Former powerhouses continued their slow starts, while others sprinted out of the gate in the second week of D1 Men's Soccer action around the country. Lets dive right in and take a look at what happened over the weekend: [divider]
Zips stifled by Aztecs
San Diego State Defender Travis Nicklaw battles Akron (Courtesy San Diego State Athletics)
The game-winning goal didn't come until the 61st minute of play, but BR-54 San Diego State did what it had to do to pull off the major upset of the weekend, downing BR-7 Akron 1-0 this weekend. Travis Nicklaw scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the second half to lift San Diego State to a 2-0-1 record. For Akron, the upset set the team back with a 2-1 record and the Zips hope to rebound against always competitive UCLA on Monday.
Stumbling Out Of The Gate
BR-12 Georgetown had a rough go to kick off the 2016 season and the Hoyas are still searching for their first victory. The team had one of the toughest opening draws in the country and has taken losses to Akron (1-0), West Virginia (1-0) and Maryland (2-1). Nigeria native Achara scored the lone goal of the season for the Hoyas against Maryland. Georgetown (0-3) looks to right the ship on Monday with a 1 p.m. game against Virginia Tech.
Speaking of slow starts, BR-1 Stanford has nowhere to go but up after starting the season at 0-1-3. The Cardinal tied both Penn State (0-0) and Saint Mary's (2-2) before falling to Notre Dame (2-1, OT) over the weekend. On Sunday, the team failed to get its first win as well, drawing with Indiana (3-0-1), 0-0.
Cuse Starts Strong
Orange midfielder Jonathan Hagman (Michael J Okoniewski/Syracuse Athletics)
BR-2 Syracuse is on fire at the start of the season, rolling to a perfect 4-0 record. The Orange notched victories over UMass (3-0), Loyola Marymount (2-1) and Colgate (3-0) before capping the string of wins on Sunday against St. John's (3-2).
Buffalo Bulldozing Competition
Joseph Kuta dives to stop a goal against Stony Brook (Courtesy UBBulls.com)
BR-94 Buffalo hasn't allowed a goal yet this season as the Bulls have dominated the pitch, outscoring opponents 14-0 in going 4-0. Russell Cicerone has creamed the goal early this year, picking up seven goals with four assists for a total of 18 points — the most in the nation at this point in the game. This weekend, Buffalo topped Stony Brook 3-0 and Incarnate Word 1-0. Next up is VMI on Sept. 9.
Vidovich Starts Fresh With Pitt
Pitt defender Kevin Murray with the ball at his feet (Courtesy of @Pitt_MSOC)
On Sunday, BR-125 Pittsburgh improved to 1-1-1 on the year with a 4-1 victory over St. Joseph's which was a first for new head coach Jay Vidovich at Pitt. Prior to joining Pitt's staff, Vidovich led Wake Forest for 21 seasons from 1994-2014, winning the NCAA Championship in 2007.