Don’t get too comfortable, as we delve into a new month, each week promises thrilling and unpredictable results for Division I women’s soccer as teams push forward with the 2013 College Cup in sight.
It was a week for the underdogs, as top ranked teams University of Florida and Wake Forest experienced losses and University of Virginia continued to dominate the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
Virginia Settles in at the Top with 2 Wins in 1 Week
Virginia unseated UNC as the No. 1 ranked team two weeks ago, and with two wins this past week, show they do not plan to budge.
They collected their first win against Duke 3-2 in Durham, NC last Thursday with goals scored by junior midfielder Morgan Brian, sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak and senior forward Gloria Douglas.
On Sunday the Cavaliers travelled to Charlottesville, VA where they defeated No. 22 Maryland 1-0 and extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games.
Sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe supplied the winning goal at the end of the first half, and defense kept that one point lead strong. Freshman goalkeeper Morgan Stearns made three saves for Virginia for her 4th shutout of the season. Virginia is currently the only unbeaten, untied team in the nation.
Missouri Upsets No. 8 Florida
It was an exciting weekend for the Tigers, as they clinched a 1-0 win against top ranked Florida in Columbia, MO Sunday.
Junior midfielder Kaysie Clark produced an early goal in the 9th minute and even though the Gators outshot them 21-10, Missouri defense was a brick wall, earning them a 4th shutout for the season. This was the Tigers first win against a top 10 team since 2011 when they beat No. 7 Ohio State, ironically 1-0 as well.
No. 5 FSU Shut Out Miami, Tie with Clemson
The Seminoles finished off the week with an explosive 4-0 win against Miami at home on Thursday, and tied 1-1 with Clemson Sunday at Riggs Field.
Three goals scored in the first half against Miami put the Seminoles in a comfortable position. A brace was supplied by forward Berglind Thorvaldsdottir with one added by freshman forward Anna McClung, and a second half goal scored by junior midfielder Marta Bakowska-Mathews.
Clemson gave the Seminoles a run for their money Sunday, grabbing an early lead with an 11th minute goal from senior midfielder Vanessa Laxgang. As the game progressed unchanged, it looked like Clemson might nab the win, but FSU came from behind with an 86th minute equalizer from Dagny Brynjarsdottir to end in a tie.
Boston College Shake Up No. 9 Wake Forest
The eagles earned a 1-0 win over Wake Forest in Newton, Mass last Thursday, outshooting them 16-6.
Sophomore defender McKenzie Meehan put one away in the 23rd minute to give Boston the lead, and the Demon Deacons just couldn’t pull out an equalizer. Wake Forest goal keeper Aubrey Bledsoe did an impressive job though letting the ball slip past once, she collected eight saves for a new season high.
No. 10 Georgetown and DePaul Lock in a Draw
Both teams put up a valiant fight in this Big East Conference opener last Thursday, ending in a 1-1 draw on Washington Shaw Field.
Senior midfielder Ashleigh Goddard immediately put the Blue Demons ahead in the 2nd minute with a close range left sided shot. They held that lead into the second half where the Hoyas picked up momentum, attacking the opposition with added spunk. They received three corner kicks and were rewarded on the third. Junior midfielder Daphne Corbez took the shot and senior defender Mary Kroening headed the ball straight into the back of the net to equalize.
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Dropped out: No. 21 Maryland; No. 25 Kentucky.
Others receiving votes: Washington State 58, Texas A&M 44, Kentucky 31, Pepperdine 15, Georgia 12, Clemson 12, Maryland 9, Connecticut 9, Ohio State 7, La Salle 6, Colorado 3, Arizona State 3, Missouri 3, Long Beach State 2, Marquette 2.