No. 6 Cal State Northridge 3, Sacramento State 0
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In the first step toward repeating as conference champions, No. 6 Cal State Northridge (9-1-0, 1-0-0 Big West) opened Big West Conference play with a convincing 3-0 victory against Sacramento State (2-4-3, 0-1-0 Big West) on Friday afternoon at Hornet Field.
Cal State Northridge not only continued its impressive start to the 2013 campaign, the team also won its conference opener for the sixth-consecutive year and the ninth time in the last 11.
Throughout the early part of the contest, neither side dominated possession and no shots were recorded until the 21st minute of play. Midfielder Chris Smith lined up a shot that was saved by Sacramento State goalkeeper Cesar Castillo.
Not long after the play, the Matadors found the breakthrough they'd been looking for and took a 1-0 lead. Junior forward Edwin Rivas scored his second goal of the year after receiving a pass from the top of the box and shooting into the lower corner of the net. David Turcios and Yarden Azulay were credited with assists on the play.
The Matadors took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break and came out strong in the second half of play. Just under eight minutes in, Northridge doubled its lead thanks to a goal by Beto Velasquez. Forward Sagi Lev-Ari chipped the ball to Velasquez in the box before he sent home a shot into the corner from five yards out.
Smith put the match out of reach with a goal in the 89th minute. Brian Behrad and Lev-Ari combined to create a loose ball scenario in front of net and Smith tipped it past Castillo for his third goal of the season.
Hobbs made a pair of saves after returning to the match to earn his ninth win of the year.
No. 8 Maryland 2, Boston College 1
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Freshman Michael Sauers’ first career goal helped No. 8 Maryland defeat Boston College 2-1 on a Friday night at Ludwig Field.
A first half own goal supplemented the freshman’s tally as the Terrapins (5-2-3, 4-0-1 ACC) dominated the Eagles for most of the night. The Terps were able to withstand a late Boston College run to seal the victory.
Sauers’ goal came after just five minutes of play. Senior Sunny Jane served the ball into the box and the freshman banged in his header from close range. The tally was the quickest the Terps have scored this season.
Jane continued to be a menace to the Eagles’ backline throughout the first half, constantly creating chances for himself and his teammates. Jane just missed two free kick opportunities and had a daring 25-yard left foot attempt go just wide.
The Terps’ pressure paid off again in the 30th minute. A Maryland cross deflected off a Boston College defender and trickled past keeper Alex Kapp to give the Terps a 2-1 lead.
Boston College struck back in the 75th minute when Isaac Normesinu slipped a through ball into the path of Zeiko Lewis who calmly put the ball past Steffen.
Maryland’s freshman keeper would have the last laugh in the 90th minute. Steffen stuffed an Eagle 1-on-1 opportunity to preserve the Terrapin lead just before the final whistle.
Maryland outshot the Eagles, 18-10, on the night including an 11-3 first half advantage.