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Top 10 Roundup

No. 1 California 1, No. 3 Washington 1 (2OT) Box Score

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Top-ranked California remained unbeaten after its clash with third-ranked and fellow undefeated Washington on Sunday, as the Pac-12 Conference powers tied 1-1 after two overtimes on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium. Connor Hallisey scored a first-half goal for the Bears, whose record now stands at 7-0-2 (1-0-1 in the Pac-12). The Huskies (7-0-3, 1-0-1 Pac-12) scored late in regulation to tie the match.

Hallisey scored directly off of a free kick from about 30 yards at 20:59 on Cal’s third shot of the match.

Washington recorded the last nine shots of the half, giving the Huskies an 11-2 second-half shot advantage.

One of those shots came at 84:59, when Moberg’s corner kick found Taylor Peay, who tied the match at 1-1 with his header.

The match stayed tied at 1-1 and moved into overtime, Cal’s fourth overtime game of the season. Still tied after 10 minutes, the teams moved into a second sudden-victory overtime period. Cal defender Mason Case had a shot blocked at 106:00, and then Cal forced goalie Ryan Herman to make a save on Jalali’s close-range effort at 108:01. Junior defender Christian Dean took Cal’s and the game’s final shot on a free kick. But the Huskies blocked Dean’s shot at 109:41, and the match ended in a 1-1 tie.

Taillole made seven saves in 110 minutes of action -- after UW outshot the Bears 22-11 -- and Herman made five.

Michigan State 3, No. 5 Northwestern 2 (2OT) Box Score

EVANSTON, ILL. -- With a dramatic final-minute goal in double overtime, Michigan State defeated No. 5 Northwestern 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. After earning a win in its first Big Ten game of the season, MSU improved their overall record to 7-1-1. The Wildcats, who were atop the Big Ten standings, fall to 7-3-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in the Big Ten.

Michigan State came out blazing with Adam Montague and Tim Kreutz both taking shots within the first five minutes. Ryan Thelen threw in a long ball for Brent McIntosh, but the opportunity went over the post. The Wildcat keeper had to come up with a big save when Kreutz got a volley on target from the top right side of the box.

Montague cleared out a chance for Northwestern to go ahead with a sure header, before several Spartans made the most of their opportunities with shot attempts by Jay Chapman, Kreutz, Sean Conerty and Fatai Alashe. Though a scoreless first half came to a close after both sides fought for possession, MSU out shot Northwestern 14-4.

Northwestern didn’t hold back at the beginning of the second half, as a Wildcat free kick was sent into the near post by Chris Ritter and just past Zach Bennett giving NU a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute.

Answering with two back-to-back free kicks, Thelen took advantage of a deflection on the second one and sent it in to tie the score 1-1 in the 74th minute. It was his second goal scored this season.

Less than four minutes later, Montague attacked the net and passed the ball to Kreutz who easily finished the goal for his fourth of the season and sixth of his career. The Spartans took the lead, 2-1, with under 13 minutes left in the game.

The Wildcats responded in the 86th minute with a header from Lepe Seetane sent in across the box from one yard out, forcing the game into overtime. 

Both teams kept any opportunities at the beginning of the first overtime at bay before Bennett earned a major save to deny the Wildcats the lead. After Ryan Keener defended another Northwestern chance, the first overtime came to an end.

It marks the third consecutive year that the meeting between the two teams has been sent into double overtime and the first time that Michigan State has beaten the Wildcats in Evanston since 2001. It is also the first double-overtime win for the Spartans since they defeated Indiana in Bloomington in 2009.

No. 6 Cal State Northridge 2, UC Davis 0 Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Cal State Northridge wrapped up its Northern California road trip with its third consecutive shutout as the Matadors (10-1-0, 2-0-0 Big West) defeated UC Davis (5-5-1, 1-1-0 Big West) 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field. The Matadors used a header from Brian Behrad in the first half and a late strike from Edwin Rivas in the second to earn a clean sheet in a rematch of the 2012 Big West Conference Tournament Final.

The Aggies came out flying from the start of the match and registered a pair of shots in the first two minutes. In fact, UC Davis had three attempts just miss the target before the Matadors recorded their first shot in the 10th minute of play.

Adding to the pressure for UC Davis was the ability to create opportunities, but the Aggies could not capitalize on any of their seven corner kicks in the first half. As Cal State Northridge has shown over the past few weeks, the Matadors took advantage of any space available and made the opposition pay.

After coming on as a substitute in the 20th minute as a way to disrupt the Aggie defense, Behrad found the perfect moment to strike and put the Matadors ahead 1-0 in the 32nd minute. A textbook cross from Beto Velasquez found Behrad just three yards from goal and the senior found enough space by the near post to notch his sixth goal of the season.

Northridge goalkeeper Adam Hobbs made one of his two saves on the day in the 43rd minute to help CSUN go into the break with the lead despite being outshot 10-3.

UC Davis continued to turn up the pressure on the Northridge defense and took the first four shots of the second half. Yarden Azulay nearly found the net for the Matadors in the 67th minute but his shot was saved by Aggie goalkeeper Omar Zeenni inside the box.

The late stages of the match featured four more corner kicks for the Aggies, but it was a mistake just outside of their own box that set up the insurance goal by Rivas.

At the top of the 18-yard box, Steven Manios stole the ball from his defender and slotted it to Rivas. The junior forward the took a one-timed shot from 12 yards out and found the back of the net for the third time this season.

With the victory, Hobbs moves into a tie for 10th place in CSUN history for single-season wins (10). He also collected his second shutout on the year.

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