With the men’s college season almost at a close, Cal finally picked up their first loss, falling to the University of San Diego Toreros 1-0 on Friday. Connor Brandt was the goal scoring hero for the Toreros, as goalkeeper Michael D’arrigo earned the shutout for the West Coast Conference side.
That blemish wasn’t enough to cost the Golden Bears the number one position in the NCAA Coaches Poll or in the NCAA RPI Poll. Not as fortunate were Notre Dame, who also lost for the first time this season, when 15th ranked rude guests Virginia shutout the Fighting Irish 2-0, Sunday at Notre Dame’s Alumni Stadium.
Cavaliers sophomore Darius Madison notched both goals, choosing an opportune occasion for the first multi-goal game of his collegiate career. Madison scored on either side of the halftime break to lead the 7-3-4 Cavs to their biggest win of the season. The Irish fall to 8-1-5 and all the way to eighth place in the RPI poll, although the Coaches have kept Notre Dame in the second spot.
With so many polls ranking the nations college team’s this column decided to go with the Coaches version. Soon enough it will be on to the Conference tournaments and the best teams will make themselves known through tournament play.
Georgetown is one team that has been heating up as the season heads toward a climax, climbing from ninth to fifth in this weeks coaches poll and all the way to number two in RPI. The Hoyas came so close to winning it all last year, dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker to Indiana in the College Cup Final in Hoover, Alabama.
Led by the likes of Steve Neuman, U.S. U20 striker Brandon Allen and goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, coach Brian Wiese’s team will be among the favorites heading to the college post season culminating in the 2013 College Cup at PPL Park, outside of Philadelphia.
UCLA are shaping up as another team to be reckoned with, battling for results week in and week out in the tough Pac 12. The Bruins topped number 3 Washington on Sunday to flip flop in the Coaches poll with the Huskies. Goals from Victor Chavez and Gage Zerboni saw UCLA past Washington 2-1 with James Moberg scrambling one past Bruins keeper Earl Edwards for the Huskies lone tally.
Edwards received plenty of help from his defense on Sunday with Patrick Matchett twice saving off the line, with Michael Amick stopping another ball on the line allowing Edwards to pounce.
Perennial powers North Carolina and Creighton both fell out of the coaches poll this week. Creighton suffered a 3-2 road loss at Seton Hall, falling 3-2 to the Pirates on Saturday. North Carolina just about scraped past 0-9-4 Pittsburgh at home on Saturday, capping an unimpressive week that saw the Tar Heels drop a 1-0 decision to UNC Wilmington at Fetzer Field.
|2||Notre Dame (1)||510||8-1-5||2|
|13||Cal State Northridge||281||12-3-1||5|
|16||UC Santa Barbara||224||11-4-1||21|
|21||William & Mary||106||8-3-1||NR|
Dropped out: No. 20 North Carolina; No. 22 Creighton; No. 24 VCU; No. 25 New Mexico.
Others receiving votes: VCU 37, North Carolina 21, Tulsa 21, Creighton 14, Saint Louis 11, Gonzaga 11, UC Irvine 11, New Mexico 9, Missouri State 9, Saint Francis (Pa.) 7, Duke 7, Charlotte 3, Loyola Marymount 1.