With little under a month remaining until the College Cup begins, the Men’s rankings have been in a constant state of flux. No. 1 Notre Dame lost in Indiana, No. 2 Creighton lost at home and No. 3 UC Irvine lost twice in the space of a week, allowing for UCLA to take top spot.
No. 1 Notre Dame Falls to No. 8 Indiana (10/22)
Just two days after jumping ten spots to the top of the rankings, Norte Dame were outplayed in a 1-0 defeat to Indiana in Bloomington.
Indiana maintained possession for the majority of the first half and capitalized on the domination when defender Patrick Doody diverted a corner kick off the far post and into the net.
Notre Dame’s only threat before halftime came in the way of a low, angled shot from Vince Cicciarelli that was well-saved by Indiana goalkeeper Colin Webb.
The second half was much more even, but the Fighting Irish could not find the back of the net with any of their eight shots. Webb made three saves to earn his sixth clean sheet on the year.
No. 3 UC Irvine Upset by UC Riverside (10/22)
UC Riverside halted their four-match skid by defeating No. 3 UC Irvine in Riverside, California 2-1.
Despite numerous chances for both sides, neither was able to break the deadlock until the 78th minute.
Riverside’s Philipp Dominique got on the end of Ricardo Ruiz’s corner to put his team up 1-0.
The lead was short-lived as Riverside defender Stephen Copley fouled an Irvine attacker inside the box, which allowed Eduardo Calzada to dispatch the resulting penalty kick.
Copley redeemed himself one minute from full-time as he earned a penalty kick that was taken emphatically by Hector Romo to give UC Riverside the lead that they would hold on to.
No. 4 Washington Lose at Home to No. 6 UCLA (10/23)
In a pivotal matchup in the PAC-12, UCLA left Seattle with a valuable win over Washington to leapfrog them in the PAC-12 standings.
Washington took the lead three minutes into the game when a corner taken by Justin Schmidt was headed in at the near post by Ian Lange.
UCLA grabbed an equalizer before halftime, despite being outshot 11-4 in the first half. Aaron Simmons rose high on a corner to head the ball past Huskies goalkeeper Spencer Richey.
UCLA’s resilient defense did not concede a go-ahead goal in the second half, even though the Bruins were outshot 10-4 in the second half.
UCLA completed the comeback when Seattle-native Seyi Adekoya controlled a chipped pass over the top and slotted it past the on-rushing Richey.
No. 2 Creighton Lose at Home vs. No. 17 Georgetown (10/25)
Georgetown traveled to Omaha, Nebraska and handed Creighton only their second defeat of the season.
Georgetown had Arun Basuljevic to thank after his shot from eight yards out found its way past Creighton goalkeeper Connor Sparrow to give Georgetown a 1-0 lead in the 73rd minute.
Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez made four saves to preserve the shutout and help his team upset Creighton.
No. 3 UC Irvine Lose Second Game in Four Days vs. Cal State Northridge (10/25)
UC Irvine lost their second game in a row, this time at home versus Cal State Northridge in Irvine, California.
Just days after losing at local rivals UC Riverside, UC Irvine were embarrassed at home by the Matadors 3-0.
After a scoreless first half, the Matadors were put ahead when defender Patrick Hickman bent a shot in from distance past a helpless UC Irvine goalkeeper in the shape of Michael Breslin.
After UC Irvine attempts to equalize were denied by Northridge’s Adam Hobbs, Sagi Lev-Ari scored two goals to ensure that Northridge would leave with the win.
Lev-Ari beat an offside trap and, after having his initial shot saved, put the ball in the back of the net before adding his second of the night and tenth of the season in the 88th minute.
The finish came after good wing-play from Edwin Rivas, who crossed to Lev-Ari who drilled in a high shot that Breslin could do nothing about.