The first full week of the men's soccer season is in the books. Two-time defending national champion Stanford is ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches poll and is poised to make a run at a third straight title. In two of the more notable matches of the week, No. 6 Maryland defeated No. 15 UCLA 3-2 in overtime and Omaha throttled then-No. 17 Virginia Tech 5-1, propelling the Mavericks to No. 21 in the latest poll.
Here are the best goals from Week 1 (Aug. 27-Sept. 2):
Corey Baird – Stanford
The Cardinal are off to a 2-0 start this season, including a win over No. 23 Creighton, with a combined goal differential of 7-0. Corey Baird scored his first goal of the season and put the nail in the coffin against the Bluejays with this long-range header that deflected in the goal off of the far post.
Jelani Pieters – North Carolina
Pieters had a career game against Rutgers, scoring two goals and assisting on a third in North Carolina's 6-1 victory. He netted an impressive goal by redirecting a beautiful pass from teammate Cam Lindley with his head. It's early in the season, but Pieters has already made a habit of scoring off of headers.
....does gravity apply to Jelani Pieters? pic.twitter.com/voloCQ7sc8— UNC Men's Soccer (@UNCmenssoccer) August 28, 2017
Jeff Farina – Notre Dame
Jeff Farina single-handedly provided enough offensive firepower for Notre Dame to outlast Cal Poly 2-1 in double overtime. Farina finished a cross from Felicien Dumas with a skillful diving header in the game's eighth minute. He later scored the game-winner in the 101st minute after gathering the ball outside of the 18-yard box, setting up a right-footed strike that found the top-left corner of the goal, giving the Irish the win.
Sebastian Elney, Eric Matzelevich, Gordon Wild – Maryland
Maryland earned a trifecta of highlight-reel goals this week, including two from the Terrapins' 3-2 win over the Bruins. Freshman forward Eric Matzelevich one-timed a volley from the edge of the box to put Maryland up 2-1 against UCLA. Junior forward Sebastian Elney capped off a competitive match with a rocket of a shot that sent the home fans in to a frenzy.
Earlier in the week against Hofstra, junior forward Gordon Wild scored the second goal in Maryland's 2-0 victory on a lofting, left-footed shot off of a free kick.
Marios Lomis – Creighton
Creighton senior forward Marios Lomis used his 6-2 frame to fight for position that allowed him to head in the game-winner against Grand Canyon in double overtime. You can watch the goal beginning at the 1:08 mark below.
Jad Arslan – West Virginia
Senior midfielder Jad Arslan netted his third goal of the season for the Mountaineers early in the first half against Wright State when he made a run down the left side of the pitch, into the box, setting up a right-footed shot that deflected off the left post and into the goal. You can watch the goal beginning at the 0:22 mark below.
Joey Parish, Handwalla Bwana – Washington
Washington defeated Loyola Marymount 2-0 last Sunday thanks to goals from Joey Parish and Handwalla Bwana. It was each player's first goal of the season. Parish scored what proved to be the game-winner after a long throw-in from the right side of the field. He perfectly timed and placed his left-footed shot as he spun inside the box. Bwana added another goal minutes later after dancing around LMU's goalkeeper and another defender.
Pablo Aguilar, Julian Cummings – Virginia
Virginia shut out Hofstra 4-0 this week and Pablo Aguilar started the scoring for the Cavaliers' attack. He scored in the 10th minute off a free kick on the left side of the box, bending the ball just out of the reach of Hofstra's keeper. Virginia's fourth goal was equally impressive, as Edward Opoku created space from a Hofstra defender with a series of dribbling moves before firing a cross into the box that Julian Cummings one-timed into the net with a volley.
Jason Wright – Clemson
Clemson coach Mike Noonan picked up his 300th career victory last week when the Tigers defeated South Carolina 4-1. Jason Wright scored the game-winner in the 29th minute with a shot from the top-left edge of the box that found the inside of the right post. You can watch the goal beginning at the 0:16 mark below.
Rashad Hyacenth – Indiana
Indiana took care of business against San Francisco, winning 5-1, and senior Rashad Hyacenth scored his first goal of the season – the last of the game – in impressive fashion. He one-timed a bouncing ball with his left foot from outside the box.
Tim Kubel – Louisville
Louisville picked up a big win over No. 25 Butler 1-0 last week and senior Tim Kubel's goal in the 39th minute proved to be the difference. He ran up to a pass from teammate Tate Schmitt and scored from 18 yards out after the ball bounced in off the left post and into the right side of the net.
Lewis Suddock – Butler
Butler bounced back from its loss to Louisville with a 3-2 win over South Florida in overtime. Lewis Suddock scored twice – in the 2nd minute and 93rd minute – to give the Bulldogs the win.
Elvir Ibisevic, Xavier Gomez, Emmanuel Hamzat – Omaha
Omaha picked up a big non-conference win with a 5-1 victory over Virginia Tech. Elvir Ibisevic recorded a hat trick in the first 11 minutes of the game.
Hunter Barone, Ryan Scott – Michigan State
The Spartans handled Saint Louis 2-0 last week. Hunter Barone took advantage of a misplayed ball by SLU's back line and scored from roughly 20 yards out, then Ryan Scott added another goal in the game's final second.