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Men's Soccer Action

No. 2 LIU Post 3, Roberts Wesleyan 0

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- On Friday, a penalty kick by senior back Eirik Bjoernoe paced No. 2 LIU Post to a 3-0 victory versus Roberts Wesleyan in Brookville, N.Y. For Bjoernoe, it is his second deciding goal, via a penalty kick, in as many contests.

Though the Pioneers had only two shots on net in the first 40 minutes of play, Bjoernoe converted on an attempt from the penalty spot to put the hosts in front with 3:57 to go before halftime. The hosts would hold that slight one-goal edge at the break.

During the latter period, LIU Post dominated the course of play, out-shooting the opposition by an overwhelming 19-2 count. It was also awarded with a pair of goals as a result. In the 60th minute, junior back Oscar Kjellstrom found Per Forgaard on a cross into the box. Forgaard subsequently fired a shot into the mesh to double the Pioneers' lead.

Just four minutes later, Forgaard found himself on the giving end. From the right flank, he fed junior forward Eivind Austboe, who capped off the scoring with his team-leading 11th goal of the year.

For the match, the Pioneers (9-0, 3-0 ECC) owned a commanding 28-7 advantage in shots, and a 17-6 clip in corner kicks. Forgaard led all players with six shots. Austboe added four.

Between the pipes, senior keeper Marco Jorgensen and red-shirt junior netminder Victor Muntean combined for the clean sheet, making one save apiece. Their counterpart, Florian Witte, tallied six stops for the Redhawks (2-6-1, 1-3 ECC).

No. 3 Rollins 3, Tampa 2, 2OT

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- It took more than 106 minutes on Friday evening but third-ranked Rollins defeated Tampa 3-2 to improve to a perfect 9-0-0, 2-0 in the SSC.
The Tars relinquished the lead twice, once in the first half and then again in the second, but a pair of penalty kick goals by senior Rafa Faria eventually saved Rollins’ perfect season.

Tosan Popo also scored in the victory, the first of the match and his third of the season.

Tampa (4-2-2, 0-1) saw scores from Craig Laird, his first of the year, and Tyler Blackwood, his team leading eighth.

In goal, Keneil Baker for Rollins and David Niepel for the Spartans each played every second, Baked recording four saves while Niepel saved three.

Popo gave the Tars an early lead not even 10 minutes into the game. The freshman uncorked a rocket from outside the left corner of the box from more than 30 yards out and into the side netting.

Laird then tied it at a goal apiece, converting a free kick just outside the 18, bending it just inside the post in the 19th minute.

Then, almost five minutes later, Faria delivered on his first penalty kick attempt of the night. The attempt was setup due to the Spartans being whistled for a handball in the box.

Rollins would hold the goal advantage until the 65th minute. It was then that Blackwood again tied the game for Tampa, scoring his conference leading eighth goal of the season off an assist from Naysir Rodriguez.

The score would remain tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation and through the first overtime period.

In the second, just six minutes in, Faria converted his second PK of the game, burying it into the back of the net to end the game. Faria leads the Tars with eight goals, good for a tie for conference best with Blackwood.

Missouri-St. Louis 2, No. 4 Drury 1

ST. LOUIS -- Drury's nationally fourth-ranked Panthers were upset 2-1 by Missouri-St. Louis in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match here on Friday night.

The Panthers fell to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the GLVC, while UMSL moved to 4-5 overall and 3-4, ending a three-match losing streak with its second consecutive victory against DU. The Tritons beat the Panthers 1-0 last year in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament at Harrison Stadium.

This time, UMSL took a 1-0 lead on Tyler Collico's goal at 22:40, when an attempted punched ball by Panthers keeper Blake Andrews went backward toward the goal and was finished off by Collico.

It stayed that way through halftime, and until Cherry scored at 75:11 from close range off a Bill Lacy assist.

The Panthers countered just 23 seconds later on a Ryan Haas goal from a Nick Ammann assist to cut it to 2-1, and had a good look in the final seconds, but couldn't capitalize.

Drury had 10 shots to eight by the Tritons, including a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Panthers also had seven corner kicks to none by UMSL.

Nick Lenkman had three saves in goal for the winning Tritons.

No. 8 Lewis 0, Bellarmine 0

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The nationally ranked defense of No. 8 Lewis helped keep the Flyers' unbeaten streak alive, as they battled host Bellarmine to a 0-0 (2 OT) Great Lakes Valley Conference tie at O.B. Frazier Stadium on Friday night.

With the tie, the Flyers move to 6-0-3 on the campaign and 5-0-2 in GLVC action. They have not allowed a goal in their last 492:43 minutes played and their nine-game unbeaten streak is the Flyers' longest since they went 11 matches without a loss to begin the 2004 campaign. Entering Friday's contest, Lewis was sixth in the country, allowing a meager 0.45 goals-per-game.

Bellarmine is now 5-2-2 on the season and 3-2-2 in conference play.

Lewis senior goalkeeper Alec Pickett made five saves in goal for his fourth-consecutive shutout. He has not surrendered a goal in his last 456:33 minutes played. His counterpart Blake Hunter stopped four Flyer shots on the evening.

Lewis junior defender Michael Pyle and sophomore midfielder Luke Comerouski each recorded two shots on goal to lead the Flyers. As a team, Lewis outshot Bellarmine 17-14, but the Knights notched five shots on frame to the Flyers' four.

No. 10 UC San Diego 2, Cal State Stanislaus 0

TURLOCK, Calif. -- Tenth-ranked UC San Diego kept its roll going, scoring once in each half to down Cal State Stanislaus 2-0 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) action on Friday at Warrior Stadium.

With a fifth consecutive victory, all in shutout fashion, UCSD improved to 7-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the CCAA. Defending CCAA champion Cal State Stanislaus fell to 3-5-1 overall and 2-5 in league play.

Senior All-American goalkeeper Josh Cohen and company have gone 493:59 without surrendering a score.

UCSD largely controlled the action during the opening period. A fifth-minute Cory Wolfrom corner kick found the head of Alessandro Canale at the back post, but the junior’s effort fell harmlessly into the lap of junior Warrior goalkeeper Clint Long.

At almost the exact midway point of the first half, junior midfielder Brandon Bauman got to the end line on the right side and provided a short, low cross for Wolfrom to tap into the open net from close range at 22:23. It marked Wolfrom’s second goal of the year, both coming in the last three matches, and Bauman’s team-leading third assist and first since Sept. 7.

Within two minutes, Canale went high with his attempt at doubling the advantage.

Coming out of the halftime interval, senior midfielder Andisheh Bagheri got hold of an inadequate clearance attempt by the Warrior defense and was on target with his shot for his third of 2013 and a 2-0 Triton bulge at the 50:57 mark.

An effective attack netted Canale a good opportunity to put the game out of reach in the 78th minute, but the shot went high above the crossbar.

Long finished with two saves, while Cohen had just the one stop.

UCSD held advantages of 10-5 in shots and 8-3 in corner kicks, with Canale providing a game-high five of those 10 shots for the match.