TAMPA, Fla. — South Florida head coach George Kiefer was sporting a big smile Sunday after the No. 12 Bulls handed No. 5 UC Irvine its first loss of the season by a 2-0 score at the Bulls’ new soccer stadium. It marked USF’s second victory against a top-15 team this year.
UC Irvine took a 7-0 record into the game, but the Bulls were the aggressor from the start and took a lead almost 13 minutes in. Freshman Wesley Charpie got a pass from Kevin Olali at the top right corner of the box and ripped it into the net for his first goal of the season.
The score went unchanged for nearly 69 minutes until the Bulls struck again. Ben Sweat got a free kick and Dom Dwyer headed it home for his sixth goal of the season.
No. 4 Akron 1, Cal Poly 0
AKRON, Ohio — Akron earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Cal Poly in the final game of The University of Akron Tournament at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday night.
Scott Caldwell burried a penalty kick in the 83rd minute to win the match for the Zips (4-0-2), who had to play without the services of top goal-scorer Darren Mattocks as a result of the striker’s red card Friday night.
With the result, Akron extended its NCAA-record home unbeaten streak to 42 games (39-0-3) and remained unbeaten on the season.
No. 9 Indiana 2, Rutgers 0
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Goals from Blake Wise and A.J. Corrado were all ninth-ranked Indiana needed to remain unbeaten with a victory Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field.
The Hoosiers improved to 5-0-2 on the season, while Rutgers drops to 3-3. Indiana has shut out back-to-back opponents for the first time since the 2009 season when they shut out Louisville and Butler in the NCAA Tournament.
Wise’s third goal of the season gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute. The play began with Tommy Meyer in the back as he played a long ball up to Wise in the left corner. Wise ran around his defender and unleashed a knuckle ball shot that looped over Kevin McMullen in the Rutgers’ goal into the upper right.
Early in the second half Corrado took a free kick that a Rutgers player headed back and over the goal, nearly resulting in an own goal. The ball was won six yards outside the top of the 18 when Alec Purdie was pulled down. Harrison Petts took the ensuing corner kick but the ball was cleared out.
No. 10 Central Florida 2, American 0
WASHINGTON, D.C. — No. 10 Central Florida blanked American at Reeves Field to continue its unbeaten start to the season.
The Knights improved to 6-0-1 with the victory, and have now posted UCF’s best start to a season since the program moved to the Division I ranks in 1984.
The Knights grabbed a 1-0 lead 25 minutes in the match when junior Nik Robson scored on a free kick from 25 yards out. Senior Cameron Cooksey put the contest out of reach with a goal at the 72:46 mark. Sophomore Kyle Cox and junior Malcolm Reed assisted on the score.
UCF outshot American (1-6-1) 13-11 during the match. The Knights’ goalkeeper Shawn Doyle turned away three shots.