UCLA remain undefeated and atop the NCAA Women’s Soccer rankings heading into the final three weeks of the college soccer season before the first round of College Cup in mid-November. The ACC remain the dominant conference with Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia, and Notre Dame all in the top 10.
No. 2 Florida State draw No. 5 North Carolina (10/23)
In a pivotal matchup in Chapel Hill, North Carolina overcame a first half deficit to tie Florida State, which keeps both teams tied for first in the ACC.
Midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored her tenth goal of the season to put the Seminoles up in 33rd minute. After Seminoles goalkeeper Cassie Miller made a point blank save, a counter attack occurred, which allowed Mart Bakowska-Mathews to float a perfect ball across the field onto the head of Brynjarsdottir ten yards from goal.
In the second half, the Tar Heels posed more of a threat and equalized through freshman Annie Kingman. Kingman received the ball on the edge of the 18-yard ball, took one touch and shot across the face of goal, eluding Miller in the process.
Brynjarsdottir searched for her second goal on the night and nearly found it through another header, only to see her effort go off the crossbar.
Ten minutes later, she had a shot cleared off the line by North Carolina’s Megan Buckingham.
There were no clear-cut chances in overtime and both ACC powerhouses had to settle for a point.
No. 7 Penn State Rallies Against Iowa to Win Big Ten Championship (10/26)
Penn State overcame an early deficit to defeat Iowa 2-1 to claim a 16th Big Ten Championship in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Iowa gained the lead five minutes into the game when Corey Burns’ corner went directly into the goal.
Kori Chapic scored two goals in the space of five second half minutes to give Penn State their third outright title in four years.
Chapic’s equalizer came after a good spell of possession. Emily Ogle found Chapic on the wing who, after cutting inside, sent a shot from 25 yards out rocketing past Iowa goalkeeper Hannah Clark.
The go-ahead goal was similar in the build-up, but rather than a powerful shot, Chapic elected to chip Clark from 20 yards out.
The win meant second-place Wisconsin (9-2-1) were mathematically eliminated with one game remaining, while Penn State (11-1) retained their Big Ten Championship.
No. 9 Notre Dame Narrowly Defeats Louisville (10/26)
Notre Dame clinched the last spot in the ACC Championship with a 1-0 win over Louisville.
Notre Dame got off to a flying start when forward Lauren Bohaboy headed Kaleigh Olmsted’s cross past the Louisville goalkeeper.
The Fighting Irish could not add to their lead, even though they dominated the game in every aspect, attempting 22 shots to Louisville’s 5.
The win meant that Notre Dame joins Florida State, North Carolina, and Virginia in the ACC Championship.
No. 6 Texas A&M Held at Home by No. 21 South Carolina (10/26)
South Carolina scored a last-minute goal to come from behind to tie Texas A&M 2-2 in College Station, Texas.
South Carolina took the lead in the 34th minute when Andie Romness’ free kick from 40 yards out went untouched through a crowd of players into the back of the net.
Texas A&M drew level via the head of Janae Cousineau, who got to the near post to divert Liz Keester’s corner past South Carolina goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo.
It only took 13 seconds into the second half for Texas A&M to take the lead. Kelly Monogue pass found Annie Kunz, who laid it back off for Monogue to slot it in from 15 yards out.
The Aggies thought they had the win in the bag when South Carolina made one last push to steal a point from the game.
South Carolina pumped the ball forward and when the Texas A&M defense failed to clear, midfielder Stevi Parker’s daisy-cutter from 20 yards eluded the outstretched hand of Jordan Day.
Neither team could muster up a chance in the overtime periods that followed and both had to settle for the draw, but South Carolina were clearly the happier team to gain a point on the road.
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