No. 4 Creighton tops No. 7 UC Irvine
Roundup: No. 6 UCF falls to UAB, St. John’s tops No. 9 Louisville
OMAHA, Neb. -- Ethan Finlay recorded a hat trick as No. 4 Creighton rebounded from a midweek loss to MIssouri State by beating No. 7 UC Irvine 3-1 on Saturday.
Creighton (11-2-0) got on the board early from a header by Finlay off a corner kick to take the 1-0 lead in the fifth minute.
UCI (12-3-0, 4-1-0) managed just one shot on goal in the first half from Bello Alhassan as Creighton took the 1-0 lead into the half.
The scoring picked back up in the 62nd minute as Finlay made it 2-0 on a sequel of the first goal.
UCI responded quickly to close the gap back to 2-1. Jimmy Turner was fed a cross from Christopher Santana and knocked it in off a header in the 63rd minute.
Both squads continued to fire on net until the 88th minute as Finlay added his third of the night on a breakaway to put the game out of reach, 3-1.
No. 1 Connecticut 1, Pittsburgh 0
STORRS, Conn. -- No. 1 Connecticut dominated possession and came away with a 1-0 victory against Pittsburgh on Saturday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in front of 4,995 fans. Freshman Allando Matheson scored the game-winner and goalkeeper Andre Blake made two saves in net. The Huskies improved to 13-0-1 (4-0-1 Big East) while Pitt dropped to 4-9-1 (2-3-0 Big East).
The Huskies possessed the ball throughout the opening 45 minutes but squandered several chances to go ahead. Pittsburgh goalkeeper Lee Johnston made six saves on the night.
After a scoreless first half, Matheson broke the deadlock with his third goal of the season in the 61st minute. After a scramble a yard off the goal line, Matheson was able to stretch to poke home the loose ball and give the Huskies the lead. All-three of Matheson’s goals this season have turned out to be game-winning tallies.
No. 5 Akron 2, Hartwick 0
AKRON, Ohio -- No. 5 Akron put together a commanding 2-0 victory against Hartwick on Saturday night.
It was the 100th career win for Akron head coach Caleb Porter, who became the fastest in program history to reach the century mark. Porter, who is in his sixth season at Akron, has now compiled a record of 100-14-12 in 126 games.
The Zips (10-1-2, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) dominated possession throughout the contest and out-shot the Hawks 27-2, including a 12-0 margin on frame. As a team, Akron earned its ninth shutout in 13 matches while extending its NCAA record, home unbeaten streak to 46 games.
Junior Thomas Schmitt recorded his second game-winner of the season on a sharp give-and-go play with Aodhan Quinn in the 67th minute. Sophomore Darren Mattocks made it 2-0 with his 12th goal in 12 matches in the 86th minute.
UAB 1, No. 6 Central Florida 0
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Playing its third consecutive match on the road, No. 6 Central Florida fell 1-0 to UAB on Saturday. The loss was just the second of the season for the Knights (8-2-2, 2-1-1 C-USA).
The Blazers' Babayele Sodade scored the lone goal of the evening in the 66th minute. Sodade beat a UCF defender and then finished at a tough angle past junior goalkeeper Shawn Doyle for his eight goal of the year.
UAB totaled nine shots, compared to eight for the Knights. Both Doyle and the Blazers' Carl Woscynski recorded three saves. UCF finished with a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
No. 21 St. John's 1, No. 9 Louisvile 0
QUEENS, N.Y. -- No. 9 Louisville fell 1-0 to St. John's on Saturday. The loss snaps the Cards' three-game unbeaten streak, falling to 8-4-1 on the year and 1-3-1 in league play. St. John's improves to 9-3-2 overall and 3-2-0 in Big East play.
St. John's finished a scoreless first half with a 4-0 shot advantage. Boudreaux finished with one save while the Red Storm keeper was not tested in the first half. The second half was much different for the Cardinal attack. Senior Kenney Walker had a shot on goal in three minutes into the second period but it was saved. Colin Rolfe had another shot a minute later but it was also saved.
On the next possession, the Red Storm was able to find the net. St. John's Barruro Punyed struck from 15 yards out to put the Red Storm up 1-0 in the 50th minute.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.