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Akron was zipped

No. 2 Notre Dame 2, No. 13 Clemson 1

CLEMSON, S.C. -- A two-goal effort, including the game-winner in overtime, from senior forward Harrison Shipp propelled second-ranked Notre Dame to a 2-1 victory at No. 13 Clemson on Saturday evening in Atlantic Coast Conference play at Riggs Field.

The Fighting Irish (6-0-3, 3-0-2) seemed on their way to victory in regulation, but Clemson's Ara Amirkhanian netted the equalizer in the 88th minute. It didn't take Shipp long to end the match as he deposited a turnaround shot from 15 yards away less than two minutes into overtime.

Shipp currently has a career-best seven-game point streak and he leads the Irish this season in goals (5) and assists (5). All 15 of his points have come in the last seven matches.

No. 4 Creighton 2, Xavier 0

OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton remained atop the Big East conference standings with a 2-0 victory against Xavier at Morrison Stadium on Saturday night.

Creighton (6-2-2, 2-0-1 Big East) snapped a three-game winless streak with the victory against Xavier (4-5-2, 0-2-0 BIG EAST). The Jays have yet to surrender a goal through three conference matches. The win marked CU’s fifth shutout of the season, the fourth at home, resulting in a 4-0-1 record in those contests.

In the 12th minute, CU junior Eric Miller scored his first career game-winning goal after he connected on a header into the net off of a Creighton rebound from the crossbar to give the Jays an early 1-0 lead. It marked Miller’s second goal of the season; assisted by senior Zach Barnes.

The Bluejays maintained the one-goal lead into halftime. CU attempted seven shots and four corners in the half to a pair of shots and one corner by XU.

Creighton scored another quick goal in the second half at 50:29. CU sophomore Christian Blandon scored his first goal of the year 20 yards out from the right side to beat XU goalkeeper Eric Osswald. Senior Bruno Castro assisted on the goal to make it 2-0 Jays.

No. 7 UMBC 2, Hartford 1

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- UMBC senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres broke a 1-1 tie with an early second half score and the visiting, seventh-ranked Retrievers (10-1-0, 1-0-0 America East) held on for a 2-1 victory against Hartford (7-2-2, 0-1-0) in the America East opener for both squads.

UMBC had to rally, as Hartford opened the scoring on a goal by Javoni Simms in the 16th minute. But Retriever senior forward Pete Caringi III tallied his nation-leading 10th goal of the season in the 30th minute and the game was deadlocked at 1-1 at the break.

The visitors picked up the attack in the second half and got the game-winning goal in the 50th minute. Junior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye took a free kick from the right side and swung a serve deep into the Hawk box. UMBC caused traffic in front of Hawk netminder David Mackinnon and Dacres took advantage, booting home his fifth goal of the season from six yards out.

UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders was credited with four saves in the victory and made a brilliant stop on Simms in the 58th minute when the UH goal-scorer was unattended and fired from seven yards out.  

After the Dacres goal, UMBC continued to press and Dacres and junior midfielder Stephen Ho both misfired on semi-breakaways in a two-minute span. Sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris, who drew an assist on Caringi’s first half goal, also had a golden opportunity to extend the lead to 3-1, but shot wide right from close range with 15 minutes remaining. 

Hartford held a slight edge in shots, 16-15, and Mackinnon made three saves for the hosts.

Hartwick 2, No. 9 Akron 0

AKRON, Ohio -- Ninth-ranked Akron saw its NCAA record-setting conference unbeaten streak come to an end in a 2-0 defeat to Hartwick on Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.

The Zips (7-3-0, 2-1-0 Mid-American Conference) dominated the game, out-shooting the Hawks 27-6 overall and 13-2 on frame.

The Hawks goalkeeper Mateo Munarriz was the difference maker, turning away a total of 13 shots to post his second shutout of the fall.

Hartwick broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half when Kit Tregear flicked home a long throw in from Jack Miller.

Akron had a great opportunity to pull even in the 85th minute when a Hawks defender was called for a hand ball in the penalty area. Zips senior Reinaldo Brenes took the subsequent penalty kick but couldn't convert.

With UA throwing numbers forward, Hartwick capitalized on a breakaway to put the game away. Marc Russell made a long run before crossing the ball to Chris Walter, who finished from close range.

No. 10 UCLA 2, San Diego State 1

LOS ANGELES -- After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, 10th-ranked UCLA rebounded with two goals in the final 15 minutes to upend the San Diego State Aztecs 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Drake Stadium. Freshman Kevin De La Torre scored the equalizer in the 76th minute while senior Victor Chavez headed home the game-winner in the 89th minute.

UCLA improved to 6-2-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Pac-12 play with the win while San Diego State dropped to 3-5-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play with the loss. The win was also the Bruins’ seventh against the Aztecs and extended UCLA’s unbeaten streak against San Diego State to 12.

Overall, the Bruins outshot San Diego State 11-7 while Earl Edwards made one save in the win. Chavez, Iloski, Munoz and Stolz were each credited with assists in the match as well.

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