The 2013 College Cup looms as teams in NCAA Division I women’s soccer continue to fight for a spot at the top of the rankings. Virginia is a solid No. 1 with a perfect record, UCLA and FSU follow close behind and BYU surprises Portland with an upset this past week. Let’s jump right in!
No. 2 UCLA Draws with Utah to Remain Unbeaten in Pac-12
After two overtime periods, UCLA and Utah ended their game in a 1-1 draw on Friday in Salt Lake City.
The Bruins outshot their opponents 23-5, but it was the Utes that would open scoring with a goal produced by junior forward Ashton Hall in the 17th minute. She beat two defenders to the punch, and flicked the ball in over the goalkeeper’s head for the 1-0 lead.
It didn’t take long for UCLA to settle the score. Senior forward Taylor Smith supplied the equalizer in the 22nd minute and a battle ensued with regulation ending in a 1-1 stalemate.
Overtime was another tug of war as both team’s challenged each other, unable to score. With the draw, UCLA remains unbeaten in Pac-12 and is 13-1-2 overall.
No. 9 West Virginia Clinch Win Against Oklahoma in Overtime
They had to work hard to earn it, but West Virginia came out on top Friday night at OU Soccer Complex in Norman, OK defeating Oklahoma 2-1 in overtime.
It was junior forward Kate Schwindel that scored the winning goal in the 102nd minute to grab WVU’s second Big 12 regular season title. But it was OU that scored first in the second half to get the ball rolling.
In the 63rd minute, freshman midfielder Shiloh Price threaded the ball in and took a shot at the WVU net. The ball was deflected away, but junior forward Daisy Cardona pounced on the rebound and knocked it in for the 1-0 OU lead.
Senior forward Frances Silva equalized for West Virginia just 16 minutes later, setting the 1-1 deadlock into overtime where Schwindel scored the WVU winner.
No. 3 Florida State Stretch Unbeaten Streak With Win Against Virginia Tech
FSU notched their 17th win in a row on Thursday night in Blacksburg, VA, beating No. 4 Virginia Tech 2-1 in a closely contested match.
Junior midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir supplied the winning goal for the Seminoles, shattering the 1-1 tie late in the 87th minute for the upset. She zeroed in on a volleyed cross from Carson Pickett, heading the ball into the far post for the crucial win. FSU is currently 9-0-2 in the ACC and 14-0-3 overall.
BYU Upsets No. 6 Portland 1-0
BYU is on fire, stretching the unbeaten streak to four games on Saturday at Merlo Field with a 1-0 win over Portland.
The first half was fruitless for both teams as both worked to build the momentum and evolve the game. The second half saw all of the action, and a late goal would decide the winner.
In the 78th minute, Jepson Smith played the ball to freshman forward Paige Hunt along the sideline. She then crossed into the top of the box and senior forward Niki Fernandes caught the ball and tapped it over to freshman Ashley Hatch, who put it away to lift BYU’s lead 2-1.
No. 1 Virginia Clinch Regular Season ACC Title
Top teams Virgina and Florida State came face to face at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, VA Sunday, where Virginia defeated them 1-0 in overtime.
Senior midfielder Annie Steinlage was the hero of the day, scoring the winner and her first goal in the 91st minute. With the win, Virginia kept a perfect record of 18-0 overall while they clinched the ACC regular season title with a 12-0 record.
“I am really proud of this team and I am really proud of these fans,” head coach Steve Swanson told NCAA. “You couldn’t ask for a better result for us and this community that has given us so much support. It was a hard-fought game. Florida State is an excellent team and is very organized. Our players worked hard and fought and carried the play at times. I am so happy for Annie to get her first goal as a Cavalier in this setting.”