No. 2 Notre Dame 2, Indiana 0
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame initiated a new member to its goal-scoring fraternity Wednesday when junior forward Vince Cicciarelli put the second-ranked Fighting Irish on the board in the 21st minute en route to a 2-0 victory against Indiana at Alumni Stadium.
Cicciarelli's goal sequence began with a pass from senior forward Harrison Shipp and Cicciarelli drove past Indiana defenders who were draped on him inside the 18-yard box and the big forward placed his shot past Hoosier goalkeeper Michael Soderlund, who had come off his line.
Patrick Hodan, who had a game-high five shots on goal, wouldn't be denied in the 35th minute. After receiving a pass from Harrison Shipp, Hodan weaved past a Hoosier defender and sent his shot to the far past and into the back of the net for his third goal of the season. Shipp's two-assist performance upped his career-best point streak to six games and he now has a team-best 11 points (3g, 5a) this season.
Indiana (4-5-1) actually had the game's first two scoring chances. In the 11th minute, Tommy Thompson headed the ball to the near post, but Irish goalkeeper Patrick Wall was there for one of his three saves on the evening. Wall, a senior, was needed again in the 18th minute to punch a shot from Indiana's A.J. Corrado over the crossbar.
Notre Dame had the game's only shot on goal in the second half. The Fighting Irish outshot the Hoosiers 17-8 in the match, while Indiana gained one more corner kick (7-6). Soderlund compiled four saves for the Hoosiers.
Notre Dame blanked an Indiana offense that entered Wednesday's match averaging two goals per game. The Fighting Irish have allowed just four goals this season. Wall boasts a 0.46 goals-against average with four clean sheets.
No. 22 Saint Louis 1, No. 4 Creighton 0
ST. LOUIS -- Fourth-ranked Creighton fell 1-0 to No. 22 Saint Louis at the Billikens’ Hermann Stadium on Wednesday night.
Creighton (5-2-2, 1-0-1 Big East) outshot Saint Louis (6-2-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic 10) 13-8 in the match, but could not get on the scoreboard. The setback snapped the Jays’ program record of five consecutive double-overtime contests.
CU sophomore goalkeeper Connor Sparrow earned his second start as a Bluejay in his hometown of St. Louis. Sparrow made three saves on the evening but fell to 0-1-1 on the year.
The first half was evenly played as Creighton edged Saint Louis 5-4 in shots. SLU attempted two corner kicks while CU attempted one.
Saint Louis player Filip Pavisic was issued a red card just minutes (49:51) into the second half to force the Billikens to play shorthanded the rest of the match.
However SLU scored a shorthanded goal minutes later as Ryan Sweetin found the back of the net off of a goal kick from more than 20 yards out. The Billikens’ goal was the first allowed by Creighton to a team with 10 or fewer players on the pitch since SIU Edwardsville posted one on Oct. 30, 2010.
SLU goalkeeper Nick Shackelford earned the win to improve to 6-2-0 on the year.
Bradley 3, No. 5 Northwestern 2
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Fifth-ranked Northwestern staged a two-goal rally to force overtime against Bradley on Wednesday night at Lakeside Field.
However, the Wildcats ultimately fell in the extra period and Bradley upset NU 3-2.
Trailing 2-0 with just 15 minutes remaining in regulation, the ‘Cats (7-2-0) were able to tie the game with a pair of Joey Calistri goals.
At 76:37, Calistri took a pass from Connor Holloway from the middle of the field and found the back of the net to get NU on the board. Just eight minutes later, Calstri’s second goal of the game tied the game at 2-2, after taking a pass from Chris Ritter in the middle of the field.
Bradley (5-3-1) scored both of its goals off Northwestern turnovers. Christian Okeke put the Braves on the board with a goal in the eighth minute and Aaron Birk made it 2-0 at 52:44.
The loss snapped the Wildcats’ seven-game winning streak, which was the second longest in school history (8-1988). It was NU’s first loss August, a 3-1 defeat to UC-Santa Barbara on Aug. 30.
Calistri, who entered the game tied for fourth in the nation in goals and leading the Big Ten, now has 10 goals this season and 19 in his career. The 19 goals rank tie fort tenth most in school career history. His 10 goals are tied for ninth most in a single-season in Northwestern history.
This marked Calistri’s fourth career multi-goal game, which is the most by a player since Matt Eliason.
Despite the early goals, NU was on the offensive attack most of the game, pressuring the Braves, out-shooting them 17-14 and taking seven corner kicks to BU’s two.