NCAA Women’s Division I- Weekly Recap
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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.

Brittany Ratcliffe made sure her team kept their number one spot. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Brittany Ratcliffe made sure her team kept their number one spot. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

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.

Missouri's Kaisy Clark leads her team with 12 points on the season. (Courtesy of Missouri soccer)

Missouri’s Kaysie Clark leads her team with 12 points on the season. (Courtesy of Missouri soccer)

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.

FSU dropped 2 spots from last week and now lie at number 5. (ISI Photos/ Tony Quinn)

FSU dropped 2 spots from last week and now lie at number 5. (ISI Photos/ Tony Quinn)

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

Boston's Meehan goal led to Wake Forest defeat and them dropping 4 spots in this weeks rankings. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Boston’s Meehan goal led to Wake Forest defeat and them dropping 4 spots in this weeks rankings. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

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.

DePaul's Ashleigh Goddard (23) opened conference play with a goal and a valid tie for  her team in the Big East. (ISI Photos/

DePaul’s Ashleigh Goddard (23) opened conference play with a goal and a valid tie for her team in the Big East. (ISI Photos/

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.

RANK SCHOOL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Virginia (32) 775 11-0-0 1
2 Stanford 739 8-0-1 2
3 UCLA 707 9-1-0 4
4 Notre Dame 677 9-1-0 5
5 Florida State 659 9-0-3 3
6 North Carolina 625 9-2-0 6
7 Penn State 590 9-1-1 8
8 Florida 503 8-2-1 7
9 Georgetown 476 9-0-2 10
10 Portland 459 8-1-1 14
11 California 444 6-0-3 11
12 Virginia Tech 414 9-1-2 16
13 Wake Forest 392 8-2-1 9
14 Texas Tech 337 10-1-1 15
15 West Virginia 299 8-2-2 23
16 Denver 283 9-1-1 19
17 Santa Clara 282 6-3-1 20
18 Wisconsin 275 7-1-2 18
19 South Carolina 249 9-1-1 22
20 Baylor 239 8-1-2 12
21 Michigan 143 7-2-1 13
22 BYU 80 5-3-1 17
23 Nebraska 77 8-2-1 NR
24 UCF 68 8-2-1 NR
25 Mississippi 59 9-2-1 24

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.

 

About Courtney Lambert

A competitive athlete in her college days, Courtney writes on events happening at state and local level. She has previous experience covering news and writing for the Jacksonville Times Union and graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in journalism.
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