No. 5 Cal State Northridge 2, Cal State Fullerton 1
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Just a minute into the first overtime period, Cal State Northridge midfielder David Turcios finished a thrilling kick to send the Matadors (12-2-1, 4-1-1 Big West) to a 2-1 win against the Cal State Fullerton Titans (6-7-1, 3-2-1 Big West) on Wednesday night at Matador Soccer Field. Beto Velasquez had a goal as well and his cross in overtime was spilled before Turcios put an exclamation point on the evening for CSUN.
The match seemed destined for late heroics after the teams played a scoreless first half. Northridge had the overwhelming majority of chances at goal, firing off 13 shots in the first 45 minutes but only forcing Fullerton's Bryan Escalante to make two saves. In the first half alone the Matadors took seven corner kicks but were unable to find the back of the net.
With the win, the Matadors are in sole possession of first place in the Big West South Division at 13 points with four matches remaining while the Titans move into a tie with UC Irvine for second at 10 points.
Cincinnati 2, No. 6 Louisville 0
CINCINNATI -- Sixth-ranked Louisville had its nine-game unbeaten streak halted with a 2-0 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday night at Gettler Stadium.
Suffering its first loss since Sept. 13, the league-leading Cardinals dropped to 4-1-1 in American Athletic Conference action and 9-3-2 overall. With their third consecutive win overall and their first conference win, the Bearcats improved to 5-9-1 overall and 1-5-0 in the league. The loss also ended Louisville's six-game winning streak against Cincinnati.
The Bearcats struck first early in Wednesday's match when John Manga took a pass up the middle from Alan Rovira and scored past Louisville junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball as he charged up from his line for the 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. The goal for Manga was his third of the season while the assist for Rovira was his second.
Less than 12 minutes later, Cincinnati pushed its lead to 2-0 when Will Diebold took a feed from Christian Myton in the corner and scored inside the far left post in the 24th minute. It was the second goal of the season for Diebold and the first assist for Myton.
After taking the two-goal advantage into the halftime break, the Bearcats made the lead stand as Louisville was shutout for the third time this season but the first since the 1-0 loss to UC Irvine on Sept. 13. Overall, the Cardinals were outshot 16-6 by the Bearcats, including a 9-0 margin in the first half. Cincinnati also had an 8-2 edge in shots on goal.
Defensively, goalkeeper Alex Gill had two saves en route to clinching the Bearcats' third shutout of the season. For Louisville, Ball had six saves in defeat.
No. 9 Georgetown 6, DePaul 0
WASHINGTON -- Georgetown (11-3-1, 4-1-1 Big East) used a huge offensive output to defeat the DePaul (4-9-2, 0-5-1 Big East) 6-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Shaw Field. The offense scored four goals in the second half and the defense posted its 10th shutout of the season to tie the program record.
In the sixth minute, freshman midfielder Bakie Goodman passed it to classmate Alex Muyl who one touched the ball to junior Tyler Rudy. The midfielder chipped a shot over the defense from the top of the box and into the right corner catching keeper Philip Huang standing to make it 1-0. This goal would stand as the game winner.
In the 40th minute, Rudy was tripped from behind in box resulting in the penalty kick. Neumann took the kick and connected to make it 2-0 at the break.
Neumann's corner kick in the 57th minute looked to be a goal as senior defender Ted Helfrich headed it in for what would be his first-career goal. However, the Blue Demons were called for a handball on the shot resulting in the goal called back. A penalty kick was awarded to the Blue & Gray which was taken by Neumann for his second of the game making it 3-0.
The scoring came in waves as sophomore forward Brandon Allen then took the pass from Muyl. Allen was tripped up by Huang, but recovered to shoot from the right goal line and into the left corner to continue the scoring.
Just seven minutes later, a free kick opportunity on the left side allowed Neumann to bend a low ball into the left corner. The shot was saved by Huang, but the rebound came to sophomore defender Cole Seiler who shot from point-blank range to make it 5-0 and tally his first-career goal.
It was freshman forward Brett Campbell who moved into the scoring column in the 72nd minute to make it 6-0.
Neumann led the way with two goals and an assist in his second-consecutive game for five points. Muyl tallied two assist as eight different players posted a point in the contest. Georgetown outshot DePaul 17-8 with 12 on goal, and took seven corner kicks to the Blue Demon's two. Junior Tomas Gomez took the win with his eighth shutout of the season, while Huang was given the loss with five saves on the afternoon to his credit.