Seton Hall stuns No. 5 Connecticut
Roundup: No. 2 New Mexico wins, remains undefeated
STORRS, Conn. -- No. 5 Connecticut ended the regular season with a 1-0 loss at Seton Hall on Sunday night. The Huskies dropped to 14-2-2 (5-2-2 Big East) while Seton Hall improved to 5-10-2 (1-7-0 BIG EAST). The Huskies dropped to third place in the Big East Blue Division and will host DePaul in the Big East first round.
Connecticut ends the regular season with two losses for the second conseuctive year after finishing the 2010 regular season at 11-2-4, before defeating DePaul in the Big East tournament and falling in penalty kicks in both the quarterfinals of the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament for a 12-2-6 mark.
Sunday’s contest was the second major upset for Seton Hall this season after the Pirates held No. 1 Maryland to a 0-0 draw in on Sept. 20.
Seton Hall put home the lone goal in the 20th minute on Kai Greene’s first goal of the season. After a Connecticut turnover in its defensive third, Greene finished in the top-left corner after a pass from Max Garcia.
No. 2 New Mexico 2, Cal State Bakersfield 0
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- For just the second time in program history, New Mexico went undefeated in its regular-season road schedule. The Lobos netted two goals on Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, shutting out the Roadrunners and heading into their final three home matches with a 13-0-2, 7-0-0 record.
Bakersfield came into Sunday's match leading the Pacific Division of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 15 points and riding the heels of a 2-1 victory against UNLV on Friday. With just one loss on the season to MPSF rival San Jose State, the Roadrunners threatened all year to pose a challenge to the undefeated Lobos.
New Mexico redshirt freshman Carson Baldinger entered the game in the 41st minute, and was on the field for less than a minute before logging his fourth goal and second consecutive game-winner of the season. Baldinger got his head on a Michal Green corner kick to put the Lobos up 1-0 headed into the half.
Blake Smith notched an insurance goal to put the Lobos up 2-0 in the 68th minute, capitalizing on a Roadrunner turnover, beating the back line off the dribble and netting a shot from 10 yards up to secure the 2-0 win. It marked Smith's eighth goal of the year to move him to the top spot on the New Mexico roster in total goals.
No. 10 Indiana 2, Norhtwestern 2
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern senior Oliver Kupe came through in a big way in his final regular-season home match at Lakeside Field. Kupe assisted on a first-half goal for the Wildcats, putting them up 1-0 and scored one of his own with just over five minutes remaining in regulation to send the game to extra time. After 20 minutes of overtime, Northwestern tied 2-2 with No. 10 Indiana to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play (3-0-2) and in its last eight matches (6-0-2).
Northwestern played into the wind in the first half and jumped out to a 1-0 lead despite Indiana’s 10-5 advantage on shots in the frame. Lepe Seetane scored in the 37th minute from 12 yards out into the lower left off a drop from Kupe, who received it from Peter O'Neill for his fifth goal of the season.
The Hoosiers' Alex Purdie passed off to A.J. Corrado to tie the game 1-1 at the 52:54 mark. Indiana then scored again in the 67th minute as Eriq Zavaleta eluded NU goalkeeper Tyler Miller and he narrowly finished ahead of a Northwestern defender.
Trailing 2-1, Kupe stepped up once again for the ’Cats at the 84:54 mark. Chris Ritter crossed in to Reed Losee who dropped it off for Kupe as he knocked it in past IU goalkeeper Lius Soffner for the score. It was Kupe’s team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.