Rutgers upsets No. 7 Louisville to advance to American semifinal
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz’s goal with just under five minutes remaining in the game lifted Rutgers to the upset of seventh-ranked Louisville in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday night at Cardinal Park.
The Scarlet Knights advance to the tournament semifinals at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
The victory improved Rutgers to 7-10-2 overall and was the Scarlet Knights’ second win against a nationally ranked opponent this season. RU also defeated then-No. 15 Memphis 1-0 in late September.
Although the Scarlet Knights were outshot 17-10, freshman goalkeeper David Greczek logged nine saves en route to his fifth shutout of the year.
No. 9 Akron 2, Western Michigan 1
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- No. 9 Akron claimed its ninth-consecutive regular-season Mid-American Conference championship on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Western Michigan at WMU Soccer Complex.
Akron (14-3-1, 5-1-0 MAC) senior Robbie Derschang knocked in a corner kick taken by freshman Adam Najem in the 105th minute to extend the Zips' win streak to four matches and unbeaten stretch to eight (7-0-1). It was Derschang's fourth goal of the season and third gamewinner.
Najem tallied his fourth and fifth assists of the year as he also helped out on UA's other goal, which came from senior Reinaldo Brenes in the 36th minute. Western Michigan (8-8-1, 4-1-1 MAC) tied it in the 80th minute thanks to a header from Oliver Mayer.
Akron dominated the shots category 20-7 and led in shots on goal as well 9-2. Six of the Zips' shots came during overtime (five in the first extra period), while the Broncos managed zero.
UA goalkeeper Fernando Pina earned the victory and had one save, while Chase Rau defended the WMU net and made seven stops.