No. 2 Akron breaks NCAA record
Zips extend home unbeaten streak to 40; W&M stuns No. 5 SMU
AKRON, Ohio -- Defending national champion Akron officially began its title defense in grand fashion, blitzing Cleveland State 5-0 to set the NCAA record for longest home unbeaten streak in front of a record-setting crowd of 5,241 fans at a FirstEnergy Stadium Saturday night.
Preseason All-American striker Darren Mattocks scored a pair of goals and assisted another as the No. 2 Zips extended their home unbeaten streak to 40 games, surpassing the previous high held by Tulsa, which went undefeated in 39 consecutive home matches from 1988-1992. Akron is now 38-0-2 at home during its historic run, which dates back to the start of the 2008 season.
No. 1 Louisville 2, No. 6 UCLA 0 -- Full Recap
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Top-ranked Louisville defeated No. 6 UCLA 2-0 on Saturday evening in front of a record crowd of 7,821 at Cardinal Park. The Cardinals got on the board early in both halves to register their first shutout of 2011.
The Cardinals scored in the sixth minute off a Bruin own goal. Kenney Walker shot the ball inside the box and UCLA's Ryan Hollingshead headed the ball past the keeper for the own goal. Senior All-American Colin Rolfe put the game away in the second minute of the second half with a goal of his own.
No. 3 North Carolina 3, UNC Wilmington 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 3 North Carolina opened the 2011 season in impressive fashion Saturday night at Fetzer Field as the Tar Heels claimed a 3-1 victory against UNC Wilmington. Enzo Martinez, Billy Schuler and Rob Lovejoy all tallied goals for the Tar Heels.
Carolina opened the scoring ledger early in the contest Saturday night and controlled the tempo in the early going.
No. 13 William & Mary 3, No. 5 SMU 2
DALLAS -- No. 13 William & Mary defeated No. 5 SMU 3-2 Saturday night at Westcott Field. Freshmen Emmet Kumeh and Aaron Simmons each netted their first career goals for the Mustangs.
Kumeh got SMU on the board with an unassisted goal in the 12th minute, but William & Mary responded with a goal in the 37th minute by Nicolas Abrigo who headed in a cross from John Ciampa to knot the score at one. The Tribe took the lead just 59 seconds into the second period when Ben Anderson fired the ball from 25 yards out, placing it just under the crossbar. In the 60th minute, Abrigo netted his second goal of the season when his shot from 20 yards out deflected off of an SMU defender and in.
No. 7 California 1, San Francisco 0
SAN FRANCISCO - John Fitzpatrick scored No. 7 California's first goal of the season to lead the Golden Bears to a 1-0 victory against San Francisco in the season opener for both teams at Negoesco Stadium. This also marked the first game of the Bay Area Classic for the Golden Bears and Dons.
At 21:29 in the first half, junior midfielder Tony Salciccia set up the goal by lofting the ball into the Dons' penalty area to Fitzpatrick, a junior forward, who headed it past USF goalkeeper Brendan Roslund. The Bears had eight players making their starting debut, including a pair of freshmen -- defender Christian Dean and midfielder Seth Casiple.
No. 8 Connecticut 2, St. Francis (N.Y.) 0
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut opened the regular season with a 2-0 victory against St. Francis in front of a crowd of 2,192 on a rainy afternoon. Junior captain Carlos Alvarez scored and the St. Francis defense knocked in an own goal to make it 2-0.
With a heavy rain for much of the first half, the conditions were wet and sloppy at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
No. 10 Creighton 1, Denver 0
DENVER -- Freshman Guido Peña scored in the 65th minute off a feed from senior All-American Ethan Finlay, and senior goalkeeper Brian Holt stood tall in net as he set a Missouri Valley Conference record by recording his 28th career shutout as the Creighton topped Denver 1-0 at Ciber Field Saturday night.
The win was Creighton's 300th since restarting the program in 1990, against just 92 losses in that span.
Game information compiled from respective athletic department websites.