Duke Classic sets up top-three battle
No 1. North Carolina and No. 3 UCLA to face off
Four top 25 teams, including two of the top three, will converge on Durham, N.C. for the Duke Nike Classic this weekend.
On Friday, No. 12 Duke plays No. 19 West Virginia at 6 p.m. ET in the first game followed by No. 1 North Carolina against No. 3 UCLA at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Carolina and West Virginia play at 11 a.m. followed by Duke and UCLA at 1 p.m.
Top-ranked North Carolina comes in at 4-0, with wins last weekend in the Carolina Nike Classic against New Mexico and Kennesaw State. Crystal Dunn leads the Tar Heels with four goals on the year, and Ohai Kealia has contributed three goals and three assists.
UCLA (4-0) is coming off a successful weekend at the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. The Bruins defeated the then-No. 7 Irish 1-0 and Marquette 2-1 in a come-from-behind victory. Freshman Darian Jenkins scored in each game and was named the most outstanding offensive player of the event.
Duke is 3-1 in 2013, with its lone loss coming to South Carolina. Last weekend, the Blue Devils were also in the Carolina Nike Classic, beating both Kennesaw State and New Mexico.
West Virginia rounds out the field. The Mountaineers are 3-0-1 with victories against Syracuse, Central Michigan and Morehead State and a tie with Penn State.
No. 2 Florida State, No. 10 Florida
Florida State and Florida were themselves opponents last week, but this week they will be sharing opponents.
The No. 2 Seminoles will host Oklahoma State on Friday at 7 p.m. ET while the No. 10 Gators will host Oklahoma at the same time. The teams will the switch opponents, with Florida State playing Oklahoma and Florida playing Oklahoma State on Sunday, both scheduled for 1 p.m.
Florida State is coming off a statement weekend, with shutouts against Florida and UCF. Kirsten Crowley scored in the 96th minute against the Knights to give the Seminoles an overtime victory.
The Gators followed their 3-0 defeat to the Seminoles with a 4-0 win at Florida International, in which freshman Savannah Jordan scored her sixth goal of the season.
Oklahoma State will make its Florida trip at 3-0-1 in 2013. The Cowgirls have beaten Tennessee-Martin, Oklahoma and Gonzaga and tied Vanderbilt on the road. The Sooners have also lost to Tennessee and have beaten Texas State and Kennesaw State.
No. 4 Stanford
Stanford (2-0-1) will attempt to extend its 68-match home unbeaten streak when it plays host to Loyola Marymount (3-1-0) on Friday at 9 p.m. ET and No. 16 Maryland (4-0-0) on Sunday at noon. The streak is the second-longest in NCAA Division I history, behind only North Carolina’s streak of 84 from 1986-94.
Stanford has played two double-overtime matches among its first three. The Cardinal opened with a 2-1 2OT victory at Boston College, followed with a 1-0 victory at Connecticut, and opened its home season with a 1-1 2OT draw against Portland. Four different players have scored for Stanford, with one goal each. Haley Rosen scored in the 67th minute to tie the score against Portland on Saturday.
Stanford is playing Loyola Marymount for only the second time, following a 2-1 home loss in 2003. The Cardinal is 1-0-1 all-time against Maryland, having last played to a 0-0 draw in College Park, Md., in 2011.
No. 5 Virginia
The Cavaliers (4-0) will continue their home stand on Friday by hosting the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic. Virginia plays Rutgers at 7 p.m. ET in the second game of Friday's doubleheader. Seton Hall plays William & Mary in the first game at 4 p.m. The Cavaliers will then play Seton Hall on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Virginia beat then-No. 9 Penn State last Friday 5-1. Brittany Ratcliffe, who scored the final goal in that game, leads the team with four goals.
The Scarlet Knights also come in at 4-0, with wins against Drexel, Army, Delaware and Fordham. Jonelle Filigno leads the squad in points with three goals and an assist.
Seton Hall stands at 1-2-1, with its lone win against Army.
No. 6 BYU
BYU will play its rival the University of Utah in the Deseret First Duel on Friday Sep. 6 at 7 p.m. on South Field.
The Cougars (3-0) defeated LSU 4-2 on the road on Labor Day.
Utah played Cal State Fullerton to a scoreless draw on the road Aug. 30. The Utes (1-0-2) have yet to play a home game while beating Western Kentucky and drawing Kentucky on the road. Utah was picked ninth in the Pac-12.
The Cougars were picked third in the West Coast Conference this season. BYU had a five-game winning streak snapped last season in Salt Lake City as Utah won 1-0. The loss was the only regular season defeat for the Cougars in 2012.
No. 7 Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons will head west to compete in the Nike Portland Invitational. Wake Forest has posted a 3-0 record so far, including a 2-1 double-overtime win against North Texas most recently.
The Deacons will take on Washington on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Huskies are 1-3, with their only win coming against North Carolina-Greensboro.
No. 15 Portland (2-0-1) is then due up on Sunday for Wake Forest. The tie came against then-No. 2 Stanford on Saturday, and the wins against Marquette and Oregon.
No. 8 Notre Dame
Following hosting the Notre Dame adidas Invitational and a loss to UCLA will be just one game, a Sunday 8 p.m. ET matchup with Detroit.
Lauren Bohaboy leads the Irish (3-1) with four goals, including two game-winners. The Titans stand at 1-2-1, with the win coming on Sunday against San Francisco on Alyssa Riley’s overtime goal.
No. 9 Baylor
The Bears have risen to ninth in the rankings by shutting out all of their opponents this year by a total score of 13-0 in four games.
Next up for Baylor are two home games against former conference rivals in Missouri (3-1) and Texas A&M. They will the Tigers on Friday at 5 p.m. ET and the 24th-ranked Aggies on Sunday at 8 p.m.
Baylor is led by Ashley York, who has four goals and one assist.