No. 1 LIU Post 5, St. Thomas Aquinas 1
SPARKILL, N.Y. -- Sophomore midfielder Matias Ruiz tallied a pair of goals Saturday, while junior forward Eivind Austboe chipped in a marker, and an assist, as No. 1 LIU Post toppled St. Thomas Aquinas 5-1 at Spartan Field in Sparkill, N.Y.
Though each team missed on their first shot attempt, the Pioneers (14-0, 7-0 ECC) cashed in on their second try of the game. After corraling a through ball from Austboe, senior midfielder Jonathon Watkin surged through on a breakaway, and scored on a 12th-minute attempt, putting LIU Post ahead 1-0.
Shortly thereafter, Ruiz notched his first tally, off a feed from sophomore midfielder Per Forgaard, to make it a 2-0 contest. The green and gold weren't done just yet in the half though.
With 3:47 to go before the break, Austboe collected his NCAA Division II-leading 19th marker of the year. Off a re-start, he fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box into the net, which sent LIU Post into the locker room sporting a three-goal cushion.
During the latter period, the hosts got on the board at the 61st minute, but the visitors would answer only 5:27 later. Ruiz accounted for the score to help secure the Pioneers' 14th-consecutive victory.
Between the pipes, senior Marco Jorgensen and junior Mathias Spinnars combined for three saves. Junior netminder Nathan Mangione stopped eight shots for the Spartans (4-6-1, 2-5 ECC).
Overall, LIU Post attempted 28 shots to STAC's 12. It also owned a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks.
No. 2 Rollins 6, Nova Southeastern 3
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -– Second-ranked Rollins defeated Nova Southeastern 6-3 in an SSC-matchup at the NSU Soccer Complex Saturday evening. Tucker Hume recorded a hat trick in the matchup.
Rollins remains undefeated and untied as they improve to 13-0-0 (5-0-0 SSC) on the season. Nova Southeastern’s record on the season falls to 3-6-1 (0-4-1 SSC).
Tucker Hume started the scoring early as he retrieved his own rebound and fired the second effort into the top left corner of the net in the 13th minute. Hume again vaulted the Tars to a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute with his seventh goal of the year after Nova equalized in the 21st minute.
Seven minutes later, Grant Blackhurst headed in a Philipp Schad cross to score the first of his two goals on the night and extend the Tars lead to 3-1.
Nova scored first in the second half before Hume collected his third goal of the match in the 67th minute, beating the Sharks keeper from the left side of the box in a 1-vs.-1 situation, pushing the score to 4-2. Nova answered in the 74th minute to reduce the Rollins advantage back to one at 4-3.
It was all Tars the rest of the game as Schad took his own rebound and slipped it past the keeper in the 78th minute and Blackhurst recorded his second score of the match in the 82nd to set the final score at 6-3.
The Sharks were reduced to 10 men in the 58th minute when junior David Robles was shown straight red.
Keneil Baker grabbed a pair of saves in the contest. Rollins outshot the Sharks 23-9 on the day and registered 14 corners in the contest, as opposed to zero for Nova.
No. 3 Simon Fraser 7, South Dakota School of Mines 0
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Simon Fraser finished its trip through the Dakota's with a convincing 7-0 victory against the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers on Saturday night.
The Clan built up a big lead in the first half, scoring five unanswered goals to take a commanding lead and added two more in the second half to secure the win.
Jovan Blagojevic and Carlo Basso each had two goal games while Basso also had a pair of assists.
Colin Jacques also had a big game, with a goal and three assists.
Blagojevic opened the scoring in the opening minute of the game with Jacques getting the assist.
Juan Sanchez made it 2-0 just under 20 minutes later with Basso getting his first assist of the night on the goal.
Adam Staschuk got into the action next, making it 3-0 for the Clan with 19:53 remaining until the half and just two minutes later Blagojevic scored his second of the night to make it 4-0.
Basso got his first goal of the night just a minute after that to make it 5-0 heading into halftime and in the second half, Jacques and Basso added two more goals to give the Clan a convincing seven goal victory.
Both Clan goalkeepers saw action on the night as Brandon Watson and Toscanny Pandu-Oesman combined for the shutout but the Clan's defence played a major role in the shutout as well as the Hardrockers were only able to manage two shots on the night, neither of which were on goal.
Midwestern State 2, No. 4 St. Edward's 1
AUSTIN, Texas –- Fourth-ranked St. Edward's saw its win streak come to a standstill Saturday afternoon at Lewis-Chen Family Field. The Hilltoppers dropped a 2-1 non-conference decision to Midwestern State and now sit at 8-2-1 for the season.
Midwestern State started the game on a rapid pace. Len Smith had his first opportunity to score just five minutes into the match, but St. Edward's goalkeeper John Kaschak was in place for the save.
St. Edward's had their chance for the first goal of the game just minutes later with shots by Jack Blanton and Daniel Riley. Blanton's shot sailed over the goal while the Mustang goalkeeper Nick Petolick saved Riley's shot.
The Hilltoppers continued to take shots on goal, but had trouble finding the back of the net. During the 25th minute, Josh Taylor had his shot go wide right, and Riley had another opportunity but it drifted above the goal.
In the 40th minute of action, Jack Blanton was brought down while in the box and was awarded with a penalty kick. Blanton fired the ball down the middle and scored the goal to give the Hilltoppers the 1-0 lead. This was Blanton's second goal of the season. St. Edward's went into halftime leading 1-0.
Midwestern State responded with a goal less than two minutes into the second period. Ben Clarvis scored his first goal of the season after Kaschak tried to make a heroic save and was out of position. Initially Kaschak had gotten his hands on the ball but the rebound fell on the Clarvis's foot and he drove it to the back of the net for the equalizer.
The Mustangs leading scorer Len Smith added his seventh goal of the season at a crucial moment in the game. He scored off a cross from teammate Idrissa Camara and scored the second goal of the game for Midwestern State. The Mustangs were now in the drivers seat with a 2-1 lead with 18 minutes remaining.
Daniel Riley had his best opportunity to tie the game at the 79th minute when he received the ball in the box and took a shot, but was denied by the Mustang keeper. Riley had another opportunity just seconds later, but his header went over the goal. The Hilltoppers didn't generate another opportunity and lost their first game since the opening weekend.
No. 6 Young Harris 5, Georgia Southwestern State 0
AMERICUS, Ga. -– Ilija Ilic scored three times and Alex Wyper added two more as Young Harris recorded a 5-0 Peach Belt Conference shutout against Georgia Southwestern State Saturday afternoon at Hurricane Field.
The Mountain Lions, who are ranked No. 6 in the country, improved to 11-1-0 overall and to 5-0-0 in the Peach Belt as Young Harris won its ninth consecutive match. Georgia Southwestern fell to 2-8-2 and 0-6-1.
Young Harris, which outshot the Hurricanes 23-4, wasted little time before scoring as Ilic scored an unassisted goal just 2:16 into the match. Wyper made it 2-0 15 minutes later off an assist from Khurram Shazad. llic and Niall McCabe teamed up for the final two scores in the first half for the Mountain Lions. Ilic, who moved into a tie for the lead in the Peach Belt with his 13th goal, took a cross from McCabe, who leads the PBC with 11 assists, at the 23:40 mark. Ilic, who recorded his second career hat trick, headed in a McCabe cross with less than four minutes before halftime.
The Mountain Lions got their final score at the 84:52 mark when Wyper, who has seven goals, converted a penalty kick.
Pedro Ozi stopped one shot for Young Harris as he recorded his PBC-leading sixth shutout of 2013.
No. 7 Lindenwood 1, Harding 0
SEARCY, Ark. -- No. 7 Lindenwood scored one first-half goal which was all the team needed in a win against the Harding Bison in Searcy, Ark.. on Saturday night.
Aris Nukic scored his 10th goal of the season in the 35th minute after a perfect pass from Mauricio Media to give the visitors the lead. And for the next 80 minutes of play neither team could muster any offense.
Lindenwood's defense completely shut down Harding. The Bison could only muster four total shots while only three were on goal.
Alex Tiesenhausen got his first start of the season in net and recorded his first shutout of the season.
With the win the Lions improve to 12-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in MIAA play.
Mercyhurst 2, No. 8 Slippery Rock 1
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –- Eighth-ranked Slippery Rock saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night with a 2-1 loss to Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference action at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
The win for Mercyhurst puts the Lakers in the driver's seat with control of their own destiny in search for the PSAC regular season title and hosting rights for the conference finals.
Slippery Rock suffered just its second loss of the year to drop to 10-2-1 overall and 5-2 in PSAC games. The loss is also just the sixth taken by the Rock since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Mercyhurst improves to 11-3 overall and 8-1 in PSAC games with the win.
The game was a tale of two halves, with the Lakers scoring both goals in the first half and controlling the pace of play. Slippery Rock had the edge in the second half, tallying a goal and getting multiple chances to equalize.
Mercyhurst finished the game with advantages of 17-10 on total shots, 10-4 in shots on goal and 10-4 in corner kicks.
No. 10 St. Leo 2, Florida Southern 1
SAINT LEO, Fla. –- No. 10 Saint Leo (9-1-1, 3-0-1 SSC) collected yet another victory Saturday night as they defeated the visiting Florida Southern Mocs (2-7, 2-3 SSC) by a 2-1 score. The win signaled the Lions 9th win of the season as well as another Sunshine State Conference win.
Despite a battle on the field, the Lions struck first to take a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute. A run by junior Lukas Cramer left him with a wide open shot that found the back of the net quickly and easily.
With the game in favor of Saint Leo, the Mocs rebounded, scoring a goal in the 40th minute to tie the game at 1-1. It was the Mocs' James Gibson who connected with the ball off of a corner kick assist from Jonathan Radvogin.
With the first 45 minutes of play under their belts, the Saint Leo and Florida Southern squads headed into halftime tied at one goal apiece.
The first and second halves featured a tough physical battle, as both teams fought for victory. A total of thirty fouls occurred throughout the contest.
The defining play of the match came in the 62nd second minute, when senior captain Edgar Herrera was fouled inside the Florida Southern box and awarded a penalty kick. Stepping in to take the penalty kick was junior Lukas Cramer, who blasted the ball past a diving Moccasin goalkeeper for the game-winning goal.
Cramer collected both goals on the evening, contributing to the Lions' 11 total shots and four shots on goal.
The Saint Leo goalkeeper, sophomore Manuel Shoenhuber, recorded two saves in the effort.