Top 10 Roundup
Northeastern State ties Colo. School of Mines in final seconds
No. 5 Northeastern State 1, No. 6 Colorado School of Mines 1
GOLDEN, Colo. -- Fifth-ranked Northeastern State recorded a 1-1 road draw with No. 6 Colorado School of Mines Sunday afternoon at CSM Soccer Stadium.
The RiverHawks (2-0-1) fell behind in the 83rd minute, but a goal from junior forward Juan Peralta with 1.8 seconds left on the clock lifted the visitors to the tie. Peralta came off the bench and played 43 minutes after missing the first two matches of the season.
"Having Juan back is huge for our team, and he showed why," NSU coach Rob Czlonka said of the leading goal scorer from a year ago. "He's a guy that makes a difference by putting the ball in the back of the net. There was a big lift with our team when he came into the contest. He is incredibly dangerous and has a knack for getting behind opposing defenses."
The two teams had to battle 56-degree temperatures and persistent rain showers throughout the afternoon.
Northeastern State outshot Colorado Mines 20-16, and the green and white also led in corner kicks, 9-5. Tannor Randle was the goal scorer for the Ore Diggers (2-0-1).
Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Shephard (2-0-1) conceded his first goal of the season, but made seven saves in 110 minutes. CSM's Colin Baker (2-0-1) saved 11 NSU shots and allowed one goal, also playing the full 110.
Junior forward Jordan Schmoker was credited with an assist on Peralta's equalizer. He now has four helpers this year and continues to lead the MIAA in that category.
"This was a good match between two top-10 teams. We both had chances to score, and I felt like our team played exceptionally well," Czlonka said. "Paul Samia and Crosby Lee were fantastic, and I thought everybody that got in today played very well."
No. 7 Rollins 6, Florida Memorial 1
WINTER PARK, Fla. -- The No. 7 Tars, led by senior Rafa Faria’s hat trick, blew past visiting Florida Memorial on Sunday, defeating the Lions by a score of 6-1.
Much of the action Sunday afternoon came in the first half as Rollins outshot FMU 11-3 in the period and took eight corners compared to the Lions’ zero.
The first 22 minutes belonged to Faria alone as the senior scored three goals during the span. His first came in sixth minute on a volley off a corner taken by Skyler Russell. Next came an unassisted goal in the 20th minute after collecting a rebound and then the Miami native finished off his hat trick in the 22nd minute, ripping a shot from the top of the penalty area that ricocheted off the cross bar and in.
Sebastian Walker then padded the Tars’ lead seven minutes later, taking a cross from Tosan Popo and found the back of the net inside far post to push the score to 4-0.
The Lions would get on the board shortly after, cutting the Rollins lead to 4-1 when Marco Perretta gathered a rebound in front of the net and slid it past Anthony White in goal for the Tars.
But Rollins wasn’t done yet in the first half as Walker Hume scored his second goal of the young season, heading a Russell corner past Lions keeper Gabriel Umansky just before half.
The tempo slowed coming out of halftime as the Tars emptied their bench but sophomore Brett Durrance, much to the delight of the fans that came out on Sunday, found the back of the net in the 75th minute, pushing the score to 6-1. Since the Tars were able to score six goals, all fans in attendance received a voucher for a free smoothie courtesy of Tropical Smoothie Café.
White played all 90 minutes in goal for Rollins, recording four saves. Umansky collected a pair of saves for FMU.
No. 16 Rockhurst 1, No. 9 Drury 0
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Nationally ranked Rockhurst used a goal by Nick McDonald in the 86th minute to knock off ninth-ranked Drury 1-0 Sunday in a matchup of Great Lakes Valley Conference and national DII powers at Harrison Stadium in the Curry Sports Complex.
Rockhurst moved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the GLVC win the win, while the Panthers fell to 3-1 and 1-1.
McDonald's second goal of the season came off a Mark Magee feed from about eight yards out as McDonald blasted into into the right side of the net and past DU keeper Blake Andrews, who had three saves on the day.
The Hawks outshot the Panthers 17-6, including 4-2 on goal, while DU had four corner kicks to three by Rockhurst in the matchup of the league's preseason No. 1 (Rockhurst) vs. 2 (Drury) teams in the coaches poll.
Ryan Bass had two saves in posting the shutout in goal for Rockhurst.