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NCAA midweek roundup: UConn falls, Creighton upsets Tulsa and more

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UConn enjoyed their promotion to the second-ranked team in the country for only a couple of hours as the Huskies fell to No. 6 Maryland 1-0 on Tuesday night. Freshman Patrick Mullins scored in the first half to hand UConn their first defeat of the season. It was the first shutout of the season for UConn, who had averaged nearly three goals per game previously. 

UConn is the fourth consecutive team to be promoted to No. 2 in the NSCAA standings and then lose the following week.

No. 11 Creighton continued their dream start to the season with a 3-1 upset of No. 5 Tulsa. Ethan Finlay netted a brace and Andrew Ribeiro added a third in the second half. The Jays improve to 8-1-0 on the season and look to be a safe bet to win the Missouri Valley Conference title.

No. 4 North Carolina was facing another shock defeat when it went down early to unranked Radford. But goals from Martin Murphy, Kirk Urso, Enzo Martinez and Matt Rose turned the match into a 5-1 blowout for the Tarheels.

Check out the rest of the NCAA midweek action after the jump.


No. 12 Butler 2, Evansville 1: Kyle Pateros scored with just 1:31 left on the clock to keep the Bulldogs perfect record intact. 

No. 7 Virginia 2, Liberty 1: Ari Dimas converted a penalty kick with nine minutes remaining to rescue a win for the Cavaliers. 

No. 19 Duke 4, Davidson 1: The Blue Devils returned to their winning ways with doubles from Ryan Finley and Cole Grossman.

No. 13 Brown 1, No. 22 St. John's 0: Evan Coleman scored the game winner for Brown just 2:10 into the game.


No. 18 Michigan State 2, New Hampshire 0: Goals from Brent Rosendall and Domenic Barone were enough for the Spartans. 

Syracuse 3, No. 24 Colgate 2 (OT): Mark Brode scored with 32 seconds left in the first overtime period to give Syracuse the win.

UNC-Wilmington 2, No. 25 James Madison 1: Etienne Boulanger broke a 1-1 tie midway through the second half to secure a Seahawks win. 

No. 21 South Florida 0, Florida Atlantic 0 (2OT): Jeff Atinella recorded his seventh shutout of the season for South Florida.

No. 1 Akron 5, Oakland 0: Freshman Darren Mattocks recorded two first-half goals for the Zips in the blowout.

No. 8 Southern Methodist 3, No. 20 South Carolina 1: Arthur Ivo, Josue Soto and Zach Barnes scored for the Mustang's in the comeback victory.

No. UC-Irvine 3, UC Davis 0: Gray Bailey, Amani Walker and Spencer Thompson scored in a span of nine minutes for UC-Irvine.


  1. Go TERPS! Last years team was derailed by injuries and still made it to the Elite 8. There is a lot of talent on this team and I agree that this team can go the College Cup again and win it. And Mullins is a beast! He’s great as a super sub right now, but he has to be starting by the end of the season!

  2. Half of the top ten are ACC schools. Again. They spend all season beating each other up and paying for the losses with lower rankings. But as the season progresses, the cream comes to the top. A couple of early-season, substandard performances caused by a young back line cost Maryland, but as the players settle in, the Terps look better and better. I would not be surprised to find them playing Akron for the NCAA championship.

  3. I didn’t think I was giving attitude. I had simply posted what I thought was an interesting article about Caleb Porter in the section on college soccer and you removed it. It’s your blog and I’ve always done my best to respect your rules, I just didn’t understand why it was removed.

  4. (SBI-Watch the attitude. It wasn’t John, it was me. Keep your comments on topic and you’ll be good to go. It’s that simple.)

  5. Ives-off topic, but I’ve noticed your ads are getting smarter. I live in Austin, and there is a Texas State University ad on the side. Pretty slick targeting of ads. Not sure if that is intentional, but good to see you are coming up. (I do miss the Cougar ads though).

  6. I’ve been saying it all year, its not an upset when your better than the other team. Rankings are interesting to look at and talk about, but thats about it. Creighton beat Tulsa because they have been underrated all season. They were left off of the Ives Top 20 or 25 NCAA D. I schools for some reason.

    I believe the Eminem song, “No Love” is a fitting tribute to Creighton.


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