Sep 2, 2013, 2:33 PM EST
News and notes after a successful opening weekend in CAA men’s soccer.
IMPRESSIVE OPENING WEEKEND: The CAA got off to a strong start on the opening weekend of the season as the league’s eight teams combined for an 8-4-2 record. Delaware, James Madison and UNCW each went 2-0, while Hofstra won its opener and College of Charleston picked up a victory over #27 Xavier.
UNCW CAPTURES WOLSTEIN CLASSIC: UNCW captured the Wolstein Classic with victories over host Ohio State (2-1 in OT) and Cincinnati (1-0). It’s the first time since 2009 that the Seahawks have opened 2-0. Sophomore forward Colin Bonner was named the tournament MVP after scoring both UNCW goals against OSU, including the game-winner in the 104th minute. He was joined on the all-tournament team by defenders Spencer Tayloe and Jacon VanCompernolle and freshman goalkeeper Sean Melvin, who stopped eight shots in the shutout of Cincinnati and had 13 saves for the weekend. Sophomore Nathaniel Goodwin tallied his first career game-winning goal in the third minute against Cincinnati.
DELAWARE STARTS 2-0: Delaware is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2006 following victories over UNLV (3-1) and Seattle (3-2 in OT). Freshman forward Guillermo Delgado scored three goals in the two games, including a pair against UNLV. He was the first Blue Hens’ freshman to post a multi-goal game in his collegiate debut since 1988. Senior Evan Reed recorded his first career game-winning goal with 1:30 left in the first overtime against Seattle. Roberto GImenez dished out three assists in the first two contests and Joe Dipre had two assists in the UNLV victory. Kyle Bruno and Prince Nartey also scored goals for the Hens over the weekend.
PK’S HELP PUSH JMU TO 2-0 START: James Madison converted three penalty kicks in victories over Fordham (2-1 in 2ot) and Binghamton (3-0) to claim the Fairfield by Marriott JMU Invitational. Josh Grant gave the Dukes a 2-0 advantage over BU with goals on PK’s in the 20th and 57th minute and Daniel Roppert’s successful penalty kick in the 107th minute was the game-winner against Fordham. JMU also got a goal from Adam Bastidas in the Fordham win and an insurance goal from Tyler Durbin versus BU. Goalkeeper Kyle Morton made three saves to post the shutout versus the Bearcats. Grant was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Bastidas, Roppert and defender Bjarki Aðalsteinsson.
LAST-SECOND VICTORY FOR HOFSTRA: Freshman Lerthon Theuma made his collegiate debut a memorable one as he headed in a free kick with one second left in double overtime to give Hofstra a 2-1 victory over Colgate on Sunday. Senior Chris Griebsch scored the Pride’s first goal and assisted on the game-winning tally, marking the second straight year that he’s posted three points in the season opener. Six freshmen saw action for Hofstra in the game and three started. Goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini made three saves in his first action since suffering a season-ending back injury in 2012.
COFC GOES 1-1 AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED FOES: College of Charleston rebounded from a 2-0 setback to #8 Akron on Friday by earning a 1-0 victory over #27 Xavier on Sunday in the Aaron Olitsky Classic. Xavier Rajpaul scored the game-winning goal for the Cougars in the 13th minute off a Tanner Clay assist and goalkeepers Kees Heemskerk and Alex Young combined for four saves in the shutout. Rajpaul was honored on the all-tournament team along with teammates Tam McGowan and Connor Coons. CofC battled to Akron to a scoreless tie through 79 minutes before the Zips broke through.
MULTI-GOAL GAME FOR DREXEL’S GROSH: Junior midfielder Josh Grosh scored two goals as Drexel battled to a 3-3 draw at Seton Hall on Sunday. It was the first career multi-goal game for Grosh, who matched his season goals total from 2012. Senior Nathan Page had an assist on Grosh’s first goal and became the 29th player in Dragons’ history to reach the 40-point mark for his career. The three goals scored by Seton Hall snapped a streak of eight straight regular-season games in which Drexel hadn’t allowed more than one goal.
NORTHEASTERN PLACES TWO ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior Donovan Fayd’Herbe de Maudave and senior Dante Marini earned all-tournament honors as Northeastern tied Elon 1-1 and fell 2-0 to host Duke at the John Rennie/Nike Invitational. Fayd’Herbe de Maudave scored the Huskies’ lone goal in the 10th minute versus Elon. Goalkeeper Dylan Faber made a career-high six saves in both matches. Six NU players made their collegiate debuts, including three who started. The Huskies put their 16-match home unbeaten streak (15-0-1) on the line against Fairfield this Saturday.
TRIBE FACES #1 UCONN ON MONDAY: William & Mary faces a tough challenge on Monday as it travels to Connecticut, which is ranked #1 this week by Top Drawer Soccer. The Tribe fell 1-0 to St. Francis (Pa.) last Friday despite outshooting the Red Flash 11-8. Ryan Flesch put a pair of shots on goal for W&M.
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