Notebook: Duke Topples Tar Heels
ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END: Junior midfielder Rebecca Moros netted two goals as Duke edged then-No. 1 North Carolina, 2-1, to give the Tar Heels their first loss of the season on Oct. 9.
|Rebecca Moros helped Duke conquer previously-unbeaten UNC on Oct. 9. (Duke)|
Duke's win over UNC was just the second time the Blue Devils have beaten the Tar Heels in the 30-game series history. It was also the first regular season loss in 41 games for North Carolina since falling to NC State on Oct. 10, 2002.
SIMILAR STORIES: Penn State and Portland may be more than 2,600 miles apart, but the women's soccer teams seem closer than ever.
Both schools are off to their best starts in program history with victories on Oct. 9. Penn State improved its record to 14-0-0 with a convincing 8-0 win over Iowa while the Pilots (13-0-0) posted a 2-0 shutout against Gonzaga on Sunday.
PSU and Portland are the only two remaining teams in the nation without a loss this season, and both moved up the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Division I national rankings with North Carolina's loss to Duke. Penn State vaulted to No. 1 in the poll, the Nittany Lions' highest ranking in program history, while the Pilots jumped to second on the list. Portland, however, also earned the school's first-ever No. 1 ranking, taking over the top spot in the Soccer America Top 25.
The two teams boast the nation's top two leading point and goal scorers - Portland's Christine Sinclair and PSU's Tiffany Weimer. Sinclair leads the nation with 4.15 points and 1.85 goals per game, while Weimer follows with 3.14 points and 1.50 goals per game. Both players are riding a 14-game streak with at least one goal scored, and are looking to break the NCAA record held by former Santa Clara standout Brandi Chastain who contributed a goal in 15 consecutive games in 1990.
SHUTTING IT DOWN: A pair of West Virginia players garnered BIG East weekly honors after helping the Mountaineers to shutouts over then-No. 9 Marquette and South Florida last weekend.
Junior goalkeeper Lana Bannerman played 180 minutes in the two games, recording back-to-back shutouts, to earn the league's Goalkeeper of the Week award. The native of Naperville, Ill., now has 23 career shutouts, just two shy of the school record.
Sophomore forward Ashley Banks earned the conference's Offensive Player of the Week honor after scoring goals in both games. She is tied for the team lead with four goals on the year.
The Mountaineers moved up four spots to No. 18 in the latest NSCAA/adidas Division I poll and have won five straight games.
NOTABLE: California swept Washington and Washington State for the first time since 1999 with shutouts against both Pac-10 foes last weekend. The Golden Bears have recorded three straight shutouts and eight this season, led by senior goalie Ashley Sulprizio who ranks sixth in the nation with a 0.347 goals against average ... Florida State netted three goals in a 3-0 victory against Boston College on Oct. 9, equaling the Eagles' season total for goals allowed ... Florida Atlantic goalie Megan Coyne improved her shutout streak to 435 minutes as the Owls downed Gardner-Webb, 4-0, on Oct. 9. Coyne leads Division I with a 0.13 goals against average and a 0.955 shots on goal save percentage.