wisconsin 1 (ot) - Defense ruled in this Big Ten battle.  Michigan got on the scoreboard with an own goal in the seventy-fifth minute.  Senior midfielder Noah Leibold converted a penalty kick two minutes later for Wisconsin to knot the score at 1-1. Andrew Verdi  who had three stops and freshman Owen Finnery split time in goal for Michigan. Dean Cowdroy had four saves in goal for Wisconsin.  Michigan had a seventeen to eight advantage in shots for the evening.

Michigan is 7-4-4 with a 2-1-3 record in Big Ten play. Wisconsin is 2-10-3 with a 0-4-2 mark in conference play.

Northern Illinois 3 - Western Michigan 2 - This MAC contest included several momentum swings.  NIU jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with goals from senior forward Jan Maertins in the twenty-third minute and sophomore defender Anthony Markanich in the twenty-seventh minute. Western Michigan responded with a goal from Antonio Rizzo in the thirty-eighth minute of play to make it 2-1 at halftime.  Western Michigan then tied it at 2-2 with Charlie Sharp contributing the goal. 

Maertins then netted his second goal of the evening for NIU and what proved to be the game-winner from eight yards out in the seventy-sixth minute of play. The game-winning goal was set up by a nice combination of passes from Anthony Markanich and sophomore forward Nick Markanich.  

Redshirt freshman Martin Sanchez had two saves in goal for NIU including a stop of a penalty kick. Isaac Walker and Lukas Von Lienen combined for three saves in goal for Western Michigan.

NIU head coach Ryan Swan stated, "Western Michigan are a fantastic team, so when they brought the game back to 2-2, we were a little nervous. You need players to make big plays in big games, Martin (Sanchez) stepped up huge with the penalty save and Jan (Maertins) finding a winner. It was a big gut check for us, and it was a big step forward for the program."

NIU improves to 7-7-1 with a 2-1-0 mark in MAC competition. Western Michigan falls to 9-5-1 with a 1-1-1 mark in conference play.

UNLV 4 - Kansas City 1 - UNLV started slowly but they  took charge of this WAC contest once their offense got into a rhythm.  Redshirt junior midfielder  Ryan Connor broke the ice for the Rebels when he scored in the forty-third minute to give UNLV a 1-0 advantage at halftime.  Senior midfielder Timo Mehlich then took over the match scoring three times in the second half for UNLV.  Kevin Komodi netted the lone goal for Kansas City.  Lukas Betz had one save between the pipes for UNLV. Filippo Errico had a five save evening in goal for Kansas City.  

UNLV is unbeaten in its last four contests to improve to 5-9-1 with a 3-3-1 mark in WAC play. Kansas City is 4-8-0 with a 3-4-0 mark in WAC play.

Seattle 2 - Air Force 1 - Noe Meza sent a header into the far post with a double assist from Hal Uderitz and Declan McGlynn in the closing minutes of the first half to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.  Hal Uderitz converted a header in the sixty-sixth minute after receiving a well played and timed cross from Burke Fahling to give Seattle a 2-0 advantage.  Quinn Matulis scored three minutes later for Air Force to pull within a single goal but that concluded the scoring for the evening.

Seattle head coach Pete Fewing stated, "It was good to get a win and stay in first (in the WAC standings). We scored two excellent goals that came out of strong buildups.  Air Force is a tough team to play."

Seattle improves to 9-3-3 with a 6-0-1 mark in WAC play.  Air Force is 5-8-0 with a 4-3-0 record against WAC opponents.

Akron 3 - SIUE 0 - Akron came out swinging with Mani Austmann placing a shot into the  top right corner of the goal in the fourth minute of play after receiving a pass from David Egbo to go up 1-0.  Egbo make it 2-0 when he placed a shot into the corner of the frame with an assist from Henrique Cruz in the thirty-seventh minute.  Akron maintained a 2-0 advantage at halftime.  Will Jackson contributed the final score for Akron in the last minute of regulation with Egbo and Pol Hernandez credited with a double assist on the play.  Tor Saunders had two saves in goal for the Zips. Noah Heim had two stops in goal for SIUE.

Akron improves to 4-8-2 with a 2-0-1 record in MAC play. SIUE's seven game unbeaten streak comes to an end as they drop to 8-4-2 with a 2-1-0 mark in conference play.

UTRGV 1 - California Baptist 0 - Senior midfielder Angel Lopez's goal with a little over a minute remaining in regulation gave UTRGV the edge they needed to secure a 1-0 win on the road over CBU. The game-winner came out of a free kick put in play by senior defender Dimitris Stantzalis to senior midfielder Arthur Roger who redirected it to Lopez.  A solid UTRGV defense limited California Baptist to only three shots.  Andy Rios recorded the shutout in goal for UTRGV. Albert Escuin had six saves in goal for CBU.

UTRGV is 8-3-1 with a 4-2-1 mark in WAC play. California Baptist is 4-9-2 with a 3-3-1 mark in the WAC.

Houston Baptist 4 - Grand Canyon 3 (ot) - This back and forth contests featured plenty of scoring. Dominick Faletto scored in the twelfth and twenty-sixth minutes to give Houston Baptist a 2-0 advantage. Bert Wilson scored for Grand Canyon in the thirty-second minute to give Grand Canyon new life.  Houston Baptist was up 2-1 at halftime.  Grand Canyon was awarded a red card in the fifty-sixth minute and played a man down from that point forward.  Faletto converted a penalty kick for Houston Baptist in the fifty-sixth minute to make it a 3-1 game.  Grand Canyon responded with a Justin Rasmussen penalty kick and a goal from freshman forward Cameron Weller to knot the contest at 3-3 and send it into overtime where Faletto converted his second pk and his fourth goal of the evening to secure the win for Houston Baptist.

Houston Baptist improves to 4-9-0 with a 2-5-0 record against WAC opponents.  Grand Canyon drops to 4-5-4 with a 1-3-3 mark in WAC play.  

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.