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Roundup: Lander remains the shutout king

No. 4 Notre Dame (Ohio) 2, Urbana 1

URBANA, Ohio -- Notre Dame (Ohio) remained unbeaten in Mountain East Conference play with a 2-1 victory at Urbana.

The No. 7 Falcons (8-1-0) used two Adam Mitchell goals to beat the Blue Knights from Urbana and secure a valuable away win.

The game started slowly with both teams adjusting to each other's style of play. It was the Blue Knight who scored first through Ben Fitzpatrick who latched on to a through ball and chipped goalkeeper Daniel Nagy.

The Falcons got an equalizer from Adam Mitchell in the 27th minute. Martin Lange played a corner kick short to Christopher Fairley who provided a whipping ball into the box, Mitchell was able to rise above his defender and flick the ball into the top left corner with his head.

NDC started the second half rejuvenated and with added spark, they controlled the ball better and created a number of chances. Again it was Adam Mitchell who provided the goal scoring touch for the Falcons in the 50th minute. Martin Lange cleverly beat two defenders down the right side before providing a low cross into the box for Mitchell to bundle into the net and score his seventh goal of the season.

The Falcons survived a nervous last ten minutes but held on to secure a solid away victory. Freshman Daniel Nagy recorded his first win of the season in goal for the Falcons.

No. 8 Lander 3, South Carolina Aiken 0

GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Yet to allow a goal this season, the fifth-ranked Lander team defeated South Carolina Aiken 3-0 on Wednesday night in a Peach Belt Conference game at the Jeff May Complex.

Lander improves to 5-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the PBC, while USC Aiken drops to 3-5-1, 0-2-0.

In the polls this week, Lander, which is the only team in the country that hasn't allowed a goal this season, leads the nation in scoring offense (4.4 goals per game) and shutout percentage (1.00). Individually, Kevin Durand is third in the country in assists (.80 per game) and fifth in points per game (2.8). Chris Hobbs is tied for fifth in the country in goals per game (1.25).

The Bearcats took a 1-0 at 8:57 when Zach Acree scored off an assist from Russell Parker from in front of the goal at 8:57.

The Bearcats stretched the lead to 2-0 on a Hobbs penalty kick at 50:37. Hobbs then scored from five yards out in front of the goal on an assist from Parker at 79:31 to make it 3-0.

Lander outshot the Pacers, 17-8, and led in corner kicks, 4-1.

USCA goalkeeper Joshua Poissant had five saves, while Lander's Barrett Nielsen totaled four.