Top 10 Roundup
No. 1 North Carolina tops No. 19 West Virginia to stay unbeaten
No. 1 North Carolina 4, No. 19 West Virginia 2
DURHAM, N.C. -- Top-ranked North Carolina bolted to a 4-0 lead in the opening 47 minutes and then held off a second-half rally by No. 19 West Virginia to win 4-2 at Koskinen Stadium.
Carolina improved to 6-0 on the season with the win while West Virginia lost for the first time this season and is now 3-1-2. With the win, Carolina completed its first unbeaten and untied regular-season non-conference slate since the 2005 campaign.
The Tar Heels got goals from four different players on Sunday while Alex Newfield assisted on two UNC tallies.
Carolina opened the scoring in the ninth minute as Newfield threaded a ball through the defense to Kealia Ohai just outside the left side of the box. Ohai beat her defender to the inside and sent a shot into the lower right corner from 12 yards out at the 8:40 mark. The Tar Heels doubled their lead less than eight minutes later as Crystal Dunn scored her sixth goal of the year, assisted by Newfield and Meg Morris. Dunn, who had the game-winner against UCLA on Friday night, took a feed from Newfield and sent a shot inside the left post for a 2-0 UNC lead at 16:38.
The Tar Heels added to their lead at 43:57 after Jess Crowder took down UNC's Emily Bruder 22 yards from the goal line on the left side of the pitch, earning a yellow card in the process. Freshman Joanna Boyles stepped up and rocketed a curving shot inside the left post, beating West Virginia goalkeeper Sara Keane in the process. It was the first goal of Boyles' young career.
The Tar Heels took a 3-0 lead into halftime along with an 11-1 advantage in shots. At 46:27 sophomore Summer Green converted a penalty kick into the lower left corner to put the Heels up 4-0.
At 59:39, West Virginia got on the scoreboard after Frances Silva a penalty kick into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the year. It took the Mountaineers a little more than four minutes to strike again after the Tar Heels turned the ball over at midfield. WVU mounted a quick counterattack after gaining possession with Kate Schwindel scoring a nice goal from 10 yards out into the top left corner at 63:58. She was assisted on the score by Frances Silva and Kelsie Maloney.
After that brief spurt, the Tar Heels regained their composure and retook the possession advantage in the final 25 minutes, finishing off the two-goal margin.
No. 2 Florida State 1, Oklahoma 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 2 Florida State (5-0-1) closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory against Oklahoma (2-4-0) in front of a crowd of 1,116 inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored the lone goal of the match breaking the scoreless tie in the 76th minute to keep the Seminoles unbeaten on the year while running their home unbeaten streak to 23 games (22-0-1).
Nora Kervroedan began the scoring play as she fed a ball to Brynjarsdottir, who split the Sooners central defenders and took one touch before blasting a shot into the net from 16 yards out for her team-leading third goal of the season and second game-winner in 2013. Florida State finished the match with a 16-4 edge in shots as eight of the Seminoles’ shots went on goal. After FSU grabbed the 1-0 lead, Oklahoma could not manage a whole lot offensively with the exception of two late corners but both were well played by the Seminoles as OU came away empty handed without attempting a shot.
Kelsey Wys picked up her fourth shutout of the season and has given up just two goals in more than 565 minutes on the pitch this year. Wys, along with the Seminole defensive unit of Megan Campbell, Kassey Kallman, Kristin Grubka and Kirsten Crowley, limited the Sooners to just one shot on goal as that lone shot came in the sixth minute of the game.
Brynjarsdottir led all players on Sunday afternoon with four shots, while fellow Icelandic native Berglind Thorvaldsdottir attempted three shots with two going on goal.
With a tie and a win this weekend, Florida State moved to 57-28-5 all-time when facing a team for the first time.
No. 3 UCLA 2, No. 12 Duke 1
DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 3 UCLA concluded play at the Duke Nike Classic with a 2-1 victory against No. 12th Duke on Sunday. The Bruins (5-1) received goals by Rosie White in the eighth minute and Darian Jenkins in the 78th minute to record their third victory over a top-20 opponent this season.
As it has been doing all season, UCLA scored in the opening 10 minutes of the contest. Taylor Smith got free on a breakaway down the right sideline and crossed to White, who finished into the lower-left corner at the 7:08 mark. The goal was White's second of the year. Jenkins made it 2-0 at 77:48, taking advantage of an empty net after Duke goalkeeper Ali Kershner came out of the box. Abby Dahlkemper had the assist on Jenkins' team-leading fifth goal of the year.
Bruins goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who had a career-high seven saves against North Carolina on Friday, was impressive in goal once again, making four saves, including a big save in the sixth minute on a hard shot by Kim DeCesare and a diving save in the 28th minute on a good look from Toni Payne.
Duke's only goal came with four seconds left to play in the contest. Mollie Pathman successfully converted a penalty kick after Katie Trees was fouled in the box, but the late goal could do nothing but ruin the shutout for the Bruins.
Rowland, White and Megan Oyster earned all-tournament honors.
No. 4 Stanford 3, No. 16 Maryland 0
STANFORD, Calif. -- For perhaps the first time this season, the full scope of Stanford women’s soccer was on display Sunday in the Cardinal’s 3-0 victory against No. 16 Maryland at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Players and coaches note that it takes time to develop as a unit and Stanford, with nine newcomers, has needed every minute. But as the combinations developed and the scoring chances multiplied and the defensive solidified, the potential finally could be seen.
Taylor Uhl headed in two goals and freshman Ryan Walker-Hartshorn scored in her first collegiate start at forward to lead No. 4 Stanford. The Cardinal (4-0-1) extended its home unbeaten streak to 70 -- the second-longest in Division I history -- while earning its third shutout of the season.
Both of Uhl’s goals were scored off Courtney Verloo’s corner kicks. The first came in the 10th minute as Alex Doll and Stephanie Amack kept the ball alive inside the penalty area. The other came on a powerful header, directly off Verloo’s corner in the 89th minute. Three of Uhl’s team-high four goals have come in the air.
Walker-Hartshorn scored from close range in the 57th minute, after outside back Natalie Griffen fired a ball into the goalmouth. Walker-Hartshorn took a half-volley with her right foot to knock it through.
Freshman Jane Campbell highlighted her first collegiate shutout with a full extension save midway through the first half. While diving to her right, Campbell caught a 25th-minute scorcher from Maryland scoring star Hayley Brock with two hands midway through the first half. She has yet to allow a goal in three appearances, covering 214 minutes.
No. 5 Virginia 3, Seton Hall 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 5 Virginia captured the 2013 Virginia Nike Soccer Classic with a 3-0 victory against Seton Hall on Sunday at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (6-0) concluded their non-conference schedule with a perfect record for the first time since 2004, while the Pirates fell to 1-4-1.
Junior midfielder Morgan Brian had two goals and an assist to lead Virginia to the win, while sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak added a goal and an assist.
Virginia wasted little time taking the lead, finding the opening goal in the third minute. Brian's ball over the Seton Hall defense found Doniak in stride and she fired in her fourth goal of the season. The Cavaliers doubled the advantage in the 22nd minute with Brian's first goal of the afternoon. Quick passing between Doniak and junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico resulted in Colaprico threading a pass to Brian, who finished her chance into the upper corner.
The Cavaliers added one more goal after halftime in the 62nd minute. After senior forward Gloria Douglas was shoved to the ground in the box, Brian took the resulting penalty kick and buried her fifth goal of the season. It was Brian's fourth career multi-goal game.
Virginia outshot Seton Hall 36-3 and had a 5-2 corner kick advantage. Pirate goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew made a Virginia Nike Soccer Classic single-game record 15 saves in the contest, eclipsing the previous record of 12 by Kristen Samuhel of Richmond, set against the Cavaliers in 1999. Freshman Morgan Stearns and senior Danielle DeLisle each played a half in goal for Virginia, recording a save apiece as the Cavaliers posted their third consecutive clean sheet.
Colaprico, who had two goals in Friday's 6-0 win against Rutgers, was named the MVP of the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Brian, Doniak and senior midfielder Kate Norbo.
No. 7 Wake Forest 3, No. 15 Portland 2
PORTLAND, Ore. -- No. 7 Wake Forest used a second-half blitzkrieg capped off by a game-winner from Ally Berry to erase a 2-0 deficit and stun No. 15 Portland 3-2 on Sunday at Merlo Field.
After entering the locker room down 2-0 at halftime, the Demon Deacons (5-0-0) scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half to even the score and shift momentum in their favor. The winner came in the 76th minute when Berry found the rebound of a Jackie McSally shot and then found the back of the net from 8 yards.
It was the first time since a 1996 game against Rhode Island that Wake Forest came back to win after trailing by two goals, and the first time that the Deacons erased a two-goal deficit on the road against a ranked team.
Wake Forest claimed the Portland Nike Invitational, winning its games against Washington and then the Pilots (3-1-1). Berry was named Offensive MVP of the tournament, and Caralee Keppler was named Defensive MVP.
Riley Ridgik started the comeback only 1:03 after the halftime break when she took a pass from Sarah Teegarden and unleashed a blast from 20 yards that sailed into the top-left corner of the net.
Less than four minutes later, a good buildup led to Katie Stengel playing a through ball to the right side and Caroline Wootten racing past her marker to finish one-on-one with Portland goalkeeper Erin Dees, evening the score at 2.
The winner came as the result of a free kick. Rachel Nuzzolese served the ball into the box to Jackie McSally, who tried a shot that was blocked by a Portland defender. Berry was there to corral the rebound though, and she made no mistake with her shot from 8 yards that gave the Deacons the lead, and eventually the win.
No. 8 Notre Dame 4, Detroit 0
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews had two goals and an assist as No. 8 Notre Dame scored four goals for the fourth time in five matches this year, rolling to a clinical 4-0 victory against Horizon League preseason favorite Detroit on Sundayat Alumni Stadium.
Junior forward Lauren Bohaboy added her team-high fifth goal of the year, freshman midfielder Emily Geyer opened her college scoring account with a last-minute goal, and sophomore forward Crystal Thomas dished out two assists for the third time in the past four matches (giving her a team-best six assists this year) as Notre Dame bounced back well from its first loss of the season a week ago.
The Fighting Irish (4-1-0) ran roughshod through the Detroit (2-3-1) defense, piling up a 34-4 edge in total shots, including a 16-0 margin in shots on goal (the first time since Sept. 23, 2012, vs. Oakland that Notre Dame didn't give up a shot on goal), as well as a 3-2 spread on corner kicks.
Freshman goalkeeper Kaela Little wasn't asked to make a save in recording her second shutout of the season. Detroit goalkeepers Martha Dunbar (59 minutes) and Laura Taylor (31 minutes) each made six saves in the Titans' net.
No. 9 Baylor 0, No. 24 Texas A&M 0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After a 43-minute weather delay, No. 9 Baylor and No. 24 Texas A&M played to a scoreless draw on Sunday at Ellis Field. The decision extended Baylor's (5-0-1) program-record unbeaten streak to 27 matches and ended an 11-match losing streak to the Aggies (3-2-1).
Michelle Kloss and the Baylor defense came up huge in securing Baylor's first non-losing decision against Texas A&M since 2002. Kloss had three saves on the night -- two on very close calls. The first came in the second minute of the game as she grabbed a straight-on shot from 20 yards out on a breakaway. The other came in the 89th minute as she tipped a laser shot from straight on just over the net to send the game to overtime.
Baylor was not lacking for scoring chances as six of its 13 shots were on goal. Four of the shots caused a scare for Texas A&M goalie Jordan Day. Off a great cross by Vic Hoffman in the 62nd minute, Natalie Huggins' header from the left side of the box missed wide right by barely 2 feet. In the first overtime, Bri Campos flipped a lob shot straight on from 25 yards out but it was tipped over the net by Day in the 94th minute. In the 106th minute, Alex Klein had daylight after a scrum in the box but her shot from 15 yards out was secured by Day on a dive. Then Campos nearly pulled off a miracle in the final 10 seconds of the second overtime. She took possession of the ball on the right wing and raced up the sideline to fire off a 30-yard shot on goal, but Day was there with a leaping grab as the buzzer sounded to end the game.
No. 10 Florida 2, Oklahoma State 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A goal in each half by junior Havana Solaun gave the No. 10 Florida soccer team a 2-0 win against Oklahoma State on Sunday at James G. Pressly Stadium. It was the third double-goal match for Solaun during her Gator career.
Both of Solaun’s goals came around 11 minutes of play for each half. Her first goal started from about 12 feet above the OSU box. Freshman Pamela Begić sent a ball left to junior Annie Speese who was making a run down the left side of the box. Speese immediately centered the ball where Solaun uses her left foot to one-touch it in for her second goal of the season.
Speese also had the assist on Solaun’s second goal. The ball dinged around between Speese, freshman Savannah Jordan and a pair of OSU defenders near the top of the box. Speese gained control of the ball in the traffic, took a couple of touches and then sent a short ball to Solaun. Her one-touch shot off her right foot scored from 18 yards.