Northeastern tops No. 8 ODU
Roundup: Akron plays to a draw, Creighton collects easy win
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Northeastern defeated No. 8 Old Dominion 2-0 on a snowy Saturday evening at Parsons Field. Senior forward Josh Semerene scored both goals for the Huskies on Senior Day with assists from Don Anding, Dante Marini and fellow senior Mike Kennedy.
Northeastern started the game utilizing the same formation and squad that brought it success against Drexel in mid-week, with Don Anding once again at center forward in between Mike Kennedy and Josh Semerene.
The Huskies started the first half off applying pressure on Old Dominion early, as they earned six corner kicks in the opening stanza and forced three saves from Monarch keeper Victor Francoz.
With just 30 minutes left to play, the game jumped to life. Dante Marini collected the ball on the left and slid an inch-perfect ball to Anding in the left side of the box. Anding's one-touch pass found Semerene in the middle of the area, and Semerene turned the ball home with a low shot that snuck under Francoz, giving Northeastern the lead in the 57th minute.
With the win, Northeastern moves to 10-5-2 (6-3-1 CAA) and maintained its undefeated home record, while ODU drops to 11-4-0 (7-3-0 CAA) with the defeat.
No. 3 Creighton 3, Central Arkansas 0
OMAHA, Neb. -- Three different players scored for No. 3 Creighton as the Bluejays shutout Central Arkansas 3-0 in a Missouri Valley Conference match Saturday night at Morrison Stadium. Bruno Castro scored in the 12th minute and Tyler Polak and Jace Peters added second-half goals as the Bluejays cruised to the victory, outshooting the Bears 25-2 and tying a season-high with 12 shots on goal in their fourth consecutive shutout win.
Creighton now stands alone at the top of the MVC standings with a 4-1-0 record in conference play, improving to 15-2-0 on the season. The Bears dropped to 2-9-4 on the year and 1-2-2 in conference action. The Bluejays are a perfect 8-0-0 at home on the year, outscoring opponents 18-1 in Omaha this year.
No. 7 Akron 2, Wake Forest 2
AKRON, Ohio -- Despite a 20-10 advantage in shots, No. 7 Akronplayed Wake Forest to a 2-2 draw Saturday night.
The Zips (11-2-3), who led 1-0 and 2-1, were four mintues away from victory when Demon Deacons freshman Sam Fink headed in the equalizer at the 86:01 mark. Wake Forest, which was the first ACC team to play at Akron since 1993, improved to 8-6-3 with the draw.
Akron had a couple of chances to win the game after regulation but Deacs goalkeeper Michael Lisch, who finished with six saves on the night, turned away shots by Darren Mattocks and Thomas Schmitt.
In all, Akron out-shot Wake Forest 6-1 during the two overtime periods.