No. 9 Florida wins season opener
Roundup: BC opens with a draw while Virginia rallies past WVU
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- In the season-opener for both teams, No. 9 Florida topped Miami 2-0 at Cobb Stadium. Both teams had chances in the first half, but goalkeepers Vikki Alonzo and Brooke Cahncey stood tall in the net, turning away a combined eight shots.
UF’s Maggie Rodgers ended the stalemate in the 37th minute on a feed from Erika Tymrak. The Gators extended their lead just six minutes into the second half when Tymrak left a quick, one-touch pass for Havana Solaun, who found the back of right side of the net from the top of the 18-yard box.
No. 1 Notre Dame 2, Wisconsin 0
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Senior All-America forward Melissa Henderson collected a goal and an assist and sophomore forward Adriana Leon netted her first score of the year as No. 1 Notre Dame defeated Wisconsin 2-0 in the season opener for both teams before a spirited crowd of 1,713 fans at Alumni Stadium.
Henderson, who registered seven shots including six on goal, set up Leon’s tally with 2:43 left in the first half. The veteran striker then offered a key brace for the Fighting Irish in the 61st minute, converting a sublime bending cross from senior midfielder Molly Campbell with a point-blank header into the right side-netting.
No. 2 Stanford 4, Penn State 0
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- No. 2 Stanford got four goals from four players during a 23-minute span that bridged halftime to down Penn State 4-0 before a capacity crowd of 1,571. Marjani Hing-Glover, Mariah Nogueira, Teresa Noyola and Lindsey Taylor all tallied goals in helping lead the Cardinal to a season-opening victory.
The triumph extended Stanford's streak of home-opening victories to 23 -- every year since 1989 -- and increased its home winning streak to 36, dating back to 2008.
No. 3 North Carolina 2, Nebraska 1
LINCOLN, Neb. -- National power North Carolina, ranked third in the preseason, went on the road for the first game of the season and came away with a solid 2-1 victory against host Nebraska.
The Tar Heels came away with goals from Maria Lubrano and Ranee Premji for the season-opening victory. Lubrano started things quickly, scoring just two minutes into the contest before the Huskers’ Jordan Jackson added the tying tally just four minutes into the second half. Premji pushed across the game-winner in the 79th minute.
No. 4 Boston College 1, Boston University 1 -- Full Recap
NEWTON, Mass. -- Boston University (0-0-1) opened its 2011 campaign with a 1-1 draw at No. 4 Boston College (0-0-1) at Newton Campus Soccer Field. Senior Jessica Luscinski scored the Terriers' lone goal in the 24th minute from 25 yards out after sophomore Kylie Strom drew a foul. Boston College responded 17 minutes later with the game-tying goal as Victoria DiMartino put away a rebound.
The tie was the first in the series history between BU and BC, which now stands 12-4-1 in BC's favor.
No. 5 Florida State 1, No. 19 Oregon State 0
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- One goal was all that was needed Friday night in Corvallis as No. 5 Florida State opened the 2011 campaign with a 1-0 victory against 19th-ranked Oregon State in front of a packed crowd of 1,127.
Tiffany McCarty scored the lone goal of the match breaking a scoreless tie in the 52nd minute off a pass from Jessica Price to give the Seminoles the victory.
No. 6 Maryland 1, No. 22 Minnesota 0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- After having the game delayed for nearly two and a half hours due to lightning in the area Danielle Hubka scored the game's lone goal as No. 6 Maryland topped 22nd-ranked Minnesota 1-0 Friday night at Ludwig Field in the season opener for both squads.
Hubka's goal, off assists from Megan Gibbons and Becky Kaplan, broke a scoreless tie in the 20th minute of the match and the Terrapins held on for the victory.
No. 8 Ohio State 1, Xavier 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 8 Ohio State opened the 2011 campaign with a 1-0 victory against in-state foe Xavier at Jesse Owns Stadium. Aly Walker posted the game-winning goal, connecting on 1 of 3 shots on goal. Walker’s tally came off the foot of Paige Maxwell, who got the assist while also taking six shots.
Goalkeeper Tiffany Cameron stopped all five shots from the Musketeers, including four on goal.
No. 10 Virginia 2, No. 13 West Virginia 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Tenth-ranked Virginia overcame an early deficit to post a season-opening victory against No. 13 West Virginia 2-1. The Cavaliers fell behind when Erica Henderson scored in the eighth minute for the Mountaineers. Morgan Brian recorded UVa’s first score of the season at the 23-minute mark to tie things, where it would stand until almost the end of the contest.
Gloria Douglas scored in the 89th minute, beating goalkeeper Sarah Keane for the game-winner.
Game information compiled from respective athletic department websites.