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Friday's Men's Soccer Results-9/31
Akron 1, Creighton 1
Binghamton 2, Buffalo 0
Florida Atlantic 3, Jacksonville 0
Hartwick 1, Bradley 1
Green Bay 2, Northern Illinois 1 (2OT)
North Carolina West Virginia 0
North Carolina 1, West Virginia 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 9 West Virginia University men’s soccer team fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 1-0, on Friday evening at Fetzer Field in the Nike Carolina Classic.
“From our perspective we played very well for long shifts at a time and played far better than we did last weekend,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We certainly didn’t deserve to lose this one, but that is soccer.”
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers had the better scoring chances, as the teams each took five shots and two shots on goal, while WVU held the corner kick edge at 2-1.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to walk off the field on the wrong side of the scoreboard, but that’s soccer sometimes,” LeBlanc says. “They got one sniff at the goal and got it in. We shut off on their one opportunity and it ended up being a killer.”
UNC’s Martin Murphy scored the lone goal of the match in the 58th minute as he volleyed a cross from Danny Garcia past WVU keeper Pat Eavenson. Garcia was just outside the 18-yard box and played a ball over top of the WVU defense, right to the foot of Murphy.
WVU defender Peabo Doue had the first chance of the match in the seventh minute as he headed a free kick from midfielder Shadow Sebele just wide right of the goal.
Mountaineer forward Ryan Cain had the first shot on goal of the game in the 36th minute as he played a give-and-go with Sebele in the box, gathered the ball and took a shot from 10 yards out that was saved by UNC keeper Scott Goodwin.
Defender Francio Henry had a huge team save for the Mountaineers in the 39th minute, as he cleared a shot off the line from UNC’s Cameron Brown that was rocketed from the penalty kick area.
WVU’s best second half opportunity came in the 53rd minute as Sebele played a ball along the goal line to the front of the box, but it was just out of the reach of midfielder Craig Stephens. WVU had a similar opportunity in the final minute of play with the same result.
Five different WVU players took one shot with Cain and midfielder Travis Pittman taking one shot on goal apiece.
The Mountaineers wrap up the Nike Carolina Classic with a match against Wake Forest on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. Links to video and audio are available through WVUsports.com. The Demon Deacons defeat Boston University, 3-1, this evening.
Binghamton 2, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, NY - It was a game of missed chances and bad luck for the men's soccer team Friday night at UB Stadium, where the Binghamton Bearcats handed the Bulls its first loss of the season with a 2-0 win.
In a game similar to the St. Bonaventure match from Tuesday, the game's first half was largely uneventful, aside from a pair of tough saves from senior goalie Jon Viscosi. After halftime adjustments were made, the two teams came out firing in the second half but it would be the visitors that would strike first.
Bearcat forward Jake Keegan brought the ball up the right wing and cut toward goal, drawing Viscosi's attention long enough to draw him from the net. He then curl a cross across the goal mouth to a wide-open Austin Hughes, who headed home the game's first goal in the 51st minute despite a diving effort from Viscosi.
Binghamton would score the clinching goal late on a counter attack in the 88th minute on a goal from Keegan that came on a pass the Bulls defense thought would draw the offsides flag. In a stroke of bad luck, the goal would stand, putting salt in the wound of a UB offense that had an equally contentious goal by Marek Albert called back thanks to an offsides call earlier in the game.
The Bulls would not lack scoring opportunities though, and had quality chances to score throughout the second half. A well-placed header from Lukas Fedler was played perfectly by Binghamton goalie Logan Calvey in the 66th minute, and less than a minute later Calvey would turn away an even better opportunity off a shot by Maksym Kowal.
For the game, the Bulls took 13 shots and put five on goal, while Binghamton attempted 14 and also put five on frame.
There will be a quick turnaround for the Bulls before another tough match on Sunday. The team will welcome in Siena for a 3:30 pm match in what is sure to be a competitive tilt. Last season, the Bulls held off the Saints despite playing a man down on the road, and came away with a 2-1 win.
Green Bay 2, Northern Illinois 1 (2 OT)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After coming back from down a goal, the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team fell 2-1 in double overtime on Friday night at UW Green Bay. Junior midfielder Gael Rivera (Oslo, Norway/WANG Elite Sports Academy) scored for the Huskies in the 69th minute but, despite dominating large stretches of the game, NIU conceded a game-winner in the 102nd minute.
“We talked for five days with our guys about how we expected to have a lot of the ball and expected them to sit a little bit,” said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi. “We told our guys the surface was a slow playing surface, that they would sit and let us have the ball. We could not allow ourselves to be lulled into being casual, and that is exactly what happened for the first half and, really, the bulk of the game. Credit to Green Bay, they wanted it more. We need to sort out our approach a little bit.”
Against the run of play, UW Green Bay took a lead in the 64th minute on a goal from Kirby Allen. Cheenuj Shong played a ball from the midfield into the run of Allen who slipped a shot under Jordan Godsey (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs) to give the Phoenix a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later the Huskies were level thanks to Rivera. Junior forward James Stevenson (Falkirk, Scotland/St. Mungo’s) played a ball into space for Rivera to latch onto. The Oslo, Norway native made no mistake in clipping a shot into the net past the Green Bay goalkeeper who had come halfway to the ball.
NIU pushed hard for a winner in regulation. Rivera had an opportunity go wide in the 78th minute after being setup by sophomore midfielder Isaac Kannah (Plymouth, Minn./Prairie Seeds Academy). Sophomore midfielder Jayson LeSeth (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) had the final good chance of regulation in the 88th minute. LeSeth’s opportunity came off the second ball from a free kick, testing Green Bay goalkeeper Max Nimmo, but Nimmo held well.
In the first extra period, Stevenson had an excellent chance to end it two minutes in. Rivera turned provider to Stevenson alone near the penalty spot but his shot was turned away by Nimmo.
The Phoenix had their first opportunity of overtime in the 96th minute as A.J. Patterson fired a shot harmlessly high of Godsey.
Two minutes into the second overtime, Green Bay earned a free kick in the NIU half of the field. Following the free kick, the ball came wide to Allen for the Phoenix who crossed toward the six-yard box. Alonso Flores climbed highest to the cross to head home a winner for UW Green Bay.
Godsey finished with two saves for NIU.
Green Bay had the first chance of the contest in the opening two minutes as Ahmad Bah got in behind the NIU defense and was in alone on Godsey. Bah fired wide of the right post to keep the game scoreless in the early minutes.
The first chance of the match for NIU came in the ninth minute as sophomore defender Dusty Page (Germantown, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) got on the end of a long throw. Page kept his shot low but couldn’t manage to get it through the mass of bodies between him and the goal.
Northern Illinois gained more possession of the ball as the first half went along, but speedy winger Whitney Browne continued to be dangerous for the Phoenix, recording three shots in the opening 45 minutes.
NIU had its best chance of the opening half in the dying moments. Senior defender Pat Sloan (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) made a run down the left side, getting to the end line before crossing toward sophomore midfielder Jabari Danzy (Park Forest, Ill./Marian Catholic). Danzy got a foot on the ball but was unable to redirect it into the goal and the contest went to the half scoreless.
The Huskies will return to action next weekend when they make their regular season home debut in the NIU/adidas Invitational. The Huskies will host Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m., and will wrap up the tournament by hosting Drake on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m.
Hartwick 1, Bradley 1
PEORIA, IL – For the second straight game Hartwick men's soccer battled into overtime but this time the Hawks came away with a positive result in a 1-1 draw with host Bradley University in the opening round of the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic at a rain-soaked Shea Stadium. Hartwick had the clearest chance of the overtimes to pick up the victory, but a Chris Walter (Snyder, NY/Nichols School) blast from the corner of the 18-yard box rattled the crossbar with a few minutes to play in the first session.
The Hawks are now 0-1-1 on the year. Bradley is 1-1-1.
Hartwick coach John Scott was happy with the effort of the Hawks on the night. He was much happier than last Friday.
“The boys played a very strong match tonight against a team which was ranked in the top 25 until this week. We underperformed at St. Joseph's last week and to come in here, play like we did, and get a draw against a quality side like Bradley is a good accomplishment.”
The Hawks wanted to be the aggressors in the early stages of the match and they did just that. Tim Crawford (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas HS) had a pair of solid scoring chances within the first 12 minutes.
“We stressed all week that we wanted the guys to have the courage to go right at this team and attack,” said Scott. “Tim had some chances in the beginning of the game. Their goalkeeper came up big to keep it tied.”
Neither team was able to break the draw in the first half. The host Braves finished the first 45 minutes with a slim 6-5 margin in shots.
Crawford had the first real chance of either side in the second half with roughly 21 minutes remaining. Senior Will Broomfield (Brighton, England/Cloud Community College) dribbled into the Bradley box with one defender to beat and he laid the ball off to an overlapping Crawford. His shot, however, was deflected by a sliding Brave defender and the ball went out of bounds for a corner.
Hartwick finally broke the tie with 9:10 to play in regulation. On a counterattack up the middle, a shot was not handled by Brave goalie Brian Billings. Crawford was there to finish off the play for his first goal of the season which gave 'Wick a 1-0 edge. Jhevaughn Beckford (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys' School) earned an assist on the play.
The advantage did not last long. Just 50 seconds after Crawford spotted the Hawks the lead, Keegan Balle served a ball into the Hartwick box which was chested down by Jochen Graf. With a defender on his back, Graf touched a pass back to Desmond Campbell whose blast from the top of the box eluded Mateo Munarriz (Manizares, Colombia) up high to even the match.
Hartwick was fortunate not to surrender the game-winner in the waning minutes of the second half. Campbell nearly got a second goal following a corner with under a minute left, but his header hit the crossbar. The ball appeared to bounce straight down and the Bradley players appealed to the linesman that it had crossed the line but to no avail and the game went to extra time.
With 2:51 left to play in the first overtime, freshman David Styles (Bognor Regis, England/St. Phillip Howard) played a short corner to Walter. He unleashed a rocket which beat Billings but hit the cross bar as the Hawks were unlucky not to get the game-winner.
With under a minute to go, it was Munarriz to the rescue to secure the 1-1 draw. He came off his line to rob Brad Davis who had received a short pass and walked in alone on goal.
Hartwick trailed Bradley in shots for the match 22-14. Munarriz made five saves while Billings ended the contest with three stops for the hosts.
'Wick plays Mercer University on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Bears won the first match of the night with a 2-0 shutout of Nebraska-Omaha.
Florida Atlantic 3, Jacksonville 0
JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Florida Atlantic University men’s soccer team earned their first victory of the season in shutout fashion, defeating Jacksonville University on the road Friday night, 3-0.
Sophomore Deniz Bozkurt had the first two goals of the match, early on in the sixth minute, and then much later, in the 82nd minute. Two minutes later, fellow second-year player Daniel Mendes notched his first career collegiate goal to provide the final margin.
Goalkeeper Jeremy Crumpton recorded the clean sheet, only facing eight JU shots and being credited with two saves.
The Owls improve to 1-1 and send the Dolphins to an 0-3 start to the season. FAU stays in Jacksonville for their next matchup, Sunday against the University of North Florida, a 3:30 p.m. start.