After a topsy turvy week in men’s collegiate soccer, North Carolina held on to the top spot in the coaches poll, but there was plenty of movement throughout the rest of the top 25.
The rapid fire nature of the college season was on display this week as it is every week throughout the fall. Even the best teams drop points here and there with this congested fixture list, and number one North Carolina are no exception.
The Tar Heels barely escaped with a 1-0 victory last Tuesday against 1-5-1 strugglers Campbell College, kicking of a tough week of games. North Carolina followed with Friday’s 0-0 double overtime effort at Virginia Tech, before falling to Giant slayers William and Mary 1-0 last night at Chapel Hill. It doesn’t get a whole lot easier for the Tar Heels who play Wake Forest on the road on Saturday.
The victory was the third in a row for the Green and Gold, all against ranked opponents. Even more impressive, last night was the second time this season that William and Mary have dropped the number one team in the nation. Earlier in the campaign the Green and Gold knocked off Creighton, when the Bluejays were on top of the polls.
Meanwhile three newcomers came into the top 25. Dayton (19), Coastal Carolina (20) and Butler (23). The biggest move came from came from University Maryland Baltimore County, UMBC, from 21 to 11.
Last week we said to keep an eye on the Retrievers and goal scorer Pete Caringi III. Neither disappointed this week, with Caringi III notching another goal, his nation leading 9th, in a 3-1 win over fast starting Loyola, who fell to 5-1-1. Delaware freshman Guillermo Delgado also has 9.
Perhaps the biggest match of the week took place Sunday in Omaha, Nebraska when number 5 Creighton hosted number 7 St. John’s in a Big East matchup. Yes, in the recent conference reshuffles Creighton has wound up in the Big East. In any case, the Bluejays outlasted the Red Storm, conjuring a bit of free kick magic to take the spoils in the 109th minute.
Fabian Herbes was the magician who made the Johnnies pay for a late foul just outside the area. His perfectly placed shot was enough to see Creighton prevail in this top 10 matchup.
|RANK||SCHOOL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS||RECORD||PREVIOUS|
|1||North Carolina (10)||550||3-0-3||1|
|4||Notre Dame (3)||505||3-0-3||2|
Dropped out: No. 23 George Mason; No. 24 Elon; No. 25 Wisconsin.
Others receiving votes: Elon 62, UC Irvine 30, William & Mary 29, Saint Francis (Pa.) 26, Providence 24, UC Santa Barbara 23, Furman 11, Wisconsin 10, Loyola (Md.) 10, Evansville 9, Memphis 7, Fairleigh Dickinson 6, Gonzaga 6, Cal Poly 4, George Mason 3, Charlotte 3, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2, UC Riverside 2, Boston College 2, Michigan State 2, Bradley 1.