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College Soccer Rewind: Louisville and Creighton roll, Akron squeaks out a win and more


After a difficult non-conference schedule saw 2010 finalist Louisville surrender the No. 1, the No. 4 Cardinals are back and making mincemeat out of inferior competition with a 4-0 thrashing of Butler.

Mark Knight was the first of four separate Cardinals to score on the night with a header in the 18th minute. The senior forward finished off a nice bit of passing from Nick DeLeon and Andrew Farrell. The lead was doubled five minutes later as Will Vitalis played a through-ball and Michael Roman found the bottom corner to give Louisville a 2-0 halftime lead.

Louisville continued its dominance in the second half but had to wait until the 70th minute to put the game beyond Butler. Buck Tufty scored his second goal of the season with a headed goal sparked by a Colin Rolfe cross. The Cardinals put an exclamation point on the victory with Chase Rodger’s rebound goal in the 73rd minute.

Louisville was never under much pressure from Butler’s defense, conceding only six shots with Andre Boudreaux making only one save in his fourth shutout of the season.

In other action over the weekend:

Creighton puts three past Providence to stay perfect

First-year head coach Elmar Bolowich continued his perfect start with No. 7 Creighton in a comfortable 3-0 victory over Providence. The Bluejays came out firing and Ethan Finlay converted a penalty kick drawn by Dion Acoff barely three minutes into the game. Greg Jordan extended Creighton's lead in the 13th minute with a diving header and Finlay completed his brace with an insurance goal late in the second half.

Coastal Carolina upsets Ohio State with shutout

No. 22 Coastal Carolina rebounded from a disappointing defeat to Appalachian State on Friday with an impressive 2-0 victory over No. 12 Ohio State. Ashton Bennett scored in each half as the Chants' offense is now averaging 2.71 goals per game with Bennett leading the way with six goals of his own.

Akron squeaks by Cal Poly

Akron followed up a lackluster draw with New Mexico with a narrow 1-0 win over Cal Poly. Scott Caldwell capitalized on DeAndre Yedlin drawing a penalty in the 83rd minute, burying the ensuing spot kick to give the Zips a victory. Akron goalkeeper David Meves recorded his fourth shutout in six games.


No. 20 Old Dominion 3, Elon 2 (OT)


No. 11 UCLA 1, San Diego 0 (OT)    

No. 8 Indiana 2, Rutgers 0

No. 10 Penn State 0, Hartford 0 (2OT)

No. 13 Notre Dame 1, Michigan State 0

No. 14 St. John's  2, Iona 0

No. 15 South Florida  2, No. 16 UC-Irvine 0

No. 17 Central Florida 2, American 0

No. 18 West Virginia 3, Duquesne 1

No. 21 Northern Illinois 1, UC Davis 0 (OT)

Bucknell 2, No. 23 Monmouth 0

Gardner-Webb  1, No. 24 Virginia Commonwealth 0


What did you think of the weekend's games? Impressed with Louisville and Creighton? Concerned for Akron despite the win? Could Coastal Carolina be the surprise of the season?

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