Nov. 3, 2010

And then there were two. Well two undefeated teams that is. In what must be the biggest upset of the season, the Akron Zips have fallen to Cleveland State, 2-1, this past Saturday. While it may not have a big effect on the Zips overall record, or their placement in the conference tournament, the loss may give teams a blueprint for beating the Zips. At the least, it shows that even the best can fall on any given Saturday.

The first half saw Akron dominate in the shots department, with Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Darlington Nagbe, and Darren Mattocks all nearly converting their opportunities. But a five minute flurry of goals saw the match turn upside down. Aslinn Rodas met a Caleb Eastham cross in the 79th minute for Cleveland State and the goal sent the Vikings fans into a frenzy. Many in attendance thought that Rodass finish would be the eventual game winner but it took less then three minutes for the Zips to earn a penalty kick, which, despite a correct guess from the Vikings goalkeeper, would be converted by Michael Nanchoff. With so much drama in so little time, Cleveland State would have been thrilled to end the match with a draw but a win was in the cards. A cheeky near post finish from Jordan Hart once again sent a jolt through Krenzler Field, and earned the Vikings a historic victory over Akron.

And now, a review of the top 25.

Akron and Louisville have exchanged places, but No. 3 through 5 have remained the same from last week, with Maryland, UNC, and SMU occupying those spots.

No. 6 Butler moved up two spots from last week after two wins in the Midwest against Indiana and Detroit. But they must not overlook their next match against the newest giant killers, Cleveland State. UC Irvine remained in the seven spot while Cal moved up to No. 8. The Golden Bears had a pair of victories this weekend that mirrored each other. Both games ended 2-1 in double overtime, in favor of Cal. UConn dropped three spots to No. 9 after splitting their two matches this weekend and Creighton dropped one spot to No. 10.

No. 11 Monmouth, No. 12 UCLA, and No. 13s Penn/William & Mary all rose this weekend to their new positions but No. 15 Virginia was not as fortunate. The Cavaliers were beaten at home by Maryland, 2-0, but have since rebounded with a 4-1 victory over Campbell last night. No. 16 Princeton has ridden a 10 game win streak to make a case as the best Ivy League team but right behind them is No. 17 Brown.

Charlotte checks in at No. 18 while No. 19 Notre Dame returns to the top 25 after completing their regular season with two victories over Pitt and Georgetown. Boston College rounds out the top 20.

No. 21 Duke flooded Virginia Tech with goals over the weekend, scoring six times and conceding once, to crack the polls for the first time this season. No. 22 Penn State returned to the rankings after knocking off in-state rivals, Penn, a week ago.

Florida Gulf Coast has finally made the top 25, and for good reason. They finished off their regular season with a ten goal weekend, defeating Jacksonville and North Florida without conceding a goal. The blog is unable to check the full history of the NCAA Tournament but it is likely that this will be the first time a team is ranked in the top 25 in all polls yet will not feature in the post season tournament. Coach Butehorn will surely have his team firing on all cylinders next year where they will be expected to have a big impact in the tournament.

Tulsa dropped two spots to No. 24 while UC Santa Barbara and Georgetown tied at No. 25.

Stay tuned to the blog as we will have daily updates on conference tournaments as they progress, culminating in a November 15th selection show.