Men's Week 4: Three things we learned this weekend

North Carolina spoiled Notre Dame's first ever trip to Chapel Hill with a 4-2 victory in an ACC battle of the No. 2 and No. 3 teams. No. 1 Creighton drew another big crowd at home for its 1-0 win over Tulsa. No. 22 Denver has the longest active winning and unbeaten home streaks in the country but it also got the job done on the road at No. 17 Saint Louis.

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1. Tar Heels take Notre Dame by Storm.

Colton Storm was the difference with the tying goal and assists on the go-ahead goal and third goal -- his first points of the season -- as No. 3 North Carolina beat No. 2 Notre Dame, 4-2, in their first ever meeting in Chapel Hill.

After Notre Dame had gone ahead on a Jon Gallagher goal, Storm scored the equalizer and then found Tucker Hume with a long throw-in for the go-ahead goal three seconds before halftime. It was the third time this season the Tar Heels scored in the last five seconds of the first half. Storm helped set up the third goal in the 54th minute as he took the ball from an Irish defender and fed Zach Wright, whose one-touch pass found the right foot of Alan Winn for the first of his two goals.

North Carolina and Wake Forest lead the ACC with 2-0-0 records.

Men's Top 25 Matchups, Week 4:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
No. 3 North Carolina 4 (Storm 21, Hume 45, Winn 55, 63) No. 2 Notre Dame 2 (Gallagher 13, Gormley 69) Att.: 1,406.
No. 7 Clemson 2 (Shannnon 12,  own goal 55) No. 22 Duke 1 (White 54). Att.: 3,111.
No. 17 Saint Louis 0 No. 23 Denver 1 (Stevenson 14). Att.: 767.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 21 Brown

2. Soccer fever is strong in Omaha.

No. 1 Creighton's fast start to the 2015 season has fans out in force. A crowd of 6,453 fans -- the second largest in school history -- watched the Bluejays beat Tulsa, 1-0, to improve to 6-0-0.

German star Fabian Herbers was once again the instigator. His cross from the right side set up Ricardo Perez for the lone goal just 52 seconds into the second half. Herbers has scored or assisted in each of the Jays' six wins.

Creighton is averaging 4,154 fans a game for its first five home games.



3. Denver is tough at home -- and on the road.

Sophomore Cole Stevenson's third goal of the season gave unbeaten Denver a 1-0 win at Saint Louis, snapping the Billikens' 20-match home unbeaten and 14-match home winning streak, previously the second-longest active streaks in the nation. The Pioneers lead in the nation in both categories with a 20-match home winning streak and 22-match home unbeaten streak after Sunday night's 2-1 overtime win over Utah Valley on sophomore winger Alex Underwood 's golden goal.

“It was a great result on the road,” Pioneers coach Jamie Franks said. “My guys showed they have the character, discipline and mentality to play with anyone in the country.  I did not think we played our best tonight, but we got a result and that’s what matters.  I thought we were compact in our shape and picked our moments when to take some chances going forward.  We played great in the first half and really had momentum, but knew that St. Louis would come out in the second half and press higher up the field.” 

Denver is unbeaten through the first six matches for the first time since the 1989 season, when the Pioneers started 20 matches unbeaten (19-0-1) before falling to Midwestern State in the NAIA regionals. The Pioneers' previous best start since turning Division I in 1999 was a 3-0-0 start to begin the 2004 season.
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