No. 5 Creighton shuts down Indiana
Roundup: Two goals from Smith lifts No. 6 New Mexico to win
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Junior forward Dion Acoff scored in the 42nd minute for fifth-ranked Creighton and the top defensive team in the country proved its worth by holding on for a 1-0 win at No. 10 Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Brian Holt made four saves in goal for the victorious visitors, as Creighton logged its ninth clean sheet in 11 matches this season.
The Bluejays came out aggressive, with All-American Ethan Finlay putting a header on goal in the fifth minute, which a Hoosier defender had to clear off the line to keep it from going across. 30 seconds later, Luis Soffner made his first save of the day in goal for Indiana, stopping a Bruno Castro shot.
Creighton took eight of the first 10 shots in the match before finally denting the scoring column late in the half. Acoff's third shot of the first half beat Soffner after it deflected off of an IU defender. His second goal of the season was his second in as many games against a Big Ten foe this week, and it came from just inside the top of the box. The score was set up on a great run and possession from sophomore defender Tyler Polak, who was credited with his fourth assist of the season on what proved to be the only goal of the match.
The Bluejays had a 9-2 shot advantage at halftime, including five shots on goal by the Bluejays in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half witnessed the Bluejays continue to control possession, with the Hoosiers attempting some desperation shots late in the contest to make the final shot count 15-9 in favor of the visitors.
Holt finished with four saves in the match, making one stop in the first half and three in the second half for his 35th career shutout and 46th career victory. Holt now has eight solo shutouts on the season and has allowed just two goals through 993 minutes this fall.
No. 6 New Mexico 2, Air Force 1
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Blake Smith scored both goals, including the game-winner with 44 seconds remaining to lift No. 6 New Mexico to a 2-1 victory against Air Force on Sunday afternoon at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Lobos improved to 9-0-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Falcons fell to 6-4-1 overall and 0-2-1 in league play.
Smith opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season in the 16th minute. He snuck past the Falcon defense and took a pass from Devon Sandoval, then made a move past a diving goalkeeper Matt Underwood and knocked the ball into the open net.
Air Force junior Zane Dydasco evened the score with his first goal of the season in the 24th minute. He fired a shot that was blocked but came right back to him, made a few moves towards the center of the field and fired an 18-yard shot on the ground that snuck past UNM goalie Victor Rodriguez just inside the right post.
Giovanni Rollie had a great chance to give the Lobos a 2-1 lead just a few minutes later but his shot hit squarely off the left post and play continued. New Mexico outshot the Falcons 9-5 in the first half and held a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal.
The second half was a back and forth affair with both teams getting decent scoring opportunities. Smith took full advantage of his in the final minute when he took a centering pass from James Rogers and found himself open at the top of the box. His 18-yard shot found the top right corner for the deciding score.
The Lobos owned a 19-10 advantage in total shots and had seven shots on goal, compared to five for the Falcons. Rodriguez made four saves in winning his ninth game of the season while Underwood made five for Air Force.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.