CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 3 Maryland put forth a valiant effort at No. 2 North Carolina on Friday, escaping with a 1-1 tie to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
John Stertzer tallied his 12th goal of the season in the 51st minute to spark the Terps (13-1-2, 4-1-1 ACC) to a crucial tie on the road with two conference games remaining. Maryland thwarted one of the nation’s most potent offenses, despite playing a man-down for nearly 50 minutes. Will Swaim led a stellar defensive showing with a season-high seven saves.
After a scoreless first half, Maryland came out firing in the second stanza, ultimately resulting in a goal 5:18 into the period. After a serve from the near sideline from Kaoru Forbess was jumbled around in the box, Stertzer stepped up in traffic and blasted a shot past Scott Goodwin to his right for the score.
No. 4 Akron 5, Buffalo 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sophomore striker Darren Mattocks recorded his second hat trick of the season as No. 4 Akron scored five second-half goals to blitz by Buffalo 5-2.
Overall, it was the third career hat trick for Mattocks, who has scored 15 goals in 14 matches this fall, and the fourth time he has scored two or more goals in a game this year. Adding to his big night, Mattocks also assisted Akron’s fourth goal late in the second half.
With the win, the Zips improved to 11-2-2 overall and 4-0 in Mid-American Conference play.
No. 5 New Mexico 2, Seattle 1
SEATTLE — Seattle played minute-for-minute with the fifth-ranked team in the country, but New Mexico converted on enough set pieces for a 2-1 victory against the Redhawks on Friday.
New Mexico (12-0-2, 6-0 MPSF), the last remaining undefeated team in NCAA Division I men’s soccer, jumped on the board in the fifth minute. Blake Smith sent a corner kick into the box, where Kyle Venter was able to put his head on the ball and send it into the net for his fourth goal of the season. The Lobos controlled the early portion of the match, but were unable to earn any more tallies in the first half.
In the 51st minute, Mikey Ramos made a rush into the Lobo box and made a crossing pass through the goal mouth. Michael Green attempted to corral the ball, but it deflected off his foot and rolled into the net for an own goal that tied the match. New Mexico increased its offensive pressure, taking four shots over a seven-minute span.
Off a corner in the 75th minute, Smith’s pass landed at the feet of Carson Baldinger, whose shot from 10 feet out eluded Seattle keeper Marshall Reese and crossed the goal line.
No. 10 Charlotte 2, La Salle 2
PHILADELPHIA, PA — T.J. Beaulieu and Isaac Caughran scored goals as 10th-ranked Charlotte (10-2-2, A-10: 3-0-2) tied La Salle (4-6-4, A-10: 2-0-3) 2-2 in double overtime.
Beaulieu scored the game’s first goal when he put a pass from Tyler Gibson into the back of the net in the 42nd minute. Beaulieu’s goal was his first of the season and the second of his Charlotte career.
La Salle tied the score when Jason Plumhoff put a direct kick into the upper left corner of the goal in the 58th minute.
La Salle took the lead when Andrew Lill’s shot was blocked by Charlotte goalkeeper Klay Davis. Jidell Roach collected the rebound and put the ball into the back of the net in the 72nd minute.
Charlotte tied the score in the closing minutes of regulation when Caughran scored off a Donnie Smith assist in the 88th minute. Caughran’s goal was his third of the season and the seventh of his career.