No. 5 UNC downs Old Dominion
Roundup: Top-ranked UConn slips by Yale in double-OT
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 5 North Carolina posted its fourth consecutive shutout en route to a 3-0 win against No. 20 Old Dominion on Tuesday night at Fetzer Field. Kirk Urso, Enzo Martinez and Rob Lovejoy all tallied goals for the Tar Heels who improved to 8-1-0 on the season, while Old Dominion fell to 4-2-0 overall.
The Tar Heels jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when they were able to earn a corner kick. Martin Murphy stood over the kick and sent a crossing ball towards the top of the box. Matt Hedges was waiting there and headed the ball to his right where Urso ran onto it and blasted the ball into the upper 90 past the Monarch goalie Victor Francoz to open the scoring.
Redshirt Freshman Glen Long came on after halftime to give the Tar Heels a spark up top and was able to do just that in the 48th minute. Billy Schuler dropped a pass from near the top of the box to a cutting Long who was able to get a slight touch on the ball before being taken down resulting in a penalty.
Enzo Martinez was called upon to take the penalty for Carolina and delivered a driven shot into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the year.
Lovejoy was able to dispossess an Old Dominion defender in the 89th minute and then proceeded to dribble to his right and took on Francoz where he slotted a ball past the keeper into the goal for his fourth tally of the season and ended the scoring for the night.
No. 1 Connecticut 1, Yale 0 2OT
STORRS, Conn. -- It took double overtime, but No. 1 UConn earned a 1-0 victory against instate foe Yale Tuesday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Senior back Nickardo Blake netted his first goal of the season with only 1:01 remaining to keep UConn's record perfect at 9-0-0. Yale dropped to 4-4-1 with the loss. Freshman goalkeeper Andre Blake recorded five saves to extened his shutout streak to 587:45.
With just over a minute remaining, the Huskies earned a corner kick. Mamadou Doudou Diouf took a corner from the left side and found the head of Allando Matheson. Matheson's driving header was saved by a Yale defender. The rebound came 12 yards out and Blake stepped up and lifted a shot into the top right corner to the delight of over 2,200 UConn fans in attendance.
Connecticut had plenty of chances in regulation. The Huskies outshot Yale, 25-9, but kept missing the finishing touch through the first 108 minutes. Freshman Allando Matheson finished with nine shots, Stephane Diop recorded four, but neither was able to beat Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman. Thalman finished with seven saves.
The Huskies grinded out their first overtime victory of the season after finishing 2010 with six ties in extra time.
No. 3 Maryland 3, No. 12 Charlotte 1
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Three first-half strikes in a span of 12 minutes propelled No. 3 Maryland past No. 12 Charlotte 3-1 on a misty night at Ludwig Field. Casey Townsend and John Stertzer scored two of the Terrapin goals, while Charlotte (7-2-0) added the third on an own goal as Maryland (9-0-1) remained undefeated through 10 games for the first time since 1968.
After a bit of jostling from both sides, Maryland struck first in the 23rd minute. Townsend found himself on the end of a blocked shot in front of net and slotted the ball past Charlotte goalkeeper Klay Davis for his 10th goal of the season. The Terps then relied on Charlotte's misfortunes in the 31st minute to double their lead. Patrick Mullins' shot was partially saved and in an attempt to clear, a 49er defender mistakenly blasted the ball into his own net.
Maryland continued to mount pressure on the Charlotte backline and added a third goal four minutes later when Stertzer collected a Jereme Raley free kick and volleyed a shot past Davis. Undaunted, the 49ers quickly responded less than a minute later with a counter-attack goal from Donnie Smith to cut the Terrapin lead to 3-1.
The second half came with just as many fireworks, but no goals came about despite multiple opportunities from both teams. Charlotte feverishly pushed for a goal in the game's final 10 minutes, but Maryland goalkeeper Will Swaim and the Terrapin backline successfully held the 49ers at bay to secure the victory.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.