By JOHN BOSCHINI
No. 1 Connecticut stayed perfect with a win over quality opposition after a 2-0 victory over No. 11 St. John's on Saturday.
More than 5,000 were on hand for the Big East conference opener for both teams. St. John's staved off numerous chances from UConn (8-0), but Allando Matheson finally broke through in the 74th minute, snapping St. John's shutout streak at 636 minutes. Mamadou Doudou Diouf added an insurance goal in the 90th minute for his team-high sixth goal of the season by beating St. John's keeper Rafael Diaz to finish into an empty net.
UConn's defense has been stellar this season, allowing only two goals in eight games, and the Huskies have not been scored on in five games. St. John's (5-2-1) saw its six-game unbeaten street snapped as the Red Storm were shutout for the third time this season.
In other NCAA action from the weekend:
Maryland stays perfect in ACC
The No. 2 Maryland Terrapins continue to dominate ACC play with a 2-0 victory at Virginia Tech on Saturday. John Sterzer opened the scoring for Maryland in the first half by slotting home Karou Forbess free kick. Forbess played provider again for Casey Townsend's insurance goal in the 41st minute.
SMU upsets UCLA
SMU took advantage of an inconsistent No. 9 UCLA team for a 2-1 victory that showed why the Mustangs were a pre-season top 10 team. Arthur Ivo’s well-taken free kick from 30 yards out opened the scoring for SMU. The in-form Chandler Hoffman equalized for the Bruins, but SMU wrapped up the victory in the first half with Juan Castillo’s headed goal.
Notre Dame upsets Louisville
Danny O’Leary scored in the fourth minute for the eventual game-winner as No. 12 Notre Dame sent No. 4 Louisville to a 1-0 loss in its Big East opener. The Cardinals dominated the second half, holding a 16-2 shot advantage, but they couldn’t convert, and Will Walsh finished the game with seven saves in a shutout for the Fighting Irish.
What do you think of the weekend’s results? Impressed with UConn’s blistering start? Concerned for UCLA or Louisville’s inconsistency? Is Maryland the team to beat in the ACC?
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