In Friday’s only matchup between two teams ranked in the SBI Top 25, some late heroics by a pair of Saint Louis players led the team to a dramatic double overtime victory.
With No. 20 VCU leading 2-1 late in the second half, Saint Louis junior midfielder Raymond Lee netted a timely equalizer to send the game into overtime. After nearly 20 minutes of deadlock, the No. 18 Billikens’ Robbie Kristo scored the golden goal to seal a thrilling 3-2 victory for Saint Louis.
Last week, Saint Louis lost a matchup against Xavier that featured two nationally-ranked teams. But this time around, Kristo made sure that the Billikens would earn all three points against a top opponent.
In other action, No. 7 New Mexico slumped to a second defeat in eight days against an Air Force team that seems to have the Lobos figured out.
Air Force’s Caleb Downey scored a goal in the 75th minute to break the deadlock, and the Falcons held on to win, 2-1. It was the second Friday in a row that Air Force beat New Mexico, and the first time since 2001 that UNM lost to Air Force in two straight meetings.
Kevin Durr opened the scoring for Air Force in the fifth minute, scoring on an impressive long-distance strike. New Mexico answered in the second half, though, with Nik Robson converting a penalty kick in the 51st minute. When Downey restored Air Force’s advantage, UNM were unable to score another equalizer and they suffered their third loss of the season.
Other matches saw No. 1 Maryland continue its strong play by taking down Duke, 2-1, while No. 8 Xavier were held to a 2-2 draw by Dayton.
Here are Friday night’s scores from around the country (as well as Saturday’s schedule of top matches):
Duke 1, (1) Maryland 2. (RECAP)
(8) Xavier 2, Dayton 2. (RECAP)
Air Force 2, (11) New Mexico 1. (RECAP)
San Diego State vs. (13) UCLA. (RECAP)
(17) Elon vs. Georgia Southern. (RECAP)
(18) Saint Louis 3 (20) VCU 2. (RECAP)
(21) Charlotte 0, Fordham 0 (RECAP)
(24) Washington 1, California 0 (2OT) (RECAP)
Virginia Tech 0, North Carolina State 1. (RECAP)
College of Charleston vs. (2) North Carolina, 7pm
Northern Illinois vs. (3) Akron, 2pm
(7) Georgetown vs. (4) Marquette, 1pm
Seton Hall vs. (6) Notre Dame, 7pm
UC-Davis vs. (10) UCSB, 6pm
UNC-Wilmington vs. (14) Old Dominion, 7pm
VMI vs. (12) Coastal Carolina, 2pm
Louisville vs. (15) St. John’s, 7pm
(19) Furman vs. Appalachian State, 7:30pm
(23) Cornell vs. Yale, 1pm
(25) Cal-State Northridge vs. UC-Riverside, 10pm
Central Arkansas vs. Creighton, 3pm
South Florida vs. Syracuse, 7:30pm
SIU-Edwardsville vs. Missouri State, 8pm