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Friday, December 24
Cody Named to Soccer America's All-Freshman Team

Cody earned All-Freshman first team honors in Soccer America's 2010 mens' college awards announced today. Cody, who started all of Clemson's matches and played all but a few minutes of the Tiger's season, was also named to the ACC All-Freshman team at the conclusion of the season.

Here are the SA All-Freshman selections ...

All-Freshman First Team
G Cody Mizell, Clemson
F Juan Castillo, SMU
D Sebastien Ibeagha, Duke
D Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Connecticut
M Perry Kitchen, Akron
M Dylan Mares, Louisville
F Darren Mattocks, Akron
M Steve Neumann, Georgetown
D Tyler Polak, Creighton
M Kelyn Rowe, UCLA
F Soony Saad, Michigan - Also named Freshman Player of the Year

All-Freshman Second Team
G Rafael Diaz, St. John’s
M Gideon Asante, Old Dominion
M Zach Barnes, SMU
F Stephen Baker, Pennsylvania
F Victor Chavez, UCLA
D Stevan Evans, Portland
F Nikita Kotlov, Indiana
F Patrick Mullins, Maryland
F David Opoku, UC Santa Barbara
M Harrison Petts, Indiana
F Gyasi Zardes, Cal State Bakersfield

Monday, December 13
NCAA Division I Tournament: Akron Wins NCAA College Cup, UNC and Michigan Outsted in Semis
NCAA College Cup

Akron Wins NCAA Division 1 Championship, Defeats Undefeated Louisville 1-0 in Final  

Santa Barbara, CA - December 12, 2010 - A year after its undefeated season ended in a shootout loss to the University of Virginia in the College Cup final, Akron came back and won its first national championship. It took a goal by Scott Caldwell in the 79th minute and some desperate defending in the last 90 seconds, but the Zips prevailed, 1-0, over top-seed Louisville. Only once did the Zips lose, an improbable 2-1 loss to in-state rival Cleveland State, in 2010. The Zips wins included victories at North Carolina (3-0) and Wake Forest (2-0) on the first weekend of the season and a 7-1 victory over Michigan, which they'd meet again in the semifinals. A crowd of 9, 672 watched the season’s final match. 

Louisville had the best chance of the first half when Charlie Campbell had his header deflected by Chris Korb and ricochet off the post in the 8th minute, but little by little Akron began to take control in the second half. "Our goal was to stay on the ball as much as possible," said Porters. "The master of the game is the one who stays on the ball. Going into the second half, our No. 1 priority was to stay on the ball, make then defend and be patient. We knew it would eventually come, finding a goal. We gained more and more life, spirit and energy and Scottie found the goal. In the end, it got a little hectic and that's the way it happens in soccer."  The Zips' pressure finally paid off when Caldwell blasted a shot over goalie Andre Boudreaux and under the crossbar after his first attempt was blocked following a failed clearance of an Akron corner kick. The Zips, who had finished second in 1986 and 2009, survived a wild finish during which goalie Scott Meves and defender Chad Barson were called on to make desperation saves. The best chance came to Aaron Horton, hero of the last two Cardinal wins with last-minute goals. Open in front of the net with Akron keeper Scott Meves out of the way, Horton hit a shot that Barson cleared away with a desperate lunge.

The win upped Akron's record to 45-2-3 over the last two season. With only two seniors in the starting lineup, the Zips have all the makings of a dynasty, but several Akron underclassmen are tipped as hot prospects to turn pro.


North Carolina Falls in Semi-Final Match 2-1 to Louisville

Santa Barbara, CA - December 10, 2010 – The crowd of 7,560 saw Aaron Horton came off the bench and score the winning goal in the final minute of play for the second game in a row. The goal  gave unbeaten No. 1 Louisville a 2-1 win over No. 4 North Carolina and moves the Cardinals into Sunday's College Cup championship game against Akron.  One week earlier, Horton's goal gave Louisville a 5-4 win over UCLA. This time, Ryan Smith fed Horton and he slotted the ball home from a tight angle past the charging Scott Goodwin to score with 51 seconds left in regulation. 

After a quiet first half, the Cardinals finally struck in the 57th minute off a corner kick from freshman Dylan Mares that found Austin Berry, who scored on a header for his fifth of the season. The lead was short lived, however, as four minutes later Alex Dixon crossed the ball into the box and found Stephen McCarthy for the header to even the score at 1-1. The win sends Louisville into the final against Akron. 

Louisville 2 North Carolina 1.

Goals: Berry (Mares) 58, Horton (Smith) 90; McCarthy (Dixon) 62.

Louisville -- Boudreaux, Rodgers, Granger, Murray, Berry, Campbell, DelPiccolo, Farrell, DeLeon, Mares, Rolfe. Subs: Smith, Horton, Lipka.

North Carolina -- Goodwin, Anibaba, Ababio, McKinney, Rose, Urso, McCarty, McCarthy, Farfan,  Martinez, Dixon. Subs: Rice, Gafa, Murphy, Lovejoy.

Michigan Falls in Semi-Final Match 2-1 to Akron 

Santa Barbara, CA - December 10, 2010 - Kofi Sarkodie's goal in the minute 74 broke the 1-1 tie and gave No. 3 ranked Akron a 2-1 win over No. 10 Michigan, returning the Zips to the College Cup final for the second year in a row. Sarkodie was open in the six-yard box and headed home Michael Nanchoff's free kick from the right to complete the Akron comeback. 

Justin Meram scored on a blast from the top of the box inside the left post just 62 seconds in to the contest to give Michigan the lead, but Perry Kitchen equalized in the 33rd minute on a laser from 30 yards. Unlike the first meeting of the season, when Akron ran off seven straight goals after giving up an early goal, this time the Zips struggled to find the target. They finished with a 22-9 edge in shots but put just eight on goal. Sarkodie's goal was redemption for missing an easy header at the far post early in the second half.

Michigan's best chance in the second half came in the 64th minute when Michigan's Soony Saad collected the ball in a crowd of Akron defenders and slotted his shot off the far post.  Colin Porter, the Akron coach, said his team focused on Michigan all week. "We did not take them for granted, I will tell you that," he said. "Except for a 15-minute lull in the first half, we played very efficiently. We missed a few chances, should have been up two or three goals, but this team is very resilient. We made a few adjustments, which really helped. And I thought the back guys held strong and kept us together. I wouldn't trade those five guys for anybody."

Akron 2 Michigan 1. Goals: Kitchen (unassisted) 33, Sarkodie (Nanchoff) 74; Meram (unassisted) 2.

Akron -- Meves, Valentin, Barson, Korb, Sarkodie, Kitchen, Nanchoff, Ampaipitakwong, Caldwell, Mattocks, Nagbe. Subs: Balogun, Speas. 

Michigan -- Blais, Shaw, Opare, Tennent, Quijano, Klemczak, Wood, Alashe, Meram, S.Saad, H.Saad. Subs: Pereira, Harris, Schmitt. 



# 4 North Carolina Wins Third Straight Shootout, Defeats # 5 SMU to Move on to Final Four   

Chapel Hill, NC - December 3, 2010 - North Carolina needed its third shootout win in three matches, a NCAA record, to beat SMU and return to the College Cup for the third year in a row. The Tar Heels claimed a 4-2 shootout win over the Mustangs after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The shootout win punched UNC's ticket to Santa Barbara, CA., where UNC will face top-seed Louisville in Friday's semifinals. 

The crowd of 1,763 thought they were in for a high scoring affair when the Mustangs scoring in minute 5 and the Tar Heels scored the equalizer in minute 10. However both teams settled down and the defenses held throughout the match and two overtime periods. For the third time in as many matches, UNC was in a shootout to determine the outcome. On SMU's first attempt, Josue Soto's shot deflected off the crossbar and UNC keeper Scott Goodwin stopped Leone Cruz on the Mustangs' third shot. The Tar Heels converted on their 4 attempts for the 4-2 shootout win and their third trip to the Final Four in a row.    

North Carolina 1 SMU 1 (North Carolina wins 4-2 on penalties).

Goals: SMU - Ivo 10 (Derschang) 5; UNC - Urso 5 (Martinez) 10.  

North Carolina - Goodwin, Anibaba, Ababio, McKinney, Rose, Urso, McCarty, McCarthy, Farfan,  Martinez, Dixon. Subs: Castro, Rice, McCrary, Murphy, Lovejoy. 

SMU - C.Hill, Kalis, Cruz, Still, Nelson, Barnes, Soto, Ivo, Osorio, Derschang, Castillo. Subs: Hickey, Corrado, deAlmeida, B.Hill, Rockwell.  

# 10 Michigan Wins at # 2 Maryland 3-2 to Earn Trip to Final Four  

College Park, MD - December 4, 2010 - The crowd of 3,536 saw Brazilian freshman Fabio Pereira's golden goal give Michigan a 3-2 win at No. 2 seed Maryland and a berth in the College Cup for the first time in the schools history. Jeffery Quijano and Justin Meram scored 10 minutes apart in the second half to put Michigan ahead but Jason Herrick's goal in the 79th minute tied for the Terrapins and put the match into overtime. Michigan's qualification for the 2010 College Cup comes only 10 years after the program was launched. 

"Amazing," said Michigan coach Steve Burns. "absolutely amazing! This was no easy feat for us today to come into Maryland and beat a team of their pedigree on their home field with a bid to the College Cup on the line and to have to come back from a goal down at the half. When you factor all of that together, I think you see we have a pretty special group of men. I couldn't be more proud of them and happy for Michigan." 

Maryland 2   Michigan 3

Goals: MD - Townsend (Cortes) 17, MD - Herrick (Kassel, Kemp) 79; MI - Quijano (Opare) 50,  MI - Meram (Quijano) 60, MI - Pereira (H.Saad) 104. 

Maryland - MacMath, Kemp, White, Lee, Young, Rodkey, Cortes, Kassel, Stertzer, Herrick, Townsend. Subs: Jane, Mullins, Torres, Woodberry, Forbess. 

Michigan - Blais, Shaw, Opare, Tennent, Quijano, Klemczak, Wood, Alashe, Meram, S.Saad, H.Saad. Subs: Pereira, Harris, Schmitt.  

#3 Akron Heads Back to Final Four, Defeats # 6 California in Shootout  

Akron, OH. - December 4, 2010 - The Zips will return to the College Cup Final Four for the second year in a row after surviving a wild match against California. Akron won 3-2 in a shootout after the match ended in a 3-3 draw. The crowd of 3,442 watched the Elite Eight match through the falling snow for most of the match. 

UA goalkeeper David Meves made back-to-back saves on attempts by Servando Carrasco and Davis Paul in the shootout to send the Zips on to the College Cup semifinals against Michigan Friday. Cal went ahead at the half hour mark; the Zips came back to take 2-1 and 3-2 leads before John Fitzpatrick tied the score for the Golden Bears with 89 seconds left in regulation. 

Akron 3 California 3 (Akron wins 3-2 on penalties)

Goals: UA - Nanchoff 10 (Mattocks, Nagbe) 41, UA - Caldwell 4 (Nagbe, Ampaipitakwong) 42, UA - Kitchen 5 (unassisted) 76; CA - Avalos 2 (Jones) 31, CA - Salciccia 3 (Omphroy) 57, CA- Fitzpatrick 7 (Omphroy) 89.

Undefeated # 1 Louisville Comeback Defeats # 8 UCLA 5-4 with Last Minute Goal   

Louisville, KY - December 4, 2010 - Top-seed Louisville remained unbeaten and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Men's Tournament for the first time with a 5-4 win over UCLA in a wild match played before 5,467 fans on a snowy Saturday evening in Louisville. 

The Cardinals trailed 2-0 and 3-1, went ahead 4-3 only to concede the tying goal in the 81st minute and finally won the game with less than a minute to play on a goal Aaron Horton, who was able to work his way around a slew of UCLA defenders before getting off the winning shot. 

Louisville 5 UCLA 4.

Goals: UL - Rolfe 8 (unassisted) 18, UL - Campbell 6 (pen.) 40, UL - Rolfe 9 (DelPiccolo) 48, UL - DeLeon 8 (Campbell, Rolfe) 56, UL - Aaron 2 (unassisted) 90; UCLA - Arreola (Williams, Rowe) 8, UCLA - Rowe 7 (unassisted) 18, UCLA - Hoffman 6 (unassisted) 33, UCLA - Chavez (Sofia) 81.  


North Carolina Finds Equalizer in Minute 90, Wins in Shoot Out 5-4 Over Michigan State!! 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – November 28, 2010 - The No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels were down to the final seconds Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field but Enzo Martinez scored with just nine seconds remaining to force overtime against Michigan State. UNC picked up another save from Scott Goodwin and a second straight 5-4  shootout win to advance to the quarterfinal round for the third straight year. A crowd of 776 attened the match.

The Tar Heels were looking at elimination as the clock ticked down but Carolina's leading scorer came through once again. Carolina earned a corner kick with less than a minute to play that Michael Farfan sent in with only 18 seconds remaining. The Spartans attempted to head the ball away but were only able to get the ball out of the box to a waiting Enzo Martinez. Martinez called off goalkeeper Scott Goodwin, who had pushed forward for the corner kick, and made a touch to his right before lofting a ball to the top right corner of the goal. Michigan State's keeper Avery Steinlage leaped for the ball but was unable to get a finger on it. Pandemonium ensued with Martinez being mobbed by his teammates with only nine seconds showing on the clock.

It looked like it would end early in the first OT as MSU's Garret Back made a run in the 92nd minute. A Spartan midfielder fed Back a ball behind the Tar Heel defense and Back reached the ball just as Scott Goodwin was coming out forcing a shot into the hands of Goodwin. The ball bounced off Goodwin toward the goal but rolled wide giving the Spartans a corner kick instead of the game-winning goal. Michael Farfan was looking for the golden goal in the 96th minute when he sent a low driving shot at net but Steinlage was able to corral the ball. A little more than two minutes later Kirk Urso gathered a deflected ball 25 yards from goal with Steinlage scurrying back to his post. Urso blasted a shot that never reached the six-yard box as the MSU defense deflected the ball away. The Tar Heels controlled possession in the second overtime period and made several challenging runs but only sparingly tested Steinlage before the match went to a shootout.

Carolina was facing a shootout for the second straight week and produced a similar 5-4 result. MSU's Domenic Barone stepped to the spot first and went top left.  Michael Farfan calmly made it 1-1 with a shot middle right. Cyrus Saydee, who put the Spartans in front in the 65th minute on a give and go with Rubin Bega, was next up for MSU. Saydee went low left into the diving arms of Goodwin who made his second penalty save in as many weeks to put Carolina in control. Kirk Urso made it 2-1 in favor of Carolina with a shot bottom left. Rubin Bega and Drew McKinney traded penalty makes making the score 3-2 after three rounds. Brett Rosendall and Jalil Anibaba did the same in the fourth round forcing MSU's Spencer Thompson to make his attempt. Thompson converted giving Martinez the opportunity to tally not only the equalizer but also the winner. Martinez went top left on Steinlage and deposited the ball into the back of the net to give Carolina the 5-4 shootout win.

Saydee's goal came on a Spartan counter attack in the 65th minute. Saydee corralled a deflected ball and found Bega who gave it to Saydee in open space. Goodwin came out cutting down Saydee's angle but the Spartan midfielder touched the ball to his left and fired around Goodwin for the opening tally.

Carolina has now advanced to quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament seven times in school history, including the last three seasons. The Tar Heels will take on SMU on Friday at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field with a trip to the College Cup to the winner.

North Carolina 1 Michigan State 1 (North Carolina wins 5-4 on penalties). Goals: Martinez 10 (unassisted) 90; Saydee 4 (Bega) 65.

UNC - Goodwin, Anibaba, Ababio, McKinney, Rose, Urso, McCarty, McCarthy, Farfan, Murphy, Dixon  Subs: Rodriguez, Rice, Martinez, Lovejoy, Walters. 

MSU -- Steinlage, Cope, Givens, Fullerton, Barens, M.Barone, Ricondo, Saydee, Thompson, D.Barone, Bega Subs: Back, Wilson, Cebula, Rosendall, Curtis  

Michigan Wins 3-1 with 3 Goals in 17 Minutes Against South Carolina 

Columbia, SC – November 28, 2010 - Michigan's high-powered attack scored three times in a 17-minute span to oust No. 7 seed South Carolina, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon before 2,256 fans at Stone Stadium. Justin Meram scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and Soony Saad added his 19th to help the Wolverines advance to the final eight for the second time in the program's 11-year history. 

"This was a tough environment to play in," said Michigan coach Steve Burns. "The crowd was into it, and you could sense we were starting to get a little anxious as well. We really needed to assure these guys the chances were going to come if we could keep the ball on the ground and play one and two touches and look to work the holes the way we did. I thought they showed a lot of composure doing that."  

Shortly after Meram's first goal, South Carolina's Will Traynor was sent off. "I had the angle [on the red card]," said Burns. "Justin went up for the header and was exposed, and Traynor did come across with the elbow and caught him in the jaw, and the ref was right there as well. You got to look at the tape to see if that's a red. I'm sure [South Carolina] Coach [Mark] Berson is upset with that, as I would've been upset with that.  A tight game like this, you want to play 11 versus 11. Certainly, it made a difference in the game. Once we went up a goal and a man, we've been in that position before and we train for it a decent amount. I think our guys in terms of our possession and level of composure were going to be able to withstand the penetrating, foraying run that they would make that would leave them exposed, and we really took advantage of that.” Michigan moves on to the quarterfinals and plays at Maryland on Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00 PM. 

South Carolina 1 Michigan 3. Goals: Arthur 1 (Brettschneider) 84; Meram 14 (S.Saad) 64, S.Saad 19 (none) 71, Meram 15 (none)  81.

USC - Maurer, Mangotic, Morrissey, Wiltse, Baladez, Root, Traynor, O'Dell, Cates, Arthur, Brettschneider

Subs: Rivera, Stam, Rafferty. 

UM - Blais, Shaw, Opare, Tennent, Quijano, Klemczak, Wood, Alashe, Meram, S.Saad, H.Saad  Subs: Mencia, Pereira, Harris, Sullivan, Kerr, Schmitt. 

Red card: South Carolina -- Traynor 65.


Michigan Defeats Central Florida in OT 2-1 to Moved to Sweet Sixteen 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – November 21, 2010 – Latif Alashe scored his second career goal in dramatic fashion to send the No. 10 seed University of Michigan to a 2-1 overtime victory against the University of Central Florida on Sunday. The match drew 2,742 to the U-M Soccer Stadium. The win puts the Wolverines into the NCAA Championship round of 16 for the third time in program history and the first time since the 2008 season.

UCF scored first with Keown Robson's header off a throw-in which he put just behind Blais in the ninth minute. That was the only scoring opportunity the Knights would have, but it was good for a 1-0 half time lead. U-M picked up the offense in the second half coming out very aggressively. The equalizer in minute 50 when Alex Wood sent a pass forward to Justin Meram and he struck from the 18 to make it 1-1. U-M had several scoring opportunities but the UCF backline was solid and kept the Wolverines at bay with regulation time ending at the 1-1 score. 

Alashe sealed the Wolverines' record 15th win of the season just four minutes into the overtime session. The midfielder tipped a Hamoody Saad 35 yard free kick just behind UCF goalkeeper Shawn Doyle, sending U-M into the next round. Michigan recorded 31 total shots with a season-best 13 shots on goal. The Knights had 17 shots with on goal. U-M keeper had 2 saves while UCF’s Doyle had 11. The Wolverines travel to No. 18 South Carolina in the Sweet 16 round on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Columbia, S.C 

North Carolina Wins Shootout 5-4 to Beat Georgetown and Move to Round Three 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – November 21, 2010 – No. 4 seed North Carolina won a shootout to post a win Sunday over Georgetown in front of a surprisingly small 651 fans at Fetzer Field. Carolina converted all five kicks and keeper Scott Goodwin stopped a Hoya attempt to advance the Tar Heels to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season.

Following a scoreless 110 minutes of action, Georgetown and Carolina moved to shootout from the penalty mark. The Hoyas stepped to the spot first and Ian Christianson converted. Carolina’s Kirk Urso knotted things up at 1-1. Round two saw the Hoyas' Alex Verdi beat Tar Heel keeper Scott Goodwin, but Drew McKinney converted for the Tar Heels to even things up at 2-2. Seth C'deBaca shot next for the Hoyas going low right into the waiting hands of Goodwin, who batted the ball away. Carolina’s Jalil Anibaba increased the pressure on the Hoyas by making the score 3-2 after round three. Jimmy Nealis and Chandler Diggs both converted for the Hoyas, while Carolina’s Enzo Martinez also converted putting Alex Walters in position to win the match in the fifth round. Walters calmly placed the shot inside the left post giving Carolina the 5-4 shootout and 1-0 win.

Georgetown came out aggressively in the opening 15 minutes as C'deBaca and Diggs challenged Goodwin with shots from distance that Goodwin had no problem controlling. The Tar Heels rattled off three shots in a span of three minutes before the first intermission as Enzo Martinez, Robbie Lovejoy and Josh Rice all launched shots toward the goal but none challenged Hoya keeper Matthew Brutto and the half ended 0-0. In minute 53 Hoya Ben Slingerland’s header looked liked it was in but Goodwin rose up to punch the ball away at the last second for the save. The Hoyas would continue to test the Carolina defense with a pair of corner kicks, but were unable to keep possession. Carolina brought in a trio of subs in the minute 58 and the Tar Heels gained possession and started to mount attacks with the fresh legs. A little over 10 minutes after coming on the pitch, Carlos McCrary launched a shot from 25 yards out that Brutto punched away. Georgetown made things interesting in the closing minutes of regulation as Rob Burnett ran on a ball and tried to sneak a shot past Goodwin that was deflected toward the top of the box to Hoya Jose Colchao, who rifled another shot. Goodwin was able to recover and knock the ball away forcing a corner kick. The Hoyas won another a corner kick in the final two minutes that the Tar Heels defense cleared to force overtime. In the extra session, Carolina was the aggressor and challenged the Hoyas with several shots from long distance. Kirk Urso blasted a shot in minute 95 that Brutto was able to save. Carolina looked to have the winner in minute 97 as Alex Walters launched a shot from 30 yards out that hit the crossbar.

Carolina outshot the Hoyas 20 to 12, while the Hoyas lead in shots on goal 7 to 5. Goodwin had 7 saves for the Tar Heels, Georgetown’s Brutto had 5. The shootout was the first for the Tar Heels since the 2009 College Cup semifinal when Carolina fell to Akron. Carolina is now 1-5 all-time in shootouts, earning their first win since 1992. Carolina advances to take on Michigan State in the third round at 3:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 28 at Fetzer Field.


The NCAA Men's D1 Draw and First Round Matches 

Indianapolis, IN - November 15, 2010 - Unbeaten Louisville is the No. 1 seed in the 48-team field for the NCAA Division I Tournament, which begins Thursday. Maryland, Akron, North Carolina and SMU follow at 2-5. Defending champion Virginia was unseeded but is making its 30th-consecutive NCAA appearance -- the longest active streak in the nation.

The Big East led all conferences with seven teams in the tournament field, while the ACC and Big Ten had five each. The Ivy League and Conference USA have four teams among the 48, while the MPSF has the most of any West Coast conference with three teams. Third-year program East Tennessee State and Xavier are the only teams making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Tournament Selects Today, Conference Winners Have Automatic Bids 

Indianapolis, IN - November 15, 2010 - The 48-team field which will include the 22 conference champions and 26 at-large selections for the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament will be announced Monday on ESPNU. The selection announcement will come at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET. Click on headline above for link to NCAA Championship website.

Here are the conference winners that receive automatic bids to the tournament.

ACC: Maryland
America East: UMBC
America South: East Tennessee State
Atlantic 10: Xavier
Big East: Louisville
Big South: Coastal Carolina
Big Ten: Michigan
Big West: UC Santa Barbara
CAA: William & Mary
Conference USA: South Carolina
Horizon: Butler
Ivy: Princeton
MAAC: St. Peter's
Mid-American: Akron
Missouri Valley: Bradley
MPSF: Sacramento State
Northeast: Monmouth
Pac-10: California
Patriot: Bucknell
Southern: UNC Greensboro
Summit: Oakland
WCC: Santa Clara

Sunday, November 21
NCAA Division II Tournament: Clayton State 3-2 Loss at Rollins Ends Best Season at 19-4-0

Clayton Sate Loses to Rollins 3-2 in Overtime, Out of the NCAA D2 Tournament, Ends Season 19-4 

WINTER PARK, Fla. – November 20, 2010 In a match  that will go down as a “classic” in the 2010 NCAA Division II National Tournament, the Clayton State Lakers dropped a tough 3-2 decision in double-overtime at Rollins in the NCAA Division II “Elite Eight.” 

The defeat ends the 19th ranked Lakers’ banner season at 19-4 – the best season the history of men’s soccer at Clayton State. Rollins improves to 14-3-3 overall and the Tars advance to the NCAA Division II “Final Four” on Dec. 2 in Louisville. “What a tremendous game,” said Clayton State head coach Pete Petersen. “Rollins is a real good team, but we showed a lot of character and never quit. We wish Rollins a lot of luck.” Rollins got the winner in the 105th minute of the second overtime period as Chase Neinken scored off a direct kick by Kevin Boone. That gave Neinken a hat-trick. The winner spoiled a tremendously rally by Clayton State, which rallied twice to tie. After Neinken gave the Tars a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, Clayton State answered in the 57th minute on an unassisted goal by Lulic. However, Neinken answered five minutes later with his second goal, giving the Tars a 2-1 lead. But there was no quit in the Lakers. Junior Ryan Pugh got Clayton State its second equalizer in the 78th minute off an assist by junior midfielder Matty Phillips. Clayton State goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded five saves in the defeat, while his Rollins counterpart Keneil Baker recorded three saves. Rollins out-shot the Lakers 18-9. 


NCAA D2 Tournament Down to Elite Eight, Arturo Named Freshman PBC Player of the Year, All Region 


Indianapolis, IN - November 15, 2010 - There are only eight squads left in the DII Men's Soccer Tournament and all of them will have the belief that they can win the championship. A match-up of one loss teams, Franklin Pierce and Dowling, kicks off the final eight on Saturday. Clayton State (19-3), currently ranked 19th in the nation in Division II, will play in the NCAA Division II "Elite Eight" for the first time in program history this Saturday night at 7 p.m. at fifth-ranked Rollins



Clayton State placed four players on the 2010 Daktronics Division II All-Southeast Region team, which was released on Tuesday. Selected first team for the Lakers was forward Ryan Pugh and defender Igor Lukic, while forward Arturo Cruz, midfielder Matty Phillips and goalkeeper Brian Garcia were both second team All-Southeast Region selections. It’s the first All-Region honor for the Laker quintet.


A forward out of Atlanta, Cruz became the second Laker in the last three seasons to earn PBC Freshman of the Year honors. He has scored four goals with seven assists for 15 points so far this season. Cruz is currently tied for fourth in the Peach Belt in assists and tied for 10th in points scored. Cruz dished out two assists against Young Harris and scored the winning goal against USC Aiken.



Clayton State Moves On to Quarters Against Rollins College with 1-0 Victory Over Anderson

MONTEVALLO, Ala. - November 14, 2010 - The Clayton State Lakers are literally "going where no Laker team has gone before." Playing Anderson in the 2010 NCAA Division II "Sweet 16" on Sunday, Clayton State scratched and clawed its way to a thriller 1-0 victory at Montevallo's Varsity Field. The victory sends 19th-ranked Clayton State to the NCAA Division II "Elite Eight" for the first time in program history. In addition, the Lakers improve to 19-3 overall, setting the single-season school record for victories in season.

Clayton State will now play Rollins next weekend in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals, or "Elite Eight", date, site and time to be determined. Anderson finishes its season 15-6-2. One player in particular making the key plays was keeper Brian Garcia. He recorded his 11th shutout of the season with seven crucial saves. None of those saves were more evident than in the last couple of minutes when Anderson was on the attack. The Trojans' Lasse Sohrweide took a cross in the penalty box and headed what looked to be the game-tying goal in the right corner of the net in the 88th minute. However, Garcia extended his body fully and tapped the ball away at the last second. Then with 28 second remaining, Garcia made the final save on a long shot attempt by Anderson's Aldo Lopez-Gill. The lone goal of the game was in the 39th minute for Clayton State as Leigthon Fredericks broke free down the middle with a long pass from Sam Bevan and hammered it past Anderson goalkeeper Benjamin Pepion for his eighth goal of the season. Pepion recorded four saves in the defeat for Anderson. The Trojans out-shot Clayton State 17-6. 

Clayton State Advances in NCAA II  Tournament with 1-0 Win Over Flagler  

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – November 12, 2010 – Last Friday, David Duot was ejected with a red card in Clayton State’s Peach Belt Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament semifinal defeat against Montevallo. However, on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Division II National Tournament, Duot scored the Lakers’ lone goal as Clayton State won a 1-0 thriller over Peach Belt rival Flagler at Montevallo’s Varsity Field.

The victory improves 19th-ranked Clayton State to 18-3 overall, tying the single-season school record for victories. Clayton State, winners of eight of its last nine games, advances to the NCAA Division II "Sweet 16" for the fifth time in program history. The Lakers will battle Anderson at 1 p.m. CST on Sunday at Montevallo. Anderson tied Montevallo 1-1 on Friday night, and then advanced on penalty kicks. Flagler concludes its season at 14-5-1.  After a scoreless first half, Clayton State got the break it needed early in the second half. In the 47th minute, defender Roger Boniface sent a cross into the penalty box, and Duot scored on a side-volley past Flagler goalkeeper Matt Gilman.From there, the Lakers relied on their stout defense. Clayton State withstood a Flagler offensive bombardment in the final 20 minutes of the contest as Laker goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded his 10th shutout of the season with four saves. Gilman had three saves for Flagler. The shots were an even 12-12 on both sides. 

Clayton State Advances in NCAA Division II Tournament with 2-1 Win Over Lees-McRae, Kevin Assists 

Morrow, Ga. – November 10, 2010 – It’s all about surviving and advancing and Clayton State did just that on Wednesday. Playing Lees-McRae in their Preliminary match of the 2010 NCAA Division II National Tournament, the Lakers held on against the determined Bobcats, pulling off a thrilling 2-1 victory over Lees-McRae at Laker Field. The No. 19 Lakers, the PBC season co-champions, improve to 17-3 overall. Lees-McRae, last season’s  Division II runner-up, finishes 13-5-3. Arturo had two shots in the match, one on goal. Kevin had one shot and one assist. 

Clayton State took control early behind the play of forward Ryan Pugh. The Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute on a breakaway goal off an assist by Kevin Rodriguez. The score stayed 1-0 until the minute 42 when Pugh struck again from 6 yards off a cross from Leighton Fredericks. That gave Clayton State a 2-0 lead at halftime. Lees-McRae came out more intense in the second half cutting the Clayton State lead in half as James Galvani scored on a shot from the top of the penalty box to the left corner of the net. Lees-McRae had numerous opportunities to tie, but could not convert down the stretch as the Lakers played containment defense. Clayton State goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded two saves in the victory, while Bobcat keeper Thomas Rusling recorded three saves. The shots were even 12-12 for both teams. The Lakers will play Peach Belt rival Flagler on Friday.

The NCAA Division II Men's Tournament Gets Started, Clayton State Opens at Home 

Indianapolis, IN - November 10, 2010 - Clayton state plays the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tournament at hope, playing Lees_MRea in Morrow. Midwestern State at 16-0-2 is the only unbeaten team in the 32-team NCAA Division II Men's Tournament, which begins this week.

Sunday, November 21
NAIA Tournament: Asuza Pacific Loss to Vanguard Ends NAIA Run
Azuza Pacific Out of NAIA Tournament with Loss to Vanguard 2-1 in Overtime 

AZUSA, Calif. – November 20, 2010 - Azusa Pacific came less than 8 minutes away from making an early first-half goal enough to pull off its first win in 3 tries against the GSAC’s regular-season and postseason tournament champion Vanguard, but the Lions broke through for an 83rd-minute equalizer and claimed a 2-1 win on Kevin Cornwall’s 98th-minute “golden goal” Saturday afternoon in the 2010 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round.

Azusa Pacific’s strong defensive effort came just a week after Vanguard scored 3 first-half goals on the Cougars in the GSAC Tournament championship game in Costa Mesa. The teams were paired up for a rematch just a week later in the NAIA Tournament Opening Round, but Azusa Pacific was selected to host due to its higher rating in the NAIA Modified RPI rankings, which were used to select and seed the national tournament field. Vanguard also scored 3 goals against the Cougars in the teams’ regular-season meeting, when the Lions scored the game-winner in the final second of regulation for a 3-2 win Sept. 25. Shutting down Cornwall, who entered the game with 15 goals and was named the 2010 GSAC Player of the Year, was the key to Azusa Pacific’s defensive game plan, and the Cougars executed the plan to near-perfection. However, Tomislav Colic’s highlight-reel bicycle kick off a short corner kick in the eighth minute of the first overtime period found Cornwall with enough space in front of the goal for an easy header finish for the winner. The loss ends Azusa Pacific’s campaign with a 16-5-1 overall record, while Vanguard improves to 14-7 and moves on to a second-round matchup with Notre Dame (Ohio) on Monday, Nov. 29, at the NAIA Tournament final site in Orange Beach, Ala., where the tournament will conclude that week. 

NAIA Men's Tournament Kicks Off Saturday, Azusa Pacific Host Vanguard 

Kansas City, KS - November 15 - The 2010 NAIA Men's Tournament kicks off Saturday with 15 first-round games. The finals will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 4 in Orange Beach, Ala.

The defending champion is Lindsey Wilson, which opens against Southern Poly State. Rio Grande is the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2005 and hosts Bethel (Ind.). Simon Fraser (B.C.) is making its 23rd appearance, the most of any active school. The Southern States Athletic Conference has four entrants: No. 8 Belhaven, No. 9 Mobile, William Carey and Southern Poly State. The Golden State Athletic Conference places three teams in the field: No. 11 California Baptist, No. 13 Azusa Pacific and Vanguard.

Saturday, November 13
ACC Tournament Report - Maryland Holds Off North Carolina, 1-0, To Win ACC Championship

North Carolina Can't Find Equalizer Despite Dominating Second Half, Loses to PK 1-0 

CARY, N.C. - November 14, 2010 - Second-seeded Maryland outlasted top-seeded North Carolina, 1-0, to win the 2010 ACC Men's Soccer Championship Sunday afternoon at WakeMed Soccer Park. It was the fourth ACC title for the Terrapins, who held the Tar Heels scoreless for the first time since the season opener. 

Maryland struck early on Matt Kassel's penalty kick at the 13:46 mark. The first-team All-ACC honoree sent the ball into the left back corner of the net to give the Terrapins the 1-0 lead. The Tar Heels had to play the final 55 minutes down a man after first-team All-ACC midfielder Michael Farfan received a red card after a hard tackle in the 34th minute.


"Championship games take strange courses sometimes," Cirovski said. "Once we made the penalty kick, I thought Carolina came out with a lot more energy. After the red card, Carolina became more aggressive. We naturally fell back a little bit and got in a little bit more of protective mode. I thought our defensive effort was of championship quality. That's what you have to have in these games."

Despite playing without their second-leading scorer and an All-Tournament team selection for much of the match, the fourth-ranked Tar Heels outshot No. 3 Maryland, 16-9. North Carolina registered six shots in the second half while the Terrapins were without a shot after intermission. 

"First, I want to congratulate Maryland," UNC coach Elmar Bolowich. "They played a tremendous game. They came out ready and had the better side in the first half. We had a hard time finding a rhythm in the early going. In the second half with a man down, we tried and we had very good opportunities," Bolowich continued. "We played very strong despite playing without Michael Farfan. We created numerous opportunities. We had plenty of chances to tie it up and win, but we didn't make a play on the offensive end."   

Maryland extended its winning streak to 13 games as it improved to 17-2-1. The Terrapins, who defeated Virginia for the 2008 ACC Championship, claimed their second conference title in the last three years. North Carolina's unbeaten streak was snapped at 12 matches. The Tar Heels (16-3-1) and Terrapins both expect to be high seeds in the NCAA Tournament, which will begin on Thursday. The bracket will be announced Monday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU.   

Carolina Moves to Championship Round, Defeats Boston College 1-0 in Semi 

CARY, N.C. - Enzo Martinez put away his own rebound in minute 55 to provide the winning goal in Carolina's (16-2-1) 1-0 win over Boston College (10-4-5) Friday in the semifinals. The win extends Carolina's unbeaten streak to an even dozen as Carolina will look for number 13 on Sunday when the Tar Heels take on No. 3 Maryland at 1 p.m. at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. 

The Tar Heels and Eagles battled for possession throughout the opening half as neither team was able to connect many passes in a row. Boston College a trio of shots in the opening 15 minutes as Kyle Bekker had a shot blocked and Amit Aburmad drove a pair of shots that never found the frame. The Tar Heels had chances of their own as Alex Dixon and Martin Murphy both sent shots wide in the opening half. Elmar Bolowich brought on three new faces in the closing minutes of the first half to make an offensive push but Kirk Urso's shot at 40:37 that sailed wide was the lone shot in the final 30 minutes of the opening half. Carolina came out of the locker room and immediately put pressure on the Eagle defense and goalkeeper Justin Luthy. Midfielder Kirk Urso was challenging Luthy throughout the night from distance but the breakthrough came in the 54th minute. Urso took a shot from 40 yards out forcing Luthy to the ground to save the blast but he was unable to corral the rebound and Enzo Martinez was on the spot, as he chipped the ball with his right foot, the ball then hit the left post and bounced right back to the sophomore midfielder. The Rock Hill, S.C., native followed with a quick shot that found the back of the net to give Carolina the one goal lead. Carolina would wind down the clock the rest of the way controlling possession and making occasional runs looking to extend its lead. " The shutout win was Carolina's 10th of the season and third straight shutout for a defense allowing just 0.63 goals against per game. Carolina snapped a four-game unbeaten streak to Boston College with the win after drawing with the Eagles in Newton, Mass. earlier in the year. The Tar Heels will make their fifth appearance in the ACC Tournament Final on Sunday when they take on Maryland and will be looking for their third ACC Tournament Title in school history. The Terrapins are riding a 12-game winning streak of their own having won every game since a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Tar Heels Sept. 24 in Chapel Hill.  

UNC Defeats Rival NC State 4-0, Carlos Assists on Final Goal

CARY, N.C. - November 11, 2010 - Carolina's Martin Murphy headed home a cross from Kirk Urso less than 16 minutes into Wednesday night's quarterfinal against NC State that was good for the win, as the No. 4 Tar Heels cruised to a 4-0 win over the rival Wolfpack. 

In minute 16 Carolina used a perfect short corner to get on the board early as Urso dropped a pass to Michael Farfan to set up the ball for Urso's cross to near post where Martin Murphy was waiting to head it into the goal. In minute 32 Matt Rose sent in perfect service to Enzo Martinez for a shot past NC State's kepper Carlos Villa into the lower left corner of the net. In minute 66, Alex Dixon made a run down the right side and fed a ball to Farfan at the top of the box, Farfan lofted a bending shot into the top left corner of the goal to extend the lead to 3-0. Martinez picked up his second goal in minute 80 when he stuck in a shot from eight yards out on a cross from Carlos McCrary. Carolina moves on to play Boston College at 8 p.m. on Friday.  

Wake Forest Falls to Virginia 1-0, Deacon's Nine Year NCAA Run Ends 

CARY, N.C. - November 10, 2010 - In a match that saw only two shots on goal, Virginia out dueled Wake Forest 1-0 in the ACC Championship Tournament. UVA goes on to the next round with the win. Chris started and played the entire match and had one shot for the Demon Deacons. 

The Demon Deacons loss to Virginiadropped Wake's record to 8-9-2, which makes it ineligible for the NCAA Tournament. The Demon Deacons had made the NCAA Tournament nine years in a row and advanced to the Men's College Cup each of the last four years. Virginia is the defending national champion. The Calvaliers goal came in the opening minutes of the second half when Ari Dimis sent a pass to Hunter Jumper who struck from 30 yards out for the winner. Virginia continues on with a 11-4-3 record.

Clemson Loses  to Maryland 2-1 

CARY, N.C. - November 10, 2010 - Forward Casey Townsend delivered his third -winning goal of the season early in the second half, and second seeded Maryland edged seventh-seeded Clemson, 2-1, in the opening quarterfinal match of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championship.   With Wednesday's win at WakeMed Soccer Park, the Terps (15-2-1) moved on to Friday's 5:30 p.m. semifinal match, where they will face the Wake Forest-Virginia quarterfinal winner. Clemson ended its season at 5-9-4. In the match, Cody started in goal and had two save. Stephen and Nikos saw action as subs. Stephen had two shot with one on goal.

Maryland got on the board with just under 37 minutes still remaining in the first half when Clemson's keeper Cody Mizell deflected a header by the Terps' John Stertzer for a corner kick. In the scramble after the kick,  Cortes took a pass from teammate Paul Torres and sent home a straight shot from 16 yards to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. Clemson tied the match at the 26:38 mark of the opening half as midfielder Tommy Drake sent a cross from the right side, setting up forward Austin Savage's running close-range goal that made it 1-1. Savage's goal wound up being the Tigers' only shot of the first half (to Maryland's eight), but the tie score held up until intermission. With 34:27 remaining in the match, Townsend took a long pass into the box from Billy Cortes and headed home his seventh goal of the season to give the Terps their 2-1 lead. Clemson's Mizell got his hands onto the shot, but the ball eluded his full grasp and found its way into the back of the net. Both teams had scoring chances after that, but the 2-1 score stood up until the end. Maryland is seeking its fifth ACC Championship title, its fourth since Cirovski became coach in 1993. The Terps last captured the championship in 2008 and went on to win the NCAA title.  

Six "Boys in Red" Gather at ACC Tournament, Five of the Nine Teams Nationally Ranked


GREENSBORO, N.C. – November 8, 2010 - The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off the 2010 Men’s Soccer Tournament at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Tuesday, November 9.  The four day event opens with eighth seeded NC State (9-7-2, 1-5-2 ACC) facing ninth-seeded Virginia Tech (5-12-1, 1-6-1 ACC) at 1:00 PM in the day’s only match. CFE '91 player in attendance include Chris Duval (WF), Carlos McCrary (UNC), Stephen McGill (CU), Cody Mizell (CU), Brendan Moore (UNC) and Nikos Papanikolopoulos (CU).


The latest polls put five ACC teams in the Top 25. Soccer America ranks North Carolina #2, Maryland #3, Virginia #10, Duke #21 and Boston College #23. The NSCAA has Maryland # 3, UNC #4, UVA # 15, BC # 20 and Duke # 21. College News rankings have UNC #3, Maryland #4, UVA #13, BC #14 and Duke #22 at the season’s end.

North Carolina (14-2-1, 7-0-1 ACC) won the 2010 ACC regular season championship and earned the top seed in the tournament.

Saturday, November 13
The Big 10 Tournament Report - Michigan Wins First Big 10 Championship
Big 10

Michigan Defeats Penn State, 4-1, to Claim Big Ten Tournament Championship

No. 3 Michigan earned a 4-1 win over No. 4 Penn State to claim its first Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on, with Soony Saad scoring in the fourth minute and Justin Meram adding another goal in the 13th. Meram scored his second of the afternoon in the 30th minute to push Michigan's lead to 3-0. Drew Cost tallied Penn State's lone goal of the contest in the 43rd minute to leave the score at 3-1 entering halftime. The Wolverines notched their fourth goal on a Hamoody Saad penalty kick in the 52nd minute. The win gives Michigan the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. 


Michigan Advances to Big 10 Final with 1-0 Victory Over Wisconsin 


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Novemeber 12, 2010 - Big Ten Freshman of the Year Soony Saad came through late with his NCAA leading 17th goal of the season to give the University of Michigan to a 1-0 win over Wisconsin in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday at Penn State’s  Jeffery Field. The Wolverines advance to the Big Ten Tournament final for the second time in program history and the first time since the 2002 season. 

Michigan dominated the score sheet, outshooting the Badgers, 19-6, and allowing Wisconsin no shots on goal. Eight of U-M's 14 field players recorded at least one shot during the game, with Soony Saad leading the way with seven shots. In addition to Soony Saad's goal, his brother, Hamoody Saad recorded U-M's lone assist on the afternoon. The goal was the fourth that brothers Hamoody and Soony connected on this season. Keeper Chris Blais picked up his fourth shutout of the season and for the first time this season did not make one save. U-M opened the second half with momentum after going into the break tied 0-0. The Badgers started packing players into the box in the second half, which made scoring opportunities difficult for the Wolverines, but U-M broke through with 13 minutes left in regulation. After capitalizing on a Wisconsin turnover in the midfield, Hamoody Saad collected the ball and flicked it to the feet of Soony Saad, who placed the ball behind the outstretched arms of Wisconsin goalkeeper Max Jentsch for his fifth winner marker of the year. Wisconsin did not make things easy down the stretch with corner kicks late, but the Michigan defense held Wisconsin at bay to close out the game.The Badgers and Wolverines played a very physical first half and Soony Saad had a prime opportunity early in the frame with a shot from 25 yards away, but it just bounced right off the crossbar to keep it notched at 0-0. Malcolm and the Wolverines advance to the Big Ten final and will take on host Penn State, which advanced with a 2-1 win over Indiana in the second semifinal, at noon on Sunday (Nov. 14). Fans can watch the action live on the Big Ten Network.  

No. 3 Seed Michigan Defeats No. 6 Michigan State, 2-1

State College, PA - November 11, 2010 - Third-seeded Michigan moves on to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a 2-1 win over No. 6 Michigan State. The Spartans' Rubin Bega tap in on a cross by CyrusSaydee in minute 53 gave Michigan State a 1-0 lead, but goals from Justin Meram from the 18 in minute 62 with an assist by Latif Alashe and Soony Saad in minute 78 unassisted off a free kick  pushed the Wolverines in front for good. U-M outshot MSU 16 to 10 in the match. Michigan will take on the winner of today's No.2 Ohio State and No. 7 Wisconsin matchup in Friday's first semifinal.

Big 10 Tournament Annouced and Set to Start Thursday in State College, PA.  

Chicago, IL - November 10, 2010 - The pairings for the 2010 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament have been announced, with conference champion Indiana taking the top seed. The tournament, hosted by Penn State, will feature three opening round matches on Thursday, followed by two semifinals on Friday. The championship will take place on Sunday at Noon ET, with the winner earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

The Hoosiers earned their 13th Big Ten title after finishing their conference slate at 4-1-1, clinching the tournament's top seed and a bye into the semifinals. Indiana will await the winner of the Penn State-Northwestern quarterfinal match, which will be played at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. Penn State and Northwestern tied for fourth place in the Big Ten with Penn State owning the tiebreaker, giving it the No. 4 seed and Northwestern the No. 5 seed.

While Ohio State and Michigan tied for second in the Big Ten standings at 4-2-0, a 1-0 Buckeye win over the Wolverines on Sept. 25 gives Ohio State the No. 2 seed. The Buckeyes will take on No. 7 Wisconsin at 12:30 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals. In the opening match of the tournament, No. 3 Michigan, with CFE '91 alum Malcolm Miller, will square off with intrastate rival and No. 6 seed Michigan State at 10 AM EST.

Friday's semifinals will pit the Michigan-Michigan State winner against the Ohio State-Wisconsin winner at 1 p.m. ET, with Indiana taking on the winner of Penn State-Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. ET. The semifinal and championship games will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. For the complete Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament bracket and coverage click on the headline above.

Thursday, November 11
The Atlantic 10 Tournament Update: Early Xavier Goal Sinks Temple 1-0

Temple Can Not Find Equalizer as Xavier Goes up 1-0 in Minute 11 

Charlotte, NC - November 11, 2010 - The Temple Owls searched for seventy nine minutes to find the equalizer and extend their stay in the A-10 Tournament, but it was not to be. Nolan started in the back four and played the entire match while Sawyer started in the midfield and had one shot for the Owls.  

Xavier's Luke Spencer came up with the winning goal on a long pass from El-Hadji Dieng that got behind the defense for the score. The teams seemed to be evenly matched and the remaining 79 minutes of play was one of momentum shifts, opportunities for both sides and finally an early exit for the Owls. Temple had a  great opportunity in minute 89 when they put the ball in box and had a deflection put the ball in play inside the six. The replacement keeper for the Musketeers, Andre Bezerra, who had just entered for the injured Justin Marshall five minutes earlier, came up with the ball just when it looked like the match was going into overtime. Xavier held the lead in shots with a total of 16 to the Owls 12. However, Xavier’s edge in shots on goal was only 6 to 5. Temples had five corners to Xavier’s three. The Owl’s keeper Brett Mellon had four save while allowing the one goal, Bezerra had 5 saves with no goals allowed for the Musketeers.   

A-10 Tournament in Charlotte has UNC Charlotte No. 1 Seed, Temple is No. 3  

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – No. 18 UNC Charlotte is the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship held November 11 through 14 at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C. The 49ers  went 13-5 overall and 8-1 in the A-10 to captured their first regular season title. Charlotte is seeking its first A-10 crown in its fifth appearance in the event since joining the A-10 in the 2005 season. They enter the event winning 10 of their last 11 matches.

La Salle (6-2-1and 8-6-3), also seeking its first A-10 title, will make their fourth appearance and its first since 2004. Charlotte and La Salle each earned a first round bye and will face the lowest and highest remaining seeds, respectively, in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 12. Temple (8-8-2 and 6-3-0) seeded third, looks for its first title, CFE '91 players Nolan and Sawyer Hemmer have started the last two matches for the Owls. St. Bonaventure (10-7-1 and 5-3-1) picked up the fourth seed. The Owls will make their eighth appearance in the event and first since 2008. The Bonnies make their second-straight trip to the Championship, the third in program history.

Defending A-10 Champion Saint Louis (8-6-3 and 5-3-1) continues its streak of A-10 Tournament appearances, making their sixth-straight. The Billikens have advanced to the event each year since joining the league (2005) and are the fifth-seed, while Xavier (8-6-3 and 5-4-0) earns the sixth-seed making its third appearance in the event. The 2010 A-10 Championship begins on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 5:3O PM (ET) when Temple takes on Xavier at Transamerica Field followed by the match between St. Bonaventure and St. Louis at 8:00 PM (ET). The semifinals are on Friday, Nov. 12, as La Salle opens against the highest remaining seed at 5:30 PM, while top-seeded Charlotte plays at 8:00 PM facing the lowest remaining seed. The A-10 title match will be Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1:00pm (EST). Live audio/ video will be available for free via the Atlantic 10 Conference official website, click on headline above to go to the site.

Monday, November 8
Temple and George Washington Finish with A-10 Wins, Temple Going to A-10 Tournament

Temple Punches Ticket to A-10 Tournament with 3-0 Win Over Richmond  

AMBLER, Pa. - Temple rolled past Richmond (5-12-1, 4-5-0), 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Ambler Sports Complex, solidifying a two-win weekend and a spot at the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Charlotte. The Owls (8-8-2, 6-3-0) have to wait for the results from the remainder of the A-10 matches to find out their seeding. Nolan and Sawyer started in the back four in the match for the Owls. 

Temple battled Richmond through the first half and came out with a 1-0 lead. Freshman Dalton Carroll's first collegiate goal came when a Tyler Witmer and Cody Calafiore combo set up Carroll for a 35 yards shot that bounced past UR’s Brock Tomlinson for the eventual winner in minute 41. The Owls outshot Richmond 6-5 in the first half, but would turn on the offense in the second. Calafiore was also the catalyst for the Owls' next goal when he collected a pass from Sam Speaker and served Vaughn Spurrier just inside the box. Spurrier slipped by the defense and fired a shot left post to put the Owls up 2-0 in minute 75. Less than five minutes later Carroll dribbled through midfield, dishing off to Witmer for a one touch pass to Speaker to set up a one-on-one with UR's Tomlinson. Speaker found the back of the net for his first collegiate goal. Temple outshot Richmond 16-10 and had 4 corners to UR,s 3. Temple keeper Bret Mollon made one save in his final match at Ambler Sports Complex, collecting his sixth shutout of the season. The Owls ended the regular season with an even 8-8-2 overall 6-3-0 in the A-10. The A-10 Tournament is November 11-14 at UNC Charlotte. 

George Washington Marches Past St. Joseph 4-0 in Season Finale  

PHILADELPHIA, PA - George Washington scored three goals in the opening 20 minutes and sophomore Seth Rudolph tallied his second hat trick of the season to help the Colonials cruise past Saint Joseph 4-0. The Colonials end their season with a 3-15-0 overall and 1-8-0 in A-10 action. The season finale was played at St. Joseph’s (2-15-0, 1-8-0 A-10) Finnesey Field on Sunday in front of 354 fans. Alex saw action as a sub in the match.

The Colonial’s Rudolph spread his hat trick throughout the match, scoring in the 8th, 13th and 86th minutes. Marcus Ranney tallied unassisted in minute 20 as GW matched their highest scoring output of the season. Andrew Aluko had the assist on Rudolph's winning goal, Mattia Melillo on the second, and Aldin Dervisevic scored his first collegiate point by setting up Rudolph's breakaway third goal. Rudolph wraps his sophomore season with 10 goals, second-most in the Atlantic 10 through regular-season play. He has 14 goals and 30 points in 35 career matches. GW keeper senior Erik Haug had seven saves in the match for his first clean sheet of the season and fifth of his career. It was the Colonials second shutout of this season. SJU's (2-15-0, 1-8-0 A-10) Michael Moulton made one save in 78 minutes of action, while Conor Mulville allowed a goal in the final 12 minutes in goal. GW finishes the 2010 campaign The Colonials are slated to return 23 letter winners and nine starters for the 2011 season.

Sunday, November 7
Michigan Wins 4-2 at Northwestern, Presbyterian Falls at VMI 4-3, King Scores in BSC Match

Michigan Wins Big 10 Match with Northwestern 4-2 

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Soony Saad set the season record with his 15th goal of the season as the University of Michigan (11-4-3, 4-2-0 Big Ten) defeated Northwestern (8-7-2, 2-3-1 Big Ten) 4-2. The Saturday match at Northwestern’s Lakeside Field drew 426 fans and brought an end the Michigan’s regular season. Malcolm played in the match, entering as a substitute.  

In the opening half, Northwestern found the net in the ninth minute when Oliver Kupe connected on a cross from Matt Eliason from 23 yards out and sent it just past UM’s Keeper Chris Blais giving the Wildcats the early 1-0 lead. Following a red card issued to the Northwestern team, the Wolverines settled down and scored the equalizer in minute 35. Awarded a free kick from 35 yards out, Hamoody Saad and Soony Saad lined up on the ball and Hamoody blasted it into the goal. Coming out of the break tied at 1-1, the Wolverines opened the floodgates, scoring three goals in a span of 12 minutes, including scoring two goals in less than three minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Alex Wood started the scoring in minute 53, receiving a pass from Soony Saad at the top of the box and blasting a shot into the side of the net past NU’s keeper Jonathan Harris. Soony Saad scored his record breaking goal just minutes after Wood. Justin Meram worked his way through the Wildcats defense and found a streaking Saad in the box and he converted for his team-leading 15th goal of the season. Meram then capped the Michigan scoring in the 65th minute. The senior forward connected with a through ball assist from Hamoody Saad. Blais made four saves in 79:27 minutes of action, while Tim Bergsma had 10:30 in goal.Michigan now waits seeding for the 2010 Big Ten Tournament. The tournament will be held Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 11-14, at Penn State's Jeffrey Field in State College, Pa 

Presbyterian’s Comeback Foiled as Blue Hose Fall to VMI 4-3, Sean Scores First Collegiate Goal 

LEXINGTON, Va. – A crowd of 423 saw Presbyterian (2-13-1, 0-8 BSC) score a season high three goals Saturday at VMI (3-11-2, 3-5 BSC), but it wasn't enough as the Keydets downed the Blue Hose, 4-3. Roswell’s PC team members did the PC scoring as Nico Fazio scored the first two goals and freshman Sean King scored the third, his first collegiate goal.

VMI took its first lead on an unassisted goal from 35 yards out by Brian Harding in minute 11. PC’s Fazio struck back in minute 27 when he bent a ball into the center of the net just under the crossbar from 25 yards to post with an assist by team captain Thomas Palma. In minute 42, VMI went 2-1 up with Harding’s second go-ahead goal of the afternoon on a through ball by Kip Zechman. Just fifty-eight seconds into the second half, VMI took a two-goal lead with Harding's hat trick completing third goal. PC cut the lead to 3-2 when Fazio scored again in minute 50 going top left upper corner of the goal from 20 yards out with an assist by Davis Orders. Only thirty-eight seconds after the goal, VMI's Sonny Landry cashed in to put the Keydets up 4-2. The Blue Hose looked to cut into the two-goal deficit as the clock ticked down and found one on King's first career goal in minute 75. King took a rebound off the post and put it back into the net for the goal, it was Orders second assist. PC would log five shots in the final minutes in the attempt to draw even. PC would finish with a 21-19 lead in shots and trailed 9-3 in corner kicks. PC keeper James Neal went the distance in his final career match for the Blue Hose making seven saves and allowing all four goals. VMI's Brian Sowell had seven saves with three goals allowed. This Big South Conference match concluded the 2010 season for PC.

Saturday, November 6
UNC, Temple Beat Clemson, GWU! Wake Forest, Clayton State Fall, Arturo Garners PBC Honors

Concorde Showdown in Chapel Hill Goes to the Tar Heels 2-0 Over the Clemson Tigers 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – November 5, 2010 - A crowd of 1,925 including several CFE '91 families saw the No. 4 North Carolina shut out the Clemson Tigers (5-8-4, 2-4-2 ACC) at UNC's Fetzer Filed. Carolina (14-2-1, 7-0-1 ACC)  won 2- 0 for its first ever ACC regular season title. Clemson started Cody in goal and Stephen entered the match as a sub. Carlos subbed for Carolina.

The Tigers came out firing early with a corner kick in the first minute in the contest, then Clemson’s Reigning ACC Player of the Week, K.C. Onyeador, was on the attack less than a minute and a half later. In the box, Onyeador’s shot went directly to Goodwin for the save. UNC would gain control moving the ball through the midfield and rattling off a pair of shots in the span of two minutes. Carolina would make another run in minute 20 when Matt Rose found the ball at his feet on the left side and darted past a defender. He was in the box when Clemson's keeper Cody Mizell dove into Rose, the referee gave Mizell a yellow card and awarded UNC a penalty kick. Michael Farfan stepped to the penalty spot and delivered a drive into the right side of the net. The score remained 1-0 over the next 25 minutes until halftime. Josh Rice came on for the Tar Heels to start the second 45 minutes and nearly made it 2-0 on a pair of occasions. Rice ripped a shot wide 1:03 into the second half and less than 30 seconds later was served a ball in the box that he headed just wide.At the 55:53 mark, Alex Dixon unleashed a shot from 35 yards that shook the crossbar. The ball ricocheted straight down and spun out of the goal. Carolina continued to pepper the Clemson goal tallying seven shots before finally getting one to get past the keeper. The Tar Heels’ corner at the 72:46 mark by Kirk Urso went into the box to Jordan Gafa, Gafa’s header was deflected by a Clemson defender to the top of the box. Dustin McCarty was waiting for the clearance and fired a shot back into the box where Robbie Lovejoy back heeled the ball past the Clemson keeper to give Carolina the 2-0 lead at minute 75. Carolina went on to claim its first ever ACC regular season title posting a flawless 7-0-1 conference record.  Scott Goodwin (2 saves) and the Carolina defense earned their eighth shutout of the year, including four in conference play. Clemson’s Mizell had 4 saves for the Tigers. Up next for the Tigers and Tar Heels is a trip to Cary, N.C. for the 2010 ACC Tournament. UNC will be the No.1 seed. Carolina will play on Wednesday at a time to be determined.   

Wake Forest Leads Early But Duke Come Back for 2-1 Win

DURHAM, N.C. – November 5, 2010 - Wake Forest’s Luca Gimenez struck first, but No. 21 Duke rallied to defeat the Demon Deacons 2-1 on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium in front of 1,207 fans.  WF ends the regular season 8-8-2 and 4-3-1 in the ACC, Duke is 9-4-4 and 3-3-2 in ACC play. Chris started for the Deacons.  

Duke started strong, getting two shots on frame in the first five minutes. Chris Tweed-Kent had a pair of shots, but WF’s keeper Akira Fitzgerald saved both attempts. After a scoreless first half, the Deacs took the lead early in the second half when a Duke foul gave WF a penalty kick in minute 48. Gimenez stepped to the spot and sent the PK past Duke keeper James Belshaw. The complexion of the match changed two minutes later as WF’s Ben Newman was red carded in minute 51 and Duke took advantage immediately. The Blue Devils tied in minute 52 Chris Tweed-Kentripped a shot from 18 yards out into the top part of the net for the equalizer. Duke took the 2-1 lead in minute 54 as Duke converted a penalty kick. Fitzgerald finished with seven saves and allowed two goals. Belshaw had three saves and surrendered one goal. The Blue Devils finished the game with a 22-6 advantage in shots, including a 9-4 edge in shots on goal. Duke had eight corner kicks, while Wake Forest had three. Wake Forest begins the ACC Tournament on Wednesday, November 10, at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. as the No. 3 seed 

Temple Trips George Washington 2-1 in A-10 Match  

AMBLER, Pa. – November 5, 2010 - The Temple Owls held onto an early lead to down conference foe George Washington, 2-1, Friday in front of 227 at Ambler Sports Complex. The win keeps the Owl’s Atlantic 10 tournament bid hopes alive and moves them to 7-8-2 on the year, 5-4-3 in A-10 play. The Colonials are now 2-15-0, 0-8-0. Alex entered the match as a sub for GW, Nolan and Sawyer started for Temple. 

Ten minutes into the match, Owls’ defender Billy Kappock found forward Tyler Witmer in the box with a lofted pass from midfield. Witmer settled a ball off his chest, turned, and fired a shot that beat the GW keeper Jamie LaFleur to the far left post. Temple added to its lead early in the second half, when minute 49 midfielder Andrew Dodds headed home his third goal of the season. Forward Max Kinderwater hit forward Matt MacWilliams in the right corner, who crossed the ball to Dodds who headed in the deciding goal. GW responded in minute 63 as midfielder Seth Rudolph beat Owls’ keeper Bret Mollon on a pass by forward Yoni Berhanu from midfield. Rudolph sidestepped the keeper for the goal. GW applied pressure in the second half accumulating four shots in the half, however not enough to overcome the two goal deficit. The Owls outshot the Colonials fourteen to six with seven and three on net, respectively. Owls’ keeper Bret Mollon had two saves. Action continues for both teams Sunday when the Owls’ host  A-10 opponent Richmond while GW plays at St. Joseph’s with both kickoffs  at 1:00 PM.  

Montevallo Foils Championship Hopes as Clayton State Drops Tough 4-3 Decision in PBC Semi-finals 

EVANS, Ga. – November 5, 2010 – The hopes for the Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship came to a end for No. 4 Clayton State on Friday as the Lakers dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Montevallo in the PBC semifinals at Blanchard Park. The loss ends a six match winning streak for the Lakers, who fall to 16-3 overall. Montevallo improves to 17-2-1 overall and plays Flagler on Sunday in the Peach Belt Tournament Championship. CSU now must wait until Monday to find out if it will get a bid to the 2010 NCAA Division II National Tournament.  

The Lakers had to play catch-up against the explosive Falcons. Montevallo jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead as Alex Ghoja scored in the fourth minute, followed by a goal by Nathaniel Foster in the 13th minute. CSU rallied when defender Sam Bevan cut the lead in half with a goal on a header in minute 28 off a free kick by Brett Neilson. A minute later, Ryan Pugh tied the the match off an assist by Igor Lukic. But just as quick as CSU tied it, Montevallo regained the lead. Ghoja scored his second goal of the game six seconds later off an assist by Nathaniel Foster. Then in minute 43, CSU received a big blow when David Duot was issued a red card ejection, forcing the Lakers to play a man down. Montevallo got some breathing room in minute 51 as Foster scored unassisted to give the Falcons a 4-2 lead. The Lakers cut the lead to 4-3 in minute 62 when Rhys Jukes scored unassisted. The Lakers had five opportunities after that, but could not convert. CSU keeper Brian Garcia had four saves, and the Lakers out-shot Montevallo 17-12.  

Lakers’ Cruz Earns Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors 

Atlanta's Arturo Cruz becomes the second Laker in the last three seasons to earn PBC Freshman of the Year honors. He joins current teammate Leighton Fredericks (2007) and Andre Rall (2003) as Clayton State players that have earned that distinction. Cruz has scored four goals with seven assists for 15 points this season. He is currently tied for fourth in the Peach Belt in assists and tied for ninth in points scored. Cruz dished out two assists against Young Harris and scored the winning goal against USC Aiken.

Thursday, November 4
CFE '91 Boys in Red Gather in Philadelphia and North Carolina for Reunion and Match

PHILADELPHIA, PA and CHAPEL HILL, NC – November 4, 2010 – The Concorde Fire Elite ’91 will have two mini reunions tomorrow, November 5, 2010. The Boys in Red will gather in Philadelphia and on Tobacco Road when nine (9) members of the team will be playing for their respective colleges.

The Temple Owls and the George Washington Colonials will meet in the City of Brotherly Love. Temple’s Nolan Hemmer and Sawyer Hemmer and George Washington’s Alex Sandland will be having an informal reunion at the A-10 match. All have seen substantial playing time, Nolan and Alex have started most the season for their teams while Sawyer has started and seen action as a sub. Temple is looking to extend its season with a trip to the A-10 playoffs as they host GW.  The reunion begins at 2:30 PM Friday, unfortunately there is no match coverage posted on either website.

Heading south on I95/85 420 miles, a slightly larger reunion happens on a stretch known as Tobacco Road, probably better known for B-Ball. North Carolina’s Fetzer Field is the site of a larger reunion as the Clemson Tigers visit the North Carolina Tars Heels in an ACC match. The Tigers bring CFE ’91 members Stephen McGill, Cody Mizell and Nikos Papanikolopoulos. Cody has been a starter, while Stephen has started recently and Nikos has seen action as a sub. Also, two CFE '90 team members will be there, as Nick Burton and Riley Sumpter start for the Tigers. The Tar Heels have two CFE '91 members, Carlos McCrary, who has started the last few matches, and Brendan Moore. Chris Duvall will be visiting Tobacco Road as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons play at Duke just 17 miles away. Can Chris find his way to Franklin Street after the match? The UNC/Clemson Match is on GameTracker at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 3
Clayton State Advances as Kevin Scores, Wake Forest Wins at Davidson, Presbyterian's BSC Loss

No. 4 Clayton State Advances in Peach Belt Conference Tournament, Kevin Gets Goal in 3-1 Win 

MORROW, Ga. – November 2, 2010 Fresh off winning a share of its fifth Peach Belt Conference regular season championship, the Clayton State Lakers took aim at the Peach Belt Tournament title on Tuesday with a 3-0 shutout over visiting USC Aiken in the PBC quarterfinals at Laker Field. The victory improves the fourth-ranked Lakers to 16-2 overall with its sixth straight victory.

With USC Aiken playing as many as 10 to all 11 players back on defense, the Lakers found it hard penetrating the Pacers’ defensive shield. However, the Lakers got the needed break right before halftime when USC Aiken was whistled for a hand ball inside the penalty box. The Lakers’ Deni Lulic cashed in the penalty kick goal and gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead at the half. Using the momentum, CSU added two goals within four minutes in the second half. Matty Phillips scored from the top of the penalty box in minute 60 off a pass from Rhys Jukes. Then in minute 64, Kevin Rodriguez hammered home a shot from 25 yards out off an assist by Lulic. CSU's keeper Brian Garcia recorded his ninth shutout of the season with two saves. Robert Bolender recorded four saves for USC Aiken. CSU out shot the Pacers 21-9. The Lakers advance to semifinal match with Montevallo or Francis Marion at Blanchard Park in Evans, Ga. Friday at 7:30 PM.  

Gardner-Webb Defeats Presbyterian 3-0 in Big South Match 

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – November 2, 2010 - Presbyterian College (2-12-1, 0-7 BSC) traveled to Gardner-Webb (6-10, 4-3 BSC) and came out on the wrong side of the 3-0 score on Tuesday. The 91 fans saw the Blue Hose shutout for the first time in their last six matches. Sean did not see action in the Big South match. 

PC took the first shot of the match, but Byron Quinatoa’s shot inside the area was blocked. G-W's counter attack lead to a Christopher Davis shot, saved by PC’s keeper William Redmond.The rebound came to G-W's Richard Wall, who dished to Nicolas Wrobel for the goal. G-W had a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the match. PC had an opportunity in the final minute of the first half when Lucas Ade's shot off a rebound was saved by a diving G-W defender at the goal line. Just three minutes into the second half, G-W went up 2-0 when Wall’s 33 yard shot popped out of the PC keeper's hands and into the net. G-W's third came as Chris Davis took a hard shot from the top of the box which went inside the left post in minute 74. James Neal (replaced Redmond in minute 55 and made two saves while allowing one goal. Redmond had five saves and allowed two goals. G-W outshot PC 24-10. The Blue Hose travel to VMI for their final match of the season Saturday at noon in Lexington, Va.

Wake Forest Shuts Out Davidson 2-0 in Non Conference Rivalry 

DAVIDSON, N.C. - Ben Newnam and Andy Lubahn each scored a goal, while Akira Fitzgerald recorded his fourth shutout of the season as Wake Forest defeated Davidson, 2-0, on Tuesday night at Alumni Stadium in front of 1,316 fans. . Wake Forest won its third consecutive match to improve to 8-7-2 on the season, while Davidson fell to 6-6-6 on the year. Chris started the match for the Demon Deacons. George did not play for Davidson.

Wake Forest dominated the early stages of the match and grabbed the lead in minute 23 when cross into the box found its way to Newnam, who fired a shot from 15 yards out into the back of the net. The Wildcats had a quality scoring chance in 41 minute when Mark Millard’s shot hit the crossbar to keep the Demon Deacons in front. Wake Forest had an opportunity in the final minute of the first half, but the shot from Jared Watts was saved by Davidson’s keeper Chip Sanders and the Deacons took a 1-0 lead into the locker room. The Deacs came out strong in the second half and made it 2-0 in minute 49 when Danny Wenzel headed to Luke Norman who played another header to Lubahn who put his header in goal. Davidson had its only shot on goal of the second half in  minute 78 was saved by Fitzgerald, who earned his fourth clean sheet of the season. Fitzgerald had three saves in the win while Davidson’s Chip Sanders had four save and allowed two goals. Both teams attempted nine shots, with Wake Forest holding a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. Each team had three corners. Wake Forest closes the regular season on Friday at No. 21 Duke at 7:00 PM.

Monday, November 1
MGC Falls in Championship Round, McGill 2 Assists for Clemson, A-10 Temple Wins, GW Doesn't
Tyler for MGC
MGC's Tyler Daly vs. Darton

Middle Georgia Falls to Darton in ‎2010 NCJAA Region XVII Soccer Championship Match 3-1

‎Albany, GA – October 31, 2010 - Middle Georgia met Darton for the third time this season in the 2010 NCJAA Region XVII Soccer Championship Match. The teams had split the first 2-1 matches, each winning by a 1-0 score. The third ended 3-1 in a physical match that saw two red cards and two penalty kicks. Tyler started for MGC.

The match was played aggressive and physical by both teams. Less than 10 minutes into the match, MGC’s Maxi Noccioni was issued a yellow. The referee would hand out two more yellows, one to each team, during a defensive first half that ended 0-0. In minute 60, Matt Bessemer put a shot went past the Darton keeper Sean Duble to give MGC a 1-0 lead. However, three minutes later the officials awarded a red card to Middle Georgia’s Tyler Daly, leaving the Warriors a man down in a defensive battle. Daly became tangled up with Darton’s player who was given a yellow card but not ejected. MGC head coach Vinny Gill was furious about the call “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that we’re up 1-0 with 30 minutes to go, then (the official) red cards one of our players, says our guy head-butted, but we all saw it. It was in clear view and no one saw what the official saw. It changed everything. To call something like that in a championship is unbelievable. I don’t know what else to say.” Gill was named the Region XVII Coach of the Year after the loss. Darton came back with the equalizer and the go ahead goal quickly. In minute 68, Darton was awarded a free kick just outside the box. Darton’s shot ricocheted off the Warrior wall and past Raffo to make it 1-1. The Cavaliers were given a second penalty kick when a defender pulled down an attacker in the box, and Darton was ahead 2-1. The final goal came with 13 minutes left when Dwayne Brown broke free from the Middle Georgia defense and dribbled toward the net. MGC’s goalie, Thomas Raffo came in hard and fast on Brown in an effort to make the stop. Brown missed the shot, but only after Raffo was whistled for a foul in the box. MGC’s second red card came just before Perez’s second penalty kick after a Warriors player was accused of making contact with an official as he tried to argue Raffo’s case. Darton made the PK and MGC could feel the Championship slipping away. Darton will host the next round of the NJCAA playoffs Saturday.

More Trick then Treat as George Washington Falls 3-0 to Duquesne 

PITTSBURGH, PA - October 31, 2010 - Goalkeeper Erik Haug made a career-best nine saves in the George Washington match with Duquesne (Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as the Colonials suffered a 8-7-2, 4-4-0 A-10)  3-0 loss in Atlantic 10 action at Rooney Field Sunday. Alex played all 90 minutes of the A-10 match played in front of 120 fans. GW is now 2-14-0 overall and 0-7-0 in the A-10, while Duquesne is 8-7-2 overall and 4-4-0 in A-10 play.   

Duquesne played a dominant opening 45 minutes with an 18-4 shot advantage and scoring all three goals. The Duke’s Stefan Lundberg scored the winner in minute 12 and Tyler Tompkins tallied twice in 27 seconds with 2 minutes left in the half. Haug made eight of his nine stops in the first half and faced a total of 27 shots from the Dukes. GW’s leading scorer, Seth Rudolph, had three of GW's 11 shots, including two of the team's three shots on target. Duquesne goalkeeper Chris Torres turned away all three shots to post the clean sheet. GW travels to play Temple Friday at 2:30 PM


Clemson Takes NC State 3-1, Stephen has Two Assists in the ACC Match

CLEMSON, SC – October 31, 2010 -  K.C. Onyeador scored one goal and had one assist, while Stephen McGill had two assists in leading Clemson to a 3-1 win over N.C. State in an Atlantic Coast Conference match Sunday afternoon in front of 1142. Clemson is now 5-7-4 and 2-3-2 in the ACC, N.C. State is 7-7-2 and 0-5-2 in ACC play.

Clemson scored in the first minute when McGill sent the ball in the box on the right side. Austin Savage turned to his left and fired a 12-yard shot into the net. The time of the goal was 27 seconds in the match. This set the new mark as the fastest score in a match, the previous record was set by Wolde Harris in 39 seconds against Vanderbilt in 1994. N.C. State threatened in minute 14 as Akil DeFreitas fired shot towards the left post. Clemson keeper Cody Mizell was there for the diving save. However, the Wolfpack would score six minutes later when Michael Smith sent a free kick to John Lung'aho in the box, who then fired it into the net from six yards. The Tigers scored in the minute 75 when Onyeador served Tommy Drake in the box for a 16 yard shot and the Clemson 2-1 lead. The Tigers scored again in minute 77 when Jack Metcalf sent a free kick into the box, McGill headed it into the air to Onyeador who put it in the net. The Tigers outshot the Wolfpack 8 to 5 and had 7 corners to State’s 2. CU’s Mizell had 2 saves while State’s Will Mackvick made 1. Clemson is at North Carolina Friday  at 7:00 PM. The Tigers are in the ACC Tournament November 9-14 in Cary NC.   

Temple Defeats No. 16 UNC Charlotte in Second OT 2-1  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – October 31, 2010 - The crowd of 898 saw Tyler Witmer scored with the golden goal in the second overtime to give Temple a 2-1 win over No.16 UNC Charlotte Sunday at Transamerica Field. Witmer's goal gave the Owls (6-8-2, 4-3-0) the Atlantic 10 win and the 49ers (11-5-0, 6-1-0) their first conference loss. The victory males it the second consecutive year the Owls have topped the 49ers, who were ranked both times. Temple beat the No.15 Charlotte 2-1 last year. Nolan started for the Owls and Sawyer saw action as a sub. 

Vaughn Spurrier gave Temple an early lead, tallying unassisted in minute 18 when he collected a deflection and rolled a shot just inside the left post. The Owls were looking to hold onto a 1-0 lead and win in regulation, but Charlotte's Will Mayhew found Donnie Smith for the tying goal in the 88th minute. Witmer's moment come in the 108th minute, as he snatched a deflected pass and  was all alone with Charlotte keeper Gavin Dawson. Witmer kept his poise and sent home the golden goal in dramatic fashion. Temple was outshot 18-4 in regulation, however Temple’s redshirt-senior keeper Bret Mollon (5-8-2) made four saves in the first two periods, coming up huge in with three saves in the first overtime. Temple is now 4-3-0 in Atlantic 10 play with two matches remaining. The Owls return home to take on George Washington on November 5 and Richmond on November 7.

Sunday, October 31
CSU Wins Peach Belt, Michigan and Wake Stage Upsets!! Chris Has 3 Assists in BC Match, GW Falls

PEACH BELT CHAMPIONS!  Clayton State Wins 1-0 Double OT Triumph Over Lander 

MORROW, Ga. – October 30, 2010 – In another chapter of the thrilling Clayton State/Lander rivalry on Saturday, one shot was all it took. Ryan Pugh’s goal two minutes into the second overtime period gave CSU a thrilling 1-0 victory over Lander in front of a raucous crowd at Laker Field. No. 6 Clayton State improves to 15-2 overall and 7-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Lakers share the PBC regular season title with Lander (11-6, 7-1 PBC). CSU have now won five PBC regular season titles in its history. Arturo and Kevin both started for the Lakers, Arturo lead in shots and on goals, 8-3. 

It was vintage Clayton State-Lander during regulation as neither team gave an inch defensively and laid it on the line for the full 90 minutes. Lander had a key opportunity late in regulation as a shot by Fred Parker hit the post, and bounced back to Craig Hughes, who hammered home a shot at the open net. But an alert Deni Lulic was there to clear it for the Lakers with two minutes remaining. Neither team mounted much offense in the first overtime before Clayton State capitalized. Brett Neilson sent the ball into the penalty box, and Clayton State’s Leighton Fredericks and Lander keeper Scott Playle both went for the ball in the air. When it was loose on the ground, Pugh was there to hammer it home for his 12th goal of the season and a glorious celebration on the field for the Laker players and fans. Clayton State goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded five saves for his eighth shutout of the season, while Playle recorded six saves for the Bearcats. Clayton State out-shot Lander 24-11. Clayton State will host USC Aiken on Tuesday at 7:30 PM. 

Wake Forest Wins 4-3 Over Boston College, Chris Provides 3 Assists 

Winston- Salem, NC – October 30, 2010 - Wake Forest (7-7-2; 4-3-1 ACC)  used four second-half goals, including three from Andy Lubahn, to earn a 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over No. 18 Boston College (8-3-5, 1-2-4 ACC) before 1,864 fans at Spry Stadium. Chris started the match and had 3 assists for the Demon Deacons. 

Boston College took a 1-0 lead off a Wake Forest own goal scored on a corner kick taken by midfielder Amit Aburmad in the minute 43 for the halftime score. Wake Forest got on the scoreboard in minute 50 when Luke Norman netted the equalizer off a header on a long cross from Chris Duvall. Lubahn then lifted Wake Forest to a 2-1 lead in minute 58 with a score off a rebound, assisted by Lucas Gimenez. WF’s Duvall got his second assist and Lubahn his second goal when Duvall’s shot from the 18 hit the cross bar and Lubahn put the rebound in the net with a header. BC's Worley brought the visiting Eagles back within 1 in minute 60 with a deflected shot past the WF keeper. Lubahn completed his hat trick and Duvall got his third assist, when Duvall sent a through ball to Lubahn who chipped the keeper in minute 71. BC’s Rugg concluded the scoring on an unassisted tally in the 89th minute. BC outshot Wake Forest 7-4 in the first half, but was outshot 10-5 in the final 45 minutes. BC keeper Justin Luthy registered two saves while WF’s keeper Akira Fitzgerald recorded four saves. The Deacon’s outshot the Eagles 14-12. WF plays at Davidson Tuesday at 7:00 PM. 

Michigan Beats Rival No. 23 Michigan State 3-2 in Overtime  

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – October 30, 2010  The crowd of 2,615 saw Hamoody Saad scored with 1:24 left in the first overtime to give the University of Michigan (10-4-3, 3-2-0) a 3-2 overtime win over rival and 23rd-ranked Michigan State (11-5-0, 2-4-0)  at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The win gives U-M the Big Bear Trophy for the first time since the 2003 season and marks U-M's first win over Michigan State in seven tries.The Wolverine offense was led by goals from Saad, Justin Meram  and Latif Alashe. Meram, Soony Saad  and Alex Wood each added assists in the Wolverine victory. Goalkeeper Chris Blais made five saves in 98:36 of action. U-M scored the equalizer with just five minutes remaining in regulation, but picked up the overtime win, the third this season for the Wolverines who close the home schedule with a 8-2-1 record.

The Spartans had the first chance of the game after being awarded a penalty kick in the first half. MSU's Domenic Barone stepped up to the penalty marker and took a quality shot, but Blais was in good position and made his first-ever save on a penalty kick to keep it scoreless. After the penalty kick, the Wolverines used the momentum and 10 minutes later, got on the scoreboard. In minute 40, Meram connected with Soony Saad, who took advantage of a MSU defensive miscue in the midfield, pushed the ball to Meram, who put it just inside the left post past MSU's Avery Steinlege to give U-M an early 1-0 lead. Alashe then earned his first career goal in minute 57, on a cross from deep in the midfield from Wood and muscling his way to goal to give U-M a 2-0 advantage. MSU scored two unanswered goals in the second half, including tying things up with 5:15 left in regulation, but the Wolverines converted in overtime for their 10th win of the season. Michigan travels to Northwestern on Saturday at 5:00 PM.

North Carolina Wins in Overtime at East Tennessee 2-1  

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – October 30, 2010 - The sell out crowd 1350 saw forward Enzo Martinez scored less than four minutes into overtime Saturday night as the fourth-ranked Tar Heels (13-2-1) claimed a 2-1 win over East Tennessee State (12-5-0) in Johnson City, TN. Joining Martinez on the score sheet was junior Kirk Urso who scored in minute 13. Carlos started the match for Carolina, Brendan did not play.  

The Tar Heels went in front in minute 13 off a corner kick that Urso dropped to Enzo Martinez who settled it for Urso, who.  fired a shot and was able to bend it into the goal. The Tar Heels managed just one shot the rest of the first half as Alex Walters put one on net in the 43rd minute that ETSU's Ronnie Hreha was able to save. The Buccaneers outshot the Tar Heels 5-2 in the opening 45 minutes. Carolina changed things around in the second half as they were able to tally nine shots to ETSU's six but the Buccaneers were the ones that found the back of the net. UNC looked to be en route to their 13th win of the year as the clock slowly ticked towards 90 minutes but the Buccaneers struck with less than three minutes remaining to even things up. Aaron Schoenfeld got the equalizer when he redirected a Theo Yang (CFE ’90) cross past Scott Goodwin to even the score at 1-1. ETSU played a man down in the extra session as Jaron Westbrook was issued a red card in the closing seconds of regulation. The Tar Heels took advantage right away as Jordan Gafa found a streaking Enzo Martinez with a perfect through ball. Martinez settled the pass and beat the keeper with a low shot that gave UNC the 2-1 win. UNC looks for the ACC regular season title on Friday when they host Clemson Friday at 7 PM. The Tar Heels need either a draw or a win to claim the title for the first time in school history.

Davidson Takes Down Presbyterian 5 – 1 in SoCon Match Up.   

DAVIDSON, N.C. – October 30, 2010 - Presbyterian College's (2-11-1, 2-1) bid to go a perfect 3-0 in Southern Conference play failed as the Blue Hose fell, 5-1 to the Wildcats on Saturday night in front of 706.  PC equalized in the 33rd minute but four second half goals doomed the visiting Blue Hose. George Ramsay played for the Wildcats, Sean did not play for the Blue Hose. 

The Wildcats (6-5-6) took an early 1-0 lead on 30 minutes when Thomas Zimmerman scored his first goal of the season.  He shot from 20-yards and had his shot dip just under the crossbar into the net. Just three minutes later, PC's  Byron Quinatoa (Columbia, S.C.) scored his first goal of the season on a redirected free kick.  The goal is the midfielder's first career goal. After the teams remained tied in the first half, Davidson took the lead in minute 66 with a goal off a rebound.  Alex Casey took a shot which was saved by James Neal but rebound went to Yannick Pilgrim who scored from seven yards out. The Wildcats doubled the lead in minute 73 when Zimmerman scored again on a shot from 10-yards out.  He was assisted by Chris Pettiglio on the play. Davidson immediately pushed forward to score a fourth just 27 seconds later, as Alex Givens scored from 20 yards out. The final goal of the match came in the 85th minute when Mark Millard chipped the goalkeeper to score his sixth goal of the season. PC was doubled-up 26-13 in shots with Davidson holding a 10-6 lead in shots on goal. The Blue Hose lead in corners 8-2. The loss drops PC to 2-1 against SoCon teams after PC downed Furman and Georgia Southern earlier in the year. PC travels to  Gardner-Webb on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. 

St. Louis Shuts Out Temple 3-0 in A-10 Match Up  

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – October 29, 2010 -  The Temple Owls kept Saint Louis scoreless through one half Friday night at Hermann Stadium, but three second half goals from the Billikens left the Owls with their third conference loss of the season.  Temple is now 5-8-2 overal and 3-3-0 in Atlantic 10 play while Saint Louis moves to 6-6-2 and 3-3-0 in A-10 action. Nolan started for Temple and Sawyer saw action as a substitute in the match watched by 993 fans.

Both teams managed the game evenly in the first half, as the Owls and Billikens posted four shots each.  Owls' redshirt-senior keeper Bret Mollon made one save in the period, with TU forcing SLU keeper Mark Pais to make two saves. The Billikens exploded in the second half, posting goals in the 52nd, 76th and 89th minutes.  SLU's Benny Estes netted the winner unassisted, gathering a rebound and hitting a shot from 13-yards out to the right post.  Adnan Gabeljic worked the give-and-go with Alex Sweetin for the home team's second goal of the night, while Jon Roeckle set up Mike Roach for the insurance goal and a 3-0 final score. Mollon ended with two saves on the game, allowing as many goals.  Redshirt-freshman Fran Nelms played the final 7 minutes allowing one goal.  SLU's Pais kept the shutout with two saves. The Owls could not find anything on the offensive end in the second half, mustering just two shots and one on net.

St. Bonaventure Late Goals Sink George Washington 3-1

Olean, NY – October 29, 2010 - George Washington forward Seth Rudolph equalized in minute 11, but St. Bonaventure scored in minutes 74 and 88 to deal the Colonials a 3-1 Atlantic 10 loss at McGraw-Jennings Field Friday. Alex started and played the entire match for the Colonials. Rudolph's team-leading sixth goal of the season snapped a streak of four consecutive scoreless matches for GW (2-13-0, 0-6-0 A-10) and knotted Friday's match at 1-1 at the 10:47 mark of the first half. Jeff Eisenbud provided the assist via a low cross in front of goal. The two teams played the next hour without a goal until Emmett O'Connor, who netted the Bonnies' first goal just 64 seconds into the contest, struck the winner with 16:23 remaining. St. Bonaventure's (9-7-0, 4-3-0 A-10) Fabrizio Savarino added an insurance goal with 2:49 left for the 3-1 final margin. The victory currently moves the Bonnies into third place in the A-10. GW’s keeper Brendan Lafferty made a career-high six saves on 22 shots faced. SBU goalkeeper David Flynn stopped three shots on GW's 12 attempts.

Michigan Wins 5-1 Over Bowling Green at Home 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – October 27, 2010 - The largest offensive output of the season for the University of Michigan resulted in a 5-1 win over Bowling Green Wednesday at the U-M Soccer Stadium in front of 632 fans. Justin Meram and Soony Saad each recorded two goals as U-M jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead and cruised to the victory.

In the 14th minute, Saad won the ball in a tangle with a Bowling Green player and launched a shot from midfield to the surprise of the Falcon goalkeeper. The shot sailed over the goalie's head and dropped just under the crossbar to put U-M up, 1-0. Less than four minutes later, Meram extended the Wolverines' lead to two as he juked around a defender at the top of the 18-yard box and found the upper right-hand corner of the net. As the end of the first half drew near, Alex Wood and Dylan Mencia combined on a give-and-go to give Wood enough space from 18 yards out to beat the keeper inside the right post. Two minutes later, Meram notched his second as he beat two defenders and slotted it past the keeper from the top of the 18-yard box. Saad then tallied his second goal of the night less than two minutes into the second half to put U-M ahead, 5-0, before Bowling Green broke up the shutout with 10 minutes to play. 

Azusa Pacific Wins Final Regular Season Match 4-0 Over Fresno Pacific 

AZUSA, Calif. –October 27, 2010 - The NAIA’s No. 21-ranked Azusa Pacific turned what was mostly a lifeless first half into a spectacular display of offensive fireworks in a 4-0 win over Fresno Pacific Wednesday afternoon at the Cougars Soccer Complex in front of 133 fans. 

The teams’ alternated possession through the first 30 minutes, the Cougars broke through with a quick strike up the middle that finished with midfielder Ashkon Banihashemi putting away the winner in minute 31. A trio of juniors set up the next goal with defender Davis Delamarter hitting forward Vinicius Dantas at the top of the box. Dantas turned to the right, but the ball went the opposite direction off his right heel that led forward Nathan Nienhuis who moved in for a quick shot from 17 yards out that was deflected and  redirected ball skipped across the face of the goal, where Banihashemi knocked it in from 5 yards out before the Sunbird defense could recover. The match returned to its original pace, with the remaining 15 minutes passing without another shot. The second half was a completely different story. AP used the kickoff to send its attack straight ahead at the Fresno Pacific defense, playing directly over back line to midfielder Brett Taylor who’s first shot came just 12 seconds into the second half. That aggressive play quickly netted 2 more quality chances deep in the Fresno Pacific box, and the Cougars capitalized on both. In the 48th minute, Dantas put away an easy finish from 6 yards out with assists from Delamarter and Taylor. Delamarter found Taylor at the top of the box, and with the goalkeeper charging to cut off his shooting angle, Taylor crossed it to Dantas at the far post for the finish that pushed the lead to 2-0. Delamarter registered another assist moments later, setting up forward Alex Earl’s 51st-minute score that gave the Cougars a 3-0 cushion. Delamarter’s pass from the top of the box led Earl into the left side for a 12-yard strike to the near post. Azusa Pacific (14-3-1, 7-2-1) starts the GSAC tournament on November 3rd.

Thursday, October 28
This Week's and Additional Matches From Last Week for CSU, Clemson, WF, PC and Temple

Clemson and Wofford Draw at 2-2 in Tigers’ Eighth OT Match 

CLEMSON, SC- October 27, 2010 - Clemson and Wofford played to a 2-2 overtime tie at Clemson, SC Wednesday night in front of 1,063 fans. Clemson now has a 4-7-4 record overall, and Wofford has a 2-9-3 ledger this season. This was the eighth overtime game for the Tigers this season, one shy of the school record of nine. Stephen started the match and Cody and Nikos entered as subs.   

Wofford scored in minute 14 as Billy Padula sent a pass from the midfield to Wilson Hood setting up a one-on-one with the Tiger goalkeeper J.D. Spearman. Wilson dribbled in the box and sent a shot to the right corner of the net. Clemson tied the score in minute 39 when Bo Godwin sent a pass to Austin Savage who laid the ball to Tommy Drake who rifled a shot in the net from the right side for the halftime 1-1 score. The Terriers took a 2-1 lead in minute 56 as Armin Kinigadner sent a 35 yard shot that hit the crossbar and bounced over the line. Clemson tied the score in minute 75 as Keegan Priest crossed the ball to K.C. Onyeador who sent a l shot just inside the box that curved inside the right post.  In the first overtime period, CU's Savage sent an 18 yard strike just over the goal. With just 1:28, left Savage tried another shot just inside the box in the middle, but the Terriers' goalkeeper Andrew Drennan was there to make the save. During the second overtime, Wofford's Armin Kinigadner took a 24 yard shot, but it was saved by the Tigers' Cody Mizell for the 0-0 draw. CU lead in shots 14-12 and in corners 12-6. CU’s keepers had 3 save while Wofford’s Andrew Drennan had 6. Clemson will host N.C. State on Sunday in the Tigers' last home match of the 2010 season.  

No. 6 Clayton State Now 14-2 after 5-1 Victory Over Limestone  

MORROW, Ga. – October 27, 2010 – With 63 fans on hand, the rain and muddy conditions could not stop Deni Lulic and the Clayton State Lakers Wednesday night. Lulic got his first career hat-trick as the No. 6 Lakers rolled to impressive 5-1 victory over visiting Limestone (10-6) at Laker Field. Clayton State is now 14-2 overall with Saturday’s Peach Belt Conference home showdown against Lander looming on the horizon. The Lakers need a victory to share the Peach Belt regular season title and earn the top seed in the upcoming PBC Tournament. Arturo and Kevin started for the Lakers. 

Two of Lulic’s goals came off penalty kicks. The first, in minute 35,  gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead and he increased the lead to 3-0 with his second penalty kick in minute 48. Lulic finished off the Clayton State scoring in the 71st minute on a 30-yard strike from down the middle. In addition to Lulic, two freshmen stepped up for the Lakers. Rhys Jukes hammered home his first collegiate goal in the 40th minute with a shot from the left side of the penalty box. In minute 61, Arturo Cruz assisted on David Duot’s goal off a deflection by Saints goalkeeper H.B. Lockwood Scott Wells scored the lone goal for Limestone in  minute 60 on an assist by Keegan Ziada. Laker’s keeper Brian Garcia recorded five saves, while Lockwood recorded 10.  The match was stopped with 13 minutes remaining because of the weather. It was physical match with a combined 39 fouls and seven cards. The 14 victories ties the most victories in a season for the Lakers under head coach Pete Petersen. Clayton State now sets its sights on the 7:30 PM clash on Saturday against rival Lander.   

Wake Forest Wins 2-1 Elon in Overtime   

ELON, N.C. – October 26, 2010 – The crowd of 1015 watched Wake Forest defender Kyle Adams scored his first goal of the season to lift the Demon Deacons to a 2-1 overtime win at Elon on Tuesday at Rudd Field. The Deacs improve to 6-7-2 on the season, while Elon is now 6-5-5. Chris started the match for the Deacons. 

Wake Forest had the better of the play for much of the first half, holding a sizeable shot advantage until the end of the half.  After the scoreless first half, Luca Gimenez found the back of the net in minute 60 off a Demon Deacons’ corner, fellow freshman Kyle Emerson provided the assist on the goal. Austen King’s header gave Elon its goal in minute 75 when Brad Franks served it up from the left side to put the match into overtime. In minute 94, Wake Forest earned a free kick from the left wing. Ben Newnam played a great service into the box that found the head of Adams, who tucked a shot inside the far post to give the Demon Deacons the win. WF keeper Akira Fitzgerald made five saves and allowed one goal while Elon keeper Reed Dillard surrendered two goals and made two stops in the loss. Elon finished the game with a 19-10 edge in shots, although shots on goal were much tighter, with the Phoenix holding a narrow 6-4 advantage. Elon attempted four corner kicks, while Wake Forest had three corners. Wake Forest hosts Boston College at 7:00 PM.

Presbyterian Drops One to high Point 5-1

CLINTON, S.C. – October 23, 2010 - Presbyterian College unable to defeat High Point Saturday evening in the last home date of the year, falling by a 5-1 score in front of 299 fans. The Blue Hose are 2-10-1 overall and 0-6 in Big South play. Sean saw limited action due to his injury.   

The visitors wasted little time getting on the board as Fejiro Okiomah took a Scott Rojo pass just 33 seconds in and placed the ball in the back of the net from 10 yards out for a 1-0 lead. High Point’s Shane Malcolm scored in the ninth minute to put the Blue Hose down by 2 after 10 minutes. PC fought back and when Byron Quinatoa played a through ball to Harrison Russell in the box and he fired a shot past HP’s keeper Michael Chesler to make it 2-1. Despite pushing forward, PC was unable to get the equalizer in the opening stanza. With just five minutes to play in the half, Rojo and Okiomah connected again for a 3-1 halftime advantage. Rojo scored an unassisted goal when he ran down the goal line in minute 69  and hit an angled shot.  The Panthers went to 5-1 in minute 77 when Ryan Bennett's scored on a tough angle shot, sneaking between the post and the keeper. PC’s keepers made 6 save while allowing the 5 goals. PC was outshot 32-7.  PC visits Davidson next Saturday at 7 PM. 

Temple Wins A-10 Match with Rhode Island 1-0  

AMBLER, Pa. – October 22, 2010 - Temple prevailed in a physical Atlantic 10 match with Rhode Island at Ambler Sports Complex Sunday afternoon, winning the contest 1-0 in front of 252.  Seconds after being assessed a caution, Andrew Dodds gave the Owls’ offense the spark netting the deciding goal in the second half. Nolan started and Sawyer subbed in the home match. Temple is now 5-7-2, 3-2-0 in A-10 play on the season while Rhode Island falls to 2-10-2, 0-4-1. 

A scoreless first half was managed well by both sides.  Each team posted four shots and forced the opposing keeper to make two saves. The physical tone set in the first half carried over into the second.  With both sides keeping the rough play alive, the Owls continued to pressure on the offensive end. In minute 65, Dodds dribbled down the left sideline and took a shot that was blocked in front. After a missed clearing attempt, Dodds gathered the ball and ripped a shot right post to give the Owls a 1-0 lead. Offensive pressure continued after the goal in the second half, when Ryan Bradbury and Homero Rodriguez both just missed high on shot attempts. The Owls outshot their opponent 11-10 in the match. Owl’s keeper Brett Mollon recorded two saves to pick up his fifth shutout of the year. The Owls travel to  Saint Louis on Friday.  

Wednesday, October 27
Big Week for Boys in Red, Winning Goals and Assists Highlight Week

North Carolina Wins Close Encounter with Virginia Commonwealth 1-0

RICHMOND, Va. – October 26, 2010 - It was a tale of two halves, but Carolina came through with the lone goal to win 1-0 Virginia Commonwealth. Josh Rice netted the winner in minute 32 when he scored off a pass from Robbie Lovejoy. Carlos started for the Tar Heels, Brendan was on the trip, but did not play.  

The Tar Heels were in control when Enzo Martinez ripped a shot at the 30:52 mark sailing wide for a goal kick. VCU’s kick allowed UNC to regained possession and make an attack that resulted in Rice's second goal of the year. Freshman Robbie Lovejoy made it five points in three games when he found the streaking Rice who deposited the ball into the open net putting Carolina in front 1-0 with less than 15 minutes to play in the first half. The Tar Heels continued to press forward for the remainder of the half and finished with a 9-2 advantage in shots and an 8-0 edge in corner kicks but were unable to pad their lead. The Rams came out firing in the second half equaling their shot total from the first half in the opening 12 minutes of the second. Scott Goodwin earned his seventh shutout as he turned away two shots on the night. UNC has their last non-conference match of the season at East Tennessee State on Saturday at 6:00 PM.   

George Washington Drops A-10 Match to LaSalle 2-0  

WASHINGTON, DC – October 24, 2010 - George Washington keeper Erik Haug made six saves, but La Salle's leading scorer Ryan Richter scored twice in the second half to lift the visiting Explorers to a 2-0 victory over the Colonials at Mount Vernon Field Sunday. GW (2-12-0, 0-5-0 A-10) looked its most composed in the attack, generating 16 shots, but was shut out for the fourth straight match. The contest was scoreless for more than 66 minutes when Richter, the Atlantic 10's leading scorer, netted a pair of goals less than 10 minutes apart to give the Explorers the win. Alex started and played the entire match.  

Richter's first strike was set up by Jidell Roach, whose right-wing centering pass found the goal scorer open at the penalty spot for a one-timer to the near post. La Salle (5-6-2, 3-2-0 A-10) added an insurance goal in the 76th minute when Jason Plumhoff assisted Richter's ninth goal of the season. Richter received the ball at the top left corner of the box, cut to the middle and blistered a shot past Haug into the upper left corner. Explorers' goalkeeper John McCarthy also made six stops, his most important on freshman Jeff Eisenbud's 18-yarder headed for the lower left corner in the 72nd minute. GW will play its final four league matches on the road, beginning with a visit to St. Bonaventure Friday at 3:00 PM   

Azusa Pacific Comes Back to Win 2-1 Over San Diego Christian in GSAC Match  

EL CAJON, Calif. –October 23, 2010 -  Vinicius Dantas’ 13th goal of the season with less than 9 minutes left  lifted the NAIA’s No. 20-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 2-1 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over San Diego Christian College Saturday afternoon.

Dantas’ heroics capped the Cougars’ comeback from an early 1-0 deficit.  Despite dominating at the offensive end, it was the Cougars who found themselves down just 13 minutes in to the contest when San Diego Christian’s Frank Zimmerman scored on a diving header to register the Hawks’ first goal.  Azusa Pacific, was relentless in its attack and even if took the help of the official’s whistle, the Cougars finally broke through when Oktay Bulut converted a penalty kick in minute 26. The Cougars out-shot San Diego Christian, 23-9 with 14-4 lead on goal. In addition, they had 10 corner-kick opportunities to the Hawks’ 1, but it wasn’t until Ashkon Banihashemi slipped a pass to Dantas in minute 82 did the Cougars finally find the back of the net. Joe Geletko and Chip Cox split time in goal for the Cougars, with Cox blanking SDCC with 2 saves in the second half. With the victory, Azusa Pacific improves to 13-3-1 overall, 6-2-1 in the GSAC. The Cougars play next in the GSAC tournament that starts on November 3. 

No. 8 Clayton State Defeats Young Harris 3-1 as Arturo has Two Assists  

MORROW, Ga. – October 23, 2010 – The Clayton State Lakers’ have been waiting for Leighton Fredericks to break out offensively this season, and on Saturday, he did just that. Playing host to Young Harris in a non-conference showdown, Fredericks scored twice as the eighth-ranked Lakers pulled out a 3-1 victory at Laker Field. Clayton State has won six of its last seven games to improve to a whopping 13-2 overall on the season. Young Harris, competing in its first season of four-year intercollegiate athletics, falls to 2-7-4 overall. Arturo and Kevin started for the Lakers. 

The Lakers clearly dominated offensively, out shooting Young Harris 17-3. Jonathan McKeever put Clayton State on the board with his first goal of the season in the sixth minute off an assist by freshman Arturo Cruz. Seven minutes later, Fredericks came through with his first goal off assists by Matty Phillips and Ryan Pugh. Young Harris cut the deficit in half in minute 25 when Andreas Pechmann scored on a line drive shot from 35 yards out. The score stayed 2-1 until the 74th minute when Fredericks scored in front of the goal off a assists by Cruz and McKeever. Young Harris goalkeeper Wezley Barnard recorded five saves in the defeat for the Mountain Lions. Clayton State hosts Limestone in a key Division II Southeast Region showdown Wednesday at 7:30 PM. 

North Carolina Wins at Virginia Tech 3-1, Carlos Scores Winning Goal in 3-1 Victory 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – October 22, 2010 – Freshman Carlos McCrary and Robbie Lovejoy netted goals for the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels Friday in front of 985 at Fetzer Field. UNC claims at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title for the first time in school history with a 3-1 home win over Virginia Tech. Carolina improves to 11-2-1 overall and 6-0-1 n the ACC, VT is now 4-10-1, 1-4-1.  

UNC controlled the action early as three shots and four corner kicks in the first 11 minutes presented opportunities but the Tar Heels were unable to score. Jalil Anibaba tried his luck from 22 yards out at the 15:43 mark as he bent a ball in but his shot sailed just wide of the goal. Next up was McCrary, but his blast from inside the box sailed over the goal. Two minutes later, McCrary got another chance when Jordan Gafa served him with a great through ball behind the Hokie defense. McCrary's shot from 8 yards out was saved by Daly, but the rebound was collected by Martin Murphy who fed Gafa near the 18 for a shot into the net at the 20:58 mark. UNC lead at the half 1-0. The Hokies came out strong in the second half, but minute 60 proved to be the turning point as the UNC defense toughen and forced Virginia Tech turn over. Kirk Urso gathered the turnover and lifted a ball over defense to a streaking McCrary, the Roswell, Ga. native gathered the ball and with defenders behind him went around Daly and deposited the ball into the goal for his first collegiate goal. The Hokies would not go quietly as they mounted a comeback in minute 69, when Patrick Huang took a shot from 25 yards that ricocheted off VT’s Alex Walter and caught UNC keeper Scott Goodwin off guard. The ball dropped over Goodwin for a goal, making the score 2-1. UNC added to their lead in minute 88 when Enzo Martinez fed a ball into McCrary at the top of the box who dropped it off for the cutting Robbie Lovejoy who turned in an excellent finish from eight yards out to cap off the scoring. UNC’s Goodwin had one save, VT’s Daly had six.  

Clemson Upsets No. 18 Duke in Overtime 2-1, Stephen Has Assist on Golden Goal 

CLEMSON, SC - October 22, 2010 – A crowd of 2,215 saw Riley Sumpter’s golden goal in the 97th minute give Clemson a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 18 Duke in Atlantic Coast Conference play Friday night. Clemson improves to 4-7-3 overall and 1-3-2 in the ACC. Duke is 6-4-4 overall and 1-3-2 in conference. Cody and Stephen started the match for Clemson. 

The first half was a defensive one allowing Clemson four shots and Duke two. With 59 seconds remaining in the half, CU’s Tommy Drake sent a corner into box where K.C. Onyeador with his back to the goal, curled to his right and sent a shot to the right corner for the 1-0 lead. In the second half, each team had opportunities but it was not until the final 10 minutes of regulation that the Blue Devils put the pressure on. After several attempts on goals, it was in the minute 85 that Cole Grossman played to the center of the box where Ryan Finley sent a 10-yard shot to the right center of the goal to put the match into overtime. The match ended when Sumpter scored the winner at the 96:14 mark when Alex Stockinger sent a free kick from the midfield to Stephen McGill at the top of the box. McGill laid the ball with his left foot to Sumpter who hit from 18 yards out for his fourth goal of the season. Clemson ended with 12 shots to Duke’s 15, CU’s Cody Mizell had 4 saves, Duke’s James Belshaw had 1. Clemson hosts Wofford on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.  

George Washington Shut Down By Fordham 3-0 in A-10 Match

WASHINGTON, DC – October 20, 2010 - George Washington (2-11-0, 0-4-0 A-10) fell behind by a goal in the first half and allowed two more strikes in the second half in a 3-0 loss to Fordham (8-5-0, 3-1-0 A-10) at Mount Vernon Field Friday in a match seen by 167. Alex saw limited action in the match as he still recovering from his injury.   Fordham went ahead early as in minute 6 Marcus Axelsson header found net from six yards away. It was the Ram’s John Niyonsaba who played a 45-yard free kick to Julian Nagel, who nodded a header into the box to a waiting Axelsson. That one goal margin remained until minute 53 when John McHugh took advantage of a GW defensive miscue to chip GW’s keeper Brendan Lafferty from 15 yards out. A long-ball service took a high bounce over a defender, McHugh raced in and converted the one-on-one opportunity against Lafferty. The Rams capped their third straight victory in minute 78 when Tim Richardson sent a service into the middle of the box to Matt DesRoches, who shot into the open net to produce the 3-0 final. For the second straight match, the Colonials held a shot advantage (9-8), but couldn't break through against the A-10's third-most stingiest defense. Ryan Meara made three saves for the Rams.  

No. 8 Clayton State Wins PBC Match with Georgia Southwestern 2-1, Kevin gets Assist  

MORROW, Ga. – October 20, 2010 – When the Clayton State needed the big boost, Ryan Pugh was there to deliver.Pugh scored two goals in the second half as the Lakers rallied for a 2-1 victory over visiting Georgia Southwestern in Peach Belt Conference action at Laker Field. The victory lifts Clayton State, ranked eighth in the nation in Division II, to 12-2 overall and 6-1 in the Peach Belt. Kevin and Arturo started for the Lakers. 

The Lakers dominated, out shooting the Hurricanes 28-5 and allowing Georgia Southwestern only one shot in a scoreless first half. However, Georgia Southwestern struck first in minute 51 when Clinton Hawkins hit from the top of the penalty box off an assist by Sean Howe. Clayton State did not panic, as Pugh scored the equalizer on a header in front of the goal off a right cross from Kevin Rodriguez in minute 58. Then in minute 70, Pugh gave the Lakers the lead with a goal on the left side of the penalty box off assists by Matty Phillips and Jonathan McKeever. Clayton State goalkeeper Brian Garcia had one save, while Georgia Southwestern goalkeeper David Poreley had nine saves.

Thursday, October 21
Stephen's Goal Earns Clemson a Draw with GA Southern, UNC Wins, Michigan Blasted by Akron

Stephen’s First Collegiate Goal Gives Clemson a Draw with Georgia Southern 1-1

CLEMSON, SC-October 20, 2010- Stephen score the Clemson goal in the match vs. Georgia Southern that was played to a 1-1 draw Tuesday night. Clemson (3-7-3) and Georgia Southern (3-8-2) played in front of 1218. Cody and Stephen started for the Tigers, playing the entire match.

GSU took a 1-0 lead in minute 28 when David Leonard drove down the middle and sent the ball to the right to Jon Cox. Cox drove and sent a diagonal shot to the left wall of the net to take the 1-0 lead through halftime. Clemson got the equalizer with only 3:42 left in regulation when  Riley Sumpter at the top of the box controlled and sent a pass to Stephen McGill who fired a shot from eight yards out into the net for his first goal of the year. The Tigers took five shots in the overtime periods compared to one for Georgia Southern. With two seconds remaining in the first period, McGill took a 24 yard curving shot that was heading toward the upper right corner of the goal the was saved by GSU keeper Ryan Platt sending  the match to the second overtime. With 3:55 left  in the second overtime, Nick Burton was on a breakaway, but Platt came charging out making a save the shot from in eight yards out. GSU threatened with 3:22 left in the second overtime as Cox took a 22 yard shot that was saved by CU’s Cody Mizell. Clemson had one more chance, with 22 seconds left Francklin Blaise’s header from eight yards was saved by Platt to preserve the draw.  CU outshot CSU 18 to 8 and with corners 9 to 5. CU’s Mizell had 2 to GSU’s Platt’s 6. Clemson hosts Duke on Friday at 7:00 PM.

North and South See Nine Cards in Carolina Clash, UNC Wins 1-0 with Freshman’s First Goal

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In a match that saw nine cards issued and two players sent off the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win over No. 18 South Carolina Tuesday night at Fetzer Field with 1133 on hand. Robbie Lovejoy’s lone goal,  his first in collegiate action, on a breakaway was the winner in minute 78. Carlos saw action as a sub, Brendan did not play.

The 29th meeting of the North-South Derby was one of the most physical to date as 16 fouls and nine cards were issued.  The teams probed in the early going as each had equal opportunities in the opening 20 minutes, both teams testing the opposing keeper. The teams would combine for only nine shots in the opening 45 minutes as North Carolina maintained possession but was unable to get past the Gamecock defense to threaten the goal. Less than five minutes into the second half the Tar Heels were dealt a blow as Eddie Ababio was fouled hard on a tackle by South Carolina's Blake Brettschneider. Ababio left the contest with a leg injury, while Brettschneider was issued a red card on the play giving UNC a man advantage with 40 minutes to play. The 65th minute saw the fourth and fifth cards of the second half issued when South Carolina's Stephen Morrissey slid in and took Michael Farfan out of the match.  The Tar Heel bench was issued a yellow card. The match was pulled back to even strength in the  minute 73 when UNC's Alex Dixon was issued a second yellow card for a tackle, resulting in the second red card.  Lovejoy, seeing the first action of his career,  made a great play when the ball found the feet of a Gamecock defender that Lovejoy blocked and deflected it into the air.  As the ball was coming back down Lovejoy ran onto it, settled it and then was face-to-face with the Gamecocks keeper Jimmy Maurer and put a shot past the keeper into the left side for the winner. The Tar Heels would continue pushing forward in the final minutes and were able to hang on for 1-0 win. UNC hosts Virginia Tech on Friday at 7:00 PM.

# 1 Akron Zips by Michigan 7-1

AKRON, Ohio –October 19,2010- The University of Michigan became the first visitor to score a goal on the top-ranked Akron Zips in a 7-1 loss on Tuesday at Lee Jackson Field with a crowd of 3018 on hand. Malcolm saw action in the match as a substitute.

Soony Saad tallied the lone goal for the Wolverines, while Akron showed why they are the No. 1 team in the nation as the Zips' Kofi Sarkodie scored back-to-back goals early in the first half, before Soony Saad cut the Akron lead to 2-1 in the 32nd minute. Saad, who was awarded a free kick 28 yards outside of the Akron box, lined up with his brother Hamoody for the free kick. Hamoody tapped the ball forward and younger brother Soony blasted it into the upper right hand side of the goal to get the Wolverines back in the game. The goal marked the second time Hamoody and Soony have connected for a goal this season and Soony's fourth score on a free kick this season.  Akron responded just three minutes later and took a 3-1 lead into the halftime break, marking just the fourth time the Wolverines have been down at the break this season. The Wolverines had several opportunities to continue to cut into the Zips' lead in the first half. Hamoody Saad had a chance late in the half with a through ball into the box that pulled Akron goalkeeper David Meves out of the box, but Saad could not get it in the net. The Zips contained U-M's offense in the second half and capitalized with four second-half goals for their 12th win of the season. The Wolverines host Bowling Green on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00 PM at the U-M Soccer Stadium.

Tuesday, October 19
George Washington and Temple Drop Atlantic 10 Matches

Temple Drops A-10 Match to Xavier in Overtime 2-1  

CINCINNATI, Ohio – October 17, 2010 - Temple's Cody Calafiore continued his scoring streak with his third goal  of the weekend to force overtime in the match against Xavier. However, Xavier  won the contest  2-1 in the second overtime period with 345 looking on. Nolan started for the Owls while Sawyer did not see action in the match. 

Defense ruled as neither team could score in the first half with Xavier holding a slight edge in shots, 8-7.  XU's Justin Jarvis broke the scoreless tie in minute 72, when he collected a rebound and sent into the net for the 1-0 lead.  Calafiore was called on to take a penalty shot in minute 87, the Owls' hottest scorer lined up and drilled a shot past XU keeper Justin Marshall to make it 1-1. Each keeper was tested in the second half, with the Owls’ Bret Mollon making four saves to Marshall's three. In the first overtime period neither team managed to make a shot on goal.  It was Xavier who broke through early in the second overtime period when the Musketeers’ Matt Walker and Luke Spencer passing to find Brandon Bucher for the golden goal. Calafiore netted his team-leading fifth goal of the season and fourth in the Owls' last three games. Temple hosts Massachusetts on October 22 at 7:00 PM.

George Washington Shut Out by St. Louis 1-0 in A-10 Contest  

WASHINGTON, DC - In a microcosm of a hard luck season for the George Washington (2-10-0, 0-3-0 A-10) forward Yoni Berhanu had shots hit the crossbar and post and the Colonials couldn't capitalize on an 11-8 shot advantage in a 1-0 loss to Saint Louis (4-5-2, 2-2-0 A-10) in an Atlantic 10 match at Mount Vernon Field Sunday that 315 attended. Alex did not play in the match. 

Saint Louis snapped a two-game conference skid behind Devon Newport's 17th minute goal assisted by Alex Sweetin. Berhanu had the game's first scoring opportunity just a minute and a half prior to the Billikens goal when he picked off a poor back pass by defender Chad Vandegriffe for a one-on-one with SLU goalkeeper Mark Pais. Pais charged to cut the angle, slid and kicked away Berhanu's shot to keep the match scoreless. SLU countered moments later when Sweetin got free down the right wing. GW keeper Brendan Lafferty charged and slid, but Sweetin was able to slip a pass underneath Lafferty toward goal. Defender Jake Davis raced back and turned to clear the ball off the goal line, but Newport was there to deflect a shot into goal for the game-winner. GW won a corner with less than 15 minutes left in the first half, but Pais punched away freshman Abdul Shaban's dangerous in-swinger. Berhanu took the high ball on the volley and belted the crossbar from 20 yards away. The Colonials then were awarded a direct free kick from 22 yards out as the period went under the 8:00 mark. Berhanu sought the left corner with his bending right-footed shot, but this time struck the left post and clapped his hands in frustration. After being outshot, 6-4, by the Billikens over the opening 45 minutes, the Colonials played perhaps their best closing 45 minutes of the season, maintaining the majority of possession while holding a 7-2 edge in shots. However, GW only got one of those seven shots on target - rookie Bailey Hinners' 30-yard crack was turned away by a diving Pais in the 85th minute. Pais finished with two saves in earning the clean sheet. Lafferty made three saves. The Colonials host Fordham at 3:00 PM Friday.

Sunday, October 17
Clayton State Wins On Arturo's Goal, Wake Draws, Azusa Pacific, Clemson and Michigan Fall

# 10 Clayton State Wins Squeaker Over USC Aiken 1-0 on Arturo’s Goal

The Clayton State Lakers had all it could handle from visiting University of South Carolina at Aiken at Laker Field with 142 looking on. Stellar defense and the one offensive break were all the Lakers needed to win a 1-0 thriller over USC A in Peach Belt Conference action. The No. 10 Clayton State is now 11-2 overall and 5-1 in the PBC. USC A is 1-9-2 overall and 0-5-1 in conference play. Arturo and Kevin started and played the match for the Lakers. 

Clayton State controlled the match out shooting USC A 17-3. Defensively, Clayton State keeper Brian Garcia recorded his PBC leading seventh shutout on the season. However, USC A was equally-tough on the defensive end, packing 10 to 11 men in the back. The Lakers had numerous chances to score in the first half, but came up empty. The Lakers got the needed break about midway through the second half when Clayton State’s Leighton Fredericks got control of the ball just over midfield and passed it to teammate Arturo Cruz on the left wing. Cruz then maneuvered up to the top of the penalty box and hammered the shot into the net past a diving Pacer goalkeeper Robert Bolender in minute 66. It was Cruz’s fourth goal of the season. From there, the Laker defense held, allowing USC A only one shot in the second half. Clayton State is hosts Georgia Southwestern at 5:00 PM. 

Wake Forest and NC State Draw 1-1 in ACC Play 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – October 16, 2010 -  Wake Forest's Luca Gimenez scored his third goal of the season in the first half, but NC State equalized in the second and neither side could score in the two overtime periods for a 1-1 draw at Spry Stadium. Chris started for WF in the match that drew 2413 fans. WF is now 5-6-2 on the year and 3-1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Wolfpack also have a 5-6-2 record with an 0-4-2 mark in the ACC. 

The Deacons grabbed the lead in minute 25 with a goal when Gimenez received a pass just outside the 18-yard box. Gimenez dribbled inside the penalty area and curled a shot from 16 yards out into the right side. The Wolfpack equalized in minute 65 on a long throw-in to Tyler Lassiter, who headed toward the goal from the top of the 18 and David Brown finished from close range to tie at one. The Demon Deacons had an opportunity in minute 70 when Andy Lubahn played a through ball to Gimenez putting him 1-on-1 with NC State’s keeper Will Mackvick, but the chip shot from the 18 went just high. WF had another good look in minute 82 when Ben Newman’s corner found Lubahn six yards out at the left post for a header to the right post, but Mackvick made a diving save to send the match into overtime. In the first period, the Deacs had an excellent scoring chance in minute 93 when Luciano Delbono played a cross from the right side near the end line. The ball found Newnam near the left post but his header was just wide left of the open goal. The Wolfpack had a chance in minute 94 as Akil DeFreitas shot from the right side of the 18-yard box, but WF’s keeper Akira Fitzgerald made the diving save. In the second period, Deacon Sam Redmond’s shot from the 18 went right to Mackvick.  Akira Fitzgerald had six saves and allowed one goal, Mackvick had four saves in net for the Wolfpack and allowed the one goal. NC State held a 17-15 edge in shots and a 7-6 edge in shots on frame. The Deacs had 7 corners. The Pack had 4.Wake Forest travels to Maryland Saturday at 7:00 PM.  

Azusa Pacific Drops Match and Out of First Place with 1-0 Loss to # 15 California Baptist 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – October 15, 2010 - Azusa Pacific played the NAIA’s No. 15-ranked California Baptist in a key Golden State Athletic Conference match and lost its share of the conference lead with a 1-0 loss. The win was the CB Lancers’ first in over a decade against the Cougars and it clinched a winning GSAC campaign for California Baptist. Connor did not see action in the match watched by 311 fans. 

In a defensive battle, CB broke through for the only goal with just over 5 minutes before halftime. The Cougars were unable to clear at the top of the box, the Lancers’ Brian Ahn played the ball ahead to lead Osvaldo Bastida to the touch line for a cross that Cole Schmit buried in the back of the net to give CB a 1-0 lead. That goal was all the Lancer defense would need as the Cougars managed just 4 shots the rest of the way and suffered their first shutout. The Lancer’s keeper Dan Kelly finished with 3 saves for the clean sheet. The Cougar’s keeper Joe Geletko had 2 saves, 1 in each half.  For the Lancer’s was an historic performance as it tied the program’s season wins (10) and shutouts (8) records. The Lancers, now 12-2 overall with a 6-1 conference record, have blanked 5 of 7 GSAC foes this year heading into a final 3-game stretch against 3 of the league’s bottom 4 teams. Azusa Pacific’s  5 match winning streak is over, dropping the Cougars to 12-3 overall and 5-2 in GSAC play. Up next are 2 road games next week against Westmont and San Diego Christian before Azusa Pacific wraps up the regular season on Wednesday when it hosts Fresno Pacific.

Clemson Loses to # 4 Maryland 3-2 ACC Action as 3,715 Attend Match  

COLLEGE PARK, MD-October 16, 2010 – Paul Torres scored one goal and had one assist in leading No. 4 Maryland to a 3-2 win over Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference match at College Park, MD. The Terrapins improve to 9-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the ACC while Clemson is 3-7-2 overall and 0-3-2 in ACC play. Cody and Stephen started and played the entire match, Nikos did not play. 

UM’s Sunny Jane scored on a left-footed eight yard shot in minute 39. The Terrapins also scored two minutes later as Torres’s header found net with an assist by London Woodbury. Clemson scored its two goals in the second half to tie the score 2-2. The Tigers' Austin Savage struck first scoring from a 15 yard shot in minute 55 for his fourth goal of the season. The Tigers tied the score 2-2 in minute 73 as Tommy Drake with an assist by Nick Burton. UM’s Jason Herrick scored the winner on a header from close range with an assist by Torres with 14:28 left. Maryland outshot Clemson 18 to 8 and had corners 8 to Clemson’s 1. CU’s Cody Mizell had 4 saves allowing 3 goals while UM’s Zac MacMath had 1 save and allowed 2 goals.  UM Clemson has lost to three ranked opponents this season all by only one goal in each match. The Tigers host Georgia Southern on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. 

Michigan Has Four-Game Win Streak Snapped by Indiana 2-1 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – October 16, 2010 - Soony Saad scored on a free kick to cut the Indiana lead to one goal in the second half, but the University of Michigan (8-3-3, 2-2-0 Big Ten) could not get the equalizer and fell at Indiana (7-4-1, 2-0-1 Big Ten) 2-1 with 2204 on hand at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Malcolm did not play in the Big 10 match. 

Trailing 2-1 late in the game, the Wolverines made a push as Justin Meram and Matt Schmitt connected for a scoring chance. Schmitt collected the ball on the left side of the field and went down the sideline and pushed it to Meram, who was streaking, but the pass was just off Meram's foot and went out of bounds. With Michigan attempting to tie, U-M’s Chris Blais made a point-blank save late to prevent the Hoosiers from taking a 3-1 lead, while Brian Klemczak and Kofi Opare bottled up Indiana's Will Bruin, who has 10 goals on the year, holding him to just one shot on goal. The Wolverines had two opportunities on corners kicks early in the first half and even with several good services from Hamoody Saad  could not break into the scoring column. Later, U-M’s Ezekiel Harris made a run from the backline and received the ball at his feet just inside the Indiana 18-yard line, but his strike went just over the net. Soony Saad also had a nice chance in the first half. After getting the ball in the midfield from Adam Shaw, he took several touches and pushed the ball to his left foot and ripped a powerful shot from the right side of the box that went just over the top of the goal. Michigan travels to Akron on Tuesday to take on the No. 1 Akron Zips at 7:30 PM.

Saturday, October 16
UNC and Temple Win, George Washington and Presbyterian Lose in Conference Play

George Washington Falls to No. 23 UNC Charlotte in Home A-10 Opener 

WASHINGTON, DC – October 15, 2010 - George Washington (2-9-0, 0-2-0 A-10) nearly took a lead on No. 23 UNC Charlotte (8-4-0, 3-0-0 A-10) in the first half, but a sure goal was headed off the goal line and the Charlotte 49ers scored in minutes 60 and 63 for a 2-0 Atlantic 10 victory over the Colonials in a match attended by 175 at Mount Vernon Field. Alex, still out with the hamstring injury, did not play. 

Playing its first ranked opponent at Mount Vernon since 2008, GW was successful in defending the 49ers attack throughout the first half and midway through the second. Despite being outshot, 5-2, GW actually generated the most dangerous scoring opportunity of the opening 45 minutes when Charlotte goalkeeper Gavin Dawson charged a ball deep into his defensive third, but elected to shield it just outside the 18-yard box. GW’s Aldin Dervisevic won the ball and passed to open Yoni Berhanu, who sidestepped and fired a bending 18 yard shot at the keeper-less net. However, 49ers defender Charles Rodriguez dove to head the shot off the goal line and preserve 0-0 score. The 49ers revved up their attack in the second half, outshooting the Colonials, 12-4 and scoring twice to remain atop the A-10 standings. In the 60th minute, GW defender Kory Trott was whistled for a foul 35 yards out on the left wing. Charlotte's Andres Cuero took the ensuing free kick and curled it into the upper right corner. The 49ers won a corner kick three and a half minutes later and Will Mayhew was able put in a loose ball from six yards out to make it 2-0. Charlotte continued to pressure, but GW goalkeeper Erik Haug made his 4 saves in the final 20 minutes. The Colonials would threaten again, but the 49er’s Dawson made his 1 save of the day on CW’s Jake Davis in minute 88. GW hosts St. Louis in an A-10 match Sunday 1:00 PM. 

North Carolina Comes Back to Draw Boston College 1-1 in ACC OT Match   

NEWTON, Mass. – October 15, 2010 - Alex Dixon’s goal from five yards out with just over 20 minutes left brought No. 3 Carolina back to tie No.18 Boston College. UNC earned a hard fought road draw, playing two scoreless overtime periods. Carolina and BC (6-2-4, 1-1-3) played in the cold and rain in front of 538 fans at the BC Soccer Complex. Carlos and Brendan did not play in the match. 

BC struck less than 20 minutes into the match when Connor Fitzpatrick settled a shot from 30 yards out to put the Eagles up 1-0. Fitzpatrick received a pass from Patrick Chinn before firing the shot past keeper Scott Goodwin. The Tar Heels organized and began to pressure BC, recording three shots before the halftime whistle. Tar Heel captain Eddie Ababio came out firing in the second half with a pair of shots in the opening five minutes. UNC’s Jalil Anibaba came up in minute 65 looking to score off a Kirk Urso corner but after settling the ball his shot sailed high over the goal, but it signaled the beginning of the Tar Heel scoring attack. Less than five minutes later, Alex Dixon scored for the first time this year when he redirected a cross from Ababio past BC keeper Justin Luthy into the net for the equalizer. UNC continued to fire shot through the final 20 minutes nearly scoring the winner by Michael Farfan in minute 88, but Luthy made the save forcing the overtime. The action was fast and furious in the two overtime periods with each team creating opportunities and each keeper making critical saves. However, the match ended 1-1 for UNC’s first draw of the season and a 9-2-1 record. UNC has an unblemished 5-0-1 in ACC play. UNC hosts South Carolina on Saturday at 7:00 PM.

Temple Defeats Dayton 2-1 in Atlantic 10 Conference Match  

DAYTON, Ohio – October 15, 2010 - Two second half goals by Temple’s Cody Calafiore led the Owls past the Dayton Flyers 2-1 Friday at Baujan Field in front of 980 fans. The Owls (4-5-2, 2-0) remain undefeated in the Atlantic 10, Dayton is now 4-5-3 overall and 0-3-0. Nolan started in midfield in the match, Sawyer did not play.

Both teams searched for rhythm in the first half with the Owls outshooting the Flyers 5-1. Owls' keeper Bret Mollon left the game in minute 6 with Fran Nelms taking over. Calafiore struck with his first goal in minute 65 collecting a rebound in front and sending it in, Vaughn Spurrier was credited the assist. Dayton equalized two minutes later when Victor Duru capitalized on a mishandled ball from Nelms and sent a shot upper right to knot the game at 1-1. The game was won off a TU corner kick, as Calafiore sent a shot in from close on the left wing that slipped past the Flyers keeper Tyler Picard. Nelms allowed the 1 goal and had no saves. Picard posted 5 saves and allowed the 2 goals. The Owls travel to Xavier on Sunday for a 1:00 PM start. 

Presbyterian Takes Early Lead But Drops Big South Match to Liberty at Home 2-1  

CLINTON, S.C. – October 15, 2010 - Presbyterian College took the early lead, Liberty came back for the  2-1 win over the Blue Hose at Martin Stadium. PC took the lead in minute 36, but a PK in minute 41 and a goal in minute 64 was the difference. PC falls to 2-9-1 in the defeat and 0-5-0 in the Big South. Liberty improves to 7-6-1 and 3-2-0 in BS conference play. Sean did not play in the match attended by 189 fans.  

In minute 36 Logan Huff put the Blue Hose up 1-0 with a header from the penalty spot off a service from Jonny Mercado who redirected a corner kick.  Liberty equalized when foul in the box gave the Flames a penalty kick.  Liberty’s Uriah Bentick successfully put the PK into the lower right corner. The teams went into the intermission tied at 1-1.  After nearly 20 minutes of play in the second half, Liberty scored the winning goal in minute 64 when Juan Nino took a turnover in the penalty area and scored for the Flames.The Flames took control and fired 4 shots and had 3 corner kicks in the final 10 minutes. Liberty finished with a 20-13 lead in shots and a 9-3 advantage in corners. PC's goalkeeper, James Neal had 8 saves, 6 in the second half. PC had 5 shots on goal, Liberty had 4 saves. PC hosts High Point at Martin Stadium Saturday October 23 in its final home match 

Friday, October 15
College Soccer Continues to Draw Record Crowds This Season!!
Santa Barbara, CA - October 14, 2010 -  The 2010 season will be one for the books as collegiate soccer continues to set school and NCAA records across the country. The latest is UC Santa Barbara’s new NCAA record set Tuesday night when it drew 6,057 fans for its 2-1 win over Big West rival Cal Poly. The Gauchos are the first team to draw three crowds of more than 6,000 in one regular season. UCSB's average of 6,098 fans per match is also on pace to break the modern NCAA soccer record.

To make it even more exciting midfielder Luis Silva scored with just 53 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Gauchos the win in the first of two Blue-Green rivalry games this season. UCSB improves to 6-3-2 on the season and 3-1-0 in Big West play. Another big crowd is expected Friday when UCSB hosts the ACC’s No. 14 Duke at Harder Stadium to be televised on Fox Soccer Channel's NSCAA College Game of the Week with the kickoff at 11:00 PM EDT.

Thursday, October 14
Michigan Out Guns Valpo 4-2 as Azusa Pacific Takes Lead in Golden State Athletic Conference

Five Goals in Last 18 minutes as Michigan Defeats Valparaiso 4-2   

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –October 13, 2010 - Forward Matt Schmitt tallied a career-best five points with two goals and an assist, while forward Soony Saad also scored twice to take Michigan (8-2-3) from a 0-0 halftime tie to a 4-2 non-conference victory over Valparaiso University (6-5-2) in front of 501 at U-M’s Soccer Stadium. With the triumph, the Wolverines extend their winning streak to four games. Malcolm played in the match as a substitute.  

Schmitt opened the scoring in minute 59 as he attacked up the right side and ripped a shot that deflected off a Valpo defender into the goal. Valpo tied the match on a header from Stefan Antonijeviv in minute 72 starting a scoring barrage in the final 18 minutes. In minute 74, Saad connected on a flicked back from Schmitt and converted from just inside the box for the Wolverines 2-1 lead. Less than three minutes later Justin Meram weaved through three Crusader defenders and served the ball to the feet of Schmitt in the center of the goal giving the Crusader keeper Ryan Schwarz no chance for a save. Valparaiso cut it down to 3-2 in minute 78 to cap a span of four goals in six minutes and after both teams only managed to combine for three first half shots on goal. Saad capped the  scoring with a goal at 82:16 when Meram on the wing sent a pass to the waiting Saad on the left side of the 18-yard box. Saad calmly placed it in the lower right-hand corner for the Wolverines’ eighth win of the season. In all, Michigan and Valparaiso combined for five goals in a span of 10 minutes late in the second half. Michigan, held to just three shots on goal in the first half, posted 24 shots overall, with 10 on goal and 4 saves, while Valpo had 19 shots, 6 on goal and 4 saves. Michigan heads to Bloomington, Ind. on Saturday for a Big Ten match with the Indiana Hoosiers at 8:00 PM.   

Azusa Pacific Defeats The Master’s College 2-1, Shares Lead in Golden State Athletic Conference

AZUSA, Calif. -October 13, 2010- Azusa Pacific needed a win over The Master’s College Mustangs (6-4-2, 3-3) to set up a battle for the Golden State Athletic Conference lead this Saturday at California Baptist. With Point Loma Nazarene’s 2-0 upset over the NAIA’s No. 5-ranked California Baptist, the No. 15 Cougars (12-2, 5-1) share the conference lead going into the California Baptist match. Connor did not see action in today's match.  

While the Mustang controlled possession early in the first half, Azusa Pacific’s reserves quickly shifted the tide in minute 32 with a counterattack.  Midfielder Jeremy Bishop led unmarked defender Otis Holt up the right sideline and Holt’s cross to the back post connected with midfielder Michael Sahagian for the goal. Sahagian and Holt had been in for less than 2 minutes and Bishop for just 7 minutes prior to the goal. The Master’s keeper Andrew Bussell prevented a second Cougar score in minute 39 as he dove left to save a 26 yard free kick from Vinicius Dantas. The Cougar’s held the 1-0 lead through halftime, but The Master’s equalized in minute 50 with Jacob Marchesani’s header on a Josh Hoeft service from the right. The Cougars came back in minute 54 when midfielder Trenton Titus’ shot from the right went off a Mustang and hit the top left corner of the goal. The resulting corner saw the Cougars bring numbers forward to produce the winner when Oktay Bulut’s cross connected with Oktay Bulut for a header at the far post. The Mustangs’ Peluffo hit the crossbar again with a header in minute 57 for the Mustangs best opportunity.  The AP defense dominated the air to keep The Master’s away from the box. AP’s Joe Geletko handled the Mustangs’ final 2 shots on goal to preserve the win. He had 3 saves in the match. The Mustang’s Bussell had 4 saves while allowing 2 goals.  Azusa Pacific is at California Baptist this Saturday at 2:30 PM.

Tuesday, October 12
Presbyterian and UNC Win with Shut Outs, Clemson and Wake Forest Lose the Same Way

Presbyterian's First Shutout of Season a 1-0 Win Over Georgia Southern 

CLINTON, S.C. - October 12, 2010 -  Presbyterian College earned a much needed victory over Georgia Southern 1-0 at PC's Martin Stadium. PC scored on the first shot of the game just 1:52 into the match and never looked back to take the victory in front of 139 fans. PC is now 2-8-1 on the year, the Eagles are 3-7-1. Sean saw action as a sub in the match.

The Blue Hose snapped an eight game losing streak on a goal in the second minute of play. Donald Gibson sent the ball in from midfield to the penalty spot where it bounced once and was headed towards goal by Stephen Glover. The ball found its way over the GSU keeper and under the crossbar to give PC an early 1-0 lead. The teams played end to end soccer for the half with both teams having numerous chances. After the break, Georgia Southern ratcheted up the pressure with two shots in the first five minutes. In minute 70, GSU had a great opportunity as Austin Gaso rifled a shot clanging the crossbar and going out for a goal kick. PC’s Luke Ade came just inches from scoring in minute 77 as his well-struck shot went just inches high of the upper corner of the goal. James Neal went the distance for PC's first shutout of the season making 12 saves on a 24 shots. PC hosts Liberty Friday at 6:00 PM.

On the Road North Carolina Shuts Down Liberty 2-0  

LYNCHBURG, Va. – October 12, 2010 – A crowd of 1857 saw Enzo Martinez net his fifth goal of the season as No. 2 North Carolina (9-2) won 2-0 at Liberty University (6-5-1) Tuesday night. Martin Murphy tallied for the third time in as many matches to provide the final margin for UNC. Carlos entered in the match as a sub for the injured Stephen McCarthy. Brendan made the trip, but did not play. 

UNC tried to strike early as in a span of less than a minute UNC fired three shots. Kirk Urso took the first shot that Liberty's keeper Paul Gilbert deflected giving Carolina a corner kick. Urso sent the ball into the box where Martinez's shot sailed high over the cross bar. Jordan Gafa was the next to strike but his shot also sailed high for a goal kick. Carlos McCrary's header in minute 31 nearly put Carolina in front but the Gilbert save kept UNC off the score board. In minute 34, Martinez made a run down the left side past the defense before lofting a brilliant shot over Gilbert into the back of the net. McCrary nearly made it 2-0 less than 12 minutes into the second half with a strike that Gilbert was unable to get, but the ball hit the woodwork. In minute 75, Martinez dropped off a pass to the cutting Murphy who struck an equally brilliant shot from just outside the box into the far left corner of the goal. UNC keeper Scott Goodwin turned in his fifth shutout making just two saves. UNC is in Chestnut Hill, MA to take on Boston College in UNC’s final ACC road match on Friday at 7:00 PM. 

At Home Clemson Falls 1-0 to Elon  

CLEMSON, SC – October 12, 2010 - Chris Thomas scored the lone goal in Elon’s 1-0 victory over Clemson in front of 814 Tuesday night. Elon improves to 5-3-4 overall, while Clemson falls to 3-6-2. Cody and Stephen started and played the entire match for the Tigers, Nikos did not play in the match.  

Elon’s goal came at the 22:21 mark when Denzel Ogunyase dribbled down the middle and passed to Thomas on the right side. Thomas took the pass and fired a 12 yard diagonal shot to the right post for his sixth goal of the season. Clemson had a great opportunity in opening minute of the second half. Tommy Drake sent a corner kick in the box to Stephen McGill for a header from four yards out, but Elon's keeper Reed Dillard made the save. In minute 52, the Tigers' K.C. Onyeador fired a shot from 20 yards, yet again saved by Dillard. Elon’s Ben Lunka took a hard 18 yard shot in minute 71 that was saved by Clemson's keeper Cody Mizell. Clemson's last serious chance came with 17:04 left to go, when Keegan Priest crossed the ball from the right side. Riley Sumpter took a diving head shot from six yards out towards the middle of the goal, but Dillard made the save for the Phoenix. Elon threatened again with 2:44 to go as Gabe Latigue sent a pass to Thomas on the left side. Thomas shot from 18 yards out just wide of the left post. Clemson outshot Elon 12 to 8, and had more corners at 8-2. Elon keeper Reed Dillard had 7 saves, and CU’s Mizell had 4. The Tigers are at Maryland Saturday night at 7:00 PM  

"We are going to have to learn to play the entire game. Without consistency and leadership, there are hard lessons to be learned. These are also painful, and apparently we have not learned from our lessons in the past. We have opportunities and don't take advantage of them. We did not execute in the final third. We did not concentrate the whole game. We told our players this would be a mental test for them. We didn't pass the test." said Clemson Head Coach Mike Noonan after the match. 

William & Mary Shuts Out Wake Forest for 2-0 Win in Williamsburg 

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William & Mary broke a scoreless tie at the half with two second half goals to defeat Wake Forest 2-0 on Tuesday night with 638 on hand at Martin Family Stadium. Wake Forest falls to 5-6-1 on the season, while William & Mary extends its unbeaten streak to five games, improving to 8-2-1. Chris started the match for the Demon Deacons.   

W & M had the first scoring chance of the match in minute 4 when Nathaniel Baako played a cross from the left and found Alan Koger near the left post. However, Koger’s sliding shot hit the outside of the left post. WF had its first attempt in minute 8 when Chris Duvall sent a cross from the right to Andy Lubahn for the shot but the W & M’s keeper Andrew McAdams made the save. WF applied pressure at the end of the half when in minute 45 Ben Newnam’s shot from the right side went just wide of the left post. W & M went ahead in the first minute of the second half when Michael DiNuzzo passed to Ben Anderson for a shot that found the left side of the net. W & M doubled its lead in minute 51 as Alan Koger played a ball over the top that found Jimmy Carroll 1-on-1 with WF’s keeper Akira Fitzgerald. Carroll slid a shot under Fitzgerald inside the left post to make the score 2-0. The Demon Deacons had a shot on goal in minute 59 as Emerson had an attempt saved by McAdams. W&M’s McAdams had 4 saves to earn the shutout. WF’s Fitzgerald had 7 saves with 2 goals allowed. Wake Forest plays NC State on Saturday hosting the 2010 Genna Wiley Memorial Match. Wake Forest will wear pink Nike jerseys, which will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM.

Monday, October 11
Michigan, Temple and Azusa Pacific Win as George Washington, Presbyterian and Clayton State Fall

Michigan Defeats Wisconsin 3-2 in Big 10 Opener

MADISON, Wis. –October 10, 2010 - Wisconsin (1-8-2, 0-1-1 Big Ten) made things interesting late in the game with a goal in minute 83, but Michigan (7-2-3, 2-1-0 Big Ten) held on for a 3-2 win over the Badgers with 1593 on hand  at Wisconsin’s McClimon Complex.  In the match, Malcolm made his collegiate and Big Ten debut.

Matt Schmitt scored the winning goal while teammates Justin Meram and Soony Saad also scored for the Wolverines. Fabio Pereira Villas Boas added a career-best two assists for his first career multipoint game.  The Badgers scored their first goal 12 minutes into the match. After the Wisconsin goal, the Wolverines picked up the tempo and held possession for the majority of the first half. Michigan’s goal came when Meram took advantage of a Wisconsin turnover in the midfield and dribbled through the Badger defense and shot to the lower right corner to tie at 1-1.  Michigan added a goal on a set piece when U-M was awarded a free kick after a Badger foul 20 yards out.  Saad lined up to take the free kick with and Saad blasted it into the upper part of the goal. The Wolverines opened the second half pressing the Badger defense. It didn't take long for U-M to capitalize as Schmitt scored in minute 59 with an assist from Fabio Pereira. Wisconsin cut Michigan's lead to one with a goal with eight minutes remaining but the Wolverine defense, led by several crucial saves in the final minutes by the team and keeper sealed the victory. U-M outshot Wisconsin 15 to 12, with and led in on goal 8-7. Wisconsin had 10 corners to U-M 4 and both teams had 5 saves. Michigan hosts Valparaiso University this Wednesday at 7:00 PM.

Azusa Pacific Wins 1-0 Over Biola   

AZUSA, CA –October 9, 2010 - Nathan Nienhuis scored the winning goal off the bench, and the Azusa Pacific defense took care of the rest in a 1-0 win over Biola Saturday with 336 on hand  at the Cougar Soccer Complex. Nienhuis quickly announced his entrance ending the scoreless tie at the 32 minute mark, a mere 2-and-a-half minutes after entering the contest. Jeremy Bishop, a substitute minutes prior to Nienhuis, played over the Biola defenders to Nienhuis into the box. Biola keeper Aaron Fenlason got a hand on Nienhuis’ first-time strike, but not enough to alter it from bouncing into the net. Connor did not play in the match. Not content to sit back and purely defend in a tight game, Azusa Pacific featured a patient, possession based offense that generated quality scoring chances throughout the game. The Cougars finished with a 16-14 edge in total shots. With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 11-2 overall with a 4-1 GSAC mark, while Biola drops to 4-6-1 overall and 2-2 in GSAC play. The Cougars visit No. 7-ranked California Baptist on Saturday.

Temple Shuts Down St. Joseph’s in Atlantic 10 Opener 3-0

AMBLER, Pa. – October 9, 2010 – In a dominating offensive performance, in which Andrew Dodds netted the winning goal and assisted on another, Temple posted a 3-0 win over rival Saint Joseph's in its Atlantic 10 opener at Ambler Sports Complex. The Owls are 3-5-2 and 1-0-0 in A-10 play while the Hawks fall to 1-8-0, 0-1-0. Nolan started the match for the Owls and Sawyer saw action as a substitute.

The Owls' offense opened the match aggressively with several opportunities to score. In the third minute, Max Kinderwater found junior Tyler Witmer for a blast which was deflected high by SJU keeper Michael Moulton. Minutes later, Jared Harris headed off a free kick that went just wide of the left side of the net. In the 35th minute a quick pass from Evan Brandsdorfer and Vaughn Spurrier found Dodds one-on-one with SJU keeper Michael Moulton and his shot went by Moulton for a 1-0 lead. The score would remain that way at half despite serval more chances by the Owls who dominated possession and outshot the Hawks 10-2. Temple continued to pressure in the second half and struck again in minute 66 when Billy Kappock found Tyler Witmer with a lengthy throw-in down the right sideline.  Witmer turned the corner on the SJU defender and found sophomore Cody Calafiore in front of the net for an easy tap in and a 2-0 lead. Dodds set up one final TU tally as he threaded a pass to Vaughn Spurrier in close with SJU's Moulton.  Spurrier dribbled left past Moulton for his second career goal. The Owls outshot Saint Joseph's 24-6 while TU’s  keeper Bret Mollon made 3 saves in his fourth shutout of the season.  The Owls continue the Atlantic 10 campaign as they travel to take on Dayton and Xavier next weekend.

Clayton State Loses in Thriller to Tampa 1-0  

TAMPA, Fla. – October 9, 2010 – The No. 24 Clayton State Lakers dropped a tough 1-0 decision at Sunshine State Conference power Tampa.  The defeat snaps a three match winning streak for the Lakers, now 10-2 overall. Tampa improves to 8-4 with the victory. It’s the second straight season that Clayton State has dropped a 1-0 decision against Tampa.

The Tampa defense proved to be the key as it limited the Clayton State offensive attack to only six shots in the match.  However, Clayton State’s defense matched the Spartans for much of the first half. Tampa got the needed break in minute 37 as Warren Lister scored off a corner kick by Ryan Griffin.  Clayton State keeper Brian Garcia recorded four saves in the defeat, while Tampa goalkeeper David Niepel recorded three saves.  Clayton State will return to Peach Belt Conference action on October  16 playing host to USC Aiken at 5:00 PM at Laker Field.

Richmond Gets Two Late Goals to Beat George Washington 2-1


RICHMOND, VA – October 9, 2010 - Seth Rudolph gave the George Washington a 1-0 lead, but a red card in minute 61 led to two Richmond goals in minutes 84 and 87. The Colonials dropped the Atlantic 10 opener 2-1,at Richmond’s Ukrop Park  Saturday with 323 on hand.  Alex did not see action in the match. GW falls to 2-8-0 and 0-1-0 in Atlantic 10 play with the loss.


Rudolph scored his team leading fifth goal of the season at the 27:25 mark with a shot that deflected off UR keeper Brock Tomlinson. The Colonials carried that one-goal lead into halftime with the hopes of securing their first A-10 opener victory since 2007. However, Richmond benefited from a second caution and ensuing red-card ejection to GW’s Jeff Eisenbud in the 61st minute. The Spiders didn't break through until less than 10 minutes remained in the match.  Spencer Schiff equalized at the 83:36 mark with a 20 yard shot past GW  keeper Brendan Lafferty to the upper right corner. UR (2-7-1, 1-0-0 A-10) got the winning goal just over three minutes later when Rob Scherer guided Justin Karr's right-side cross into the left corner with 3:20 left in the match. The Spiders snapped a seven-match skid with the victory.  Eisenbud, the Colonials' second-leading scorer, will miss the squad's next match against Charlotte at Mount Vernon Field Friday, Oct. 15, at 3:00 pm.


Presbyterian's Comeback Falls Short, Coastal Carolina Wins 2-1


CONWAY, S.C. –October 9, 2010 - Presbyterian College could not come back from Coastal Carolina’s two early goals in a 2-1 defeat against Coastal Carolina on Saturday night.  Davis Orders finished PC's lone goal in the 53rd minute. PC falls to 1-8-1 on the year and 0-4 in the Big South. CCU improves to 6-4-1 with the win and goes to 2-1-0 in league play. Sean did not see action in the match.


CCU logged the first three shots of the match with the third finding the net as Justin Portillo scored in the 14th minute with a shot off a cross. The advantage went to 2-0 in minute 17 when Rodrigo Vianna into the net following a cross by Luis Faz. The Blue Hose logged just two shots in the first half as PC went into the halftime break down 2-0.  In minute 42, PC's Davis Orders scored from inside the six-yard box.  A free kick was played into the box where Logan Huff headed the ball to Orders who finished the goal. PC would get two more chances in the second half but could not find the equalizer. PC had 5 shots to CCU 16.  PC’s James Neal made 3 saves and allowing both goals. PC hosts Georgia Southern on Tuesday at 6:00 PM at Martin Stadium.

Saturday, October 9
UNC Defeats Wake Forest 1-0, Clemson and Boston College Draw 1-1

North Carolina Beats Wake Forest 1-0 for ACC Lead 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – October 8, 2010 - Michael Farfan found the back of the net in minute 21 and goalkeeper Scott Goodwin stopped four shots including a free kick with less than five seconds remaining to preserve a crucial 1-0 win over Wake Forest (5-5-1, 3-1-0 ACC) Friday night. North Carolina took control of the ACC with the win as they improved to 8-2-0 on the year and 5-0-0 in conference play. Carlos and Brendan did not see action in the match for the Tar Heels. Chris started for the Demon Deacons.  

Wake Forest's Anthony Arena had a chance to provide the equalizer Friday night with just seven seconds remaining in a 1-0 contest. WF drew a foul less than five paces outside the UNC a box as the clock ticked down. Head referee Landis Wiley stopped the clock giving WF a chance to set up the free kick. As UNC's Scott Goodwin set up the wall in front of him, Arenas struck a shot destined for the top left corner, but Goodwin was barely able to parry away the drive to move Carolina to 5-0 in the ACC and five points clear of Maryland. In a physical match that saw five yellow cards issued and 18 fouls called the Tar Heels kept their head and were able to strike in the 22nd minute when Michael Farfan tallied his third goal of the season. Wake Forest was attacking the Carolina defense early registering four shots through the opening 20 minutes but only challenged Goodwin once when Tolani Ibikunle floated a shot to the back left corner of the goal and Goodwin punched the ball over the cross bar. Following a WF foul, UNC sent a ball into the box that was cleared to near midfield. Stephen McCarthy chested down the ball and fed it to the left corner of the box for Farfan, who was one-on-one with a WF defender. Farfan fired a shot over the outstretched arm of Akira Fitzgerald and into the top right corner of the goal for winner. The win snapped a four game winning streak the Demon Deacons held at Fetzer Field dating back to 2000. Carolina is now 5-0-0 in the ACC for the first time in school history. The Tar Heels hit the road to take on Liberty on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and to Boston to face No. 17 Boston College on Friday, Oct. 15.  

Clemson and Boston College Draw at 1-1 

CLEMSON, SC – October 8, 2010 - Clemson and 11th-ranked Boston College played to a 1-1 overtime draw in an ACC match at Clemson, SC. Clemson is now 3-5-2 overall and 0-2-2 in the ACC. Boston College is now 5-2-3 overall and 1-1-2 in league play. Cody started in goal and Stephen entered as a sub, getting off 2 shots with 1 on goal in his 82 minutes. Nikos did not see action in the match.  

Clemson threatened early when Boston College defender Chris Ager misplayed the ball and Clemson's Austin Savage sent a shot from just outside the goalie box, but the BC keeper, Justin Luthy, was there for the save. The ball got away from Luthy and the Clemson's Tommy Drake sent a 10-yard shot toward the goal only to have Luthy save the shot. Clemson came right back in minute 8 when Nick Burton dribbled down the left side, passed to Wes Nelson who crossed to K.C. Onyeador who put it at the left post for goal. BC had an opportunity late in the half when Edvin Worley took as shot from 15 yards out but Cody Mizell was there for the save. Worley came back with 1 minute left as he attempted a header from 10 yards out but again Mizell there. Early in the second half, BC's Kevin Mejia took a shot from 18 but Mizell made another save. The Eagles scored in minute 69 when Kyle Bekker sent a pass to Kevin Mejia who shot passed Mizell, the ball trickled toward the right post and Edvin Worley knocked it in to tie the score at the 68:08 mark. With the score tied 1-1 with 9:40 left to go in regulation, Clemson's Jack Metcalf took a shot that hit the cross bar and was cleared. BC answered back with 7:10 remaining when Beckker  took a direct kick from 24 yards out with only :33 seconds remaining in regulation, but Mizell made his fifth save. In the two overtime periods neither team could attempt a shot.  Clemson's Mizell made 5 saves and BC's Luthy finished the match with 4. Clemson had 11 shots, the Eagles had 10. Clemson had 3 corner  to BC's 2.

Friday, October 8
Middle Georgia Downed by Darton 3-2, Michigan and Clayton State Win with Shut Outs

Middle Georgia Loses in OT 3-2 to Darton College 

ALBANY, GA – October 7, 2010 – Darton College defeated Middle Georgia in overtime 3-2 Thursday night. Darton’ s Mynor Perez scored all three of the Cavs’ goals, including the winner in overtime. The win moves DC into a tie for first in Region XVII. Perez now has 18 goals on the season.  Darton trailed, 1-0, at halftime. No box score was available.  

Clayton State Shuts Out Montevallo 3-0

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – October 6, 2010 – In a showdown of two Top 25-ranked Peach Belt Conference squads, the 24th-ranked Clayton State Lakers made a clear statement on Wednesday night with a convincing 3-0 shutout victory at No. 2 Montevallo in Peach Belt Conference action.  Clayton State is now 10-1 overall and 4-1 in the PBC. Montevallo suffers its first defeat to fall to 9-1-1 overall and 3-1-1. 

One player battling in particular for the Lakers was forward Ryan Pugh who continued his offensive show with two goals and one assist.  Pugh now has nine goals and three assists on the season for 21 points. Pugh gave Clayton State a 1-0 lead in minute 36 with a goal off a double-assist by Matty Phillips and Leighton Fredericks. The scored stayed 1-0 until minute 79 when Pugh struck again, this time scoring on an assist by Rhys Jukes on a breakaway. Brett Neilson finished off the Laker scoring in minute 89 with a 50 yard strike off an assist by Pugh. Clayton State keeper Brian Garcia recorded his sixth shutout of the season with two saves. Montevallo goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway recorded four saves in the defeat.  Clayton State travels to powerhouse Tampa  7:00 PM Saturday. 

Michigan Shuts Down Cincinnati 2-0   

ANN ARBOR Mich. – October 6, 2010 - Justin Meram picked up his second consecutive winning goal in minute 16 to lead the University of Michigan to a 2-0 shutout victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday in front of 548 at the U-M Soccer Stadium. 

Meram had the first scoring opportunity for either team when he received a perfectly placed ball from midfielder Dylan Mencia. The ball hit Meram in stride toward the goal, but the shot sailed just wide of the net. Meram put the Wolverines ahead, 1-0, seconds later from a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Fabio Pereira took the strike for the Wolverines and placed the ball on the post where Meram's header gave the Wolverines an early advantage. The Bearcats began to creep into the offensive third late in the half. The Michigan backline, led by several nice takeaways from Brian Klemczak and Kofi Opare helped keep Cincinnati off the board. Matt Schmitt extended the Wolverines lead to 2-0 in minute 61 as he tracked down a pass from midfield and shot from the right side of the box. The ball hit the post and bounced into the goal just past Cincinnati keeper Matt Williams. Michigan (6-2-3, 1-1-0 Big Ten) hits the road taking on Big Ten rival Wisconsin at 2:30 PM Sunday.

Wednesday, October 6
Azusa Pacific, Clemson, Wake and UNC All Win on Tuesday

Azusa Pacific Goal with Five Minutes Left Beats Concordia 2-1 in GSAC Play 

IRVINE, Calif. –October 5, 2010- Forward Nathan Nienhuis scored with less than 5 minutes left in regulation to lift the NAIA’s No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 2-1 Golden State Athletic Conference victory at Concordia University this afternoon. Nienhuis’ tally capped the Cougars’ first come-from-behind victory since Nov. 1, 2008.

Nienhuis scored from 12 yards out, slipping the ball under Concordia’s charging keeper, Mike Radchuk. Vinicius Dantas hit Nienhuis in stride with a perfect pass between Eagle defenders for the assist.  The Cougars fell behind early, allowing Concordia to take a 1-0 lead less than 6 minutes into the game on a Roi Castro goal. The Eagles determined the tempo in the opening minutes and had the Cougars on their heels, even well after the goal. AP settled its play and Dantas scored the equalizer in minute 33 as he blasted a 20 yard shot over the top of Radchuk to make it 1-1 at halftime. Concordia had chances in the second half but Cougar keeper Joe Geletko stopped the shots. AP outshot Concordia 15-14 and 5-4 on goal. The teams each had 6 corners. The Cougars improve to 10-2 overall, 3-1 in the GSAC. Azusa Pacific hosts Biola Saturday at 1:00 PM 

Middle Georgia Falls To No. 7 Georgia Perimeter 2-0 

DUNWOODY, GA - October 5, 2010 - Middle Georgia (7-1-1, 6-1) fell in the important GCAA match with No. 7 Perimeter College (10-2-0, 7-1-0), playing with 10 men for most of the match. Tyler started and played the entire match for MGC.

The Jaguar’s keeper, Jason Andrew, put on a defensive show. In the first half, MGC’s Alan Lindahl fired a drive just under the cross bar, but Andrew fisted it to the ground and pounced on it as MGC’s Tyler Daly was about finish the rebound. In minute 33, a red card was given for  MGC’s Kyler Richmond's stray elbow that left the Warriors a man short. Minutes later, with the score still knotted at zero, Andrew dove to his left to deflect a free kick and dove back to the right saving a shot on the rebound by Juan Matute. With 2 minutes left in the half, GPC’s Alejandro Duque scored when out of a crowd at the top of the box he fed Aziz Izmour breaking in from the left side for one-on-one and shot past Warrior goalkeeper Tomas Raffo into the goal. GPC took the 1-0 lead into halftime. In the second half, GPC’s keeper again saved a shot by Daly that came in so hard it skipped off Andrew’s fists and whistled over the crossbar. With 35 minute left, a pass to Boubacar Toure, streaking in from the right got the insurance goal for the Jaguars. Middle Georgia plays on Thursday at Darton at 8:00 PM.

Clemson Drums Gardner-Webb with 4 First Half Goals in a 5-0 Victory  

CLEMSON, SC – October 5, 2010 - Tommy Drake scored two goals to lead Clemson to a 5-0 win over Gardner-Webb at Clemson, SC Tuesday night. The 871 fans saw Clemson’s record improve to 3-5-1 overall. Cody started in goal, Nikos saw action as a substitute and Stephen did not play in the match. 

The first of the Tigers’ first half four goals came in minute 5 when K.C. Onyeador crossed to Nick Burton who’s shot found net for his second goal of the season. Tommy Drake scored at the 13:44 mark with an assist by Eric Cava as he sent a 20 yard an angled shot into the goal to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage. Onyeador scored in minute 29 when he picked up a deflection of his own missed shot and knocked it in for the 3-0 lead. In minute 36 Keegan Priest sent a pass to Drake for the strike from the middle of the box for the 4-0 score. CU’s Bo Godwin received a red card in minute 39, but the Tigers lead 4-0 at half.  In minute 49, Wes Nelson sent a service into Austin Savage whose shot into the net made it 5-0. Clemson outshot Gardner-Webb 16 to 8 and CU had 8 corners to the G-W 2. CU’s Mizell had 3 save and G-W keepers 2. The Tigers host ACC foe Boston College on Friday at 7:00 PM at Historic Riggs Field. 

Presbyterian Loses in Overtime 2-1 to UNC Ashville 

CLINTON, S.C. – October 5, 2010 - Presbyterian College suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday against UNC Asheville with 167 on hand at Martin Stadium.  PC took the lead at the 50 minute mark but surrendered goals in minute 84 and 97 in the defeat. PC falls to 1-7-1 overall, 0-3 in league play. UNCA improves to 3-6-1 and 1-1-0 in the Big South. Sean, nursing the injury to his quad, did not play. PC missed an opportunity in minute 18 on a corner played to Harrison Russell was served to Nico Fazio for the shot for diving save from UNCA’s goalkeeper. The half ended scoreless.  Five minutes after the restart, PC played the ball into the box where Byron Quinatoa assisted as Paul Gunning’s first touch went into the net for the 1-0 lead.  In minute 75 UNCA increased the pressure when Jake Sides got free on a breakaway only to be stonewalled by PC's Andrew Wallingford. The UNCA equalizer came at the 83:51 mark when Connor Holtzinger’s corner was taken by Eli Morrow who drop it to  Colton Paschall for the shot to make it 1-1. In the final minute of regulation, PC had two chances, a long shot by Fazio that hit the crossbar and Jonny Mercado’s free kick went just inches over. The horn blew to with it tied at 1 each. UNCA’s 20 yard free kick for UNCA in minute 97 by Paschall found net for the winner. PC had 3 saves while allowing 2 goals. PC outshot UNCA 17 to 11 and had 8 shots on goal. UNCA had 8 corners to PC's 4. PC is at Coastal Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m.  Asheville hosts Radford on Saturday night at home.

Wake Forest Defeats Appalachian State 1-0

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest Andy Lubahn scored his fourth goal of the season and Akira Fitzgerald got his second straight shutout to lead the Demon Deacons to a 1-0 win over Appalachian State University in front of 720 fans on Tuesday night at Spry Stadium. Chris started for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest improves to 5-4-1, the Mountaineers are now 4-4-2.

For the second straight game, Wake Forest wasted little time scoring, taking an early lead in the sixth minute. Emerson dribbled to the left side of the box and played a cross to Lubahn, who volleyed a shot into the net from five yards out to put the Deacs on top 1-0. ASU had its best chance of first half in minute 34 as Chad Dalton’s  shot from just outside the penalty area hit the crossbar. The rebound went right to ASU’s Sean Dreybus for a  header saved by Fitzgerald out of play for a corner . The Deacs had an early opportunity in the second half as Emerson shot in minute 53 was saved by Collin Taylor and went out for a corner kick. The Mountaineers had a chance to equalize in minute 59 on a shot from distance by Steven Sassano, but the shot was saved by Fitzgerald near the right post.  ASU’s Lee Williams had a late chance to tie in minute 84, but his header went right to Fitzgerald for his fourth save of the night. Taylor played well in goal for the Mountaineers giving up one goal and making three saves. ASU held a slim 9-8 edge in shots, while shots on frame were even at four apiece. The Deacs had five corner kicks, while the Mountaineers had four corner opportunities. Wake Forest is at No. 3 North Carolina in an ACC match Friday at 7:00 PM.

Monday, October 4
Busy Weekend as Michigan, GWU, Azusa Pacific, Clayton St., UNC, Wake and Clemson All Win!!

Michigan Defeats No. 24 Penn State 2-1 for First Big 10 Win at the U-M Soccer Stadium

ANN ARBOR Mich. - October 3, 2010 - With 14 minutes left and tied at 1 all, 1191 fans watched Michigan's Justin Meram score the winner and U-M keeper Chris Blais save Penn State's last minute shot for the 2-1 Wolverines' win Sunday. It was U-M's first Big 10 victory in their new stadium. Malcolm did not see action in the match.

Meram connected with a long ball out of the back from senior defender Chase Tennant and then split two Penn State defenders, placing the ball just in the lower right-hand corner out of the reach of Penn State's Warren Gross' hands. In a physical match, Penn State had the first scoring opportunity, a header from Mark Festrow in minute 9 to Blais for the save. The Wolverines answered in minute 12 when Soony collected the ball at midfield and sent a through ball by the Nittany Lion defense to his brother Hamoody Saad, who’s shot past Penn State's keeper Warren Gross made it 1-0. The Big Ten and national scoring leader, PSU’s Corey Hertzog tied the match on a penalty kick in minute 53. Tied at 1-1 the Wolverines and Nitttany Lions battled evenly for next 20 minutes. Michigan had an opportunity to end the stalemate in minute 71 when the ball was played up to Soony Sadd who then passed to Meram at the 8 for a shot just high of the goal. Minutes later, Meram got his goal in minute 76 for the win. The Wolverines host Cincinnati Wednesday at 7:00 PM streamed live on

George Washington Defeats Rider 2-0 

WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington (2-7-0) wrapped up non-conference play with a 2-0 victory over Rider (1-8-0) with 387 fans watching at Mount Vernon Field Saturday. Jeff Eisenbud and Jake Davis each scored in the opening 21 minutes to provide all the offense the Colonials needed. Alex did not play due to a hamstring tweak. 

Eisenbud halted GW's 400-plus minute scoreless drought in minute 10 with a rebound goal off Seth Rudolph's shot. Rudolph got behind the Rider defense and fired a shot off goalkeeper Matt Perrella The  rebound went to the right side where Eisenbud raced in to put it in goal. GW struck again just over 10 minutes later when Davis converted a rebound of Yoni Berhanu's 15-yard blast. Davis, a defender, had pushed forward during a Colonials' attack and chipped the ball past a diving Perrella. That was all the offense GW would need as the defense allowed Rider just seven shots to record the team's first shutout of the season. Keeper Erik Haug had one save in the first half and Brendan Lafferty had four second-half saves. GW held 17-7 edge in shots while Perrella had five saves for Rider. GW will begin Atlantic 10 Conference play next Saturday at Richmond at 7:30 PM. 

Radford Blasts by Presbyterian 5-0 in Big South Match

RADFORD, VA – October 2, 2010 - Presbyterian College traveled to Radford College on Saturday, losing the 5-1 match in front of 1402. All six goals were scored in the second half of the match. Lewis Makin had  the lone goal for PC. The Blue Hose are 1-6-1 overall and 0-1 in Big South play. Still injured (quad), Sean did not play in the match.

In the first half both teams had opportunities as PC had four shots and Radford nine. The defenses held and the half ended scoreless. Out of the break, Radford scored in minute 48 as Luis Grande headed a cross from Ryan Stennett into the net. A PC foul in the box set up a Radford PK by Bernaldo Ulmo in minute 53 to make it 2-0. The Highlanders made it 3-0 when Camden Brown scored off a service by Ulmo in minute 64. PC got on the scoreboard in minute 70 when Makin scored off the assist from Thomas Palma. Just 20 seconds after the restart, Brown took an assist from Athony Payne to make it 4-1. The final goal came in minute 73 when Ian Aquino took Payne’ second assist and buried Radford's fifth goal of the night. PC’s Andrew Wallingford worked the first 69 minutes allowing three goals with six saves. William Redmond allowed two goals with no saves in the final 21 minutes. PC was outshot 22-13, corners were tied at 7 each. PC hosts UNC Asheville on Tuesday at 7 PM.

Temple Drops Final Philadelphia Six Match to La Salle 1-0  

PHILADELPHIA – October 2, 2010 - There was no shortage of offense from Temple (2-5-2) in its final Philadelphia Soccer Six match at La Salle (2-4-2). The crowd of 275 saw the Owls outshoot the Explorers 17-9, but could not make their efforts pay in the 1-0 loss. Nolan started in defense for the Owls, Sawyer did see action in the match.

Just under 17 minutes into the match, La Salle's Ryan Richter netted the winner on a free kick just right of the net. The Owls continued to pour on the offense throughout the contest. Temple dominated the second half, putting shots on gaol and forcing the Explorers' keeper John McCarthy to make five saves, but the Owls could not put the ball in the net. Tyler Witmer and Cody Calafiore led the way for the Owls, each registering four shots. Owls' keeper Bret Mollon (2-5-2) made two saves on the day. Temple returns to Ambler Sports Complex to host school rival Saint Joseph's on October 9.

Azusa Pacific Back on Winning Track with 2-1 Victory Over Point Loma Nazarene  

AZUSA, Calif. –October 2, 2010 - Azusa Pacific built itself a 2-0 lead for the fifth consecutive match as the Cougars snapped a home losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Point Loma Nazarene Saturday at the Cougar Soccer Complex.  Vinicius Dantas used a deft touch on a long pass from defender Davis Delamarter in minute 13 for AP’s first goal. Forward Alex Earl provided the winner with a minute 25 penalty kick. Connor did not play in the match.

AP keeper Joe Geletko turned away a dangerous Point Loma chance in minute 8, spoiling the Sea Lions’ forward Austin Fares opportunity in the box with a well-timed slide tackle. Five minutes later, Delamarter led Dantas into the box, forcing Point Loma’s keeper Keith Cline to commit as Dantas pushed it past Cline for the Cougars’ 1-0 lead and extend his goal-scoring streak to 4. An AP attack in minute 25 resulted in a Point Loma foul in the box to set up Earl’s PK for the 2-0 lead. In minute 43 Point Loma’s Paul Fuchs crossed from the right side to Jeff Serbin who finished from 12 yards to the near post, cutting the Cougars’ lead to 2-1.  AP had a 13-9 edge in total shots.  Geletko had 4 saves for the Cougars who improve to 9-2 overall and 2-1 in the GSAC. The Cougars are at Concordia on Tuesday at 3:00 PM.

Clayton State Beats UNC Pembroke 2-1, Arturo and Kevin Team for Last Goal 

PEMBROKE, N.C. – October 2, 2010 – After having to battle tooth-and-nail to knock off North Georgia in overtime on Wednesday, the No. 23 Lakers left nothing to chance Saturday at UNC Pembroke. With five different players scoring goals the Lakers rolled to a 5-1 victory at Pembroke's Varsity Grounds with 121 on hand. The wins improves the Lakers to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. Arturo and Kevin started for the Lakers.

The Lakers scored twice in the first half and three more times in the second half to run away with the victory. Forward Ryan Pugh continued his torrid scoring tear with a goal in minute 32 off an assist by David Duot. Sam Bevan free kick gave Clayton State a 2-0 lead in minute 37. Clayton State did not let up in the second half. Just 18 seconds into the half Leighton Fredericks scored with an assist by Taoufik Belhaj. Duot scored unassisted in the minute 70. Freshman Arturo Cruz finished off the Clayton State scoring with his third goal of the season in minute 88 with an assist by fellow freshman Kevin Rodriguez. UNC Pembroke’s lone goal came from Stuart Rogers in the 89th minute. The Clayton State goalkeeping duo of Brian Garcia and Ryan Edwards combined for one save in the victory, while the Braves’ keeper Ryan Hanson recorded two saves. The Lakers out-shot UNC Pembroke 12-6. The Clayton State travels to No. 3 Montevallo for the PBC showdown at 7:30 PM.

North Carolina’s First Win in Charlottesville Since 1977 with 1-0 Victory Over No. 4 Virginia  

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – October 1, 2010 – Carolina’s Kirk Urso's second goal of the season was the difference  as No. 2 North Carolina defeated No. 4 Virginia 1-0. Urso curled in a ball off a short corner for the winner and the Tar Heels first win in Charlottesville since 1977. Carlos entered the match as a sub in the first half. Brendan did not see action in the match. The ACC match drew 3768 to the Top 5 contest.  

The Cavaliers began the first half aggressively with four shots in the first 12 minutes. The Carolina midfielders settled and started controlling and providing opportunities. A Kirk Urso corner found Jalil Anibaba in minute 14 but his shot was blocked. Neither team mounted an offensive push in the next 15 minutes. Then Michael Farfan gathered the ball in the corner of the box and drove, but Virginia’s All American Diego Restrepo was up to the challenge. Five minutes later Carlos McCrary had a chance to put Carolina in front when Josh Rice sent a low cross through the box to McCrary but the freshman’s shot went over the goal. Michael Farfan’s shot in minute 59 set up the Carolina corner. Urso and Farfan went to the corner for the kick, Urso tapped the ball to Farfan who settled it for Urso’s kick that curled to the near post, snuck past a Virginia defender and off Restrepo's gloves for the goal, his second in a crucial spot. Virginia nearly knotted the score at 1-1 in minute 76 when it drew back-to-back corners, nearly scoring off the second as it was flicked on net from eight yards out but Farfan was there to head it away. The Cavaliers got another opportunity when a Carolina foul resulted in a free kick from 30 yards out with and the clock stopped and showing 45 seconds left. Virginia sent the ball in and it was deflected down and over the goal line for a UVA corner. The quick kick was cleared by Kirk Urso for a UVA throw in. As the clock ran out, Tar Heel Enzo Martinez cleared for the win. The Tar Heels are 4-0 in ACC play for the first time in school history. Carolina hosts Radford Tuesday at 7:00PM.

Wake Forest Victorious Versus Virginia Tech 2-0 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – October 1, 2010 – Deacon Sam Redmond scored just 48 seconds into the match and Kyle Emerson added a goal in minute 83 as Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech 2-0 Friday night at Spry Stadium with 2377 on hand. WF is now 3-0-0 in ACC play and 4-4-1 overall. Chris started for Wake in the win.

The Deacs jumped the Hokies early scoring in just 48 seconds. The goal was the fifth quickest in Wake Forest men's soccer history. Tolani Ibikunle attempted a shot that was cleared off the line by a VT defender. Redmond collected the rebound and fired a shot into the right side of the net. The Demon Deacons had an opportunity a minute later when Jared Watts played a through ball to Chris Duvall, who went 1-on-1 with the VT’s keeper Kyle Renfro, however Duvall's shot went wide right of the goal. WF had another chance in minute 21 as a corner kick from Duvall found Kyle Adams’ head six yards out. The shot went toward the left post, but Renfro made a diving stop. The Deacs came out quickly in the second half with a shot in just 21 seconds as Andy Lubahn put it high from 21 yards out. Duvall had an opportunity on the right side of the 18-yard box as the shot from 10 yards out sailed to the keeper for the save. WF made it 2-0 in minute 83 when Emerson dribbled to the left side just outside the 18-yard box and unleashed a shot from 19 yards out that went inside the right post. The Deacs nearly made the lead 3-0 in minute 84 when Duvall had a shot from the midfield requiring a diving stop by the VT goalkeeper. Akira Fitzgerald made three saves in the win. WF held a commanding 17-9 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in shots on goal. WF had 12 corner kicks to the Hokies 6. Wake Forest hosts Appalachian State on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

Clemson Wins at Home, Tops St. Louis 1-0, Five Concorde Players Start For Tigers  

CLEMSON, SC – October 1, 2010 - Riley Sumpter scored with 14:56 left to go in regulation to lead Clemson to a 1-0 win over St. Louis at Clemson, SC Friday night in front of 1458 fans. Clemson improves to 2-5-1 overall, while St. Louis falls to 2-3-2 this season. Sumpter scored his goal in minute 76 when Nick Burton sent a corner kick into the box and Sumpter headed the ball into the back of the net for his third goal of the season. Five Clemson starters played at Concorde including Burton and Sumpter. Cody, Stephen and Nikos also started in the Tigers' victory.

With 39:32 to go in the first half, Burton headed the ball from six yards out on a diagonal shot but the St. Louis keeper Nick Shackelford made the save. With 31:14 St. Louis' Jon Roeckle sent a 25 yard shot toward Clemson's keeper, Cody Mizell, who made a diving save to his left. Early in the second half, Sumpter attempted a header from the 10 but it was saved by Shackelford. Following the Clemson goal, there were two serious attempts made the Billikens. With only 5:56 left in the match, Alex Sweetin tried a turnaround shot from eight yards out but Mizell made the save. With 58 seconds remaining, Michael Robson crossed to Christian Briggs who sent a header from the 6 toward goal but Mizell was there again for the save. Clemson hosts to Gardner-Webb on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.


Friday, October 1
Winthrop over Presbyterian 1-0 in 87th Minute, Middle Georgia Defeats Gordan 2-0 and Andrew 4-0,

Winthrop 1-0 Win Over Presbyterian

CLINTON, S.C. - September 30, 2010 - Presbyterian College threatened all afternoon but a goal in minute 87 gave Winthrop the 1-0 win Thursday as 125 looked on. PC had three breakaway opportunities in the Big South opener. PC is 1-5-1 this season, Winthrop is 3-5-1 and 1-1 in the league. Injured (quad), Sean did not play in the match.

PC's first opportunity came in minute 24 when Davis Orders’ shot was blocked, but Winthrop’s keeper was unable to hold the ball setting up Stephen Glover’s rebound shot. Glover dove and struck the ball at full stretch only to hit the post. Winthrop had an 11-7 advantage in shots but only a 5-4 lead in shots on goal in first half. Early in the second half, Orders with a breakaway arrived at the 18 to find the Winthrop keeper way off his line. Orders chipped the shot but it was too firm resulting in a goal kick. Orders was involved in another PC opportunity with 13 minutes left as his shot from 15 yards was deflected over the bar for a Blue Hose corner kick. The kick into the box for Thomas Palma's diving header that went just high. The deciding momnet came with less than three minutes left as the Eagles’ Nick Kowalski flicked the ball over the Blue Hose defender to Matt Stinson in a one-on-one situation to find net for the Eagle’s victory. PC’s Andrew Wallingford had 10 saves as the Blue Hose were outshot 24-17 and 11-8 in shots on goal. Winthrop had six corners to PC's two. PC is at Radford Saturday at 6:00 PM.

Middle Georgia College Defeats Gordan 2-0 and Andrew 4-0 to Go 7-0-1

COCHRAN, GA – September, 2010 - Middle Georgia College continued its push for the postseason with two shutout wins last week. On Tuesday MGC defeated Gordon College 2-0 on goals by Tyler Taylor and Maxi Noccioni.  MGC keeper Mark Hoskins had the shutout against Gordon.  On Thursday MGC played Andrew College winning 4-0 with Taylor, Noccioni, Thomas Hagen and Alan Lindahl each scoring a goal. Goalkeepers Mark Hoskins and Thomas Raffo shared the shutout. There was no box scores available.

The Warriors are 7-0-1 on the season and travel to Perimeter College on Tuesday and Darton College on Thursday. The matches will determine the top spots in the region. The Perimeter match is at 4:00 PM and will be webcast on the Perimeter website at under athletics.

Thursday, September 30
Temple, Azusa Pacific and Clayton State Post Wins, Navy Tops George Washington

Temple Wins Big East Match with Rutgers 2-0  

AMBLER, Pa. – September 29, 2010 - Tyler Witmer had two second half goals to lead Temple (2-4-2) to a 2-0 over the Owls’ Big East opponent Rutgers (3-3-1). Nolan started in the midfield for the Owls, Sawyer did not see any action. 

While both teams had their chances in the first half the score remained scoreless at the break. The Owls’ midfielder Cody Calafiore connected with forward Matt MacWilliams in minute 27 as MacWilliams trapped the pass and slipped by a defender but the ball rolled was gathered by Rutgers’ keeper Adam Klink. Temple found a way to get on the board in minute 59 as  Andrew Dodds found Witmer with a cross that allowed Witmer to settle at the 18, turn and launch a shot past Klink to the upper right ninety. The Scarlet Knights were on attack when defender Billy Kappock put a long ball over all the RU defenders to a streaking Witmer who beat the keeper one-on-one for his second goal of the match. Temple continued to pressure offensively. Temple outshot Rutgers 18-15 and keeper, Brett Mollon earned his third shutout making two saves. The Owls travel to LaSalle Saturday at 1:00 PM in a Philadelphia Soccer Six match. 

Azusa Pacific Takes Hope International 3-0   

FULLERTON, Calif. - September 29, 2010 - Vinicius Dantas provided a pair of first-half goals as the NAIA No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific kept the pressure on Hope International en route to a 3-0 GSAC win Wednesday afternoon in Fullerton. Connor did not see any action in the match. 

Dantas scored in minute 12 when a pass by the defense from forward Alex Earl was fired into the side netting for a 1-0 lead. Hope nearly came up with the equalizer in minute 18 as Jon Castro’s header hit the crossbar bouncing straight down in front of the goal. The officials ruled the shot never crossed the goal line keeping the Cougars up 1-0. Under pressure, Hope’s failed clearance in minute 27 was taken by Cougars’ midfielder Brett Taylor who served Dantas at the top of the box. Dantas buried the shot giving the Brazilian forward his third 2-goal game of the season. In minute 79 midfielder Trenton Titus put away a header off a Taylor corner for the Cougars’ 3-0 lead.  Hope’s Manny Plascencia missed a penalty kick in minute 82 and the Royals never got another shot on goal. Cougars’ keeper Joe Geletko had 3 saves on the day, earning his fifth shutout of the year. The Cougars outshot Hope 16-8 with 8 on goal. Azusa Pacific levels its GSAC record at 1-1 while improving to 8-2 overall, and Hope International drops to 5-4 overall and 0-2 in GSAC play. The Cougars host Point Loma Nazarene Saturday at 1:00 PM. 

Navy Sinks Short Handed George Washington 4-0  

ANNAPOLIS, MD - September 29, 2010 - George Washington (1-7-0) held Navy (6-1-0) scoreless through 45 minutes, but when Colonials went down a man in minute 49, Navy went on to gain a 4-0 win at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility as 186 fans looked on. Alex started in midfield and played the entire match. 

Navy entered the match ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA Middle Atlantic region poll, but it was GW that controlled the early run of play outshooting Navy 4-1 in the opening 15 minutes. The Mids reversed momentum midway through the period and outshot the Colonials, 6-1, the rest of the half, but neither team could break through. Navy got goals from Dave Arnold in the 48th and 51st minutes, Alex Wilson in the 81st and Will Parker in the 85th to improve to 4-0-0 at home this season. The final three goals were scored after the Colonials were reduced to 10 men following defender Daniel Ripperger-Suhler's ejection for a second yellow card in the 50th minute. Navy went on to dominate the second half holding an 18-5 edge in shots and 7-0 advantage in corners. For the match, Navy held a 25-10 margin in shots, 9-1 in shots on goal and 8-1 in corners. The Colonials keeper Erik Haug had 5 saves while Navy’s Aaron Dupere had one. GW hosts Rider at Mount Vernon Field Saturday at 2:00 PM.  

Overtime Goal Gives No. 23 Clayton State a Thrilling 4-3 Victory Over Rival North Georgia 

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – September 29, 2010 – Perseverance was the name of the game for Clayton State in the Peach Belt Conference match with North Georgia (4-2-3). The Lakers came back from two goals down in the first half only to have a North Georgia score late to send the match into overtime. The Lakers scored the golden goal for a thrilling 4-3 victory. Clayton State, ranked No. 23 Division II, improves to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in PBC. Arturo started for the Lakers with an assist and three shots, 2 on goal. Kevin also for the Lakers started and one shot.

Early on, it looked like a runaway for North Georgia Saints. Ben Chedgy gave the Saints a 1-0 lead in the minute 8 on a shot from the 20 to the inside post of cross by Chris Bishop. A penalty kick by Max Angel put the Saints up 2-0 at the 22 minute mark. But the Lakers’ Ryan Pugh cut the lead with a goal off a cross by Roger Boniface in minute 39. The Lakers came with the equalizer three minutes later with Brett Neilson’s 25 yard strike from the 18 off a service by Deni Lulic. In minute 56 the Lakers took a 3-2 lead scoring off an Arturo Cruz shot deflected by Saints’ keeper Rade Tanaskovic that Pugh put the deflection into the net from the 27 yard mark. The Lakers lead held until minute 86 when Gray Phelps scored a header off a cross by Chris Griffith. The winner came in minute 94 when Phillips took an errant ball at the left side of the penalty box and hammered it into the net for the winner. Clayton State keeper Brian Garcia had one save while the Saints Tanaskovic recorded six. The Lakers outshot North Georgia 15-8. Clayton State is at UNC Pembroke next Saturday at 3:30 PM in another PBC match.

Thursday, September 30
Ohio State and Akron Battle to 2-2 Draw in Front of 7,255 Fans in Columbus

Columbus, OH - September 29, 2010 - The No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes became the latest school to set a men's soccer attendance record. The 7,255 fans at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium watched a thriller as the No. 23 Buckeyes scored with two seconds left in regulation to tie No. 1 Akron, 2-2.

"You could look up from the bench and obviously see that most of the stands were filled, but I had no idea how many it was," Ohio State coach John Blume said of the record crowd. "Salute to the great fans from Akron who came out for the game tonight and a super thank you to our fans and local supporters of soccer who hopefully enjoyed what they saw and come back."

Austin McAnena put the Buckeyes ahead in minute 30, ruining the Zips' bid for an NCAA record. Akron had not allowed a goal since Nov. 15, 2009, a streak of 11 games, tying the NCAA record previously set by Furman (2002) and Virginia (2009). The Ohio State lead lasted only six minutes as Akron's Micheal Nanchoff scored on a penalty kick. Jamaican Darren Mattocks scored for the Zips in minute 68 to give Akron the lead until Tiemstra's last-second tally. Tiemsttra's equalizer came off a pass from Matt Gold a few yards out from the goal. Goalie Matt Lampson cleared the ball from the Buckeyes' defensive third and found Gold in the Akron area. Ohio State played the last 38 minutes of regulation and overtime with 10 players following Konrad Warzycha's ejection.

In other top 25 matches:

Wednesday, Sept. 30
#17 UC Santa Barbara 0    Cal State Fullerton 1 (OT) Att.: 733.
#18 UC Irvine 3                  UC Riverside 0. Att.: 489.
#19 West Virginia 0           Duquesne 0  Att.: 230
#24 Penn State 4               St. Francis (Pa.) 3. Att.: 511.
#25 Portland 2                   Gonzaga 0 . Att.: 502.

Tuesday, Sept. 29
#2 North Carolina 1.         Old Dominion 2     Att.: 1,130.
#3 Virginia 2                     Longwood 0         Att.: 1,047.
#4 Connecticut 2          #9 Boston College 0  Att.: 1,494
#8 Duke 1                          Elon 1  (OT)          Att.: 1,038
No. 22 St. John's 2            Yale 1  (OT).          Att.:   211

Wednesday, September 29
Tuesday Not So Good Either as Clemson, North Carolina and Wake Forest All Fall by 1

Clemson in Overtime Again, Falls to UNC Charlotte 2-1 in Minute 105

CHARLOTTE, NC - September 28, 2010 - Andres Cuero scored both goals in leading UNC Charlotte to a 2-1 overtime victory over Clemson Tuesday night. The match drew 2,579 to UNC C’s Transamerica Field as Charlotte improves to 4-4 overall, while Clemson is now 1-5-1 overall this season. Tonight marked the fourth overtime match this season for the Tigers, they have 1-2-1 record.  Cody started for the Tigers and had a season high 9 saves. Stephen also started and had one shot while Nikos did not see action in the match.

The Tiger’s Jack Metcalf scored on an unassisted goal from inside the box for the 1-0 lead in minute 19. Charlotte came back in minute 23 as Cuero finished a header with an assist by Donnie Smith. The match stayed scoreless until Cuero’s winner came in the second overtime. In minute 105 he scored on a 30-yard shot with an assist by Justin Tucker. "As well as we played against Virginia on Saturday night, we played that poorly against Charlotte tonight," said Clemson Head Coach Mike Noonan. "Cody Mizell made some spectacular saves tonight. We continue to fight hard, and we had our chances tonight but could not capitalize." Charlotte had 28 shots to Clemson's 6. UNC C had 8 corners to Clemson's 5. The Tigers host perennial power St. Louis on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field.

No. 2 North Carolina Upset by Old Dominion 2-1 in Norfolk  

NORFOLK, Va. - September 28, 2010 - A crowd of 1130 watched North Carolina fall to Old Dominion 2-1 Tuesday night. UNC is now 5-2 on the season. Carlos and Brendan traveled to Norfolk but did not see action. Following the match, Brendan briefly spoke with Trevor Adair, former Clemson coach now assisting at ODU.

The Tar Heels went into ODU looking for a sixth straight win and seemed be on their way when Enzo Martinez put UNC in front with his third goal this year at the 24:14 mark. The goal came when Josh Rice fired a shot that was saved by the Monarch’s Evan Newton, however Martinez fired the rebound into the net to put UNC in front 1-0. With less then one minute left in the half, ODU’s Gideon Asante got the equalizer off an assist from Yannick Smith. Early in the second half, Martinez nearly picked up his second goal when his shot struck the post and began a Tar Heel offensive outburst that saw nine shots, 4 on goal, in a span of 15 minutes. However, none got by ODU’s Newton. The Monarch’s defense stiffened allowing just two Tar Heel shots in the final 20 minutes. ODU’s Asante struck again in minute 80 with the winner on a breakaway as Shane Howard found Asante behind the defense. The Tar Heels got a corner kick with two minutes remaining but were unable to put a shot on goal as they dropped their second contest of the season. UNC goes to  Charlottesville, VA on Friday to take on No. 4 Virginia at 7 PM.

South Carolina Holds Off Wake Forest Second Half Onslaught to Win 1-0  

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -September 28, 2010 - South Carolina's Bradlee Baladez scored in the sixth minute and the Gamecocks withstood a furious second half rally by Wake Forest to defeat the Demon Deacons 1-0 on Tuesday night in front of 592 fans at Spry Stadium. With the loss, Wake Forest drops to 3-4-1 on the season, South Carolina improves its record to 4-2-1. Chris started the match and played 71 minutes for WF.

USC scored the only goal of the match early on Baladez's second goal of the season. A failed clearance by the Demons defense allowed Baladez to tuck a shot inside the right post and the Gamecocks were on top to stay. Luca Gimenez led WF with three shots, while Andy Lubahn and Sam Redmond had two on goal. With only two shots in the first half, WF applied constant pressure in the second. The Deacs appeared to have the equalizer in the minute 55, but the goal was called back for offside. WF continued to pressure the USC defense as Lubahn, Luciano Delbono and Gimenez each had shots minute 70, but all were saved by Maurer. The Deacs' last opportunity came in minute 84 when a corner set up Anthony Arena’s header near the left post that went wide of the goal. UNC’s keeper Jimmy Maurer got shutout with seven saves, six in the second half. WF’s Akira Fitzgerald had two saves and allowed the one goal. WF had a 13-6 edge in shots, with an 11-1 second half edge. The Deacs lead 7-3 in shots on goal and a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. Wake Forest hosts Virginia Tech Friday in Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday at 7 PM.

Monday, September 27
Tough Saturday for Boys in Red, Only Wake Forest Wins

Temple Falls to Siena 2-1, as “Saints” Score on Own Goal and PK    

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – September 25, 2010 - Ryan Bradbury continues his stellar collegiate debut, netting his team leading second goal in the Temple 2-1 loss to Siena (3-4-0). The Owls (1-4-2) went down 2-0 in the first half on a pair of bad breaks and second half comeback fell short in Saturday’s contest attended by 407 at Siena. Nolan and Sawyer both started in the back line for the Owls.

Siena got on the board in minute 26 as the ball struck a Temple defender and went into the net. The Owls committed a foul in the box as Siena built its lead on the penalty kick in minute 44. Steve Covino successfully converted the PK. The Owls' attack was sluggish in the first half, being outshot 12-4. The second half was a different story, as Temple locked down the defense and began to steadily pressure the home team. Cody Calafiore sparked the Owls' lone goal of the day with a free kick that was redirected into the net by Bradbury. Owls keeper Bret Mollon had 3 saves while the Saints' Phil Cabot had 4. The Owls host Rutgers on Wednesday at 3:30 PM.

No. 12 Azusa Pacific Loses GSAC Opener to No. 5 Vanguard’s Last Second Comeback 3-2  

AZUSA, Calif. – September 25, 2010 - The NAIA’s No. 12 ranked Azusa Pacific watched a 2-0 lead slip away in the 3-2 loss to No. 5 Vanguard. The match was the Golden State Athletic Conference opener Saturday at the Cougar Soccer Complex. Vanguard scored one second before final horn as Andrew Casco lifted a 28 yard shot just over the Cougar’s keeper and under the crossbar to complete the comeback. It was the Lion’s second goal in the last 3 minutes of the match.   

The first half saw the Cougars take 12 shots and a 2-0 lead on goals by midfielder Brett Taylor and forward Vinicius Dantas. In minute 17, Taylor's 11 yard strike of a rebound from Vanguard keeper Trevor Herrera's save of a Dantas’ shot gave Azusa Pacific a 1-0 lead. Dantas scored in minute 23 on an assist from forward Alex Earljust, when he sent a 20 yard low drive to the right post from the top of the box. In minute 44, a Cougar foul in the box allowed Tom Colic’s PK make it 2-1 at half. The second half saw Azusa Pacific managed just 4 shots as Vanguard began generating opportunities with 8 of their 16 shots and 6 of their 9 corner kicks. The equalizer came in minute 87 when Kevin Cornwall's 12 yard shot tucked just inside the post. Two Vanguard corners came in the final minutes, the last set up Casco’s last second winner. The Cougars drop to 7-2 overall with their first GSAC home opener loss since 1998. Connor did not see action in the match. Vanguard stays unbeaten at 6-0-1 and 1-0 in the GSAC. Azusa Pacific plays September 29 at Hope International.

University of DC Holds on to Win 1-0 Over George Washington  

WASHINGTON, DC – September 25, 2010 - George Washington (1-6-0) held a 22-8 advantage in shots, but UDC's Wilfredo Roque curled in a corner kick for the only goal as the Colonials fell to the Firebirds 1-0 at Mount Vernon Field before  457 fans Saturday afternoon. Alex started for the Colonials.

The Colonials took control from the onset taking six shots in the opening 24 minutes. It appeared GW caught a break minute 20 as UDC's leading scorer, Desean Ragland, was sent off following an altercation with Colonials' defender Alex Sandland. Firebirds' coach Khary Stockton was also sent off for his reaction to the play. However it was UDC (3-4-1) that got the break 5 minutes after being reduced to 10 men when Roque's corner to the near post was punched in goal by GW keeper Erik Haug. Haug was making his first appearance in goal for GW this season. The Firebirds then dropped eight players into their defensive third as the Colonials sent wave after wave of attacks in the second half. GW held a 11-2 edge in shots over the final 45 minutes, but couldn't get past Heatherington and the packed in  Firebird defense. The Colonials' best opportunity at an equalizer came in minute 63 when defender Daniel Ripperger-Suhler rose to meet a corner kick, but his header struck the near post. UDC’s Heatherington had 6 saves while GW’s Haug had 2. GW plays at the Naval Academy on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.

No. 12 Clayton State Bows to No. 22 Flagler 1-0 in PBC Thriller   

MORROW, Ga. – September 25, 2010 – In a much anticipated Peach Belt Conference showdown between two Division II Top 25-ranked teams, the Clayton State Lakers came up on the short end of a thriller, falling 1-0 against visiting Flagler at Laker Field. The defeat snaps a seven-game winning streak to open the season for 12th-ranked Clayton State, now 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the Peach Belt. No. 22 Flagler improves to 6-1 and 2-1 in the Peach Belt. Arturo started for the Lakers taking 4 shots in the match, while Kevin also started and had one shot on goal.

In a tight defensive contest, neither team could mount much offense. Clayton State did have a golden opportunity early as Ryan Pugh broke free inside the penalty box But his shot cleared the crossbar. Flagler took advantage of its opportunity late in the first half. The Saints Johan Bergfeld took the ball down the center of the Clayton State zone and fed Mack Hough, who scored from the top of the penalty box in minute 38. It was first goal allowed by Laker goalkeeper Brian Garcia in 648 minutes. It was also only the third goal that the Lakers have allowed this season. Garcia recorded five saves for Clayton State in the defeat while counterpart Matt Gilman recorded three saves. Clayton State out-shot Flagler 13-11. Clayton State visit rival North Georgia on Wednesday at 7:30 PM.

No. 5 Virginia’s Goal in Minute 87 Tops Clemson 1-0 in ACC Contest 

CLEMSON, SC – September 25, 2010 - Ari Dimas scored the match's lone goal in minute 87 as No. 5 Virginia defeated Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference match at Clemson, SC Saturday night as 1128 looked on.. Virginia is now 5-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the ACC. Clemson is 1-4-1 overall and 0-2-1. Cody and Stephen started for the Tigers, Nikos did not see any action in the match.

Opportunities came hard in the first half, but with 8:40 left Clemson’s Nick Burton took a 12 yard shot that went wide left. Seven minutes later, Austin Savage had a shot from 8 yards but Virginia's Diego Restrepo made the save and the half ended 0-0. In minute 54, the Tiger’s Tommy Drake passed to Riley Sumpter who sent a pass to Burton, springing him loose to create a one-on-one with the Cavaliers' keeper, but Burton's shot went over the crossbar. Clemson's last legitimate chance came with 6:19 left to go in regulation with Tommy Drake’s service to Matt Erasmus for a header that went just over. Virginia's goal came when Dimas settled the ball off a clearance by a Clemson defender. Dimas went in and took a shot from 12 yards out. The ball hit the right post and ricocheted into the net putting the Cavaliers up 1-0 with 2:26 left. Clemson finished the night with 5 shots to Virginia's 4. The Tigers had 8 corner kicks compared to 1 for Virginia. Virginia's Restrepo had two saves while Clemson’s Cody Mizell had none. Clemson plays at UNC Charlotte on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

3,207 Watch Ohio State Stop Michigan 1-0 in Big 10 Opener for Both

ANN ARBOR Mich. –September 25, 2010 - Forward Soony Saad recorded five shots on goal, but an Ohio State goal in minute 20 was enough to send the No. 23 ranked Buckeyes to a 1-0 win over the University of Michigan in the Big Ten opener for both teams on Saturday at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The rivalry match drew 3,207. Malcolm did not see action in this match.

Michigan held an edge in just about every offensive category tallying 24 shots and especially shots on goals with a season-high 11 to Ohio State's 4. Buckeye goalkeeper Matt Lampson stopped all 11 attempts. Saad made his way into the Ohio State box in the opening minute of action and put down a dangerous shot, but Lampson made the stop. Minutes later, Ohio State's David Tiemstra forced Blais to make an aerobatic, leaping save, punching the ball out of the box. OSU’s Sam Scales in minute 20 was fed the ball from Austin McAnena and volleyed the shot that out bounced just under the crossbar and into the lower right hand corner out of Blais' reach. The Wolverines had an opportunity to answer in the 21st minute when they were awarded a penalty kick on an Ohio State foul in the box, but Meram's shot was saved by Lampson.  The Wolverine offense continued to be aggressive outshooting Ohio State 10-6 in the second half but could not find the equalizer. Michigan keeper Chris Blais had three saves in the loss. U-M hosts Penn State in Big Ten action  Sunday Oct. 3. Kickoff is 1:00 PM at U-M Soccer Stadium.

No. 19 Wake Forest Downs UNC Greensboro 2-1 in Front of 3,424 at Greensboro 

GREENSBORO, NC – September 25, 2010 - Andy Lubahn scored at the 80:16 mark to lift No. 19 Wake Forest past UNC-Greensboro 2-1. The win improves the Demon Deacons' record to 3-3-1 on the year, while the Spartans are now 4-3-1. The loss for UNC G marks the first time they have lost at home this season. The match drew 3,424 to UNCG’s Soccer Stadium. Chris started the match for the Deacs.

A foul in the box got the Deacons on the board first when Luca Gimenez converted the penalty kick at 39:43 in the first half. The foul prompted a pair of Spartan yellow cards. WF had a 1-0 lead despite being outshot 12-6 by the Spartans. In the second half, the Spartans tied the match after a foul in the box set up UNC G’s Will Mack penalty kick in minute 63. The score remained tied for nearly 20 minutes before Lubahn provided the late-game heroics for the Deacs when he received a pass from Gimenez before finding the back of the net from 17 yards out. WF goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald had 8 saves while Spartans had 4. The Spartans outshot WF 21-1 while WF had more opportunities off of corner kicks at 5-3. Wake Forest hosts South Carolina at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, September 25
No 1 Akron Over No. 2 Tulsa 4-0, UC Santa Barbara - UCLA Draw 15,896 as Record Crowds Continue!!

Septemebr 24, 2010 - The No. 1 Akron Zips crushed No. 2 Tulsa 4-0 at home Friday night before a school record crowd of 4,744. The shutout tied an NCAA record with 11 in a row.

UC Santa Barbara drew 15,896 fans, the second largest crowd to ever to watch an NCAA regular season match for its 2-0 win over No. 15 UCLA. The No. 6 UConn Huskies beat No. 22 South Florida 4-0 in front of a crowd of 4,374.

Saturday, September 25
No. 3 Carolina Defeats No. 5 Maryland 2-1 in Top 5 Battle, Middle Georgia Draws with Concordia

North Carolina Wins ACC Match 2-1 to Go 3-0 in Conference 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – September 24, 2010 - A strike from Michael Farfan less than 10 minutes into the match helped propel No. 3 North Carolina (5-1-0) past No. 5 Maryland (4-2-1) by a 2-1 margin. Carolina improves 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1967. Maryland held a nine-game unbeaten streak, holding Carolina winless since 2003. The Terrapins looked like it would be 10 straight as they maintained possession and tallied three shots in the opening eight and a half minutes of the first half. The ACC match up drew 3,317 fans to Fetzer Field.

The momentum quickly changed when Maryland fouled in their defensive third in minute 10. Enzo Martinez played to Farfan who went by the defender and  shot from 35 yards out, bending it away from one of the nations’ top goalkeepers Zac MacMath, into the back of the net.  The Tar Heels and Terrapins would trade attacks for rest of the first half testing the keepers with four shots apiece. Kirk Urso nearly made it 2-0 when Enzo Martinez found him cutting near the edge of the box, but the offside was called, a routine sight in the match.  In the second half a Maryland defender was whistled for a handball in the box in minute 53. Farfan stepped up and delivered a low drive into the bottom right corner of the goal. In minute 75 the Terrapins received a PK when a handball in the box was called on Stephen McCarthy.  Matt Kassel converted for the score was 2-1. The Terps continued to pressure in the final 15 minutes and nearly got the equalizer in the 80th minute when Casey Townsend connected on a header from 8 yards out that went directly into the hands of Scott Goodwin.  Goodwin was challenged with several crosses in the final five minutes but was equal to the task and tallied a career-high four saves. Carlos and Brendan did not see action in the match. Carolina goes to Old Dominion Tuesday and at Virginia on Friday, both are at 7 PM.

Middle Georgia Remains Undefeated, Draws with Concordia 0-0 in Overtime

COCHRAN, GA - September 24, 2010 - Middle Georgia College and Concordia College played t scoreless draw to preserve MGC unbeaten record to 5-0-1 this season. The box score was not available. Tyler was leading the team in scoring after 4 matches. MGC hosts Gordan at 7 PM on September 28.

Thursday, September 23
Clayton Undefeated, Clemson & Temple Get First Wins, PC Falls to Wolfpack, Michigan in OT Again
Clayton State Starters
Clayton State Starters

No. 12 Clayton State Now 7-0 with Win Over Lincoln Memorial 3-0 

HARROGATE, Tenn. – September 22, 2010 – After being snake bit offensively in the first few games of the 2010 Ryan Pugh came to life for the nationally-ranked Clayton State. Fresh off scoring the only goal in the victory at Francis Marion, Pugh followed it up with a hat trick as Clayton State won 3-0 over the previously undefeated Lincoln Memorial. The No.12 Lakers are undefeated at 7-0, the first 7-0 start for the Lakers since 2002. Lincoln Memorial falls to 4-1-0.  # 26 Arturo and # 25 Kevin start for the Lakers, in the match Arturo had three shots, two on goal, Kevin had one shot on goal.

The Laker defense again set the tone, allowing only 11 Railsplitter shots in recording their fifth shutout. The Lakers’ goalkeeper Brian Garcia has not allowed a goal now in 610 minutes. After a scoreless first half, Pugh went to work. He put the Lakers in front 1-0 on a goal in the 54th minute off a goalkeeper deflection. His next two goals came in less than a minute apart, in minute 73 off an assist by Matty Phillips, and followed it a minute later with his third goal unassisted. Clayton State had 28 shots total for the game. Garcia was stellar once again, recording six saves while Lincoln Memorial goalkeeper Michael Watkins had eight saves. Clayton State hosts Flagler Saturday night at 7:30 PM at Laker Field.

Clemson Defeats Furman in OT 1-0 in 51st Match of Series  

GREENVILLE, SC – September 22, 2010 - With a crowd of 2,726 watching, Nick Burton scored the only goal in Clemson’s 1-0 overtime win over Furman. The Tigers are now 1-3-1 while Furman is 4-3-0. Cody started in goal, Stephen saw action as a sub and Nikos did not play in the match.

In the first half, Furman had a 5-2 shot advantage including one by Fabien Vorbe in minute 16 that hit the cross bar from 15 yards out. Another Paladin opportunity occurred in minute 18, again Vorbe sent a shot from 25 yards, but it was saved by Clemson goalkeeper Cody Mizell. In the second half a Furman foul at minute 49 gave Clemson a direct kick from the top of the box, but Austin Savage's shot went just wide. In minute 56 Furman's Dane Roberts 18 yard shot was again saved by Mizell. The half was scoreless and sent Clemson into its third overtime this season. In minute 95 Jack Metcalf’s cross found K.C. Onyeador in the middle of the box but his shot was blocked by a Furman defender. Burton gathered the ball in the left corner of the box, moved to his right and sent a 15 yard shot to the right wall of the net for the Tigers’ 1-0 win. Furman had 11 shots, Clemson eight. The Tigers had six corners to the Paladins’ 4. Each keeper finished with two saves. Tonight’s match was the 51st between the two schools, the series started in 1934 when the teams played in the first intercollegiate match in South Carolina. On Saturday, Clemson hosts No. 5 Virginia at 7:00 PM at Historic Riggs Field.

Temple Takes Rider for 4-0 Win 

AMBLER, Pa. – September 22, 2010 - A three-goal first half propelled Temple (1-3-2) past Rider (0-6-0) 4-0 in front of 122 at Ambler Sports Complex. Temple’s Max Kinderwater had three assists, setting up two of the three first half goals. Nolan started in midfield for Temple and Sawyer saw action as a substitute.

Tyler Witmer opened the scoring in minute 7, taking an assist from Ryan Bradberry and taking a shot from the 18 that ripped into the net for his first goal of the season. Four minutes later a combo from Kinderwater to Witmer to Matt MacWilliams inside the box for the shot to the left post for MacWilliams’ first goal of the season. Kinderwater assisted the next goal, crossing a ball through the box which Bradbury one-timed in the air to the top left corner. The goal was the first of Bradbury's career. The Owl’s defense played steadily not allowing a shot on goal in the half. Kinderwater dished his third assist of the game in minute 61, battling down the right line and sending a pass in for sophomore Cody Calafiore, who chipped in a shot to put the Owls up for good at 4-0. Temple outshot Rider 22-5.  Owls' keeper Bret Mollon (1-3-2) earned his first win of the season.  Redshirt-freshman Fran Nelms played a the final third of the second half, making one save. The Owls travel to Siena on September 25 at 1:00 PM.

NC State Second Half Surge Defeats Presbyterian 5-1 

RALEIGH, N.C. – September 22, 2010 – Presbyterian College fell to NC State 5-1 at the Wolfpack’s Dail Soccer Stadium.  Jonny Mercado gave PC one of its few bright spots in in minute 70, an unassisted goal. The Blue Hose fall to 1-4-1 on the season while NC State is 3-3-0. Injured (quad), Sean did not play in the match.

NC State started quick, scoring their first goal in the third minute on a service from Michael Smith to Chris Zuerner in the box. Akil DeFreitas doubled lead in minute 45 on a breakaway assisted by Nader Jaibat. The Wolfpack had 11 shots to PC’s 2 in the first half. Out of the break, Mercado tallied his first goal of the season minute 70 when he found a rebound and sent a shot into the net. The goal is the sophomore's first career goal. In minute 78 NC State responded when Mamadou Kansaye was served by DeFreitas inside the box. Just 25- seconds later Smith scored unassisted off a rebound to make the score 4-1. NC State went 5-1 up in minute 86 when Farouk Bseiso assisted DeFreitas to another breakaway goal. The Blue Hose and Wolfpack had five shots in second half. The Blue Hose had 7 shots in the match to NC State’s 16. PC had 6 corners to NC States 2.  PC goalkeepers had 8 saves, NC State had 2. PC host Winthrop at Martin Stadium September 29 at 7 PM.

Michigan Beats Kentucky 3-2 in Third Consecutive OT Match 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – September 22, 2010 - Thanks to a last minute goal by Kentucky that sent Michigan into their third consecutive overtime, forward Soony Saad got a hat trick winner for the 3-2 overtime win at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Saad, who has scored seven of Michigan's 12 goals this season, picked up his first multi-goal match. Malcolm did not see action in the match. 

Michigan started strong as Saad scored four minutes into the first half as a Justin Meram pass on the left side of the box set up Saad's shot just past the Kentucky goalkeeper. The half ended with the U-M 1-0 lead. The Wildcats tied the score at 1-1 in minute 46 when Sam Riggs sent a pass over the Michigan defense that was finished by Tyler Riggs. Saad gave U-M a 2-1 lead in minute 75 off a free kick as it went into the Kentucky wall, bounced up and deflected into the right corner. Kentucky tied it with 45 seconds left with a goal off a corner kick to send U-M into its third consecutive overtime match. In the third minute of OT, Saad and Meram connected again for the golden goal victory and to keep the Wolverines unbeaten in the last six matches. U-M's longest unbeaten streak is nine games during the 2007 season. U-M keeper Chris Blais had 3 saves, UK had 5. U-M had 18 shots with 8 on goal and UK had 16 with 5 on goal. U-M had 7 corners, UK 7. The Wolverines host Ohio State at U-M Soccer Stadium on Saturday as they open Big Ten action 7 PM.

Wednesday, September 22
North Carolina Escapes Wofford 2-1, Wake Forest Falls to the College of Charleston 1-0

Wofford Two Minutes Away From Upset of No. 2 North Carolina, Tar Heels Win in OT 2-1   

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – September 21, 2010 - No. 2 North Carolina (4-1-0) was able to notch a goal when it needed most to win in overtime 2-1 against Wofford (1-4-1) at Fetzer Field. Kirk Urso provided the difference maker in the 95th minute when he converted on a free kick from outside the box. Carlos made his first appearance in a regular season match as a sub in the second half, the injured (hip flexor) Brendan did not play.

Neither team found net in the opening half that had nine shots with Carolina holding a slim 5-4 margin. In the second half the Tar Heels came out aggressively looking to go in front quickly, but Wofford's defense and keeper Andrew Drennan were up to the task. Wofford broke through minute 71 as Armin Kinigardner was tripped in the box for a penalty kick. Kinigardner buried it into the back of the net making it 1-0 Wofford. For the next 20 minutes the Tar Heels attacked the Wofford defense in search of the equalizer. It came in minute 88 when Bruno Castro’s service into the box was deflected by a Wofford defender and Eddie Ababio took the carom and fired a shot past the keeper. There were no opportunities in the last two minutes and the match went to overtime. In minute 95 Ababio found Kirk Urso near the top of the box with a pass. As Urso attempted to pass back to Ababio he was tripped drawing a free kick at the top center of the box. Urso fired the free kick low into the lower left corner for the golden goal 2-1 victory. Next the Tar Heels host No. 5 Maryland at Fetzer Field on Friday at 7 PM.

College of Charleston Defeats No. 19 Wake Forest 1-0  

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – September 21, 2010 - The College of Charleston's Francis Twohig scored in the 61st minute to lead the Cougars to a 1-0 win over No. 19 Wake Forest on Tuesday night at Spry Stadium. Wake Forest is now 2-3-1 on the season, while C of C extends its winning streak to four and improves to 4-2-1. Chris started the match for the Demon Deacons.

The C of C had their first quality chance in minute 24 as Ralph Lundy’s shot from the left side of the box went wide of the right post. The Cougar's Joey De Mare had a shot on goal in minute 39 but the 18 yard attempt was saved by Akira Fitzgerald. The half ended at 0-0. The only goal came minute 61 when Sean De Silva played a through ball to Twohig, who found himself 1-on-1 with the Wake’s keeper. The shot from 16 yards went inside the right post for the 1-0 lead. WF had a chance to equalize in minute 73 when Kyle Adams played a long pass over the top to Andy Lubahn who ran under the ball and shot, but it was blocked by a C of C defender. Twohig looked for his second goal in minute 80, but the attempt from the right side of the box was saved by Fitzgerald. Lubahn, in the final seconds, dribbled to center and his attempt from 20 sailed high as time ran out. C of C had a 9-7 edge in shots and a 3-1 in shots on goal. WF had five corner kicks, the Cougars had two. Fitzgerald had two saves and allowed a goal. The Deacons play at UNC Greensboro on Saturday with the kickoff at 7 PM.

Tuesday, September 21
College Soccer Setting Attendance Records in 2010, # 1 Akron Zips Face # 4 Tulsa Friday

The interest in men's soccer continues high as evidenced by record crowds across the country this past week. The record setting pace was lead by the Cal Poly crowd of 8,717 for its 2010 home opener against UCLA, the 10th largest regular season attendance in NCAA history and larger than its 1-AA football team's first two games this season. This Friday the record setting pace should be fueled as No. 1 Akron plays No. 4 Tulsa in a match that will be televised on the Fox Soccer Network at 8:00 PM.

Three ACC matches hosted by Top 25 teams over the weekend averaged almost 4,000 fans. The largest was 4,675 at Koskinen Stadium for Duke's match against archrival North Carolina, part of a Fox Soccer Channel doubleheader with the Duke-Florida women's game. There were 3,921 on hand for the Virginia-Wake Forest and 3,092 at the Maryland-N.C. State match. No. 5 Boston College drew its second straight sellout of 2,000 for its Beanpot Derby match with Boston University.

The No. 1 Akron Zips drew a crowd of 4,200, just shy of the stadium record of 4,254, for its 3-0 win over Cal State Northridge in its first match in refurbished Lee Jackson Field. An hour before an estimated 300 students escorted the Zips to their new digs, where grandstand seating has been sold out for the season.

Michigan and Notre Dame played to a 0-0 draw on Friday in front of a record crowd of 3,503 fans at the U-M Soccer Stadium, which was dedicated prior to the match. And No. 13 New Mexico Lobos drew crowds of 2,395 and 2,130 fans for their two matches at the Lobo Classic, marking the second straight weekend they had crowds of more than 2,000 for both their Friday and Sunday games.

Monday, September 20
The Summer's Last Weekend Roundup

No. 4 North Carolina Wins at No. 11 Duke 1-0 With 4,675 Fans on Hand 

DURHAM, N.C. – Sept. 17, 2010 – A crowd of 4,675 saw freshman Bruno Castro provide the only goal Friday night as the No. 4 North Carolina beat No. 11 Duke (2-1-2, 0-1-1 ACC) at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium.  Castro was fed a perfect ball by Josh Rice and darted in the box beating a charging James Belshaw for the winner. Neither Carlos nor Brendan played in the ACC match. Carolina improves to 3-1 overall and a perfect 2-0 in ACC play.  The teams played a scoreless first half.

Carolina had a 13-3 shot advantage and 5-1 on goal but most were from distance and did not challenge Belshaw. The second half was a different story as Duke's Ryan Finley, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, pushed the Carolina defense. Finley was held to one shot in the first half but had three in the second half challenging the Tar Heel backline and goalkeeper Scott Goodwin. After a pair of shots by Finley and three consecutive corners, Carolina turned it around and maintained possession for final 30 minutes. With just over 20 minutes to go Bruno Castro replaced Eddie Ababio up top. In the 79th minute, Carolina's accurate passing led to a break that would be the difference, when Josh Rice received ball at his feet and dropped it off to a streaking Castro who dribbled around a defender and put the ball over Belshaw. Carolina would grind out the final minutes to claim the 1-0 win over rival Duke. The win gave Carolina its third-straight Triangle Derby, beating both NC State and Duke three consecutive years. The Tar Heels host Wofford on Sept. 21 and No. 7 Maryland on Sept. 24 at 7:00 PM at Fetzer Field.

George Washington Goes Down 4-0 to Coastal Carolina 

WASHINGTON, DC – Sept. 17, 2010 - George Washington surrendered two goals in each half as Coastal Carolina (3-2-0) defeated the Colonials, 4-0, in front of 465 fans at Mount Vernon Field Friday afternoon. GW (1-5-0) was shut out for the second straight match and allowed four goals for the third consecutive game. Alex, who was injured last week, saw limited action as a sub.  

The early first half was back-and-forth affair, neither team generating genuine scoring chances until the Chanticleers broke with a cross through the 18-yard box to Sebastian Bahos, who calmly shot inside the back post for the 1-0 lead in minute 25. Ross Kelly nodded a goal in minute 33 on a service from Luis Faz. Coastal added to its lead in minute 46 when Leo Mukofsky slid a quick free kick to Justin Portillo, who put a 30-yard shot past screened GW goalkeeper Jake Davis to make it 3-0. Kelly rounded out the scoring in the 81st, heading home a Portillo corner kick from six yards out. Coastal enjoyed a 12-7 advantage in shots and 5-4 edge in shots on goal, while GW held a 7-4 margin in corners.  Davis had 1 save in the loss, Coastal turned away all four GW shots. The Colonials will look to regroup next Saturday hosting University of the District of Columbia at 3:00 PM.  

Clemson and Virginia Tech Draw 1-1 in ACC Match  

BLACKSBURG, VA – Sept. 17, 2010 - Clemson and Virginia Tech played to a 1-1 overtime draw in an Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer match at Blacksburg, VA Friday night before at crowd of 1377. Clemson is now 0-3-1 on the year and 0-1-1 in the ACC. Virginia Tech is now 1-3-1 overall, and 0-0-1 in league play. The box score was not available. 

Virginia Tech took a 1-0 lead at the 18:05 mark as Clarke Bentley converted on a penalty kick. Clemson tied in minute 43 when Riley Sumpter in a one-on-one situation and slipped the ball passed the VT GK Kyle Renfro. The Tigers' Wes Nelson received a red card with 6:45 left to go in regulation, so Clemson played a man down short the rest of the match.  In OT, Cody Mizell made saved 2 while the Tigers took one shot.  Mizell finished the match with six saves. The Hokies¹ goalkeeper Kyle Renfro had three saves. Virginia Tech had 17 shots compared to Clemson’s seven. The Hokies had 10 corner kicks and Clemson had six. The Tigers will play at Furman on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Clemson's next action. 

Presbyterian Shutout by Georgia State 2-0 in Pathersville

PANTHERSVILLE, Ga. – September 17, 2010 - Presbyterian College lost to Georgia State Panthers on Friday evening 2-0 in front of 325 fans. The GSU goals came in minute 50 and 60 to take the victory. The Blue Hose are now 1-3-1 while Georgia State improves to 3-0-2. Sean did not play in the match. 

PC’s Harrison Russell had the first shot in the fifth minute that wide of the net. The shot was one of seven shots in the first half for the Blue Hose, however the match was scoreless at halftime. Georgia State's Darryl Evans opened the scoring in minute 50 with a shot from outside the box into the upper left corner of the net. The Panthers went 2-0 up just ten minutes later with a goal by Alex Vivanco. In minute 80 the Blue Hose were given a manpower advantage as the Panther’s Michael Nwiloh was given a red card. PC, however, was unable to capitalize on the advantage in the final minutes, failing to register a shot in the final 27 minutes. PC goalkeepers had 2 save and allowed 2 goals. PC had 8 the Panthers' 18.  GSU led in shots on goal 4-3 and the Blue Hose registered four corner kicks on the evening. PC is in action on Tuesday at NC State at 7 PM. 

Temple Loss Comes in Second OT to Fairleigh Dickerson 2-1 

AMBLER, Pa. – September 18, 2010 - Returning home after a rainy 0-0 tie at Hofstra on Thursday, Temple (0-3-2) lost to Fairleigh Dickinson (2-3-0), 2-1, in overtime at Ambler Sports Complex. The Owls outshot F- D 15-8. Nolan started and had one shot while Sawyer saw action as a sub.

Fairleigh Dickinson struck in minute 36 when Dominic Reinold hit a loose ball to beat Temple keeper Brett Mollon to the far right post.  Karlis Putans provide the assist on the goal for FDU. Temple started the second half strong with a goal in minute 49 by Vaughn Spurrier. Cody Calafiore dribbled at midfield and connected with Spurrier, who struck from the 18 to the top right corner of the net. With 15-seconds remaining, Evan Bransdorfer’s shot off the rebound from the corner was blocked when regulation expired. In the second overtime the Owls had a costly breakdown in minute 101 when Michael Calderon’s corner deflected off teammate Samson Malijani right to Dominic Reinold. Reinold’s shot beat Mollon to the far left post for his second goal of the day.  Both Caldreon and Malijani assisted the goal. The Owls look to bounce back this Wednesday when they face Rider at 3:30 at Ambler Sports Complex.

Azusa Pacific Wins 2-0 Over Embry Riddle in Arizona

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – September 17, 2010 - The NAIA’s No. 16-ranked Azusa Pacific bounced back from its first defeat of the year with a 2-0 win over Rocky Mountain (Mont.) College Friday afternoon at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus. Connor did not see action in the match. 

Davis Delamarter scored just past the 15-minute mark for the game-winner off by Ashkon Banihashemi’s 30-yard free kick, when a  rebound bounced to Delamarter’s feet, 25 yards away from goal, and he placed the shot just inside the right post.  Brett Taylor added an insurance goal in the 77th minute. The Cougars generated a lopsided 21-4 margin in total shots, including a 14-1 edge after halftime.  Joe Geletko made a pair of first-half saves and faced just 1 second-half shot. The 10-game Golden State Athletic Conference slate begins on Sept. 25 as Azusa Pacific hosts Vanguard at the Cougar Complex 

No. 21 Clayton State Beat Francis Marion in 1-0 Thriller

FLORENCE, S.C. – September 18, 2010 – Playing its Peach Belt Conference opener on Saturday, the Clayton State Lakers survived its first big test of the season, winning a 1-0 squeaker at conference rival Francis Marion. The victory keeps No 21 Clayton State undefeated on the season at 6-0. It’s the first 6-0 start to a season since the 2002 season and it’s the first victory over Francis Marion since the 2006 season. The three previous have ended in ties. Francis Marion is now 0-5-1 overall and 0-1 in the Peach Belt. Both Arturo and Kevin started and played the match for the Lakers.

After being a victim of some tough luck offensively to start the season, Laker junior forward Ryan Pugh finally came through with his first goal of the season. He scored alone in the penalty box off a serving pass from senior defender Brett Neilson. That turned out to be the lone score of the game, but Clayton State stayed on the offensive throughout. The Lakers out-shot the Patriots 24-7, but both goalkeepers were stellar. Laker goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded his fourth shutout of the season with six saves, while Francis Marion goalkeeper Clark Richeson had 11 saves. In fact, Richeson kept Clayton State at bay in the second half with seven saves. Garcia has not allowed a goal in his last 520 minutes. The Lakers travel to South Atlantic Conference power Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

No. 14 Wake Forest Upsets No. 2 Virginia, 1-0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – September 18, 2010 - Wake Forest's Andy Lubahn scored the only goal of the match in the 64th minute to lift No. 14 Wake Forest to a 1-0 win at defending national champion and No. 2 Virginia on Saturday night in front of 3,921 fans at Klöckner Stadium. WF improves its record to 2-2-1 and 2-0-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while UVa falls to 3-1-1 and 0-1-1 in conference play. The loss snaps Virginia's 20-match unbeaten streak and its 13-match home unbeaten streak.  

Both teams had quality chances to score, but Lubahn tallied the only goal in the 64th minute as he scored off an assist from Luciano Delbono. The goal for Lubahn was his second of the season, while Delbono recorded his first assist of the year. WF had a chance for late goals as Chris Duvall had a pair of shots on goal but both were saved by Akira Fitzgerald who recorded his first shutout of the season. Fitzgerald made seven saves for the clean sheet. Virginia held a 14-10 advantage in shots in the match and a 7-6 edge in shots on goal. The Cavaliers had four corner kicks, the Demon Deacons two. WF is in action on Tuesday, when they host the College of Charleston at Spry Stadium at 7 PM. 

Michigan and Marquette Draw 1-1 in Big 10 Big East Challenge  

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - September. 19, 2010 - Senior forward Justin Meram scored his second goal in as many games as the University of Michigan men's soccer team settled for a 1-1 draw at Marquette on Sunday in the final game of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge at Valley Fields. Malcolm did not see action in the match. 

U-M's offense was led by Soony Saad, who had seven shots, two on goal. Meram and Fabio Pereira Villas Boas each had five. Goalkeeper Chris Blais had 7 saves and got help from U-M's defense with 3 team saves. U-M struck first in minute 50 when Meram took a few touches on the left side and beat Marquette goalkeeper David Check on the inside far post. Marquette answered in minute 79 on a free kick goal from Calum Mallace. Michigan and Marquette each took three shots in the first overtime period and Marquette held a slim 3-2 shots advantage in the second extra frame. U-M returns home for two games hosting Kentucky on Sept. 22 and opens Big Ten action with Ohio State on Sept. 25, both at 7:00 PM.

Friday, September 17
Temple and Hofstra Play to 0-0 Draw in Long Island Storms

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - September 17, 2010 - A delayed start due to heavy storms gave the Temple (0-2-2) one more element to battle in their Thursday night contest with Hofstra (2-2-2).  Rain throughout the contest made for wet conditions s the match ended a 0-0 draw. Nolan started for the Owls, Sawyer did not see action in the match.

Keeper Bret Mollon made two saves to preserve his second shutout of the season. On the opposite side, Hofstra keeper Greg Cumpstone fended off five Temple attempts. Although Mollon was only forced to make two saves both in the second half, his first one was a serious difference maker.  HU's Mike Annarumma headed a ball to the far post that took a diving stop from Mollon to prevent crossing the goal line.

Max Kinderwater and  Tyler Witmer led the way with two shots, as five different Owls posted a shot on goal.  Kinderwater and Witmer, along with Billy Kappock and Matt MacWilliams and freshman Vaughn Spurrier each put a ball on net. The Owls best chance came just after half, when MacWilliams sprung a long distance shot that got away from HU keeper Cumpstone.  Witmer was in the right spot for the rebound, but Cumpstone quickly recovered and stopped his attempt.

HU's Annarumma had his sights set on netting the golden goal with 10-seconds left in overtime.  Annarumma had a clear path to the goal on a breakaway, but Rodrigo Zuleta came in with a beautiful slide tackle to halt the effort. Temple returns home to take on Fairleigh Dickinson at Ambler Sports Complex on September 19 at 1:00 PM.

Friday, September 17
No. 21 Clayton State and Michigan Win at Home

No. 21 Clayton State roll pasts Erskine 3-0 for Five Straight!

MORROW, Ga. – September 15, 2010 – Fresh off its first national ranking in three seasons, the Clayton State Lakers wasted little time in putting that ranking to test on Wednesday night and passed with flying colors. With three first-half goals, the Lakers remained undefeated on the season with a 3-0 victory over visiting Erskine at Laker Field. Clayton State, ranked 21st in the nation in Division II, is now 5-0 to start a season for the first time since 2002, and it’s the third shutout of the season for the Lakers. Erskine falls to 2-1 overall. Arturo and Kevin both started the match for the Lakers.

It did not take long for the Lakers to strike first – one minute and 52 seconds to be exact. Kevin Rodriguez served a corner kick into the penalty box, and Jonathan Ray hammered home the first Laker goal from the middle. Fifteen minutes later, the Lakers’ Matty Phillips took a pass down the right wing from defender Roger Boniface, and scored from 15 yards out on the right side of the penalty box. Then in the 19th minute, Boniface fed Leighton Fredericks with a cross to the left wing, and the junior forward hammered it home for his fourth goal of the season.


The Clayton State defense was again stellar, limiting the Flying Fleet to only seven shots. Clayton State goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded three saves in recording the shutout. Erskine goalkeeper Roberto de la Vina had eight saves in the defeat.  Clayton State opens Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. showdown at Francis Marion.


Michigan Defeats Oakland on Goal in Minute 89


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Forward Justin Meram netted the game-winning goal in the 89th minute to give the University of Michigan a 2-1 victory over in-state rival Oakland University on Wednesday  at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Michigan picked up its second win over an in-state opponent this season. Malcolm did not see action in the match.


In the first half, the Wolverines had several good scoring opportunities, including Hamoody Saad’s also opportunity on a set piece in the opening minutes of the first half. He took a free kick from 22 yards outside of the goal and hit the crossbar, sending the ball out of play.  Matt Schmitt had a shot that went barely wide of the net in the waning minutes of the half, however it ended with the score 0-0.


In the second half, Soony Saad gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead on a header in the 75th minute, taking a service from Alex Wood in the Oakland box and putting it just past the Oakland goalkeeper. U-M's lead was short lived as Oakland tied the game just five minutes later. With the game tied at 1-1 heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation, U-M picked up its intensity and got the ball moving out of the backfield and into the attacking third. Klemczak corralled the ball in the backfield and played it to Wood in the midfield. Wood then connected with Meram on a low ground ball right through the Oakland defense. Meram played the ball on the ground into the right corner of the net beyond the reach of Oakland goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt for the game-winner.


Soony Saad led the U-M offense with seven shots and one goal, while Meram recorded five shots, three on goal. Alex Wood and Brian Klemczak each posted two assists, and goalkeeper Chris Blais stopped four shots in 90 minutes of action. Michigan will dedicate the U-M Soccer Stadium on September  17 when it hosts Notre Dame at 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, September 15
Wake Forest and George Washington Fall in Away Matches

No. 14 Wake Forest Upset By UNC Charlotte 2-0  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – September 14, 2010 – UNC Charlotte 49ers used a pair of first half goals to defeat No. 14 Wake Forest 2-0 on Tuesday night at Transamerica Field. WF falls to 1-2-1, UNCC is now 3-2-0. Chris started and played 80 minutes for the Deacons.

Wake Forest started off with a good opportunity in minute 9 when Andy Lubahn's shot from the 18 sailed just over the goal. Another came in minute 21 when Sam Redmond’s shot from outside the box required a diving save by the 49er goalkeeper Patrick Eavenson. UNCC went up 1-0 on a WF own goal in minute 33 as a cross was mishandled by the backline. The 49ers doubled their lead in minute 42 on Evan James goal and assists by Donnie Smith and Tyler Gibson.  WF had a good chance early in the second half on a free kick from just outside the penalty area that was headed wide. The Deacs continued to get good opportunities in the second half as Johnny Torres’ shot in minute 56 was again saved by Eavenson. The 49ers had an opportunity in minute 78 on a shot from Owen Darby inside the penalty area that went wide right. WF was able to get a pair of shots off in the final 10 minutes as Kyle Emerson and Torres each had a shot on goal that was saved by the 49er goalkeeper.

Akira Fitzgerald allowed two goals and made three saves for the Demon Deacons, while UNCC’s Eavenson made five saves for the clean sheet. Wake Forest and UNCC each attempted 12 shots, with the Demon Deacons holding a 6-5 edge in shots on goal. WF had three corner kicks, 49ers one. WF resumes ACC play on September 18 at the No. 2 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Kickoff is at 7 PM.

No. 6 Duke Puts Away George Washington with Second Half Barrage 4-0 

DURHAM, NC – September 14, 2010 - George Washington held No. 6/11 ranked Duke (2-0-2) scoreless in the first half, but Duke netted four goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second to defeated the Colonials  4-0 at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium Tuesday evening.  GW (1-4-0) faced its first ranked opponent in Duke.  Duke dropped 3 spots to No. 11 in Tuesday's NSCAA Coaches' Top 25, but went to No. 6 by Soccer America. The Colonials were 0-2-0 all-time against Duke, having lost matches in 1992 and 2002.

The Colonials' defense, paced by the steady play of freshman back Alex Sandland, frustrated the Blue Devils during the opening 45 minutes. GW was outshot 11-0 in the first half, but was able to absorb the attacks. Goalkeeper Jake Davis made two saves and was quick off his line to disrupt Duke’s chances.

Duke stepped up the attack in the second half, breaking through with 4 quick goals in less than first 10 minutes. Blue Devils' forward Ryan Finley’s hat trick came on 3 consecutive goals with a pair in minute 49 and one in 52. Matthew Thomas finished the Duke barrage in minute 55. GW finished with two shots, their best opportunity coming in minute 75 as Seth Rudolph out-jumped one defender, and outran another into the box, but his shot went just wide. Davis finished with seven saves on the Blue Devils' 24 shots. GW plays at Mount Vernon Field Friday against Coastal Carolina at 4:00 PM.

Monday, September 13
Weekend Brings Wins, Losses and Draws for Boys in Red... Overtimes Too!

Clayton State Remains Undefeated, Beats Brevard 6-1 with Arturo Goal and Kevin Assist  

MORROW, Ga. – September 11, 2010 – The Clayton State Lakers continued to spread the wealth offensively, using a stellar second half charge to pull off a 6-1 victory over Brevard (0-4-1) at Laker Field. The Lakers are 4-0, the first time since 2002 the team has started with four straight victories. A Laker crowd of 103 was on hand.  

Six different Clayton State players found net and five of those goals came in the second half. Leighton Fredericks put the Lakers on the board in the first half with a penalty kick in minute 38. The score stayed 1-0 through halftime. However, the flood gates opened up in the second half for the Lakers.

Jonathan Ray got it going in minute 54 with a goal from the 6 off a cross by Kevin Rodriguez. In minute 66, Roger Boniface finished a cross by Matty Phillips. Two freshmen netted the next two goals, Arturo Cruz scored from the top of the box in minute 71 and six minutes later, David Duot scored on an assist by Fredericks. Phillips accounted for the final Laker goal in minute 84 off a Brevard deflection. Brevard’s lone goal came in minute 88 off a 40-yard strike from the left wing by Anthony Cardenas. The Lakers outshot the Tornados 30-8. Clayton State plays host to Erskine on Wednesday at 7:30 PM.

Temple Drops Home Opener to Drexel 3-1

AMBLER, Pa. – September 11, 2010 - Evan Bransdorfer scored to tie the match for the Owls, but two second half Drexel (3-0-0) goals left the Owls (0-2-1) with a 3-1 loss in front of 217 at the Philadelphia Soccer Six match at Ambler Sports Complex. The Owls had several scoring chances in the home opener, but defensive lapses in the second half proved costly. Nolan started in the midfield and Sawyer came into the match as a substitute.

Drexel opened the scoring in minute 18, as Nate Baker beat the Owls defense then put a service into Malcom LeBourne for the shot and goal.  The Owls came back strong as Vaughn Spurrier ripped a shot from the 18 that drilled the crossbar in minute 27. Sawyer Hemmer blasted a shot in minute 29 that took a diving stop from Drexel keeper Tim Washam to keep out. A controversial offside came in the 30th minute when Max Kinderwater ripped a shot that was too hot for Washam to handle and Tyler Witmer was called offside after tapping home the rebound. The Owls got the equalizer in minute 33 when Evan Bransdorfer headed home a rebound for the halftime tie.

Drexel capitalized on several Temple defensive lapses in the second half. Andrew Goldberg broke past the Owl’s defense shot and tapped in the rebound to put the Dragons up 2-1. In minute 82 the Dragons struck again, with Baker this time finding Nathan Page for a score to push the lead to 3-1. Temple struggled to generate quality chances in the second half, outshooting the visitors 12-10 and 24-16 on the game. Up next, the Owls take on Hofstra on September 19 at 7:30 p.m.

George Washington Falls to Mt. St. Mary’s 4-3 Despite Hat Trick

EMMITSBURG, MD – September 11, 2010 - George Washington forward Seth Rudolph recorded a hat trick, including a pair of early second-half strikes to even the match at 3-3, but Mount St. Mary's Koudzo Komlan netted the game-winning goal in minute 61 as the Colonials fell to the host Mountaineers 4-3. Alex started and played at midfield in the match attended by 203 fans.

Rudolph gave the GW (1-3-0) a 1-0 lead in minute 22 after intercepting a poor back pass to the Mounts’ goalkeeper Chris Davis.  GW's lead stood for nearly 10 minutes until Mount St. Mary's (2-2-0) exploded for three goal, in a span of 3 minutes. Eric Detzel found Chris Wheeler for an equalizer in minute 32, one minute later Detzel beat GW goalkeeper Jake Davis on a 25-yard strike. Detzel’s corner found Will Thomas in minute 35 for a 3-1 advantage.

The second half was 3 minutes old when Rudolph again intercepted back pass and beat Davis to make it 3-2.  The Colonials got goal number 3 on a free kick in minute 55 when defender Brice Carr hit Rudolph, who put the ball into net to complete his hat trick and knot the contest at 3-3. However, the Mount responded quickly as Komlan, flicked a long-ball service over the Colonials' Davis at 60:57 for the lead. There would be only three more shots - all for the Mount - over the final 30 minutes.  The Mountaineers held a 23-6 edge in shots, 13-4 margin in shots on target, and 10-2 in corners. GWU has a non-conference match Tuesday night at No. 7 Duke at 7:00 PM in Durham, NC.

Presbyterian Downed in Overtime Loss to New Hampshire 2-1 

BURLINGTON, Vt. – September 12, 2010 - Presbyterian College dropped its second match of the weekend as New Hampshire scored a late overtime goal to beat the Blue Hose 2-1 in front of 867 fans Sunday morning in the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Nike Classic. Glover scored the 1-1 equalizer for the Blue Hose in minute 51, but the game-winner came at minute 110 for the Wildcats. PC is 1-2-1 on the season while New Hampshire improves to 2-0-2.

New Hampshire opened the scoring minute 42 as Thomas Jordan scored off a loose rebound after a William Redmond save. Sean King was given a yellow card in minute 17. Six minutes into the second half Stephen Glover scored off Matthew Palma's long-ball service.  Glover took the shot which hit the post and finished in the net to tie the match at 1-1.The defenses held in regulation match went into overtime, PC’s third time in the four matches of 2010. In the first OT PC held a 2-1 advantage in shots, however, second period, UNH logged five shots including the winner by Brad Hilton from just inside the 18-yard.

New Hampshire had a 24-12 shot advantage and a 12-3 lead in shots on goal. UNH led in corner kicks by a 13-2 margin PC had 10 saves in the match. Glover and Nico Fazio were both named to the all-tournament team. PC travels to Georgia State on Friday night for a 6 PM match with the Panthers.

Michigan Draws with Seattle 2-2 in Overtime at Seattle Tournament

SEATTLE, WA – September 12, 2010 - Hamoody Saad and Soony Saad scored goals at 75:18 and 85:14, respectively, to erase Michigan’s two-goal second-half deficit and tie Seattle 2-2 in front of 619 at the final match of the Seattle University Tournament. Malcolm made the trip but did not see action in the match.

Seattle came out strong shooting early and often on the Michigan goal, including two that reached the frame but were swatted away by Chris Blais to keep the Redhawks off the board. Seattle’s first goal came just 12 minutes in when Kyle Peterman collected his own rebound and put it past Blais. Seattle scored again in minute 40 on a deflection in the net off a Michigan defender.

The defenses held the opposition scoreless until Hamoody Saad struck for the Wolverines in minute 76, a rocket past Seattle goalkeeper Ivan Dizdar off a free kick from the 20. Soony Saad then completed the Wolverine rally, placing a corner kick from senior forward Matt Schmitt into the upper right hand corner. Regulation ended at 2-2 and the match went to overtime. The Wolverines outshot the Redhawks, 4-2, in each overtime period, but the teams had to settle for the draw.

Soony Saad led the Wolverines with 10 shots, including three on goal, while senior Justin Meram and Hamoody Saad each tallied eight shots. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Chris Blais  posted a career-high seven saves in the tie. The Wolverines hosts rival Oakland on Sept. 15 and will welcome Notre Dame for the U-M Soccer Stadium dedication game September 17. Kickoff for both is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

Saturday, September 11
No. 4 Carolina and No. 12 Wake Forest Win First ACC Matches

No. 12 Wake Forest Outlasts Clemson, 2-1, Chris Duvall Gets Assist On Winner

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - September 10, 2010 - Playing a man down, No. 12 Wake Forest broke a 1-1 tie with a goal from Anthony Arena in the 58th minute to defeat Clemson 2-1 on Friday night in front of 3,362 fans at Spry Stadium. Cody played the entire match, Stephen and Chris saw action as subs, Nikos did not play in the match.

 After Clemson better run of play for the first 20 minutes, Wake Forest turned it around in the minute 22 and started pushing forward on the Clemson defense. Kyle Emerson had a great chance in the 25th minute with a shot that was saved by sliding Clemson goalkeeper Cody Mizell. Emerson had another chance on the rebound but this attempt was blocked by a defender.  Wake Forest broke through with a goal in minute 34 with a pass to Andy Lubahn in the center of the field. From 23 yards out, Lubahn put a shot into the upper right 90 to put the Deacons in front 1-0, a lead they would carry into halftime.

The Deacons were forced to play a man down in second half when in minute 56 Watts received a red card for a hard challenge. Clemson quickly capitalized on the advantage, scoring just 32 seconds later. Tommy Drake played a cross from the right side of the field that was collected by Riley Sumpter on the left side of the box. Sumpter curled a shot into the right side of the net to tie the game at one. In minute 58, the Deacons went ahead on a goal off a corner kick taken by Chris Duvall. The kick was flicked on goal by Sam Redmond. Arena was able to get a touch and sent over the leaping Tiger Mizell into the net to put the Deacs up 2-1.

Wake Forest had two saves and allowed one goal while Clemson allowed two goals while making five saves. Wake Forest had a 10-7 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in shots on goal. Clemson had four corner kicks, the Demon Deacons two. 

No. 4 Carolina Squeaks Past NC State 1-0 

RALEIGH, N.C. – September 10, 2010 - Senior Eddie Ababio made the night for No. 4 North Carolina Friday night as the senior tallied the lone goal in UNC's 1-0 ACC-opening win over NC State in front of 3076 fans. Carlos and Brendan did not play in the ACC match.

The first 15 minutes were a feeling out period between Carolina and NC State as each team registered a pair of shots but never threatened, the Tar Heel midfielders would control possession the rest of the half. The possession did not result in many shots down the stretch until speedster Alex Dixon entered the lineup and in minute 32 found open space down the left side into the box and fired a shot blocked by the Wolfpack goalkeeper. Midfielder Michael Farfan gathered the rebound, centered the ball back into the box that found  Ababio who deposited it into the back of the net giving Carolina a 1-0 lead. The score would remain in Carolina's favor heading into the half as the Tar Heels registered six shots in the opening 45 minutes.

The Wolfpack improved their play in the midfield pressuring the Tar Heels into giveaways in the attacking half. Each team registered a shot from distance but neither challenged the keeper until minute 65. NC State drew a free kick in the Tar Heels' half, which miraculously made it through the box without being touched narrowly missing the edge of the post in the process. The Tar Heels made a counter attack and nearly made it 2-0 as Farfan fired from 30 yards out dipping the ball near the lower right corner of the net which was saved with less than 20 minutes left. Carolina maintained possession for the next 10 minutes before NC State made a charge. The Wolfpack garnered a pair of corner kicks and put a pair of shots on net in the final 15 minutes challenging keeper Scott Goodwin. Sonny Mukungu shot was stopped by Goodwin with just 32 seconds remaining in the game. Goodwin cleared the ball and the Carolina defense held on for the win.

Goodwin finished the night with two saves. Senior Michael Farfan led the Tar Heels with four shots, while Alex Dixon tallied three of his own. Carolina out-shot NC State by a narrow 11-10 margin in the win. The Tar Heels improve to 2-1 on the year and 1-0 in ACC play.

Thursday, September 9
Kevin Wins One for Clayton State, Tyler Leads Middle Georgia in Scoring

Clayton State Rolls on 3-0 over Alabama Huntsville, Kevin Gets Winning Goal

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – September 8, 2010 – Playing its first road contest of the 2010 season,  Clayton State  made it three straight victories a 3-0 victory at Alabama-Huntsville on Wednesday. The Lakers are 3-0 at the start of the season for the first time since the 2002 season. Alabama falls to 0-2. Arturo and Kevin started for the Lakers.

The Lakers continued the stellar defensive play as they dominated Alabama-Huntsville, out-shooting the Chargers 26-4. In its first three games, the Lakers have allowed only a combined nine shots and the lone goal has come on a penalty kick. Clayton State spread the wealth offensively. Freshman midfielder Kevin Rodriguez scored his first collegiate goal in minute 13 when he intercepted a Alabama-Huntsville clear and hammered it home from 35 yards out. The half ended at 1-0 Lakers.The Lakers cashed in on some key opportunities in the second half. Igor Lukic put the Lakers ahead 2-0 with a penalty kick in the minute 57. Jonathan Ray then put the exclamation point on it with a goal in the 88th minute off a double-assist by Ryan Pugh and Matty Phillips. Clayton State goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded one save for his second straight shutout. Charger goalkeeper Tyler Earley recorded eight saves.

Middle Georgia College Over South Georgia College 2-1, Tyler Leads Way to 4-0 Record 

Douglas, GA – September 9, 2010 - Middle Georgia College won its third conference victory going 3-0 in GCAA Region XVII play. MGC is an impressive 4-0-0 overall this season. A key win early this year is a first-ever victory against the annual power house Georgia Perimeter 1-0.  Another great hard-fought 2-1 win at South Georgia put MGC at 4-0-0 for the season. "I am quite pleased," said Coach Vinny Gill. "Particularly rewarding is the fact that we have only conceded two goals in four games and we have not hit our stride offensively yet."

Leading the way in scoring so far this season is freshman Tyler Daly. MGC’s has a total nine goals and Daly has five. On the defensive side, Tomas Raffo, Alex Baughman and Anthony Grant have been outstanding.

Thursday, September 9
George Washington and Azusa Pacific Win Wednesday Matches

Colonials March Past Longwood 4-2 

FARMVILLE, VA – September 8, 2010 - George Washington (1-2-0) took advantage of its chances Wednesday, turning four of its five shots into goals, earning its first 2010 win 4-2 at Longwood. Defender Mike Burke scored in each half and rookie Jeff Eisenbud got the winner in the minute 38. Alex started and played 90 minutes for GWU. After putting just seven shots on goal in 25 attempts in their first two matches, the Colonials came with a potent attack against the Lancers putting 5 of 10 shots on goal.

Burke opened the scoring in minute 11 with a blast from 40 yards off the post into net. In minute 25, Seth Rudolph served Mattia Melillo for a header goal from the 6 to make it 2-0. Longwood responded with back-to-back strikes – a minute 26 PK from Vinnie Llana and a Harvey Headley breakaway goal from Patrick Bain's long service in minute 34. In minute 38 Eisenbud buried a deflected free kick and the Colonials carried their 3-2 lead into halftime. Burke was able to beat the keeper for an insurance tally minute 61. The two goals are a career-high for Burke. Jake Davis made three saves on 13 shots faced to earn his first career victory. The Colonials improved to 3-2-0 in the head-to-head series despite being outshot (13-10) and out-cornered (11-1) by the Lancers, who had a bevy of corner kicks in the opening and closing minutes of the match.

Azusa Pacific Notches Win # 5 Over Pomona-Pitzer 5-0 in Offensive Show 

AZUSA, Calif. -September 8, 2010 - Not even the chilly afternoon could cool off Azusa Pacific’s offense, as the NAIA’s No. 7-ranked Cougars exploded for a 5-0 win over Pomona-Pitzer Wednesday at the Cougar Soccer Complex in front of a crowd of 126. Connor came in as a substitute in the match.

Forward Vinicius Dantas scored his third straight game winner, the goal was the first of 3 in the first half. The Cougars added 2 goals in less than a minute apart in the second half for the 5-goal tally. In addition to 5 different goal scorers, Azusa Pacific also had 5 players who registered assists. The Cougars finished with a 24-6 advantage in shots, firing 16 times at the Pomona goal in the second half. The combined shutout was Azusa Pacific’s third this season, with the only goals coming on penalty kicks. Azusa Pacific improves to 5-0 on the season while Pomona drops to 0-2.

Wednesday, September 8
Full Weekend in College Soccer, The Good, The Bad and the...

Second-half surge lifts Clayton State past Belmont Abbey 3-1, Arturo Assists 

MORROW, Ga. – September 3, 2010 – The 2010 men’s soccer season got off to a roaring start for the Clayton State Lakers as they used a strong rally in the second half to overtake visiting Belmont Abbey 3-1 on Friday in the Laker Shootout at Laker Field. Arturo and Kevin started for the Lakers in the match.

Clayton State dominated the game, holding a decisive 22-1 edge in shots. But the one Belmont Abbey shot resulted in the Crusaders’ lone goal as Sunny Makh scored on a penalty kick in the seventh minute. The scored remained 1-0 in favor of Belmont Abbey at halftime. However, the Lakers scored all three second half goals in a nine-minute span. Igor Lukic tied the game in 52nd minute with a shot inside the penalty box off a Arturo Cruz assist. Four minutes later, Sam Bevan served a high incoming pass into the penalty box, and a running Deni Lulic headed into the net for a 2-1 Clayton State lead.

Jonathan Ray gave the Lakers some needed insurance in the 61st minute when he hammered home a 14-yard strike off a cross by Matty Phillips. The two teams combined for 39 fouls with two yellow cards. Belmont Abbey goalkeeper Louis Liberatore recorded seven saves in the defeat. 

South Carolina Defeats Clemson 2-0  

COLUMBIA, SC – September 3, 2010 - Blake Brettschneider scored a goal and assisted on the other in leading South Carolina to a 2-0 win over Clemson in a men's intercollegiate soccer match at Columbia, SC Friday night. It was the season opener for both teams.


South Carolina scored early in the second half in the 45th minute. Mark Wiltse played the ball from the center to Brettschneider. Brettschneider sent a 14-yard diagonal shot to the left wall of the net to give the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead. South Carolina scored again at the 65:35 mark. Mike Mangotic sent a corner kick to the top left corner of the box from the right side. Brettschneider centered the ball into the center of the box to Eric Martinez who headed to Will Traynor who headed the ball in the goal from four yards away. 


Clemson had two serious threats in the match. The first shot for the Tigers came in the 42nd minute as Nick Burton sent a shot from 10 yards out just wide of the right post at the 41:29 mark. In the second half, the Tigers missed the equalizer when Eric Cava sent a 26-yard shot just wide of the left post. Cody played in net for the entire match for the Tigers while Stephen and Nikos both saw action as subs.  


"Congratulations to South Carolina for winning tonight's match," said Clemson Head Coach Mike Noonan. "There will be better days ahead for this team. I thought we had an honest effort from our young players like Jack Metcalf, Cody Mizell, and Alex Stockinger. Blaise also did well in the back. South Carolina did what they had to do to win the game. I've seen us play better in the preseason games. Of course we're disappointed in the result, but we'll get better. We are going to improve as the season progresses." 


No. 4 Carolina Falls To No. 1 Akron 3-0 


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - September 3, 2010 - The No. 1 team in the nation lived up to its billing Friday night at a sold out Fetzer Field as the Akron Zips beat the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels, 3-0. The Tar Heels out-shot the Zips 14-6 and had  five more corners, but were unable to find the back of the net.


Akron found the back of the net early as Eric Stevenson tallied in the eighth minute after a run by Kofi Sarkodie. Sarkodie crossed the ball into the box for Darlington Nagbe who missed the ball and Carolina was unable to clear.  Stevenson gathered the ball eight yards out and found net. The Zips made it 2-0 when junior Michael Nanchoff’s free kick found the head of Perry Kitchen.  Despite the two-goal deficit the Tar Heels out-shot the Zips 6-2 in the opening 45 minutes. Akron's goalkeeper, David Meves, recorded four saves in the first half.


The Tar Heels opened the second half looking like a completely different team as they rattled off four consecutive shots in the opening five minutes. Alex Dixon tested Meves just 23 seconds into the half with a shot from outside the 18-yard box.  The Zips pull to a 3-0 lead in minute 65 when  Nagbe put in a header provide the final margin. Akron's Chris Korb made a run down the left side and swung a ball into Nagbe who finished off the goal. Once the Zips extended their lead to 3-0 the Tar Heels were unable to get back into the game. Carlos and Brendan did not see action in the match.


Michigan Falls at Home 1-0 to # 14 Drake


ANN ARBOR, Mich. - September 3, 2010 - Despite holding a 26-12 shot advantage, the University of Michigan suffered a 1-0 setback at the hands of No. 14 Drake on Friday at U-M Soccer Stadium in front of a crowd of 1884. The Wolverines were led by freshman forward Soony Saad who tallied nine shots, with four hitting the target, while goalkeeper Chris Blais made three saves in the net. Malcolm did not see action in the match. 


Senior forward Justin Meram looked like he was going to get the first goal of the game just five minutes into the match as his shot sailed into the lower left-hand corner of the goal, but he was ruled offside.The Michigan offense kept it going as Soony Saad collected a through ball from midfielder Latif Alashe, but the Drake defense pushed the ball just wide of the net. Midfielder Fabio Pereira Villas Boas almost tallied with a shot from 30 yards out, but the attempt hit the crossbar and bounced over the net. Michigan kept the ball in Drake's end of the field for the majority of the second half but still suffered its first loss of the season. For the second consecutive game, the Wolverines dominated the offensive stats, combining for 53 shots in the first two games, with 14 on frame.



Azusa Pacific Picks Apart Holy Names Defense 6-1


SANTA BARBARA, CA. - September 3, 2010 - The NAIA’s No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific exploded for 6 goals and came within 8 minutes of a shutout in a 6-1 victory over 4-time defending California Pacific Athletic Conference champion Holy Names University Friday afternoon at the Westmont Heritage Club Classic. Connor did not see action in the match.

Friday’s contest was the first official contest at Westmont’s brand-new Thorrington Field, and freshman midfielder Oktay Bulut’s goal just over 8 minutes in was the first official goal registered at the facility – Westmont’s women’s team opened the facility August 24 with a scoreless draw. Junior defender Henry Ortlip scored his first goal as a Cougar 10 minutes after entering the game as a substitute in the minute 76. Ortlip took advantage mistake by Holy Names defense and caught the keeper out of the goal with a 25-yard strike to the far post to push the lead to 6-0. Rasmus Larson converted a penalty kick for Holy Names with 8 minutes to play. 

Late Howard Goal Stuns George Washington 1-0 

WASHINGTON, DC - September 4, 2010 - Howard's Mario Martin broke free inside the 18-yard box and beat charging George Washington goalkeeper Jake Davis for the deciding goal with 25 seconds left as the Colonials fell to Howard 1-0 in the DC College Cup at American's Reeves Field Saturday. Alex played the entire match in the midfield for the Colonials. 

The final minute proved to be the most frantic in a match that was played mostly in the midfield and saw both teams record just three shots on target and generate few scoring opportunities.  Martin got a yellow card with 35 seconds left for a foul in GW's box. Davis, making his first start in goal for the Colonials, sent the free kick past midfield where it was settled by Bison defender Kashmar Briscoe. Briscoe found Martin behind the GW backline, the freshman shot by Davis for the game winner at 89:35. Martin and Andrew Aluko got tangled up just after the restart and both received yellow cards, the second for Martin, the Bison had 10 men for the final 15 seconds. Rookie Bailey Hinners put the ball back in play with a 50-yard free kick toward the Howard net, but keeper Larry Turner collected and held on until time expired. 

GW's best chances all came in the second half. Abdul Shaban sent a header just over the right corner in minute 47, then narrowly missed the left corner of net with a bending free kick from 23 yards in minute 59. Turner parried Zach Abaie's six-yard volley into the post and pounced on the loose ball at the 68:00 mark. Davis finished with two saves on 13 shots. Turner also faced 13 shots and made 3 saves for shutout. 

Clayton State Wins 3-0 Over Anderson, Arturo Scores One and Gets Assist 

MORROW, Ga. – September 4, 2010 - After opening the 2010 season on Friday with a big second-half surge in a victory over Belmont Abbey, the Clayton State Laker men’s soccer team used its second-half magic again on Saturday against 14th-ranked Anderson. Behind two goals from forward Leighton Fredericks, Clayton State made it two straight victories to open the season with a 3-0 shutout over visiting Anderson in the 2010 Laker Shootout at Laker Field. Arturo and Kevin both started for the Lakers.

After a scoreless first half, Clayton State took advantage of some key opportunities in the second half. After Anderson defender James Moseley was ejected with a red card in the 50th minute, the Lakers cashed in as Fredericks scored on the penalty kick. Five minutes later, the junior struck again as Fredericks scored in front of the net off a cross by freshman Arturo Cruz. In the 65th minute, Cruz got in the act, scoring his first collegiate goal with a shot from the top of the box off an assist by Ryan Pugh. 

Clayton State goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded the shutout with one save, while Anderson goalkeeper Lukas Hesse recorded five saves. The game was physical with a total of eight cards issued (seven yellow, one red). Clayton State’s stout defense limited the Trojans to only four shots.

Presbyterian Over Furman in Overtime Win 2-1

CLINTON, S.C. – September 4, 2010 - Presbyterian College recorded a win over Furman for the first time since 1983. The Blue Hose scored on a penalty kick in the 30th minute before heading home the game-winner after just 2:31 of overtime play.In the first half, the Blue Hose were awarded a penalty at 29:28 when Nico Fazio was yanked down in the box. Logan Huff coolly put the PK past the keeper for the 1-0 score. Sean started and played midfield for the Blue Hose in the match.

Furman controlled for most the match and an overall 18-12 advantage in shots. Furman had 8 corners to PC's 12. In the second half, Furman’s Michael Gandier scored from the top of the penalty area in minute 51 off Josh Leitch’s assist to tie at 1-1. The rest of the half saw the PC defense bend but not break, the match went to overtime. 

Ten seconds in OT, Davis Orders ripped a shot from 40-yards that sailed just over the crossbar. Minutes later, Furman's Fabien Vorbe took a shot from the edge of the penalty area which missed the near post by inches. A corner kick was earned for PC as the Blue Hose pushed forward for the attack. Lewis Makin delivered the corner to the center of the box where Huff rose to head the ball into the net for the 2-1 win.  

Azuza Pacific Wins # 4 over La Verne 4-0

SANTA BARBARA, CA. –September 4, 2010 - For the second straight game, junior forward Vinicius Dantas scored a two goals including the game-winner, leading the NAIA’s No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 4-0 shutout of the University of La Verne at the Westmont Heritage Club Classic at Thorrington Field. Dantas scored on a penalty kick late in the first half, the result of a red card to La Verne’s Taylor Hart. The Cougars an extra-man advantage for the final 49-plus minutes of play. He added a third goal midway through the second half and he finished with 6 of the Cougars’ 26 total shots, 13 on goal. The pivotal foul occurred in a flurry of activity around the La Verne goal with just over 5 minutes left in a scoreless first half. Connor saw action as a sub in the second half of the match.

In a span of 30 seconds, Azusa Pacific put 3 shots towards the goal, the last one an on-target strike from senior midfielder Brett Taylor. The ball was kept out of the goal, and the referee determined it was due to a handball, and he sent Hart off and awarded the PK in the 41st minute.In minute 59, Ashkon Banihashemi beat the keeper to lead 2-0. Dantas got back into the action in the minute 67, beating his defender by cutting into the box and slotting the ball inside the charging keeper for his second goal of the game. Less than 3 minutes later, Taylor cut into the box from the other side, moving across the top of the box for a left-footed finish that gave Azusa Pacific a 4-0 advantage with 20 minutes left in regulation.

Goalkeeper Joe Geletko made 3 saves, all in the first half, to notch his second shutout of the season. Azusa Pacific is now 4-0 on the year. The Cougars play a 4 PM at home against Pomona-Pitzer on Sept. 8.

Carolina Wins 4-1 over Seton Hall, Tar Heels improve to 1-1 on the year

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - September 5, 2010 - The Tar Heels were looking to rebound from a tough season-opening loss to No.1 Akron on Friday and found an offensive outburst in the form of Enzo Martinez who the back of the net less in minute 27. The crowd of 1250 saw Brett King dribbled down the right and float the ball over the Seton Hall backline, Martinez ran it down and chipped over the goalkeeper. The score would remain 1-0 going into halftime. Carlos played in the second half, Brendan did not play. 

In the second half Carolina open with a flurry, in a span of three minutes the score went from 1-0 to 3-1 as the team's offenses exploded. Martinez score goal # 2 in minute 49 with a combination with forward Alex Dixon. Martinez dribbled down the left side and found Dixon inside the box, Dixon dropped it right back to Martinez for a shot into the top right corner. Two minutes later, Stephen McCarthy headed Kirk Urso's corner kick off a Pirate defender for a 3-0 lead. A few minutes later Seton Hall's Brayan Martinez shot past Scott Goodwin to make it 3-1. Carolina controled possession from that point and Josh Rice made it 4-1 margin scoring with a Martinez assist and dribbled past a defender scored to the lower right corner.  

The Tar Heels are now 1-1-0 and  return to action on Friday, Sept. 10 when they open Atlantic Coast Conference play just down the road against NC State at 7 p.m. in Raleigh,

East Tennessee State Defeats Clemson 1-0 in Overtime

CLEMSON, SC - September 6, 2010 - Guilherme Reis converted on a penalty kick in the 116th minute in leading East Tennessee State to a 1-0 overtime win over Clemson in front of 820 fans at Clemson, SC Monday night. Cody started and played the entire match. Stephen saw action as a sub and Nikos did not play.

The match was a defensive struggle as both teams had few opportunities. Clemson had two close shots in the first half. In the 31st minute, Nick Burton sent a shot just wide of the left post. In the closing minutes of the first half, Marco Alcocer sent a header just over the goal. Late in regulation in the 87th minute, the Buccaneers' Aaron Schoenfeld took a shot from top of the box. Tiger freshman goalkeeper Cody Mizell stretched and jumped at the last possible moment and sent the ball over the goal to keep the match scoreless. Mizell finished with five saves.

The Buccaneers almost scored in the first 10-minute overtime as Mario Samperio's goal from top of the box was not allowed as it had not crossed the line before time expired. In the 116th minute, junior Matt Reed was fouled in the penalty area by a Clemson defender giving ETS a penalty kick. Reis caught Mizell going the opposite direction for his first career goal to make the final 1-0. With the win, ETS improves to 1-1 on the year, Clemson falls to 0-2 this season. Clemson will play at Wake Forest on September 10.

Presbyterian Draws with USC Upstate 1-1  

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – September 7, 2010 - Presbyterian College went behind for the first time in 2010 but Stephen Glover's minute 79 goal earned a 1-1 draw against I-26 rival USC Upstate in front of 321 fans at USC. The win keeps PC at 1-0-1. Spartans are 0-1-2 on the season. Sean started in the midfield and had 3 shots, 2 on goal. 

The Spartans got off the mark in minute 30 when Hakeem King buried a shot from the left side of the box on a set piece play. Timo Foerster played the low free kick into the box from the edge of the 18-yard box near the right-side touch line but PC could find the equalizer before the break. 

With just ten minutes remaining in the match, PC keeper William Redmond made a spectacular play to come up with the ball and passed forward to Paul Gunning. Gunning  took the ball into the offensive third and crossed the ball to the awaiting head of Glover. The redshirt junior headed the ball into the net for his first career goal and the equalizer. The match was even for the remaining regulation time and PC went into overtime for the second consecutive match. 

Redmond had a career night with a career-high ten saves in the draw. PC outshot Upstate by a 23-19 margin and held a 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.  PC plays in the Smith Barney Nike Classic in Burlington, Vt.  The Blue Hose face Vermont on Friday afternoon before closing the weekend against New Hampshire on Sunday morning.

Thursday, September 2
Michigan Wins 2-1 in OT, George Washington Loses to George Mason 3-1

George Washington Falls to George Mason, 3-1, in DC College Cup Opener

WASHINGTON, DC - Junior Yoni Berhanu gave the George Washington soccer team a lead just 12 seconds into the match, but the George Mason side playing a man down scored three second-half goals to deal the Colonials a 3-1 loss in the opening match of the DC College Cup at American University's Reeves Field Wednesday afternoon.

Alex started in the midfield and played the entire match for the Colonials. The team started three freshmen and six underclassmen. From the opening kickoff, Sophomore Seth Rudolph chased down a long-ball service into the box and was taken down by Mason defender Chase Miller. Junior Yoni Berhanu put the penalty kick into the lower left corner for a 1-0 advantage 12 seconds into the match. In the 14th minute, Mason’s Miller again took down Rudolph and was issued a red card. Mason played with 10 men for the final 76 minutes.  Rudolph nearly doubled the lead in the 29th minute when his counter attack got in behind a Mason defender, but his shot went left of post. 

As the near triple-digit temperatures carried into the second half, the momentum shifted to the more experienced Patriots. Mason’s pressure started at the kickoff and eventually got the equalizer in the 58th minute when Eber Martinez's 30-yard free kick went by sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty into the right corner. Five minutes later, Lafferty made save on a point-blank header, but was injured in a scramble and junior Jake Davis went into net. Davis made several good saves, but Mason got the game winner when Alhagi Toure headed home a cross from Brent Brockman in the 83rd minute. Two minutes later Mason’s Taylor Morgan beat Davis on a breakaway down the left side to make the final 3-1. 

Mason (1-0-0) held a 17-12 edge in shots, including a 10-4 margin the final 45 minutes, and 9-4 advantage in shots on target. Lafferty made 3 saves in 62 minutes; Davis added 3 stops in the final 28 minutes. GW (0-1-0) will look to regroup Saturday when it hosts Howard at Reeves Field at 12 noon. 

Michigan Defeats Detroit  in Overtime 2-1  

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore midfielder Hamoody Saad scored the game winning goal in the 99th minute of action to give the University of Michigan men's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over Detroit in the Wolverines' season opener yesterday at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Malcolm did not see action in the match.  

The Wolverines ended the game with a minute and a half remaining in the first overtime when Saad connected with a Latif Alashe ball out of midfield, placing the ball just inside the lower-left corner of Detroit's goal. U-M's offense was paced by Soony Saad's 10 shots while brother Hamoody added eight, four on target for the Maize and Blue. Senior/junior goalkeeper Chris Blais made three saves in net for the Wolverines and picked up his 12th career win. Michigan came out of the gates fired up and controlled the offense for the majority of the first half. Soony and Hamoody Saad combined for 10 of U-M's 13 shots in the first half, and Soony was able to break through in the 29th minute of action with a goal off a free kick. The Wolverines were awarded a free kick from 30 yards out and the freshman nailed a shot into the upper left hand corner. Michigan continued to control possession, keeping the ball on the Detroit side of the field. Detroit had an opportunity late in the half when Kevin Gill hit a low shot with pace on, forcing Blais to make a good save low to preserve lead. 

Detroit, played a man down after Otieno Victor received his second yellow card of the game at the 40:30 mark. However Detroit got the equalizer in the 53rd minute, when Adam Bedell put a long throw-in into the box and Pat Lepera made contact for the header to knot the game at 1-1. The Titans the goal gave momentum as they continued to pressure the Michigan defense however, sophomore Brian Klemczak made several nice defensive stops to preserve the tie. The Wolverines got a scoring chance in the 67th minute on a nice through-ball to Soony Saad from Alashe,  but his shot hit the post and bounced wide. 

U-M had several chances to end the game in regulation but could not find a way to get one past the Detroit goalkeeper. Michigan returns to the pitch on Friday (Sept. 3) when it hosts No. 14-ranked Drake at the new U-M Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Monday, August 30
Carlos Scores in No. 4 Carolina Final Exhibition Win Over the Carolina RailHawks 3-1

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 4 Tar Heels capped off a perfect 3-0 preseason with a 3-1 win over the visiting Carolina RailHawks Monday night at Fetzer Field. Carolina will return to action Friday night when it hosts No. 1 Akron in a rematch from the 2009 College Cup semifinals.  

Alex Dixon put the Tar Heels on top in the opening half when he beat the RailHawk keeper to a ball after a failed back pass from Cory Eleino. Dixon chased down the deflection and calmly moved into the box and curled the shot into the back of the net for his first goal of the preseason. Carolina dominated the shot totals in the first half as the Tar Heels rattled off 13 shots putting four on frame. Meanwhile, the RailHawks managed just three shots as the Tar Heel midfield maintained possession throughout the first half.  

The RailHawks equalized in the 46th minute when Andriy Budnyy was tackled in the box by goalkeeper Brendan Moore. Moore came out to play ball and slid into Budnyy who had dribbled around the Carolina defender for the one on one. Budnyy put away the penalty knotting the score at one apiece. The tie score would last less than 12 minutes when Josh Rice received a long goal kick from Moore, settled and fired a shot from 20 yards out into the top right corner. Rice's shot was a laser the RailHawk keeper, Eric Reed, was unable reach and put the Tar Heels up 2-1. Carlos McCrary made it 3-1 Tar Heels when he took a pass from Robbie Lovejoy after Lovejoy forced a turnover in the midfield.  McCrary took the pass, went around a RailHawks defender and placed the ball in the top right corner for the goal.

The Tar Heels had 24 shots with 10 on goal to the RailHawks 12 shots with 5 on goal. Moore had 4 saves and 1 goal allowed, on the PK, in 90 minutes. The Railhawks keepers had 6 saves and allowed 3 goals. The Tar Heels will open up the 2010 season on Friday when they host No. 1 Akron in the Carolina Nike Classic. Opening kick is set for 7 PM at Fetzer Field.

Monday, August 30
Busy Week for CFE '91 Players as College Teams Start Season!

The schedule above tells the tale as the Boys in Red will be on the pitch for their college team often over the next seven days. There are 15 matches on the schedule between today and September 5th, with North Carolina starting it off today in an exhibition with the Carolina Railhawks FC, a NASL Team of the USSF Division 2 Pro League.

As the season gets started, the USC (the other USC) Gamecocks play at rival Clemson Tigers' soccer stadium on September 3rd at 8:00 PM (TV). Be there, it's a short 2 hour trip or less! The # 1 Akron Zips travel to ACC country to play the # 4 Carolina Tar Heels and  # 3 Wake Forest Demon Deacons on September 3rd and 5th respectively. The Furman Paladins (Have Ball, Will Travel) visit the  Presbyterian Blue Hose on September 4th. The Clayton State Lakers host the Laker Shootout on the 3rd and 4th.

Make it out to see college soccer live and if you can't get to your players' match, make it to a local match at Clayton State in Morrow, GA or in Clemson, SC. If you can't make it to the match, check out the college athletic web site for webcast information.

Monday, August 30
Coming Soon The Boys in Red Alumni on the Fox Soccer Network

The NSCAA College Game of the Week will return to Fox Soccer Channel with 12 men's games this fall. The schedule kicks off Sept. 3 with one of the game's best rivalries. South Carolina will face Clemson in Mike Noonan's debut as Clemson coach. More importantly Clemson will feature the talents of CFE '91 alumni Cody, Stephen and Nikos. In addition to Clemson, North Carolina's (Carlos and Brendan) ACC match at Duke will be broadcast on September 17th and Davidson's (George Ramsey) match with Wofford will air on October 8th.


This will be the sixth season of NSCAA College Game of the Week telecasts on FSC. The schedule will also feature eight women's games. This is Dean Linke third season as the voice of the NSCAA Game of the Week. Mark Rogondino, Dave Johnson and Steve Bell will also do play-by-play. Keith Tabatznik will handle the color. 


  • Friday, Sept. 3       South Carolina v. Clemson    8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Sept. 10     South Florida  v. Virginia Tech    8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Sept. 17     Duke v. North Carolina   6:30 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Sept. 24     Akron v. Tulsa    8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Oct. 1        Maryland v. Duke    8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Oct. 8        Wofford v. Davidson    8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Oct. 15      UMBC v. Boston Univ.    8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Oct. 15      UC Santa Barbara v. Duke 11 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Oct. 22      Connecticut v. Notre Dame    8 p.m. ET
  • Wed. , Oct. 27      Cal Poly v. UC Santa Barbara   11 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Oct. 29     Evansville v. Eastern Illinois    8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, Nov. 5      Memphis v. UAB    8 p.m. ET

Sunday, August 29
Alex Gets Match Winner for GWU!! Exhibition Season Wraps Up for Boys in Red

George Washington Edges VMI 2-1 in Exhibition Finale, Rookie Alex Sandland Nets Winner 

LEXINGTON, VA - The George Washington men's soccer team scored a pair of second-half goals to post a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over VMI in its final preseason exhibition match at Patchin Field Saturday afternoon. The host Keydets took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute on Amir Shihata's low shot from 19 yards away. Junior Yoni Berhanu equalized in the 71st minute by bending in a free kick from 24 yards.

The Colonials appeared headed for a second straight exhibition draw until the 85th minute when freshman Alex Sandland's 55 yard free kick caught the Keydets' goalkeeper off his line and sailed into the net for the game-winning tally. GW held a 24-13 edge in shots and 10-5 advantage in shots on target. Sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Laffery played the opening 83 minutes and made four saves.

GW kicks off the 2010 season against George Mason Wednesday at 2:00 PM in the first match of the DC College Cup at American University's Reeves Field

Temple Ties Penn 0-0 in Exhibition at LaSalle  

Philadelphia, PA – The Temple Owls and the University of Pennsylvania Quakers. The web sites for Temple and Penn did not have match reports or box scores. Inside sources tell this reporter that Nolan played the entire match and Sawyer had 70 minutes on the pitch in the draw.   

Temple begins the 2010 season on Friday, September 3 with Colgate in the Lafayette Tournament in Easton, PA at 2:30 PM.  

Michigan Ties Evansville 1-1 to Conclude Preseason  

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team closed out the preseason slate with a 1-1 tie against Evansville on Saturday (Aug. 28) at the Shindigz Soccer Festival, held at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne's Hefner Field. Senior Justin Meram scored U-M's lone goal in the 60th minute. Evansville struck first with a goal off a rebound on a free kick, but, after slicing through two Evansville defenders, Meram tied the game for the Wolverines with a shot from 15 yards out.

Several of Michigan's freshmen gained valuable playing time, including freshman forward Malcolm Miller, who scored a goal in the 68th minute that was disallowed. Sophomore forward Hamoody Saad also struck a free kick from 30 yards out that the Evansville goalkeeper struggled with, but the Wolverines were unable to collect the rebound.  The Wolverines open the 2010 regular season on Wednesday, September 1 when they welcome in-state rival Detroit to the new U-M Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM.  

No. 4 Carolina Wins 3-0 Win at UNC Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No.4-ranked Tar Heels opened the scoring early Saturday night en route to a 3-0 road exhibition win over UNC Greensboro Saturday night. Kirk Urso tallied twice in the win as Carolina improved to 2-0 in the exhibition season. A crowd of 3,064 was on hand for the match at UNC G’s soccer stadium. 


Kirk Urso registered the first goal in the third minute when Alex Dixon forced a turnover in the UNC Greensboro half and made a run down the left side with Billy Schuler in the middle. Kirk Urso filled in behind Schuler and fired a shot from 25 yards out that found the bottom right corner of the goal for the opening tally. Urso nearly scored again at the 9:22 mark when Dixon fed a cross to the back post that Urso reached with his head but cleared the crossbar for a goal kick. Less than a minute later Dixon made another run and found freshman Bruno Castro in the box. Castro received the ball, jetted to his right avoiding a pair of defenders and fired a shot across the goal and into the back of the net.


The physical match saw a combined 32 fouls and six cards, including a pair to senior Stephen McCarthy the last coming in the 43rd minute of the opening half which forced the Tar Heels to play a man down for the entire second half. Carlos and Brendan did not see any action in the match. Carolina drew a pair of penalties in the second half despite being a man down as Billy Schuler was tripped up in the box in the 68th minute. UNC Greensboro's goalie made up for the mistake and stopped Schuler's penalty attempt. Kirk Urso made up for Schuler's miss in the 83rd minute when he finished off a penalty for the third goal of the game. Urso took the penalty after Josh Rice earned the foul in the box. The Tar Heels will not have much time to rest, as they will wrap up their preseason schedule on Monday when they host the Carolina Railhawks at Fetzer Field at 7:00 PM.

Presbyterian and Wofford Tie 0-0 in Final Exhibition 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Presbyterian College men's soccer closed out the preseason on Saturday evening with a 0-0 draw against the Wofford Terriers.  The Blue Hose ended the preseason play with a 1-1-1 record. Sean played most of the match in the draw. 

PC registered 10 shots in the match to Wofford's 16.  The Blue Hose goalkeepers made eight saves in the game while PC's offense registered six shots on goal of their own. Logan Huff and Byron Quinatoa each had two shots to lead the Blue Hose. PC opens the season at home this Saturday at 7:00 PM against Furman.


Azuza Pacific Wins 4-2 Over Trinity Western in Cougar Classic


AZUSA, Calif. -- Freshman midfielder Oktay Bulut took Azusa Pacific’s first 4 shots, converting twice early in the first half for an early scoring burst that lifted the NAIA’s No. 13-ranked Cougars to a 4-2 win over Trinity Western (B.C.) Saturday in the final game of the Cougar Classic. Connor did not see action this match. 


Bulut’s early first-half strikes were followed by an own goal from a Trinity Western defender that gave Azusa Pacific a 3-0 lead, and junior forward Nathan Nienhuis rounded out the Cougars’ scoring with a 71st-minute breakaway into the box. Five minutes, senior forward Alex Earl collected throw-in near the goal line and sent it to Bulut near the top of the box. Bulut sliced a 15-yard strike through the Trinity defense for the  1-0 lead. Just 17 minutes later, it was Earl again who found Bulut in the box for another perfectly-placed 16-yard strike. In the 35th minute, junior defender Davis Delamarter put a service to the top of the box where it was headed back by a Spartan defender, however the ball took one high bounce over the keeper to give Azusa Pacific a 3-goal advantage. 


Trinity Western out-shot the Cougars in both halves as well as a 19-11 shots advantage for the game, and the Spartans cut into the lead with 5 minutes to play in the first half. Danfi Parker laid off a pass to his left from the top of the box, and Chase Wickham ran onto it and one-timed an 8-yard bullet to the far post to cut the lead to 3-1 heading into halftime. Junior forward Vinicius Dantas set up the final Azusa Pacific scoring tally by heading a ball forward to Nienhuis. He won the footrace into the box for a touch past the goalkeeper to the right side, pushing the margin back to 3 goals in the 71st minute. Goran Vitic scored on a 76th-minute penalty kick after the Cougars committed a foul in the box. Just 3 minutes later, Dantas curled a surprisingly accurate 35-yard rocket from the left side that slammed off the far post. With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 2-0 heading into a pair of games next weekend at Westmont’s Heritage Club Classic, the first official games at Westmont’s brand-new Thorrington Field.

Saturday, August 28
Wake Forest and Azusa Pacific Record Victories

Late Penalty Kick Pushes No. 3 Wake Forest Past Furman, 3-2

 GREENVILLE, S.C. - Sophomore Ben Newnam broke a 2-2 tie with a penalty kick goal in the 83rd minute to lift No. 3 Wake Forest to a 3-2 win over Furman in an exhibition match on Friday night before 2324 fans at Stone Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Demon Deacons close the exhibition season with two wins. Wake Forest defeated Georgia State 3-1 in the first exhibition match. Chris Duvall came in as a substitute in the second half and played until the final whistle.

Furman got the scoring started in the 15th minute. Fabien Vorbe played a cross from the left side to Eric Cobleigh, who headed the ball into the net at the far post to put the Paladins in front 1-0. The Deacs equalized 20 minutes later on the first goal of the night from sophomore Andy Lubahn. Off an assist from Emerson, Lubahn's shot from the left side found the right corner of the net to tie the game at one. Furman grabbed the lead back in the 60th minute on a header goal from Michael Gandier. Off a free kick, Gandier headed the ball into the goal from inside the six-yard box.

Trailing 2-1, Wake Forest started its comeback in the 72nd minute on the Lubahn’s second goal. A Furman misplayed back pass set Lubahn up one-against-one on the keeper. The Paladins had a chance to regain the lead in the 79th minute, but sophomore Michael Lisch made a diving save on Josh Fusan's penalty kick. The Demon Deacons received a penalty kick of their own in the 83rd minute after sophomore Luciano Delbono drew a foul in the box. Newnam did not waste the opportunity as he beat the Furman keeper to the left side to put Wake Forest in front 3-2. The Paladins were held without a shot over the final seven minutes as Wake Forest held on for the one-goal win. Wake Forest held an 8-5 advantage in shots, with each team registering three shots on frame. The Deacs attempted five corner kicks, compared to two for the Paladins. Lubahn continued his strong preseason, tallying two goals in the win. The sophomore from Erie, Pa., increased his goal total in the exhibition matches to three after scoring a goal in the win against Georgia State. 

Freshman Kyle Emerson assisted on Lubahn's first goal of the game. Cobleigh and Gandier had a goals for Furman. Vorbe assisted on Cobleigh's goal, while Jacob Brown provided the helper on the goal from Gandier. Redshirt senior Akira Fitzgerald started in net for Wake Forest and with two goals allowed in 71 minutes. Lisch finished in goal with no goals allowed in 19 minutes and one save. Furman goalkeeper Alec Kahn allowed one goal in 70 minutes while Maros Valko allowed two goals and no saves in 20 minutes.  Wake Forest opens the season on September 3, against Seton Hall at Bryan Park in Greensboro at 7 PM.


Azusa Pacific over William Jessup 2-0 in Cougar College Classic

AZUSA, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific scored once in each half and didn’t surrender a shot on goal in a season-opening 2-0 win over William Jessup at the Cougar Classic Thursday afternoon at the Cougar Soccer Complex. The Cougars piled up a 30-2 shots advantage, with both William Jessup strikes well off the mark. Sophomore midfielder Michael Sahagian headed in a long throw-in from junior defender Davis Delamarter on a high hop, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead just over 10 minutes into the game. Although Azusa Pacific fired 17 first-half shots, Sahagian’s header was all that accounted for the 1-0 halftime margin. The Cougars took another 13 shots in the second half, with junior forward Nathan Nienhuis finishing a breakaway opportunity created by senior defender Cameron Valentine in the 64th minute. Valentine’s long clearance was won in the air by Nienhuis, who pushed it past the last William Jessup defender and dribbled 25 yards into the box. He beat the charging goalkeeper with a low strike that gave Azusa Pacific an important insurance goal.


“It’s always nice to win the first game, but I think it’s clear that we have a lot we need to clean up,” Cougar head coach Dave Blomquist said. “We definitely need our strikers and midfielders to connect a lot better in the final third, but I think that’s always an area of focus any time you have a group of players in key positions that are still learning how to play with each other.” Nienhuis fired a team-high 6 shots, including another team-high 3 on goal, and 4 other Cougars took at least 4 shots. Senior forward Alex Earl had 5 shots, including a pair of headers within 5 minutes of Sahagian’s first-half goal that William Jessup goalkeeper Jeff Dunn controlled for 2 of his 9 saves. Freshman midfielder Oktay Bulut (4 shots) hit the left post on a 26-yard free kick. Nienhuis had a shot headed towards the goal but cleared off the line by a Warrior defender in the final minute of the first half, and another Nienhuis strike in the 80th minute hit the left post.


In addition to its commanding shots advantage, Azusa Pacific also dominated corner kicks, taking 11 to William Jessup’s 1. Sophomore goalkeeper Joe Geletko did not have to make a save to register the shutout in his first collegiate start. AP made only 3 subs, Connor McWhorter did not play in the match. With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 1-0 and finishes the Cougar Classic with a 5 p.m. matchup Saturday against Trinity Western (B.C.), which lost to Westmont by a 1-0 tally in the first game Thursday. William Jessup takes on Westmont in Saturday’s first contest, which kicks off at 2:30 pm.

Thursday, August 26
Presbyterian Falls in Exhibition to College of Charleston, 2-1
PC Celebrates Lucas Ade's Goal
Sean Lifts Lucas Ade After Goal

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The Presbyterian College soccer team returned to action Wednesday evening with an exhibition match at the College of Charleston. The match was PC's second of three of the preseason season. "In the end, we're not looking at the results." said head coach Bret Boulware. "We got everyone some experience out there and we're coming along very well. We have one more match to prepare for the opener against Furman."  

The C of C Cougars took the lead just five minutes into the match when Kareem Yearwood received a ball at the top of the box. With his back to the goal, Yearwood made a strong turn to net, evaded a defender and shot to the right-hand side of the PC keeper James Neal for the goal. In the final minute of the first half Lucas Ade (Milton HS/AFU) scored the equalizer with a header off a 35 yard free kick by Lewis Makin. Ade beat his man in the box and headed the ball past the Cougar keeper to tie it at 1-1. No box score was available, however Sean played in the match.

An interesting side note, while many know Lucas Ade from AFU and Milton HS fame, not many know that Lucas and Sean were team mates on the Rowell Santos U12 team. Brendan also played on that team, as did Jordan McCrary and Colton Bryant from the CFE ‘93 Academy team.   

The Cougars scored the winning goal in minute 78 when Ralph Lundy III made a long run and sent the ball to Sean DeSilva in the box. DeSilva shot from 6 yard mark, beating the keeper to the near post. The Cougars had the edge in possession and took 19 shots, 10 on goal. The Blue Hose had 13 shots, 7 on goal. PC has it's last exhibition match at Wofford on Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 25
USC Upstate Defeats Clemson 2-1 in Exibition Match

Tigers will open 2010 season on Friday, September 3 at South Carolina 

SPARTANBURG, SC - USC Upstate defeated Clemson 2-1 in a men's soccer exhibition match at Spartanburg, SC Tuesday night. This was the last exhibition match for the Tigers this season as the Tigers will began preparations for the season opener in 10 days.  

USC Upstate's Jan Wienholt scored in the 15th minute with an assist by Timo Foerster as the Spartans took a 1-0 lead. Early in the second half at the 50:54 mark, Hakeem King scored with assists by Maurice Beggs and James Hadley to give USC Upstate a 2-0 advantage. Clemson scored less than four minutes later as Austin Savage scored on an unassisted goal. Bo Godwin crossed the ball and the USC Upstate goalkeeper Jason McCabe could not handle the ball and Savage was there to send the ball in the net from close range. Clemson took three shots in the last 10 minutes of play including Cedric Bullock's shot that was high in the 86th minute. Cody was in goal for the full 90 minutes, Stephen came in as a sub in minute 35 and played until minute 80 of the match. 

"We played with lower intensity that we did the other night against UAB," said Clemson Head Coach Mike Noonan. "They played with more energy and their attitude was better and that was the difference tonight. We woke up and finished the game with a better effort. This was a good experience for us playing on the road and this will bode well for us throughout the season."  The Tigers will open the 2010 season on Friday, September 3, at South Carolina. Match time is set for 8:00 p.m.

Monday, August 23
College Season Underway with Exhibition Season In Full Swing

The following match reports were taken from the college web sites of Boys in Red. They are edited, if you would like the original story, use the links provided in the left menu on the home page.

Two other updates, Saturday George Washington played at Towson. Alex started and played most of the match. Temple University played Delaware at home yesterday, Nolan and Sawyer started and played the entire match. No match reports were available on any of the four sites. 

Aug. 20, 2010 - Blue Hose Win Over Erskine 2-1 In Exhibition Match at Presbyterian 

CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men's soccer team got off to a solid start to the 2010 campaign, downing Erskine College by a 2-1 score in an exhibition match. The contest was played at Martin Stadium in front of 200 Blue Hose fans.

The Erskine College Flying Fleet took a 1-0 lead at the 23 minute mark. The Erskine forward, receiving the ball in the top left of the box, went around the PC defender and lifted the ball over the sliding Presbyterian goalkeeper. Presbyterian was not down long however and came tied it up quickly when a ball in the penalty area was handled by an Erskine defender. The penalty kick was taken by Logan Huff and he went to top right for 1-1 score. The score remained that way through most of the second half with the Blue Hose continuing their attacks and putting multiple shots on frame. Late in the half Harrison Russell sent the ball to rookie Luke Ade (Milton HS/ AFU) in the box and Ade put it near post for a 2-0 lead.

Sean has been added to the Blue Hose roster and played in the match . Head coach Bret Boulware was happy with the team’s play, particularly the 11 shots on goal. PC returns to action September 25 when they head to the College of Charleston for a 6:00 PM start.

Aug. 21, 2010 – # 4 Tar Heels Defeat the # 23 Seahawks 1-0 In Exhibition  

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The No. 4 ranked North Carolina men's soccer team opened the 2010 exhibition season with a 1-0 win at UNC Wilmington Saturday night before a standing room only crowd of 2933 at UNC Wilmington’s Soccer Stadium. Redshirt freshman Josh Rice found the net in the 89th minute to take down the Seahawks.


In a match that saw 21 different Tar Heels take to the pitch UNC was able get a late victory from Wilmington, 1-0, on the Rice goal. Rice turned at the top of the 18-yard box and fired off a shot that bounced off the left post and into the back of the net. Rice's goal came seconds after Enzo Martinez shot that was blocked at the 88:38 mark.The Tar Heels went with a young lineup from the opening kick as newcomers Anton Sealey, Jalil Anibaba, Bruno Castro, Carlos McCrary, Robbie Lovejoy and Glen Long were all in coach Elmar Bolowich's starting 11. Bolowich also welcomed back a pair of seniors who redshirted a year ago, Eddie Ababio and Stephen McCarthy. McCarthy went 45 minutes as a starter in the midfield, while Ababio went in at half and turned in 45 minutes on the backline.


Rice and McCrary led the Tar Heels with three shots apiece while Long and Martinez each had a pair. Carolina out shot Wilmington by an 11-5 margin and earned three corner kicks. Sophomore Scott Goodwin earned the start in net for the Tar Heels and posted a pair of saves, one in each half. Goodwin went all 90 minutes in the net earning the win after posting a 3-0 record in limited action in 2009. Carolina returns to action next week when the Tar Heels travel down I-40 once again to take on UNC Greensboro Aug. 28 at 7:00 PM.

Aug. 21, 2010  UA Birmingham Blazers 2-1 in Exhibition Over Tigers  

CLEMSON, SC - Norris Howze scored the game winning goal in the 71st minute to lead Alabama-Birmingham to a 2-1 win over Clemson in a men's soccer exhibition match at Clemson, SC Saturday night. Chris Williams sent a corner kick from the left side to Howze who headed the ball in from six yards to give the Blazers the 2-1 lead. Early in the first half, in the fifth minute, Clemson had an opportunity to take the early lead. Defender Francklin Blaise headed the ball in from a corner kick by Keegan Priest but the UAB goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski tapped the ball over the cross bar in the middle to keep the game scoreless.  

The Blazers took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute as Kofi Gyawu scored on an assist by Babayele Sodade.  Clemson scored in the middle of the second half. Riley Sumpter converted on a penalty kick and beat the goalkeeper Tucker Stone to his right tying the score at 1-1. Howze scored the game winner at the 70:32 mark to give the Blazers the victory. Cody Mizell started in goal while Stephen McGill and Nikos Papanikolopoulos subbed for the Tigers. 

"I thought we were tired mentally and was not as sharp offensively or defensively," said first-year Clemson Head Coach Mike Noonan. "However, I thought our mind set was good as far as our effort and attitude. We believe in ourselves and we fought back after being down 1-0. It was disappointing to give up a goal and have a let down after tying the match.  "Overall, I was pleased. It was a decent performance-it was a good run out the first night. I think our players are understanding what we're trying to do. I think we're learning and improving everyday. I look forward to going to practice everyday and I think our players do too. I'm happy with our progress." The match was played before 857 fans at Clemson’s Soccer stadium. Clemson will play at USC-Upstate on Tuesday, August 24, in an exhibition match in Spartanburg, SC. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m.  

Aug. 21, 2010 Wolverines Battle West Moutaineers to Scoreless Stalemate  

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan soccer team battled West Virginia to a 0-0 tie in exhibition action on Saturday at the U-M Soccer Complex. It was the first preseason game for both teams. Seniors Alex Wood and Matt Schmitt each posted two shots on goal, while redshirt freshman Noble Sullivan put another shot on target for the Wolverines. Malcolm Miller saw action as a sub for the Wolverines. 

U-M showed a strong offense early in the game and was able to string together several nice scoring opportunities in the first half, including two back-to-back rips from Schmitt within the five-yard box. The Mountaineers also showed some offense to the crowd of 357 with several nice chances, including a hard hit ball that U-M goalkeeper redshirt junior Chris Blais blocked to preserve the tie midway through the second half. Michigan and West Virginia traded scoring opportunities into the final half, with both teams earning several chances to take the lead, but neither could capitalize.

West Virginia had an edge in shots, 15-12, while U-M's goalkeepers Blais and redshirt sophomore Tim Bergsma split time in goal. Blais led the way with three saves, while Bergsma added two in the second frame. The Wolverines have one more friendly scheduled, traveling to Fort Wayne, Ind., to take on Evansville on August 28 at the ShingigZ National Soccer Tournament, which will feature all the Big Ten men's soccer teams.

Aug. 21, 2010 - # 3 Wake Forest Downs Georgia State 3-1, Duvall Gets Two Assists 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest used three first half goals to cruise to a 3-1 victory over Georgia State in the exhibition opener on Saturday night in front of 2,763 fans at Spry Stadium.  The Deacons wasted little time with two goals in the first six minutes of action, both coming from true freshmen. Jared Watts got Wake on the board first in the third minute on a header off a beautiful corner kick from fellow rookie Chris Duvall.  The second goal came just three minutes later, again on a corner off the foot of Duvall. This time, the recipient was Luca Gimenez, who scored from six yards out to put Wake in front 2-0.

Georgia State came back in the 18th minute on a long pass from Alex Vivanco that found Gimel Gordon, who dribbled into the 18-yard box and unleashed a shot from 16 yards out that found net. Wake Forest regained a two-goal lead in the 41st minute when a cross from Jared Watts on the left side of the field found a sliding Andy Lubahn to send the ball over the goal line for the third Demon Deacon tally. Both teams had trouble generating quality scoring chances in the second half. The first chance in the second half came from Georgia State's Vivanco in the 51st minute. Vivanco's shot from distance required a diving fingertip save from Fitzgerald to keep the Demon Deacon advantage at 3-1.  Wake Forest freshman Kofi Agyapong put a shot on frame in the 82nd minute, but Foremer was able to make the stop.

True freshmen accounted for two goals and three assists in the Wake Forest victory. Watts had a goal and an assist, Duvall added two assists, while Gimenez scored a goal. Wake Forest held a 13-5 advantage in shots and a 5-4 edge in corner kicks over GSU. The Deacs committed 16 fouls, the Panthers 10. Michael Lisch and Akira Fitzgerald split time in goal for Wake Forest, with 45 minutes each. Lisch allowed a goal with no saves in the first half, Fitzgerald had two stops and no goals in the second 45 minutes. Wake Forest plays its second and final exhibition match on Friday, August 27, at Furman. Kickoff against the Paladins is set for 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 18
College Exhibition Season Kicks Off with Matches Over Next Two Weeks
Sean at presbyterian Camp
Sean at PC's 1st Day of Camp

The 2010 Soccer season begins with exhibition matches over the next two weeks. Training camps are in session now and we hope that all the Boys in Red will see action in the exhibitions. Here are the dates, school, (player or players), opponents, locations and times of the upcoming exihibitions matches:

August 20 - Presbyterian College (Sean) vs. Erskine, Clinton, SC at 7:00 PM
August 21 - George Washington University (Alex) at Towson, Towson, MD at 6:00 PM
August 21 - Clemson University (Cody, Nikos and Stephen) vs. UAB, Clemson, SC at 7:00 PM
August 21 - University of Michigan (Malcolm) – vs. West Virginia, Ann Arbor, MI at 1:00 PM
August 21 - North Carolina (Brendan and Carlos) at UNC-Wilmington, Wilmington, NC at 7:00 PM
August 21 - Wake Forest University (Chris) vs. Georgia State, Winston Salem, NC at 7:00 PM
August 23 - Temple University (Nolan and Sawyer) vs. Delaware, Ambler, PA at 3:00 PM
August 24 - Clemson University (Cody, Nikos and Stephen) at USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC at 7:00 PM
August 25 - Presbyterian College (Sean) at The College of Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, SC at 6:00 PM
August 27 - Wake Forest University (Chris) at Furman, Greenville, SC at 7:00 PM
August 28 - Temple University (Nolan and Sawyer) at Penn, Philadelphia, PA at 5:00 PM
August 21 - George Washington University (Alex) at VMI, Lexington, VA at 6:00 PM
August 28 - University of Michigan (Malcolm) at Evansville, Ft. Wayne, IN at 7:00 PM
August 28 - Presbyterian College (Sean) at Wofford, Spartanburg, SC at 7:00 PM
August 28 - North Carolina (Brendan and Carlos) at UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC at 7:00 PM
August 30 - North Carolina (Brendan and Carlos) vs. Carolina Railhawks, Chapel Hill, NC at 7:00 PM


The links to the college soccer websites are under "links" in the left side menu. Please send any infomation and updates on players to Bruce.

Sunday, August 8
ESPN Rise Spring High School All-American List Features Three from CFE '91

The spring season for boys’ soccer is often considered less talented than the fall and winter seasons. That wasn’t the case in 2010. Nine of the 12 members on this year’s ESPN RISE Spring All-America first-team have either signed with or committed to NCAA Division I programs ranked in the final Top 20 last year, including six players to those in the top five. Click on headline for link to article.


The team is compiled using a combination of players’ performance, coaching and media recommendations and recruiting details, and only includes players whose high school teams compete during the spring season. Virginia led the way with four first-team selections, while Georgia followed with three and Washington had two. Overall, Georgia had eight players named to the list of 36 first-, second- and third-team honorees, followed by Virginia and Washington with seven each. CFE '91 members include Chris Duvall, Carlos McCrary and Brendan Moore. 

ESPN RISE Spring All-America Team

 First Team  -

F: Cameron Chavira, Patrick Henry (Roanoke, Va.), Sr., Virginia F: Richard Diaz, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.), Sr., Akron F: Kelyn Rowe, Federal Way (Federal Way, Wash.), Sr., UCLA F: Ryan Zinkhan, Riverbend (Spotsylvania, Va.), Jr., Virginia MF: Dominic Bonilla, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.), Jr. MF: Chris Duvall, Wesleyan School (Norcross, Ga.), Sr., Wake Forest MF: Chandler Gagnon, Evangelical Christian (Cordova, Tenn.), Jr., Indiana MF: Nick Palodichuk, Camas (Camas, Wash.), Jr., Duke D: Nathan Diehl, Mountain Brook (Mountain Brook, Ala.), Jr., North Carolina D: Jordan McCrary, Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.), Jr., North Carolina D: Ryan Oakes, Frank Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sr., Old Dominion GK: Taylor Reeves, Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.), Sr., Indiana Coach: Brad Stiles, Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa)

Second Team - F: Jamael Cox, Stadium (Tacoma, Wash.), Sr. F: Carlos McCrary, Centennial (Roswell, Ga.), Sr., North Carolina F: Mason Page, Matoaca (Chesterfield, Va.), Sr., Old Dominion MF: Eric Bird, Frank Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.), Jr., Virginia MF: Michael Harris, Shorecrest (Shoreline, Wash.), Sr., Washington MF: John Lung’aho, Parkview Arts/Science Magnet (Little Rock, Ark.), Sr., North Carolina State MF: Omar Mata, Union (Tulsa, Okla.), Sr., Tulsa D: Simon Basilico, Altamont (Birmingham, Ala.), Sr., Stanford D: Roshan Patel, Langley (McLean, Va.), Sr., William & Mary D: Jack Ryan, O’Dea (Seattle, Wash.), Sr., Stanford GK: Robert Beebe, Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.), Jr., South Carolina GK: Ryan Bristol, Centennial (Franklin, Tenn.), Sr., Indiana

Third Team - F: Darwin Jones, Mount Rainier (Des Moines, Wash.), Sr., Seattle University F: Ado Junuzovic, Dacula (Dacula, Ga.), Jr. F: Tanner Schilling, Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa), Jr., Colgate F: Will Smith, Norman North (Norman, Okla.), Jr., Southern Methodist University MF: Kyle Craft, Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.), Sr., Notre Dame MF: Emmett Lunceford, Irmo (Columbia, S.C.), Jr., South Carolina MF: Alex Martinez, Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), Sr., High Point MF: Ryan Stinton, Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.), Sr., Tennessee (not playing soccer) D: Jonathan Nelson, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.), Sr., Dayton D: Walker Zimmerman, Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.), Jr., Furman GK: Ryan Herman, Mount Si (North Bend, Wash.), Jr., Santa Clara GK: Brendan Moore, Centennial (Roswell, Ga.), Sr., North Carolina.

Sunday, August 8
ESPN Rise "Top Player List" Features Seven from CFE '91

The ESPN Rise High School "Top Players" list (click on headline for link) features seven players from CFE '91 for Georgia. The list of state-by-state top players from the spring season was compiled based on recommendations from coaches and media members. In addition to observations by ESPN RISE soccer editor Sheldon Shealer. Players are listed with high school (city, state), grade in school and college signing/commitment, if available. In addition to the Boys in Red, there are several players from the CFE '93 team as well as the Cobb FC '91.

F: Josh Ball, McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.), Sr., Mercer
MF: Dominic Bonilla, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.), Jr.
D: Colton Bryant, Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.), Jr.
F: Eric Carrion, Northview (Duluth, Ga.), Sr., UNC-Greensboro
F: Karl Chester, Perry (Perry, Ga.), Sr., Alabama-Birmingham
D: Ryan Deveikis, Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.), Jr.
F: Montavious Diaz, Thomas County Central (Thomasville, Ga.), Sr., Middle Georgia College
MF: Victor Duru, Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.), Sr., Dayton
MF: Chris Duvall, Wesleyan School (Norcross, Ga.), Sr., Wake Forest
F: Nolan Hemmer, Habersham Central (Mount Airy, Ga.), Sr., Temple
D: Sawyer Hemmer, Habersham Central (Mount Airy, Ga.), Sr., Temple
F: Ado Junuzovic, Dacula (Dacula, Ga.), Jr.
MF: Mike Kendall, Woodward Academy (College Park, Ga.), Sr., Furman
F: Peter Kurowski, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.), Sr., UNC-Greensboro
MF: Josh Leitch, Creekview (Canton, Ga.), Sr., Furman
MF: Chandler Ligas, West Hall (Oakwood, Ga.), Jr.
D: Chris Locandro, Walker School (Atlanta, Ga.), Sr., Colgate
F: Carlos McCrary, Centennial (Roswell, Ga.), Sr., North Carolina
D: Jordan McCrary, Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.), Jr., North Carolina
D: Nolan McKeever, St. Pius (Atlanta, Ga.), Sr., Holy Cross
F: Malcolm Miller, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.), Sr., Michigan
GK: Brendan Moore, Centennial (Roswell, Ga.), Sr., North Carolina
D: Jonathan Nelson, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.), Sr., Dayton
F: Juan Pacheco, Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.), Sr., Lipscomb University
MF: Tyler Peoples, Heritage (Newnan, Ga.), Jr., Furman
F: Russ Puckett, Gainesville (Gainesville, Ga.), Sr.
MF: Irving Salgado, Gainesville (Gainesville, Ga.), Sr.
MF: Jordan Schrenk, Walton (Marietta, Ga.), Sr., Alabama
F: Evan Scott, Hardaway (Columbus, Ga.), Sr., Georgia State
F: Ian Smith, Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.), Jr., Clemson
GK: Andrew Wolverton, St. Pius (Atlanta, Ga.), Jr.
D: Walker Zimmerman, Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.), Jr., Furman

Friday, August 6
College Bound - Boys in Red Report to Campus for Camps and More...

The migration has started, the "Boys in Red" are leaving the nest and heading for colleges around the country, from Los Angeles (Connor) to Washington (Alex) and many locations in between. The CFE '91 will be appearing in several conference including the A-10 (Alex, Nolan, Sawyer), the ACC (Brendan, Carlos, Chris, Cody, Nikos, Stephen), the Big 10 (Malcolm) and the PBC (Arturo and Kevin).

In order to bring you news of the "Boys in Red" we will post the latest from the college websites and assorted other resources on the players and their teams. Stop by and take a look at their colleges sports websites through the links listed on this site, an easy way to keep up with the latest. Also send Bruce any news you may have on your player or for any Georgia players you may know.

Wednesday, February 17
The List of CFE '91 College Commitments

   Concorde Fire Elite Class of 2010 College Commitments

    Player     College     Date  
  1    Cody      Clemson - ACC                     1/10/2009  
  2    Brendan      UNC - CH - ACC   1/20/2009  
  3      Chris     Wake Forest - ACC   1/26/2009  
  4    Nikos      Clemson - ACC   2/15/2009  
   5        Malcolm     Michigan - Big 10   4/20/2009  
  6    Alex      George Washington -A10     4/20/2009  
  7      Kevin      Clayton State - PBC   10/29/2009  
  8    Arturo      Clayton State - PBC   10/29/2009  
  9    Carlos      UNC - CH - ACC   10/29/2009  
10    Stephen     Clemson - ACC                     1/10/2010  
11    Tyler     Middle GA College - GJCAA   1/16/2010  
12    Nolan     Temple - A10   2/11/2010  
13    Sawyer     Temple - A10  



Carlos and Brendan Sign National Letter of Intent for UNC Chapel Hill.jpg
Carlos and Brendan sign NLI at CHS
Wednesday, February 10
National Signing Day for CFE '91
Signing Day 2010 - Alex Sa.jpg
Alex Signs NLI at ECHS

CFE '91 players busy on National Signing Day February 3, 2010 included Carlos and Brendan, shown signing their National Letter of Intent to play at UNC Chapel Hill at Centennial High School and Alex signs his at East Coweta High School for George Washington University . 

The Hemmers have signed their NLI with Temple University, signing at HCHS below.  

If anyone has additional pictures from signing day, please forward so we can add to the 2010 Signing album.

Hemmers Signing
Nolan and Sawyer NLI at HCHS

Wednesday, February 17
February 17th Soccer America Article on Wake Forest on February 17th
Demon Deacons Reload

February 17th, 2010 3:13AM

 [WAKE FOREST MEN] Wake Forest, which had a record four players go in the first round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, has its work cut out for it next season, but Coach Jay Vidovich is counting on a solid recruiting class, headed by former U.S. U-17 center back Jared Watts, one of four recruits already on campus in Winston-Salem.

The 2010 class also includes Kofi Agyapong, Chris Duvall, Kyle Emerson, Tolani Ibikunle, Ryan Metts, Justin Orden and Ross Tomaselli.