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Roundup: Matadors move to 7-0 with victory

No. 1 North Carolina 0, Virginia Tech 0 (2OT)

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- North Carolina finished in a 0-0 draw at Virginia Tech on Friday night from Thompson Field.

North Carolina (3-0-3, 0-0-3 ACC) went to overtime for the fifth time in six matches this season, but ended in a scoreless draw for the first time in 2013.

The Tar Heels had two good chances to win the match in extra time, one coming in each of the overtime sessions.

In the 97th minute, Tyler Engel did well to time a one-hopped floating cross from Holness and he put a strong strike on the ball that was pushed to the side by Tech keeper Kyle Renfro. Minutes later, a cross from Alex Olofson found Josh Rice, but his header went wide of net at the 99:05 mark.

Engel was penetrating the Hokie defense again in the second extra session. This time he tried to chip the goalie in the 103rd minute, but Renfro got a glove on the shot attempt.

It appeared the Virginia Tech had the game won when Robert Alberti had a clear look on net in the second overtime, but he sent his shot inches over the cross bar as UNC keeper Brendan Moore sprawled to get a mitt on the ball.

Moore, a junior, came up with two saves to earn his second consecutive clean sheet and fourth of the season. He hasn't allowed a goal since late in the first half against Maryland last Friday night, a span of 279:56.

No. 3 Cal State Northridge 2, UNLV 1

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Two first-half goals and stout defense throughout the match led the third-ranked Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-0-0) to a 2-1 victory against the UNLV Rebels (2-4-0) on Friday evening at Matador Soccer Field. With the win, the Matadors are 7-0-0 for the first time since 1979 and are one match away from setting a new mark for the best start in program history.

The Matadors opened the scoring in the match with a goal on their first shot. In the eighth minute of play, Beto Velasquez slotted home his first goal of the season. Mynor Giron started the play with a pass up the left side to Edwin Rivas, who sent a ground pass to Velasquez in front of the open net at the right post. Velasquez, a senior forward, easily punched home his shot to put CSUN ahead 1-0.

In the 35th minute, the Rebels had an excellent opportunity to level the score line, but CSUN goalkeeper Adam Hobbs made a pair of saves in quick succession on shots by Salvador Bernal and Joaquin Rivas.

Toward the end of the first half, Sagi Lev-Ari notched his eighth goal of the season. In the 41st minute, Lev-Ari stole the ball from a UNLV defender at the top of the 18-yard box and curled in a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Ryan Harding to give the Matadors a 2-0 advantage at halftime.

Following a pair of corner kicks for UNLV in the first five minutes of the second half, the Rebels earned a free kick on the left side after a foul by the Matadors. Julian Portugal sent a long cross in on the set piece to the right post, where Rivas scored from point-blank distance to make the score 2-1.

No. 4 California 3, Colgate 0

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Seth Casiple played a beautiful ball over the defense to set up Alec Sundly for the first goal and later set up the last goal in fourth-ranked California’s decisive 3-0 win against Colgate on Friday on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium. Sundly scored what was his second goal of the season at the 12:32 mark, and the Golden Bears led the rest of the way.

The Bears took the 1-0 lead into halftime and then doubled the margin when junior forward Stefano Bonomo scored his second goal of the season at 53:32. Junior midfielder Connor Hallisey assisted on the goal.

Fifth-year senior defender Steve Birnbaum scored his team-leading fourth goal of the year, heading in Casiple’s corner kick at 76:11 to make the score 3-0.

Cal remained unbeaten at 4-0-1 after the nonconference victory, while the Raiders fell to 1-6-0.

No. 6 Washington 5, Florida Gulf Coast 0

SEATTLE -- No. 6 Washington’s stellar start continued as the Dawgs dismantled Florida Gulf Coast 5-0. Washington improved to 5-0-1 after thoroughly dominating an NCAA tournament team from a year ago. Michael Harris led UW with two goals, but the Dawgs were outstanding in all facets of the game.

The Dawgs got on the board in the 12th minute with Andy Thoma’s first goal of the season. James Moberg chased down a ball in the corner and sent a cross though the six-yard box. Florida Gulf Coast’s keeper appeared to have it measured, but the ball squirted through and Thoma was there for a one-time finish from point blank range.

The early goal gave UW momentum, but it appeared it would be just a one-goal lead going into the half. However, a pair of goals less than a minute apart effectively killed any chance of FGCU getting back in the game.

In the 42nd minute, Harris scored his first on scorching volley. The Dawgs took one of their five corner kicks in the game and after a Husky shot was punched away, Harris had a chance at a volley from 20 yards out and did not miss. The goal was the first of the season for the senior after already recording three assists on the 2013 campaign.

Just 44 seconds later, Washington got on the board again. Florida Gulf Coast turned the ball over after the kickoff and Cristian Roldan gained possession just across midfield. The freshman dribbled through traffic towards goal, eventually getting to a comfortable distance and angle and clinically shot low and in the corner for a great goal and first at UW.

The goal gave UW a 3-0 lead going into the break, which turned out to be plenty. The Dawgs continued their dominance in the second half and made it 4-0 in the 48th minute.

This time Roldan slipped a nice through ball to Darwin Jones who sprinted through the defense and the scored from a difficult angle, while moving to his right. The junior transfer had led the Dawgs in shots, but finally got his first goal as a Husky.

Finally, Harris made it 5-0 in the 75th minute when he buried a header off a corner kick. Justin Schmidt sent in a perfect inswinging corner and Harris sprinted near post, leaped above the defense and rammed a header past the keeper.

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