Duke opens season with split
Top 10: Top-ranked North Carolina stumps two during weekend
Seventh-ranked Duke women’s soccer team went on the road to open the season on Friday evening and registered a 1-0 victory against 12th-ranked Texas A&M (0-1) at Ellis Field in College Station, Texas.
With the victory, Duke (1-0) head coach Robbie Church registered his biggest season-opening win against a ranked opponent of his 13-year career with the Blue Devils.
Ali Kershner registered her first collegiate shutout in her first start in goal. She notched three saves in 90 minutes of action. Jordan Day added five saves for Texas A&M in goal.
Duke posted a 17-12 shot advantage and was led by Kim DeCesare with six attempts. Kerr added four shots, while Kelly Cobb and Laura Weinberg each chipped in three.
Sunday: South Carolina 1, No. 7 Duke 0.
The South Carolina women's soccer team earned its first win over a top-10 opponent since 2010 as it upset No. 7 Duke 1-0 at Stone Stadium behind a first half goal from Danielle Au.
Au tallied her second goal of the season in the 34th minute when freshman forward Daija Griffin battled a Duke defender for a loose ball and found Au on the left side. Au, a senior forward, located Duke goalkeeper Meghan Thomas and hit a well-placed shot to the side of frame for the Gamecock advantage.
South Carolina goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo recorded her ninth career shutout to tie for fourth on the all-time list at South Carolina as she tallied four saves on the night.
The Blue Devils out-shot the Gamecocks 12-5, while committing just two fouls to South Carolina's 10.
Friday: No. 1 North Carolina 2, No. 16 Santa Clara 0
Senior midfielder Crystal Dunn, the 2012 consensus National Player of the Year, picked up where she left off last year Friday evening, scoring a pair of second half goals to power top-ranked North Carolina to a 2-0 win against No. 16 Santa Clara as part of the Klockner Classic in Charlottesville, Va. The game was played in a steady rain for most of the first half at Klockner Stadium before the weather cleared in the second half.
Dunn's goals came off assists by forwards Kealia Ohai and Summer Green, respectively, in the 59th and 86th minutes of play. Bryane Heaberlin came off the bench at halftime and made three big second saves to finish off the combined shutout with starter Anna Sieloff.
Dunn, who scored all five of her goals in 2012 in the NCAA post-season, had her first multiple goal game since scoring twice against BYU in the NCAA quarterfinals last year.
Sunday: No. 1 North Carolina 4, VCU 0
Kealia Ohai scored a pair of goals and Crystal Dunn added her third goal of the weekend as No. 1 North Carolina defeated VCU 4-0 before 919 fans at the Klockner Classic.
Ohai, the senior forward from Draper, Utah, had the game-winner in the 23rd minute and then added an insurance goal in the 69th minute of action. Paige Nielsen also scored for the Tar Heels and Crystal Dunn had her third goal of the weekend as she dribbled through several defenders to score unassisted in the 73rd minute.
Sophomore midfielder Caroline Lindquist and freshman midfielder Cameron Castleberry each posted their first career points with assists in the match.
UNC outshot the Rams 30-4 and had a 14-1 edge in corner kicks. Emma Kruse played the whole way in goal for VCU and made nine saves while allowing four goals.
Friday: No. 2 Stanford 2, Boston College 1
Junior forward Alex Doll cleaned up a rebound in the 18th minute of extra time to give second-ranked Stanford women’s soccer a season-opening 2-1 victory at Boston College.
Chioma Ubogagu was credited with the assist on the match-winner, her second of the match, after her shot was saved by Eagle goalkeeper Jessica Mickelson, who could not corral the rebound before Doll finished. Ubogagu had previously set up Sydney Payne’s equalizer in the 11th minute.
Stanford did well to recover from an early Boston College goal, clamp down on defense and tinker away on offense to grind out the two goals that provided victory.
Cardinal goalkeeper Emily Oliver was kept plenty busy throughout the match, facing 10 shots on frame and recording nine saves. For the contest Boston College outshot Stanford 17-9 and forced Oliver into five saves over the opening 45 minutes.
Sunday: No. 2 Stanford 1, Connecticut 0
Senior Taylor Uhl scored her first goal in a Stanford kit and it was the difference in the second-ranked Cardinal’s 1-0 victory at Connecticut Sunday.
The transfer from Minnesota headed home an offering from Siobhan Cox in the 35th minute and the Cardinal defense, which allowed just one shot on frame from the Huskies, clamped down for its first shutout of the campaign.
While the shot margin was 17-12 in favor of the Cardinal Sunday, Stanford put six shots on frame for the match. The Cardinal defense held firm against nine Connecticut shots over the final 45 minutes.
In the opposing goal Stanford's Emily Oliver remained relatively unbothered, called into action only in the 19th minute to save a shot from Samantha McGuire.
Friday: No. 3 Florida State 1, Oregon State 0
The third-ranked Florida State women's soccer team (1-0-0) won its season opener against Oregon State (0-1-0) 1-0 on Friday at the Seminole Soccer Complex. With the win, FSU has won six-consecutive season openers, moving to 16-2-1 all-time.
In addition, the victory Friday night marks the 19th-consecutive home win for the Seminoles dating back to the 2011 season, setting a new school record. The previous mark of 18 consecutive home victories was established back during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
After a 51-minute weather delay halted the match after just 15 minutes of play, the winning strike came from the foot of sophomore Nora Kervroedan as she connected on FSU's 12th shot of the game in the 43rd minute off a deflected shot from freshman Nickolette Driesse. Kervroedan's one-time kick bent inside the right post from 25 yards, good for her third career score and second-consecutive on opening night.
Sunday: No. 3 Florida State 4, Auburn 1
No. 3 Florida State registered two goals in each half as the Seminoles cruised to a 4-1 victory over Auburn on Sunday afternoon inside Seminole Soccer Complex.
FSU’s Berglind Thorvaldsdottir led all scorers on Sunday with a five-point afternoon as she tallied two goals and an assist for her first career points as a Seminole. Jamia Fields also added a goal and an assist in the win as Florida State improved to 9-2-0 against Auburn all-time.
It wasn’t until the 60th minute that Auburn finally registered its first shot of the game when Kim Spence sent a long distance shot wide of the net.
Friday: No. 4 Penn State 2, West Virginia 2
No. 4 Penn State kicked off the 2013-14 PSU campaign with a 2-2 tie against non-conference foe West Virginia on Friday night at Jeffrey Field in the Penn State Invitational. Despite being down 0-2 late in the contest, seniors Taylor Schram and Maya Hayes rallied to tie it up with 10 minutes to go in regulation.
Goalkeeping was a major factor in the match as West Virginia's Sara Keane posted eight saves and PSU's Britt Eckerstrom tallied three.
Sunday: No. 4 Penn State 2, Hofstra 1
No. 4 Penn State posted its first win of the 2013 campaign with a 2-1 victory against Hofstra on Sunday in the Penn State Invitational. Senior forward Maya Hayes and sophomore forward Mallory Weber led the way for the Nittany Lions with both netting goals in the first half of the contest.
In the second half, Hofstra didn't waste any time as Galton netted an unassisted goal from 12 yards out in the 51st minute to bring the Pride within one
The Pride registered three more shots on goal in the second half but could not get by Eckerstrom, who totaled six saves in the match.
Friday: No. 5 UCLA 4, Northeastern 0
No. 5 UCLA dominated in a 4-0 season-opening victory against Northeastern on Friday evening. The Bruins scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of the contest. New faces played a big part in the Bruin victory, the first for new UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell, with two freshmen contributing goals.
Freshman Gabbi Miranda wasted no time in recording her first collegiate goal, directly scoring off her corner kick at 2:42. Miranda hooked her kick over the goalkeeper and just under the bar for the score. Just five minutes later, junior Rosie White made it 2-0. After receiving a through ball from Sam Mewis, White had her shot saved by Northeastern goalkeeper Paige Burnett. But she followed through on the rebound with a tap into the empty net.
Freshman Darian Jenkins gave UCLA a 3-0 lead at 15:55. Caprice Dydasco set up the play by juking a defender on the left side and crossing it into the center to Jenkins, who hit it into the back of the net amidst traffic. Senior Jenna Richmond finished the scoring at 53:52 with a nice finish on cross from Taylor Smith to the far post.
Sunday: No. 5 UCLA 3, Cal State Northridge 0
For the second consecutive game, the No. 3 UCLA women's soccer team scored early and often, defeating reigning Big West tournament champion Cal State Northridge, 3-0, on Sunday at Drake Stadium.
Senior Jenna Richmond put UCLA on the board just 2:15 into the contest, taking a clearance from a Cal State Northridge outside the box and firing into the upper right corner from about 25 yards out for her second goal of the short season.
The Bruins scored again at 14:01 when freshman Darian Jenkins recorded her second goal of the year. Sarah Killion started the play by sending a pass to Caprice Dydasco, who chipped it in to Jenkins in the center of the box. Jenkins settled the ball and went top shelf to beat onrushing Matador goalkeeper Rebecca Harper.
Sophomore Taylor Smith joined in on the action at 38:37, taking a pass from Rosie White, splitting the defenders and firing a shot from close range to beat Harper for her first goal of the season. Killion also earned an assist on they play, her second of the game and team-leading third of the year.
The Bruins held the Matadors to just three shots, with the only shot on goal coming in the final seconds.
Friday: No. 6 BYU 3, Cal State Fullerton 1
No. 6 BYU opened up the regular season with a dominating 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Friday night at South Field.
BYU was led by senior midfielder Rachel Manning, who scored two goals on the night.
The Cougars threatened from the onset as Colette Jepson Smith’s header in the first minute required a fantastic save from Fullerton goalie Lindsey Maricic. The pressure continued as BYU had four corners in the first four minutes of the game and nine in the first half.
Fullerton challenged BYU keeper Erica Owens for the first time in the 25th minute on a shot by Christina Burkenroad but Owens made a diving save to her left to preserve the scoreless tie.
In the 26th minute, the Cougars broke through when Paige Hunt served a free kick into the box and Manning’s header beat the keeper to the right corner of the goal.
BYU held a 1-0 lead going into halftime as well as a 9-4 shot advantage.
Friday: No. 8 Virginia 4, VCU 2
No. 7 Virginia kicked off the 2013 season with a 4-2 victory against in-state rival VCU in front of 1,768 fans Friday night at Klöckner Stadium. The victory was the Cavaliers' 13th consecutive win against in-state competition.
Four different Cavaliers found the back of the net as sophomore defender Emily Sonnett had a goal and an assist and junior midfielder Morgan Brian had a pair of assists to lead Virginia.
Virginia outshot VCU 26-4 and had an 8-3 corner kick advantage. Senior Danielle DeLisle and junior Churchill O'Connell each played a half in goal for the Cavaliers. Emma Kruse made 12 saves at the other end for the Rams, including several world-class stops to keep VCU in the game.
Sunday: No. 8 Virginia 4, No. 16 Santa Clara 0
No. 7 Virginia posted its first ranked victory of the season with a 4-0 win against No. 9 Santa Clara on Sunday. With the victory, the Cavaliers won the Klöckner Classic, a tournament that featured three of the top-10 teams in the nation.
Sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe scored twice to record her first career multi-goal game for the Cavaliers. Junior midfielder Morgan Brian and sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak each had a goal and an assist as Virginia found the back of the net four times for the second consecutive game.
Friday: No. 9 Florida 3, Florida Gulf Coast 1
Freshman Savannah Jordan gave the Gators’ the go-ahead goal in the 81st minute and then added an insurance score just under five and a half minutes later as No. 9 Florida opened the season with a 3-1 win against Florida Gulf Coast Friday evening at the James G. Pressly Stadium.
Junior Havana Solaun scored the season’s first goal in the 35th minute off the double assist from freshmen Brooke Sharp and Pamela Begič. The Eagles tied the match just before halftime when Ally Kasun headed in Melissa Arnold’s corner kick. It was the 13th season-opening win in Florida’s 19-year history.
Sunday: No. 9 Florida 3, Oregon State 1
Three goals by freshman Savannah Jordan gave the No. 9 Florida soccer team a 3-1 win over Oregon State Sunday evening at the James G. Pressly Stadium. Florida finishes its opening weekend of 2013 action 2-0 while the Beavers leave the state 0-2.
Two matches into her collegiate career and Jordan now owns five goals – the highest goal total for any Gator through a season’s opening two contests.
Jordan’s hat-trick in the second match of the season is the earliest ever by a Gator freshman. Two others posted hat-tricks in their freshman seasons – Andi Sellers (two in 1997) and Abby Wambach (one in 1998).
Friday: No. 10 Notre Dame 4, Illinois 1
Fighting Irish freshman forward Kaleigh Olmsted collected a goal and an assist in her first college match to help No. 10 Notre Dame roll to a 4-1 victory against Illinois in the season opener for both teams on Friday night at Alumni Stadium. The Fighting Irish continue to sparkle in their first match of the season, improving to 22-3-1 (.865) all-time on opening night, including a 12-2-1 (.833) record under head coach Randy Waldrum.
The Fighting Irish (1-0-0) featured a balanced scoring attack, as junior forward Lauren Bohaboy, sophomore forward Anna Maria Gilbertson and senior defender/tri-captain Elizabeth Tucker also opened their goal scoring accounts on Friday. Junior forward Karin Simonian earned a point by picking up the assist on Bohaboy's tally.
Notre Dame nearly doubled up Illinois in total shots (25-13) and shots on goal (13-7), while compiling a 6-1 edge on corner kicks. The Fighting Irish also had twice as many fouls as the visitors (8-4), although Illinois did receive the lone yellow card of the match.
Another Fighting Irish freshman, goalkeeper Kaela Little, registered her first collegiate win, going the distance in the Notre Dame net and making six saves.
Sunday: No. 10 Notre Dame 4, Northwestern 1
Junior forward Lauren Bohaboy scored two goals in the opening 6:17 and the No. 10 Fighting Irish never looked back, racing to a 4-1 win over Northwestern at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame thus completed its first opening weekend sweep since 2010, while piling up its largest goal output through two matches (8) since 2008.
Sophomore defender/tri-captain Katie Naughton added a goal and an assist (her first career multi-point match) against one of her hometown schools, while two other sophomores -- forward Crystal Thomas and defender Brittany Von Rueden -- both dished out a career-high two assists. Freshman midfielder Cindy Pineda also got into the act, opening her account with her first career goal midway through the first half.
Julie Sierks provided the lone bright spot for the Wildcats (0-2-0), scoring her second career goal (and both have come against the Fighting Irish).
Notre Dame (2-0-0) dominated Northwestern in every statistical category, holding a 36-5 edge in total shots, including a 14-2 spread in shots on goal. The Fighting Irish also had a 9-4 margin on corner kicks and an 11-6 difference on fouls.