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CSUN ties school record for most wins to start a season
Last Updated - September 20, 2013 11:23 GMT
No. 1 North Carolina 0, Virginia Tech 0 (2OT)
BLACKSBURG, Va. — North Carolina finished in a 0-0 draw at Virginia Tech on Friday night from Thompson Field.
North Carolina (3-0-3, 0-0-3 ACC) went to overtime for the fifth time in six matches this season, but ended in a scoreless draw for the first time in 2013.
The Tar Heels had two good chances to win the match in extra time, one coming in each of the overtime sessions.
In the 97th minute, Tyler Engel did well to time a one-hopped floating cross from Holness and he put a strong strike on the ball that was pushed to the side by Tech keeper Kyle Renfro. Minutes later, a cross from Alex Olofson found Josh Rice, but his header went wide of net at the 99:05 mark.
Engel was penetrating the Hokie defense again in the second extra session. This time he tried to chip the goalie in the 103rd minute, but Renfro got a glove on the shot attempt.
It appeared the Virginia Tech had the game won when Robert Alberti had a clear look on net in the second overtime, but he sent his shot inches over the cross bar as UNC keeper Brendan Moore sprawled to get a mitt on the ball.
Moore, a junior, came up with two saves to earn his second consecutive clean sheet and fourth of the season. He hasn’t allowed a goal since late in the first half against Maryland last Friday night, a span of 279:56.
No. 3 Cal State Northridge 2, UNLV 1
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Two first-half goals and stout defense throughout the match led the third-ranked Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-0-0) to a 2-1 victory against the UNLV Rebels (2-4-0) on Friday evening at Matador Soccer Field. With the win, the Matadors are 7-0-0 for the first time since 1979 and are one match away from setting a new mark for the best start in program history.
The Matadors opened the scoring in the match with a goal on their first shot. In the eighth minute of play, Beto Velasquez slotted home his first goal of the season. Mynor Giron started the play with a pass up the left side to Edwin Rivas, who sent a ground pass to Velasquez in front of the open net at the right post. Velasquez, a senior forward, easily punched home his shot to put CSUN ahead 1-0.
In the 35th minute, the Rebels had an excellent opportunity to level the score line, but CSUN goalkeeper Adam Hobbs made a pair of saves in quick succession on shots by Salvador Bernal and Joaquin Rivas.
Toward the end of the first half, Sagi Lev-Ari notched his eighth goal of the season. In the 41st minute, Lev-Ari stole the ball from a UNLV defender at the top of the 18-yard box and curled in a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Ryan Harding to give the Matadors a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
Following a pair of corner kicks for UNLV in the first five minutes of the second half, the Rebels earned a free kick on the left side after a foul by the Matadors. Julian Portugal sent a long cross in on the set piece to the right post, where Rivas scored from point-blank distance to make the score 2-1.
No. 4 California 3, Colgate 0
BERKELEY, Calif. – Seth Casiple played a beautiful ball over the defense to set up Alec Sundly for the first goal and later set up the last goal in fourth-ranked California’s decisive 3-0 win against Colgate on Friday on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium. Sundly scored what was his second goal of the season at the 12:32 mark, and the Golden Bears led the rest of the way.
The Bears took the 1-0 lead into halftime and then doubled the margin when junior forward Stefano Bonomo scored his second goal of the season at 53:32. Junior midfielder Connor Hallisey assisted on the goal.
Fifth-year senior defender Steve Birnbaum scored his team-leading fourth goal of the year, heading in Casiple’s corner kick at 76:11 to make the score 3-0.
Cal remained unbeaten at 4-0-1 after the nonconference victory, while the Raiders fell to 1-6-0.