Top 10 Roundup
No. 1 Tar Heels and No. 4 Irish battle to 1-1 draw
No. 1 North Carolina 1, No. 4 Notre Dame 1
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Tyler Engel scored his third goal in as many games and No. 1 North Carolina tied No. 4 Notre Dame 1-1 Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. Josh Rice nearly won it for the Tar Heels in the first overtime period when his strike from distance rifled off the post in the 94th minute, but the top-5 teams shared the points in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Engel put Carolina (2-0-1) ahead in the 18th minute with an incredible individual effort. The junior controlled the ball outside the penalty area before beating a defender and chipping the Notre Dame goalkeeper with the outside of his right foot. The goal was the third of the year for the SMU transfer and the Tar Heels spent most of the rest of the afternoon trying to defend the 1-0 advantage.
Notre Dame (1-0-2) was on the front foot for most of the second half and nearly equalized in the 77th minute, but Jordan McCrary saved an Irish shot off the line and the hosts couldn't convert the rebound.
ND made it 1-1 just two minutes later, however, after Carolina was unable to clear a corner. Brendan Moore saved the initial effort on goal from Nick Besler but Leon Brown collected the rebound and deposited into the roof of the net to tie the game 11 minutes from time.
Rice had a headed attempt saved just seconds before the end of regulation, and the two sides entered golden goal overtime.
After being outshot 13-5 in the second half, Carolina regained some of the momentum in the first overtime period and nearly won it on Rice's solo effort from distance.
Moore made the key save of the second overtime period, smartly handling a chipped effort from Vince Cicciarelli in the 117th minute. The junior from Atlanta finished with a career-high seven saves in his third game as the UNC starter.
No. 5 Akron 2, Rutgers 1
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -– A penalty kick by Reinaldo Brenes in the 105th minute lifted No. 5 Akron to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in double overtime at Rutgers Sunday at Yurcak Field.
Just five minutes into the second overtime period, Matt Foldesy split a pair of Scarlet Knight defenders with a great through ball that found Saad Abdul-Salaam, who was tackled from behind before he could get a shot off.
It was a remarkably similar situation to Friday night's double-overtime defeat at No. 23 St. John's. Only this time, a foul was called when Abdul-Salaam went down and Brenes made Rutgers pay with his second game-winner in three matches.
UA (3-1-0) had to play from behind for the first time this season when Rutgers' Kene Eze headed a cross from the left side of the field into the right corner of the net in the 54th minute.
The Zips nearly got it right back however when a long pass from beyond midfield sprung Brenes, who found himself all alone with the keeper from the near right flank, but his liner bounced across the goal and banged off the far post and out.
With the clock running out on the Zips, Ismail Seremba, who entered the match after RU's goal, then found the equalizer in the 85th minute. The true freshman from London, England, took a quick pass from Eric Stevenson and buried it into the left corner of the net from the top of the box.
Seremba has played been a big factor in each of the Zips' last three matches -- all as a reserve. He assisted the game-winning goal against Furman last weekend and assisted another score Friday night at St. John's prior to Sunday's heroics.
After a slow first half, the Zips responded quickly after Rutgers' goal and outshot the Scarlet Knights 28-8 for the match while earning a 15-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Seremba was one of a handful of reserves that provided a big boost Sunday. Adam Najem, who had five shots -- including three on frame, Louis Cross and Brett Gravatt each played meaningful minutes off the bench.
West Virginia 5, No. 8 Indiana 4 (2OT)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Down 3-1 early in the second half, Indiana fought back to a 3-3 tie, then scored with seven minutes left in regulation to knot it at 4, but West Virginia came away with a 5-4 double-overtime victory Sunday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
Indiana dropped to 1-3 on the season, while West Virginia improved to 2-1-1.
After the Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute on a score from Majed Osman, the Hoosiers came back to tie it in the 33rd minute with Jacob Bushue's first goal of the year. The senior captain got an assist from fellow captain Harrison Petts as Petts took a free kick that Bushue headed home over West Virginia goalkeeper Lee Johnston.
It only took the Mountaineers a little more than two minutes to go right back on top at 2-1 with Andy Bevin's shot to the near post in the 35th minute. West Virginia entered halftime with its 2-1 lead and an 8-5 advantage in shot attempts.
With less than 10 minutes gone in the second half West Virginia had extended its lead to 3-1 as Jay Williams deflected in a ball off what was intended as a shot attempt from Jamie Merriam.
Petts got in on the scoring act with his first of the year in the 59th minute to make it a one-goal deficit at 3-2. This time it was Bushue setting up the score as he took the ball down the touchline before sending it into the box, where Petts one-timed it past West Virginia goalie Lee Johnston.
Tanner Thompson's first career goal came in the 72nd minute and made it a 3-all match. Dylan Mares, also picking up his first point as a Hoosier, tapped the ball to Thompson who slotted it home.
The Hoosiers again were caught off-guard with a quick answer from West Virginia, as it went back up 4-3 a little more than two minutes after the IU goal. Bevin's second score of the night for WVU came as Griffin Libhart crossed a ball into the box that Bevin was able to trap with his legs before taking the shot past IU goalkeeper Colin Webb.
A true freshman, Webb was making his collegiate debut in goal for the injured Michael Soderlund.
With less than 10 minutes to play it was Nikita Kotlov who brought Indiana to 4-all as Bushue picked up his second assist of the night. Much like his setup of the Petts score, Bushue sent a low roller into the box that Kotlov shot past Johnston from 10 yards out.
In the 103rd minute, Ryan Cain scored the game-winner for West Viriginia.
The Hoosiers finished with a 22-17 shot advantage, with 10 shots on frame. Webb tallied five saves in his first start, with Indiana also finishing with an 11-4 corner kick advantage.
No. 9 New Mexico, No. 11 Georgetown 0 (2OT)
WASHINGTON -- Freshman Nicholas Rochowksi scored his first career goal to lift No. 9 New Mexico to a 1-0 double-overtime victory against No. 11 Georgetown on Sunday.
The match began with defensive-minded play as the first 45 minutes saw only one shot on goal. The only real scoring threat came just two minutes in for the Lobos. The New Mexico attack yielded a quality chance for freshman Christopher Wehan, who blasted a shot from the edge of the box that forced a save from Tomas Gomez.
The Lobo attack really began to assert itself in the final 10 minutes of regulation as it earned numerous corners and took several shots. New Mexico fired off five shots in the final five minutes but was unable to find the back of the net. The two teams entered overtime with a 10-7 UNM shot advantage, and UNM led by five in corner kicks.
Neither side capitalized on any chances in the first overtime as New Mexico outshot the Hoyas 2-0. James Rogers nearly had a game-winner in the box off a deep run from Mathew Gibbons, but the junior forward missed high.
New Mexico finally kicked the door down after knocking on it in the attack for more than100 minutes. A Michael Calderon-James Rogers combination placed Rogers on the left side of the box with a full head of steam. Rogers’ shot was saved by Georgetown’s Thomas Gomez, but Rochowski found the rebound him sent home the golden goal.