No. 1 Northern Kentucky wins opener
Roundup: No. 4 Dowling slips past UMass-Lowell 2-1
FINDLAY, Ohio -- Mohammad Salhieh netted a pair of goals to lead top-ranked Northern Kentucky to a 4-0 victory against Findlay in Thursday's season-opening contest.
The victory extends the Norse winning streak to 11 games dating back to a 7-1 victory against Maryville on Oct. 24, 2010.
Salhieh, a sophomore from Springboro, Ohio, entered the game in the 23rd minute and started the scoring just two minutes later with an unassisted tally to give the Norse the first-half advantage. He would reprise the feat just five minutes into the second half, putting home his own rebound to push the lead to 2-0.
No. 4 Dowling 2, UMass-Lowell 1
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y.-- Keith Vigorito scored the game-winning goal in the 65th minute to give the Golden Lions a 2-1 victory against UMass-Lowell at Golden Lions Field in the 2011 season opener.
In a very physical game, it was UMass-Lowell who scored first as Bruno Bonicontro flew up the right side of the field off a long ball from Homero Morais, slipping it past the keeper to put his team up 1-0.
Just 10 minutes later, Mouhamed Mboup scored the equalizer just a few yards out, receiving a cross from Jorge Ruiz to tie up the game at one. The remainder of the first half was tightly contested, as neither team could convert, keeping it tied going into the break.
No. 8 Chico State 0, Seattle Pacific 0
SEATTLE -- Eighth-ranked Chico State team banged out 17 shots in its season opener at Seattle Pacific on Thursday night but had to settle for a 0-0 draw thanks to some nifty goaltending by Falcons keeper Zach Johnson, who made four saves.
Perhaps Johnson’s most impressive save came at the left post midway through the second and final sudden-victory overtime period. With 6:10 left Wildcat true freshman Octavio Guzman took the ball down the left wing and into the penalty area. He sent it toward the near post, and Ferid Celosmanovic, who beat SPU with the only goal of the game last year in Chico, ran onto it, trying to redirect it into the net. But Johnson moved to his right and stretched to knock the ball wide. Johnson also made a save on Celosmanovic at the right post with 8:14 left in regulation to help preserve the draw.
Game information compiled from respective athletic department website