College Soccer Coast To Coast. The 2013 College Soccer Season got underway Friday with several impressive displays of offensive firepower, a great crowd on hand at various venues across the country, and as always the case several unexpected results.
Maryland 3 – Stanford 3 – Both teams attacked from the get-go. The Terps had to come from two goals down to register the tie with Stanford. The Cardinal got on the scoreboard first with a Maryland own goal a little over seven minutes into the match. Zach Batteer scored at the 36 minute mark to give Stanford a 2-0 lead. Patrick Mullins scored for Maryland out of a free kick at the 40 minute mark to make it 2-1. Maryland knotted it at 2-2 in the 55th minute when Schillo Tshuma scored on a header out of a set piece served in by Sunny Jane. Batteer then scored his second goal of the evening to give the Cardinal a 3-2 advantage. Jake Pace knotted the game at 3-3 out of a corner kick served in by Tsubasa Endoh. Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn stated, "It was an incredible, incredible game, the kind you hope to see at the end of the season in postseason knockout play."
UCLA 0 – Notre Dame 0 – Both sides had opportunities but neither could convert. Notre Dame had an 18-9 advantage in shots and an 10-4 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Patrick Wall had five saves in goal for the Irish. Earl Edwards had five stops between the pipes for the Bruins. Irish head coach Bobby Clark stated, "We really controlled the game and had some good scoring opportunities. I was happy with the way we controlled possession, but it was disappointing that we couldn't finish."
Syracuse 4 – Colgate 0 – This one was all Orange. Freshman Alex Halis headed in the first goal off an assist from Jordan Murrell, Noah Rhynhart alertly collected a loose ball in the Colgate box and placed it in the net for the second score, freshman Emil Ekblom netted the the third and fourth goals. Credit Nick Perea with the assist on the third goal and freshman Oyvind Alseth with the assist on the fourth goal. It was a very solid season opening win for Syracuse. Ian McIntyre stated, "Tonight was a great way to start our season." He added, "I was impressed by the production from the younger guys as well."
California 2 – Georgetown 0 – Junior midfielder Connor Hallisey made a nice move to create the space he needed before driving a shot into the net in the 40th minute of play to give California a 1-0 advantage. Cal junior forward Stefano Bonomo was fouled in the box in the 47th minute and fifth year senior defender Steve Birnbaum calmly converted the penalty kick to give the Golden Bears an insurance goal. It was a great season opening win for California who will face Maryland at Goldman Field on Sunday.
New Mexico 7 – Villanova 2 – The Lobos put on an offensive show with freshman Niko Hansen scoring twice and contributing an assist. James Rogers and Michael Calderon also scored twice for New Mexico. The Lobos now take to the road to face VCU next Friday in Richmond.
St. Francis 1 – William and Mary 0 – Nick Kolarac netted the game winning goal in the second half to give the Red Flash the win over the Tribe.
San Diego State 5 – San Diego 0 – The Aztecs dominate their cross town rival at the SDSU Sports Deck behind goals from Kody Duff, Jordan Ongaro, Morgan Sacco, Abraham Villon and Henrik Synnes. Senior Blake Hylen recorded the shutout with three saves in goal.
UC Riverside 1 – Iona 0 – Freshman Romario Lomeli scored off a give and go with teammate Ivan Garcia in the 74th minute to give the Highlanders the edge they needed to top the Gaels.
SIUE 2 – Santa Clara 1 – Junior Christian Volesky scored the game wining goal for SIUE off an assist from Andrew Kendall-Moulin with six minutes remaining in the second overtime period. Sophomore Justin Bilyeu netted the Cougars first goal out of a free kick from just outside the penalty area. Carlos Montes netted the lone goal for Santa Clara.
Oregon State 3 – Cleveland State 0 – Josh Smith netted the first goal in the 57th minute of play out of a corner kick served in by Ole Sandnes. Junior Will Seymore made it 2-0 when he scored out of a free kick. Sandnes scored in the final minute of the match to make it 3-0.
UC Irvine 1 – Marist 0 – Enrique Cardenas netted the game winning goal in the 77th minute for the Anteaters who began the season with a win for the 10th consecutive season. Mitchell Alvarez contributed the assist. Michael Breslin recored the shutout in goal for UCI.
Delaware 3 – UNLV 1 – Gullermo Delgado scored in the 17th and 46th minutes for Delaware. Senior Joaquin Rivan netted the lone goal for UNLV. Kyle Bruno scored the final goal of the contest for Delaware in the 80th minute. Joe Vitale had five saves in goal for UNLV. Netminder Borja Barbero had three saves for the Bluehens.
Missouri State University 1 – Incarnate Word 0 – Redshirt sophomore Emmerich Hoegg curled a corner kick into the net just two minutes into the match. Senior Trevor Spangenberg returned to the pitch in goal for Missouri State and recorded the shutout. Missouri head coach Jon Leamy stated, "I thought we put a good first half together, second half was a little more of a physical battle."
Saint John's 2 – NJIT 1 – St. John's had a 20-7 advantage in shots and a 10-0 edge in corner kicks. Sean Sepe used his left foot to slide a shot inside the near post from eight yards out for the first Red Storm goal in the 33rd minute. Senior Jimmy Mulligan scored the game winning goal in the 77th minute of play. Rafael Diaz had five saves in goal for the Johnnies.
Charlotte 2 – Denver 0 – It was scoreless at the end of the first stanza but Charlotte took control in the second half behind two goals from forward Giuseppe Gentile to secure a solid season opening on the road victory. Gentile now has twenty-one career goals. Klay Davis had two saves in goal to lead a solid 49er defensive effort.
Milwaukee 2 – Marquette 1 – A crowd of over 3,000 was on hand at Engelmann Stadium to see Milwaukee upset Marquette to reclaim the Milwaukee Cup in this contest that is among the top rivaleries in the country as far as bragging rights go. Declan Rodriquez netted the first goal of the evening for Milwaukee out of a free kick. Redshirt sophomore C. Nortey who missed last season due to injury scored in the 17th minute for Marquette to knot the score at 1-1. Senior Austin Toth netted the game winning goal ten minutes later with junior Rami Younes providing the assist. It was a huge season opening win for the Panthers. Marquette had a 14-10 advantage in shots.
Coastal Carolina 1 – Wake Forest 0 – The Chaticleers once again traveled to Spry Stadium in Winston Salem and once again came away with a very good win. Matt Risher scored for Coastal Carolina in the 42nd minute of play after receiving a cross from teammate Ridge Robinson. Sophomore Devn Cook was impressive in goal for Coastal Carolina making several very good saves. The Chanticleer defense was able to contain highly regarded Wake Forest fowards Sean Okoli and Andy Lubahn. Coastal Carolina will tangle with North Carolina on Sunday while the Deacs will face an always competitive Monmouth team.
Stony Brook 2 – Sacred Heart 0 – Sophomore Alejandro Fritz and freshman Favio Sbarra scored in the first half of play to give Stony Brook the edge they needed to secure a win in their season opener. Redshirt freshman Jason Orban recored the clean sheet for the Seawolves. Eight different Seawolves made their collegiate debut in this contest.
North Carolina 1 – Monmouth 0 – SMU transfer junior forward Tyler Engel drove a rocket into the far-left corner of the goal from sixteen yards out in the 103rd minute to give the Tar Heels a hard fought win over a determined side from Monmouth. Junior keeper Brendan Moore made one save in goal in his first start to record the clean sheet for the Heels. Monmouth utilized a defense oriented strategy throughout the contest. North Carolina had a 12-2 advantage in shots and a 10-1 edge in corner kicks. Monmouth will travel to face Wake Forest on Sunday night while the Tar Heels will face Coastal Carolina.
Rutgers 1 – Duke 1 – Senior forward Kene Eze netted the lone goal for the Scarlet Knights in the 21st minute of the match. It looked like Rutgers was going to leave with the win but Zach Mathers netted the equalizer for the Blue Devils with only thirteen ticks remaining in regulation.
Stetson 1 – UMass Lowell 0– Stetson senior Evan Jimmo came up big for the Hatters when he received a pass from teammate Raffaele Centofanti that he alertly slotted into the back of the net with his left foot in the first minute of overtime. Stetson coach T. Logan Fleck stated, "It's always good when you put a lot of effort in, and then you get rewarded for it."
Akron 2 – College of Charleston 0 – Jared Embick picked up his first win as the head coach at Akron. The Zips got on the board in the 80th minute courtesy of a goal from senior Aodhan Quinn with assists coming from Eric Stevenson and Matt Foldsey. Akron added an insurance goal in the 87th minute as a result of a College of Charleston own-goal when a Zip corner kick deflected off the back of a Cougar defender into the net. Akron will face Furman on Sunday.
UNC Wilmington 2 – Ohio State 1 – This one required double overtime to determine a winner. Colin Bonner scored twice for UNCW including the game winning goal in the 104th minute of play in the Wolstein Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Bonner's first goal came in the 56th minute of the match. Sage Gardner converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute for the Buckeyes. Ohio State played a man down due to a red card for the final fifteen minutes of play.
Oakland 2 – Pittsburgh 2 – Ryan Moore drew first blood for Pitt when he scored out of a free kick in the 28th minute. Sean Magee scored for Oakland to even the match. Chu Chu Onyeukwu gave PItt a 2-1 lead when he scored in the 71st minute out of a corner kick. Joey Tinnion scored in the 85th minute for Oakland to tie the match at 2-2 to conclude the scoring for the evening. Oakland coach Eric Pogue stated, "Although we are never fully satisfied with a draw, we played a magnificient attacking soccer tonight and have a lot of positives to take away."
Saint Louis 3 – Oral Roberts 1 – The Billikens secured their first season opening win since the 2005 season. The crowd at Robert R. Hermann Stadium got a scare when Oral Roberts got on the board first with a Tom Adams goal with just over a minute remaining in the first half. Saint Louis took control in the second stanza with a header from sophomore midfielder Francisco Vizcaino in the 52nd minute, a one-timer from junior forward Kinglsey Bryce in the 83rd, and a Robbie Kristo goal in the closing minutes. Billiken head coach Mike McGinty stated, "I thought we played well before allowing that late goal in the first half. We made it toughter on ourselves, but the reaction was positive."
Indiana 2 – SMU 1 – The number one ranked Hoosiers and defending National Champions begin the season with a good win behind goals from sophomore Femi Hollinger-Janzen with four minutes remaining in the first stanza and junior Patrick Doody in the 72nd minute of play in the IU Credit Union Classic. However they had to come from behind to get the win. Highly regarded sophomore forward Alfred Koroma who transferred to SMU from Akron got the Mustangs on the board first with a blast to the lower right corner of the frame in the 10th minute of play. Indiana will tangle with UCLA on Sunday while SMU will face Notre Dame.
Saint Mary's 3 – Air Force 1 – Senior Brian Klazure scored for Air Force less than three minutes into the contest but the Gaels came roaring back behind goals from Bobby Conner in the 19th minute, a header from Carlo Eikani in the 46th minute, and a goal from Will Kendall off an assist from Jake Stenberg in the 87th minute.
Green Bay 3 – DePaul 2 – DePaul began strong but in the end it was all Green Bay. Brandon Loncar sent a blast into the lower left corner of the goal a little over a minute into the match to give DePaul a 1-0 lead. Jordan Dover responded for Green Bay with a score in the 29th minute. Freshman Pat Flynn made it 2-1 DePaul when he scored with less than a minute remaining in the first half. Sam Krenzien and Audi Jepson scored for Green Bay in the second half to secure the win.
Bowling Green State University 5 – Malone 0 – Seniors Ryan Comiskey, Anthony Grant, Brandon Silva and Ryan Snashall and sophomore Ryan James all found the back of the net as the Falcons rolled to a win in their season opener. Things may get a little more intense for BGSU when they host Michigan on Monday night.
Bradley 1- New Hampshire 0 – Bradley extended its winning streak in season openers to twelve games with Wojciech Wojcik providing the game winning goal off an assist from freshman midfielder Alex Garcia. Bradley senior netminder Brian Billings made seven saves in the match to claim his 14th career shutout. New Hampshire outshot Bradley 22-14 for the evening but the Braves prevailed in the one statistic that counts.
Navy 1 – Davidson 1 – Navy got on the board first in the 60th minute of action behind a goal from sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski off an assist from senior forward Dave Arnold. Davidson tied it at 1-1 in the 78th minute when Jake Keator scored from twenty-five yards out with a double assist from Alan Reiter and Max Pragnell. Senior Aaron Dupere had four saves in goal for Navy. Max Pacifici had twelve saves in goal for the Wildcats. Both keepers made key saves that kept their teams in the match.
Furman 4 – Xavier 3 – Senior Martin Ontiveros scored twice to lead Furman including the game winning goal in the 106th minute of play in this action packed contest between two very competitive teams. The game winning goal came out of a long throw in into the Xavier box from sophomore Adrian McInnis that Ontiverso controlled and surgically sloted into the goal. Furman head coach Doug Allison stated "A lot of individuals stepped up for us tonight, but in the end it was a team victory." Matt Walker led the Xavier attack.
UAB 4 – VCU 0 – UAB came out on fire in this contest scoring three goals in the first thirty minutes of play. VCU never recovered and this one was surprizingly all UAB. Diego Navarrette scored for UAB in the 18th and 20th minutes of play, freshman Rami Dajani made it 3-0 UAB in the 30th minute. Sophomore Freddy Ruiz added the fourth score ten minutes into the second half.
Penn State 1 – Radford 0 – Freshman Mark Wadid netted the lone score of the contest in the 69th minute. After receiving a through ball from teammate Eli Dennis in the middle of the pitch, Wadid made a nice move to create separation and then drove a bullet into the near post. Penn State keeper Andrew Wolverton made five saves in goal to record his 16th career shutout.
NC State 2 – Campbell 0 – The Wolfpack took advantage of two restarts to secure the win. Freshman Davi Ramos and Clement Simonin scored the goals for NC State. Fabian Otte had five saves in goal for the Pack. Ethan Hall had seven saves in goal for Campbell. Campbell head coach Steve Arman stated, "Tonight our lack of focus on one quick play by State put us on our heels and we paid for it." He added, "Give credit to NC State. They're much improved from last year."
Northeastern 1 – Elon 1 – Donovan Fayd'Herbe de Maudave provided the Northeastern score from fifteen yards out ten minutes into the match. Elon forward Thorsten Pacheer drew a foul in the box in the 79th minute and Matt Wescoe converted the penalty kick to tie the score. Sophomore Dylan Faber had six saves in goal for Northeastern. Elon had a 13 to 9 advantage in shots and a 7 to 2 edge in corners.
Vermont 1 – Niagara 0 – Scott Kisling scored the game winning goal for the Catamounts on a header out of a free kick served in by Beau Johnson. Conor Leland had one save in goal for Vermont to record his seventh career shutout.
NIU 3 – Cincinnati 0 – Sophomore Bertrand Gaschot, senior James Stevenson, and junior Isaac Kannah scored to power NIU past Cincinnati in the Wolstein Classic in Columbus, Ohio. Andrew Glaeser was solid in goal with four saves in route to recording his first shutout in his first career appearance as a Huskie. NIU coach Eric Luzzi stated, "Anytime you score three goals it's great, because scoring is so fragile."
Loyola University Maryland 1 – Saint Joseph's 1 – Alex Critzos scored for Saint Joseph's in the third minute of play from eighteen yards out. Junior Connor Thompson netted the equalizer for Loyola in the 59th minute off an assist from Stephen Dooley. Senior Thurman Van Riper had eight saves in goal for Loyola. Andrew D'Ottavi also had a productive evening between the pipes for Saint Joseph's making several impressive saves.
FDU 1 – Drexel 0 – Godfred Baafi scored in the 84th minute of play placing a shot into the upper-left corner of the goal from eighteen yards out to give the Knights the edge they needed to come out on top in their season opener this year. Senior Jacob Lissek had five saves in goal for FDU to record his twenty-second career shutout. Seth Roland stated, "There is lots to work on of course, both offensively and defensively, but it's nice to open the season this way."
Boston College 2 – Boston University 1 – Senior Chris Ager scored twice including the game winning goal 34 seconds into the first overtime to lead the Eagles past Boston University at Nickerson Field in this rivalry matchup. Junior Diego Medina-Mendez assisted on the first goal while sophomore Derick Boateng and freshman Zeiko Lewis provided the helpers on the second score. Junior Keady Segel had two saves in goal for Boston College in his first career start. Boston University got on the board first when Ali Sozeri placed a shot into the left side of the goal in the16th minute. Ager tied the contest with a header a little over two minutes into the second half before producing the game winner in overtime.
ODU 3 – High Point 2 – High Point received goals from Pat Shelton and Erien Campbell in the first half of play to enter half-time with a 2-0 advantage. Freshman Jesse Miralrio scored at the 69 minute mark to begin the ODU comeback. Senior forward Tim Hopkinson scored with six minutes remaining to knot the score at 2-2. Ivan Militar netted the game winning goal for the Monarchs with four minutes remaing in regulation. It was an impressive second half of play for an ODU team that outshot High Point 26 to 5 for the contest.
IUPUI 0 – Detroit 0 – Neither team was able to convert. Both teams picked the pace up in the half. Eduardo Cortes, the reigning Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year, had five saves in goal for IUPUI.
Gardner-Webb 5 – Wofford 4 – Forward Denzel Clarke recorded a hat trick to lead Gardner-Webb in this second half goal fest. Clarke netted the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute after receiving a cross from teammate Ali Al-Gashamy. GWU took an early lead in the fifth minute of play when midfielder Patrick Gurser scored from around the edge of the box after receiving a pass from teammate Arjun Jung. The score reamined 1-0 at the end of the first half. Eight goals were scored after the end of the first stanza. GWU head coach Tony Setzer stated, "It was a big win for us tonight, becaue it is our first win of the season and gets that monkey off our backs."
UC Santa Barbara 3 – Northwestern 1 – The Gaucho attack was on track led by senior midfielder Goffin Boyoko and senior forward Achille Campion. Boyoko converted a header out of a free kick served in by freshman midfielder Drew Murphy in the 15th minute of play. Boyoko then one touched a shot into the back of the net in the 27th minute after receiving a timely and accurate ball from Campion to increase the lead to 2-0. Three minutes later Campion made it 3-0 when he finished a header after receiving a cross from senior defender Matt Glodack. Northwestern's Mike Roberge scored on a header in the 36th minute to narrow the gap to 3-1 but that completed the scoring for the remainder of the contest. The Gauchos will face UIC on Sunday before returning home to face Gonzaga on Friday, September 6 in the friendly confines of Harder Stadium.
Creighton 2 – Tulsa 0 – A crowd of over 3,000 was present at Morrison Stadium in Omaha to witness this one. Neither team found the back of the net in the first half but Creighton took control in the second stanza. Freshman midfielder Fabian Herbers sloted a shot into the back of the net from five yards out in the 62nd minute with an assist from sophomore Timo Pitter. Pitter then sloted a shot just inside the left post with three minutes remaining to give the Bluejays an insurance goal. Credit Vincent Keller with the assist on Pitter's goal. Junior Alex Bolowich had seven saves in goal in route to recording the shutout.
Louisville 2 – Virginia 1 – Over 4,000 fans were on hand at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville but they left wondering what might have been as Louisville took advantage of the scoring opportunities that came their way while Virginia didn't. Sophomore Ricardo Velazco scored in the 22nd minute to give the visiting Cardinals the early lead. Sophomore Scott Thomsen evened the score at 1-1 and brought the home crowd to their feet when he found the back of the net out of a free kick from twenty yards out in the 32nd minute. Louisville kept working and it paid off when senior Jimmy Ockford who transferred to Louisville from Mount St. Mary's scored on a header after receiving a well played cross from freshman Andrew Brody in the 63rd minute to give the Cardinals a very impressive resume building on the road victory.