SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In its first win against a top-five opponent, Missouri State (4-5-2, 2-0-0 Missouri Valley Conference) upset No. 4 Creighton (10-2-0, 0-1-0 MVC) 1-0 on Wednesday. The Bears have won three of their past four matches and registered their second shutout of the season.
Missouri State’s game-winner came halfway through the first half on a Creighton defensive breakdown. A ricocheted ball off of Bluejay goalkeeper Brian Holt made its way back to Heath Melugin who took full advantage of the blunder. From 15 yards out, Melugin chipped the ball into a wide-open net to put the Bears up 1-0 in the 23rd minute. Melugin has now scored in two consecutive matches and moved into the team lead in points with seven and tied for the team lead in goals with two.
Heading into the break, Missouri held a 5-4 shot advantage and had three shots on goal to Creighton’s one.
The pace picked up in the second half and in the 58th minute, Bears’ goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg recorded a key save as he punched out a header by Creighton’s Greg Jordan. With the 1-0 lead, Missouri State held strong controlling the clock for the rest of the half and allowing just one more shot on goal in the final 45 minutes.
No. 1 Connecticut 2, Providence 1 — Box Score
STORRS, Conn. — Behind two goals from sophomore Mamadou Doudou Diouf, No. 1 Connecticut defeated Big East rival Providence 2-1 at Morrone Stadium. The Huskies had their program record shutout streak snapped at nine games.
Connecticut improved to 12-0-1 (3-0-1) while Providence dropped to 6-5-1 (1-2-1).
The Huskies came into the game with nine consecutive shutouts, a program record and two away from equaling the NCAA record. The streak ended at 961:32. Andre Blake made four saves in the victory with Providence goalkeeper Johan Obando stopping seven, including several from point-blank range.
The Huskies outshot the Friars 18-8.
No. 5 Akron 1, Penn State 0 — Box Score
AKRON, Ohio – No. 5 Akron earned a 1-0 victory against Penn State on Wednesday.
With the win, the Zips improved to 9-1-2 on the season while extending their NCAA-record home unbeaten streak to 45 matches. The shutout was Akron’s eighth of the season overall and fifth in its last seven contests.
Akron sophomore Darren Mattocks scored the lone goal of the game in the 25th minute off a free kick from Aodhan Quinn. It was Mattocks’ team-leading 11th goal of the season and his fourth goal in his last three matches.
The Nittany Lions (6-5-2) were forced to play the final 40 minutes of the game a man down after Julian Cardona was shown a straight red after getting tangled up with Akron defender Bryan Gallego.
No. 7 UC Irvine 5, UC Riverside 1 – Box Score
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UC Irvine made it four Big West wins in a row with a 5-1 victory over the UC Riverside Highlanders at UCR Soccer Stadium Wednesday night.
Miguel Ibarra and Christian Hernandez each scored their sixth goal of the season. Hernandez added an assist as he and Christopher Santana earned a three-point night giving Santana three goals and eight points on the year.
Hernandez rejoined Ibarra on the top of the team point total with 17 each and earned the game-winning goal giving Hernandez four game-winners on the year.
No. 10 Louisville 4, Cincinnati 0 — Box Score
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No. 10 Louisville defeated Cincinnati 4-0 Wednesday at Cardinal Park. The Cardinals dominated play, securing their seventh shutout on the year.
Louisville improves to 8-3-1 and 1-2-1 in conference play. Cincinnati falls to 4-8-1 on the year and 0-4-0 in league play.
In the 55th minute Cincinatti’s keeper came out of the goal and NickDeLeon slipped the ball past him to the left post. DeLeon chased the ball down and crossed it to Colin Rolfe in the box who flicked it to Kenney Walker who then powered the shot past the keeper and a defender for the goal. The Cardinals kept the offensive pressure on the Bearcats.
In the 60th minute, DeLeon blasted a shot from 30 yards out and bent it into the left corner for the score to put the Cardinals up 2-0.