Top 10 Roundup
Owens scores on a direct free kick to lift Notre Dame (Ohio)
No. 1 Lynn 4, Shorter 1
Cleveland, Tenn. -- Even nine new starters could not slow down Lynn’s title defense as the top-ranked team in the nation downed Shorter 4-1 in the opening match of the Lee Invitational. Jake Furman led the offensive charge with two goals while newcomers Javier Mochon and Mattias Jaenicke also found the back of the net.
It took a little less than 10 minutes for the Blue & White to score the first goal of the season. Mochon helped set up the scoring play after being taken down by four Hawks inside the box to draw a penalty kick. Furman stepped up and knocked in the goal to put his team ahead 1-0.
Two and a half minutes later Furman would strike again, this time from help by Michael O’Neill. A cross pass was settled by O’Neill and his ensuing touch split two Shorter defenders. Furman took one touch and ripped a shot to the left side netting for his first career multi-goal game.
The Hawks (0-1) battled back to cut their deficit to 2-1 after LU turned away a corner kick opportunity. But the cleared ball fell to the foot of Balazs Horvath and the Shorter midfielder immediately fired off an attempt from 35-yards out to the right post.
Mochon, though, helped return the two-goal advantage in the 39th minute when he headed in a brilliant corner kick pass from Simon Gubisch. Mochon earned All-America honors last season after scoring seven goals as a defender.
The Fighting Knights put the match away early in the second half following a score by Jaenicke. O’Neill earned his first career multi-assist game when he launched a ball from deep in LU territory to the top right corner of the box, where Anthony Desperito headed a pass to the middle of the pitch. Jaenicke stepped up and beat keeper Austen Trevers with a left-footed shot to make it a 4-1 contest.
No. 25 Notre Dame (Ohio) 1, No. 4 Mercyhurst 0
ERIE, Pa. -- No. 25 Notre Dame (Ohio) started the season off with a 1-0 victory against No. 4 Mercyhurst.
Senior midfielder Tom Owens was the lone goal scorer with a direct free kick. Owens snuck his free kick around the wall and into the bottom left-hand corner at the 40:08 mark. Owens continues his goal scoring form from last season, in which he racked up 12 goals for the Falcons.
The victory for the Falcons was not only significant due to the Lakers ranking but also significant as the Lakers are members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, making them an in-region opponent for the Falcons this year.
The Falcons have now won seven consecutive season openers, dating back to the 2006 season.
"It was a scrappy affair," head coach Michael McBride said. "It was an archetypal early season game and both teams will certainly improve this season. It was an important result for us though against an in-region team who are nationally ranked."
No. 6 Rockhurst 5, Newman 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mitchell Moncada scored twice as No. 6 Rockhurst defeated Newman 5-0 in the season opener for both teams.
The Hawks got a goal from Nick McDonald in the 27th minute to open the scoring. By the time the first half ended, Jon Schrieber and Moncada had each scored once to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
Moncada added another goal in the 65th minute and Keith Williams capped the scoring with a goal in the 85th minute.
Ryan Bass had two saves for the Hawks.
No. 10 Flagler 3, Mars Hill 2
Mars Hill, N.C. -- Kevin Keenan scored an unassisted goal in the 86th minute to lift the Saints to a 3-2 victory against Mars Hill in the season opener for both teams.
Up until Keenan's goal, the match was a back-and-forth affair with the Saints twice holding one-goal leads that they would relinquish. Their first lead came after a goal on a redirection in front of the goal by Jonny Cosgrove in the 39th minute. That lead held until the first minute after halftime when Alex Mullen tied the game for Mars Hill.
Flagler would once against take the lead 12 minutes later when Caleb Austin scored an unassisted goal. That lead was short lived as about 45 seconds later, Tom Allison headed in a corner to tie the game at two.
Camp Bissell made six saves for Flagler.