The Atlantic Coast Conference rules the roost this week with FSU, Wake Forest, Virginia and UNC securing the top four spots in rankings as games continue on in NCAA Division I women’s soccer.
New No. 1 Virginia Continues to Dominate
The Cavaliers wear the crown in rankings after they defeated University of Pittsburgh 3-1 last Sunday in Pittsburgh, Penn and UNC suffered a loss to give up the spot.
Sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak scored a brace and junior midfielder Morgan Brian added one more for the team’s third come-from-behind victory of the season.
The Panthers opened scoring with an early 12th minute goal scored by senior forward Dana DelleFamine. But, Virginia was quick to equalize in the 27th minute when junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico crossed to Brian in the box and she fired home for her 6th goal of the season.
Doniak scored the winner for the Cavaliers in the 57th minute and added a security goal five minutes later. She leads her team with 8 goals so far this season.
No. 2 Stanford Beats No. 22 Santa Clara in Overtime
Buck Shaw stadium was all abuzz in Santa Clara, CA last Sunday as Stanford’s senior forward Courtney Verloo owned the field with a thrilling hat trick that concluded a tightly contested 3-2 win against Santa Clara.
The double overtime victory was hard earned and unpredictable through out. Verloo scored in the first minute of the game off a thirty-yard free kick and the her second scored with only 54 seconds left in the game to tie up the score and push into overtime.
Santa Clara wasn’t about to go without a fight, and both teams pushed and pulled back and forth, unable to budge the 2-2 score. Finally, Verloo supplied the tiebreaker in the 108th minute to secure the win.
In other Stanford news, superstar goalkeeper Emily Oliver announced her retirement form the sport of soccer last week due to an onslaught of concussions.
Oliver was a 2011 All America selection and college cup defensive most outstanding player and leaves Stanford with a school-record goals-against average of 0.36, breaking the Stanford standard of 0.45 formerly held by U.S. national team goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.
No. 21 Maryland Drops No. 6 Wake Forest 1-0
Maryland senior Hayley Brock scored the lone goal at Ludwig Field in College Park, MD to clinch a memorable win against top dog Wake Forest last Sunday.
The early 4th minute goal held strong throughout the remainder of regulation as the Terps defense kept up the hot momentum and denied Wake Forest any chance of equalizing. Sophmore goalkeeper Rahelle Beanlands made six impressive saves to tally her 4th shut out of the season.
No. 9 Penn State Conquers Northwestern in Double Overtime 3-2
The Nittany Lions had to dig deep to pull out a close 3-2 win over Northwestern last Friday in University Park, PA.
Junior defender Whitney Church scored a crucial brace and senior forward Maya Hayes supplied a third goal to up their win streak to six games.
NU was first on the board with a goal from senior forward Kate Allen in the 4th minute, and she added a second in the 77th to extend the lead 2-0 and really make Penn State sweat.
That’s when the Nittany lions burst to life, with Church heading in a corner kick from six yards out in the 79th minute to cut NU’s lead in half.
Hayes came through with the late equalizer in the 84th minute and overtime ensued. After battling through the first OT period, Church sealed the deal, scoring with 3 minutes left in the game to upset the opposition and clinch the win.
No. 3 Florida State Hands No. 5 UNC Second Consecutive Loss
It was a close one, but the Seminoles scraped through with a 1-0 win over last year’s College Cup champion UNC last Wednesday in Tallahassee, FL.
This is the first time UNC has lost two consecutive games in regulation since 1982. They also fell further down the rankings ladder as Virginia moved up to No. 1.
The Tarheels outshot the Seminoles 17-10, but a fatal mistake would cost them late in the game after a hand ball was called.
Junior midfielder Jamia fields was FSU’s savior, scoring from 18 yards out on the right side of the field with just seven minutes left in regulation. She bent a high flying shot into the upper left corner of the net to stun UNC. Seminoles defense also played their part well, with goalkeeper Kelsey Wys putting up 9 saves for the 1-0 shut out.
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Dropped out: No. 18 Duke; No. 20 Texas A&M.
Others receiving votes: Duke 64, Washington State 56, Texas A&M 55, Nebraska 24, UCF 21, Ohio State 18, Georgia 17, Tennessee 16, Pepperdine 12, Samford 2, Memphis 2, Colorado 1.