SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 5 Louisville fell 1-0 at No. 17 Notre Dame on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. The Cardinals fall to 6-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in Big East play while the Irish improve to 5-1-2 overall and 1-0-0 in league play.
Notre Dame got on the board early, when Danny O’Leary scored off a deflection in the fourth minute to put the Irish up 1-0. Two minutes later Kenney Walker blasted a shot from 20 yards that sailed just above the crossbar. Then in the 15th minute Austin Berry pressed forward and blasted a shot that went just wide.
The Irish had a shot go just wide in the 22nd minute of play. With a free kick awarded in the 24th minute Notre Dame’s Grant Van De Castelle’s shot was saved by Andre Boudreaux. Notre Dame got another shot in the 27th that Boudreaux collected. Nick DeLeon blasted a shot from 30 yards out in the 29th minute that went just wide. Two minutes later Notre Dame’s Finley had a shot that Boudreaux made the save and the Irish were unable to convert anything with two consecutive corner kicks. Berry had the best shot for the Cardinals in the half, heading a shot from the left post that was collected by the Irish keeper.
No. 1 Maryland 2, Virginia Tech 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Top-ranked Maryland remained perfect on the year with a win 2-0 at Virginia Tech on Saturday.
John Stertzer netted the game-winner and Casey Townsend provided the insurance goal to move Maryland to 8-0-1 on the year. Senior Kaoru Forbess notched both assists.
Stertzer’s goal came in the 29th minute off a Forbess free kick from eight yards. Townsend’s tally, his ninth in 2011, was tapped in from a cross in the 49th minute.
The Maryland defense was once again stellar, notching its fifth shutout of the season.
No. 2 Connecticut 2, No. 12 St. John’s 0
STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut blanked longtime rival No. 12 St. John’s 2-0, at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on Saturday in both teams’ Big East opener. Freshman Allando Matheson netted the game winner and sophomore Mamadou Doudou Diouf added an insurance tally. UConn recorded its fifth consecutive shutout as Andre Blake needed just one save.
Matheson now has two goals on the season with both coming in dramatic fashion to give Connecticut victories after tallying the game winner against Boston University last weekend.
Diouf continues to lead the team and now has six goals on the season.
No. 3 Creighton 1, Saint Mary’s 0
OMAHA, Neb. — Brian Holt set the Creighton record for consecutive scoreless minutes in goal and Ethan Finlay scored his 17th career-game winning goal as the third-ranked Bluejays continued their perfect start with a 1-0 victory against Saint Mary’s on Saturday.
A crowd of 3,215 was on hand at Morrison Stadium as Creighton (8-0-0) remained the nation’s only team to not allow a goal. The Jays are also one of two teams (along with No. 2 Connecticut) that is unbeaten and untied this fall.
Finlay scored the game’s lone goal with 8:43 left in the first half, converting a penalty kick after he was taken down in the box after receiving a feed from Liam Kelly. It was Finlay’s fourth goal in the last three games, and the two-time MAC Hermann Trophy candidate’s sixth on the season to tie him for the Valley lead.
No. 4 Akron 3, Tulsa 0
TULSA, Okla. — Sophomore striker Darren Mattocks recorded the second hat trick of his career to lead No. 4 Akron to a 3-0 victory at Tulsa on Saturday.
With the win, the Zips (5-0-2) remained unbeaten on the season and improved to 5-0 all-time against the Golden Hurricane.
Mattocks, who last recorded three goals in a win against Buffalo last season, scored once in the first half and twice in the second to record his second multiple-goal performance of the year. He has now scored seven goals in six matches this season.
Florida Gulf Coast 2, No. 8 Central Florida 1
ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida suffered its first defeat of the season Saturday as Florida Gulf Coast escaped with a 2-1 victory. The Knights’ (6-1-1) seven-match unbeaten streak to start the year was the best for the program since it moved to the Division I ranks in 1984.
Florida Gulf Coast’s (3-2-2) Andres Navas scored the game-winning goal at the 48:39 mark when he took a cross from Francesco DiStefano and scored to break a 1-1 tie.
The match was originally scheduled for Friday evening, but was postponed due to heavy rain and lightning.
The Knights had plenty of scoring chances throughout the match. UCF finished with a 17-9 shot advantage and a 9-4 edge in corner kicks. After the Eagles scored early in the contest, the hosts tied the match at the 34:56 mark when junior Ben Hunt grabbed a rebound off a header from sophomore Steven Lamberta and punched it in.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.