soccer-men-d1 flag | September 17, 2013

Roundup: Elon upsets No. 9 Wake Forest

No. 1 North Carolina 1, Campbell 0, OT

BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- No. 1 North Carolina escaped with a 1-0 overtime victory against Campbell on Tuesday night on Raby George's goal in the 97th minute.

North Carolina (3-0-2) out-shot the Camels by a 16-8 margin, but it took going to overtime for the fourth time in five games to come away with the win and stay unbeaten in five contests so far in 2013.

The build up for the game winner started with a corner kick from Alex Olofson, which led to a shot from Josh Rice that was pushed aside by Campbell keeper Ethan Hall. However, the ball was still loose in front and George sent a strike that deflected off a defender and into the back of the net.

Both teams had good chances at scoring the first goal midway through the second half. A free kick from George in the 71st minute was ripped just wide from the top of the box. For the Camels, Jhuvan Francis made a handful of good moves and unleashed a left-footed boot that UNC keeper Brendan Moore got an arm on to keep the match scoreless in the 72nd minute.

Red cards were shown near the end of regulation to Carolina's Jordan McCrary and Campbell's Reafe Anderson for a hard tackle on the Campbell end line.

The Tar Heels nearly went home victorious moments later in the 89th minute when Olofson's corner found the head of Omar Holness, but his header with pace went just wide off the left post.

Moore made three saves to earn his third clean sheet of the season. Hall had six stops on the night as Campbell gave up only one goal for the first time all year.

No. 2 Notre Dame 3, Michigan 0

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame, No. 2 in the coaches' poll and No. 1 in the Soccer America poll, topped Michigan 3-0 at Alumni Stadium on Tuesday night.

Notre Dame (3-0-2) needed two saves from senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall in the opening minute, but once the Irish got the ball on their end of the pitch they converted on their first shot of the match. The attempt came from senior forward Harrison Shipp in the fourth minute when dribbled around the Wolverine defense and tucked his shot into the lower left corner of the netting from 10 yards away for his first goal of the season.

Shipp nearly produced a second goal in the 13th minute when he put a free kick on frame from 25 yards out, but Michigan goalkeeper Adam Grinwis made a diving save to negate the chance. Wall, who tied a career high with eight saves on the night, saved a James Murphy shot in the 17th minute to keep the Irish in front.

The Fighting Irish went up 2-0 in the 25th minute as right back Luke Mishu sent a cross over from the endline and Grinwis deflected it, but sophomore midfielder Evan Panken was able to head it home for his second goal of the campaign and Notre Dame led 2-0 at halftime.

"It was a funny game because we got goals and made some chances, but I thought that was perhaps our poorest playing display of the year so far," Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark said. "You have to give Michigan credit for that. They kept in the game even though they lost goals. We were a little disappointed because we know when we play well."

Notre Dame's Patrick Hodan threatened early in the second half as he drilled a free kick off the crossbar. In the 69th minute, Hodan, a sophomore midfielder, blasted a shot on goal that Grinwis saved. The Michigan (1-2-2) goalkeeper finished with five saves.

Notre Dame put the game away in the 82nd minute when Shipp played the ball ahead to fellow senior forward Leon Brown, who put it past Grinwis and into the lower right corner of the net for his team-leading fourth goal of the season.

The Irish out-shot the Wolverines 19-12 and both teams had eight shots on goal. Michigan earned six corner kicks, while Notre Dame had three. Wall picked up his third clean sheet of the season. He and the Irish defense have allowed just two goals all season long and they currently have a scoreless streak of 272:27.

No. 24 Elon 1, No. 9 Wake Forest 0

ELON, N.C. – Behind a six-save performance from junior keeper Nathan Dean, No. 24 Elon remained unbeaten in 2013 after the Phoenix upset No. 9 Wake Forest 1-0, on Tuesday night on its home pitch at Rudd Field.

Senior Daniel Lovitz scored the game-winner in the 46th minute for the Phoenix, which improved to 5-0-1 on the year. Dean earned his 12th career shutout with his best performance of the season as he played every minute between the posts.

The win was the Phoenix's third consecutive against the Demon Deacons (3-2) with the last two coming at Rudd Field. It was also the second time that Wake Forest was shutout this season with the previous clean sheet coming in the Demon Deacons' season-opening 1-0 loss to Coastal Carolina.

In the opening stanza, the Demon Deacons dominated the ball and outshot the Phoenix 5-2. The Phoenix did earn a slight edge in corners, 3-2, but neither team could break through on the scoreboard in the first period.

Elon's biggest test came in the 29th minute of the match where Demon Deacons forward Sean Okoli attempted a shot within the box before Dean turned him away. The ball found the foot of Luca Gimenez on the rebound, but Dean again made the save.

Lovitz nearly put the Phoenix on the board in the 41st minute, but his bending shot from the left side of the box went wide and the game went into the half knotted at 0-0.

The maroon and gold broke through just seconds after the beginning of the second session as Lovitz played a ball from Matt Wescoe and Cauê Da Silva and tucked a shot far inside the right post to give Elon a 1-0 advantage. It was the second goal in as many games for Lovitz and his second game-winner of the year.

Wake Forest continued to put the offensive pressure on the Phoenix back six, but Elon nearly went up 2-0 with three chances in the 77th minute. Lovitz had a 10-yard shot blocked by a Demon Deacon defender that led to a Phoenix corner kick. Wescoe was able to play the ball and nearly put a shot near the top of the post, but the keeper Andrew Harris knocked it out of bounds. On the following corner kick, Jason Waterman's attempt went high and the score remained 1-0.

With nearly five minutes left in the match, the Demon Deacons earned a free kick for a chance at the equalizer. Gimenez's shot at the 85th minute nearly went inside the far right post, but Dean was able to make a great diving stop to preserve to score.

Wake Forest outshot Elon overall 12-6 in the match including a 6-3 edge on goal. The Demon Deacons also held a 6-5 advantage in corners.

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