Top 10 Roundup
Zero all in UMBC vs. Albany; Old Dominion upends UAB
Marquette 1, No. 7 Creighton 0
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Marquette (8-3-1, 4-0-0 BIG EAST) extended its lead atop the Big East Conference standings on Saturday night with a 1-0 shutout against No. 7 Creighton at Valley Fields. MU striker C. Nortey tallied the lone goal of the match in the 23rd minute as the Bluejays (6-3-2, 2-1-1 BIG EAST) suffered their first loss in league play.
Senior left back Paul Dillon, who notched his team-leading sixth assist of the season and third in the last two matches, dribbled the ball up the left channel and served a perfect cross. Nortey made a run in front of the near post where was able to get a touch on it, slotting it past the Creighton goalkeeper from the top of the six-yard box.
Nortey's first-half strike marked his fourth game-winning goal in as many Big East matches this season. In his redshirt sophomore season, he is the team's active career leader in goals (16) and points (36).
With 12 points, the Golden Eagles remain the only undefeated team in the league. Providence and Butler moved into a tie for second place Saturday with a total of nine points apiece, ahead of Georgetown and Creighton (7 points).
No. 8 UMBC 0, Albany 0, 2OT
BALTIMORE -- Eighth-ranked UMBC shook off a tough opening half and outplayed visiting Albany over the final 65 minutes, but could not dent the net and the two teams battled to a 0-0 double-overtime draw before a Homecoming Day crowd of 1,758 at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers are now 10-1-1 on the campaign and 1-0-1 in America East play, while Albany is 2-7-3, 0-1-1.
The game was played on the turf at UMBC Stadium due to the heavy rain.
UMBC senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders made four saves to post his second shutout of the season and the 19th of his career.
The visitors outshot UMBC 6-2 in the opening frame and had the best scoring chance when a header by reserve Phil Denara went wide left of the cage in the 28th minute.
UMBC outshot Albany 13-10 and had 11 corners to just a single reply from the visitors. Allen made four saves in 100 minutes, but had to leave the game after the first overtime period. Freshman Michael Pizzuti preserved the shutout for the Danes.
Denara led all players with four shots in the game, while Dacres registered three for the hosts.
Xavier 2, No. 9 Georgetown 1
CINCINNATI -- Redshirt junior Will Walker found the back of the net twice to lead Xavier to the program’s first home Big East victory with a 2-1 decision against the No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday night at the XU Soccer Complex.
With the win, the Musketeers improve to 6-5-2 overall (2-2-0 Big East) and handed the nationally-ranked Hoyas (9-3-1, 2-1-1 Big East), who lost in the 2012 College Cup championship game, their first conference loss of the season. The victory gave XU its first win against a ranked opponent this season and the first win against a nationally-ranked opponent since the Musketeers defeated No. 8 Charlotte in the first round of the A-10 Tournament on Nov. 10, 2011.
The Hoyas struck first in the 31st minute, when Brandon Allen beat three XU defenders to the ball and knocked a shot into the lower right corner of the goal for his eighth tally of the season.
About 14 minutes later (44:09), the Blue and White got on the scoreboard when junior Garrett Halfhill sent a long pass to Will Walker, who out-ran the G’Town defense and one-touched the ball past the diving GU keeper.
The two teams played even until the 74th minute when sophomore Calum Latham and senior Matt Walker teamed up to find Will Walker for the game winner and his second score of the night.
The Musketeers would go on to hold off the Hoyas and pick up the 2-1 victory. Xavier goalkeeper Eric Osswald picked up his sixth win of the season and registered four saves in 90 minutes between the pipes.
Xavier out shot GU 13-7, but the Hoyas won the corner kick battle (4-3) and the teams both finished with five shots on goal. Georgetown, who only surrendered five total goals prior to Saturday night’s game (12 games), surrendered multiple goals in a contest for just the second time this season.
Old Dominion 3, No. 10 UAB 2
NORFOLK, Va. -- ODU senior forward Tim Hopkinson’s goal three minutes into the first overtime lifted the Monarchs (6-3-1/3-1) to a 3-2 overtime win against 10th ranked UAB (8-2-1/2-1-1) in a Conference USA match Saturday night at ODU.
The win gives the Monarchs a 2-1-1 record against nationally ranked teams thus far this season and it was Hopkinson’s second consecutive OT golden goal, as he hit the game winner at Charlotte on Wednesday night.
The loss ended the Blazers five-game winning streak and three goals are the most they have allowed this season.
Hopkinson now has four game-winning goals this season, and has tallied eight goals with two assists for 18 total points. The Monarchs are 2-2-1 in overtime thus far this season.