Top 10 Roundup
No. 8 Notre Dame beats defending champion, No. 1 UNC
No. 8 Notre Dame 1, No. 1 North Carolina 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews headed in a cross from sophomore defender Brittany Von Rueden midway through the first half to provide the only scoring as No. 8 Notre Dame toppled No. 1 and previously unbeaten North Carolina 1-0 on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 3,742 fans at Fetzer Field.
Playing UNC for the first time as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Fighting Irish (6-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC) earned their sixth all-time win against the Tar Heels, the most for any team against North Carolina in its history. Notre Dame also improves to 5-2 all-time against UNC in Chapel Hill, winning for the fourth time in its past five matches against the Tar Heels at Fetzer Field (dating to 2007).
Freshman goalkeeper Kaela Little anchored a rock-solid Fighting Irish defense, making five saves to record her third career shutout. Senior defender/tri-captain Elizabeth Tucker also was credited with a defensive save midway late in the first half to preserve Notre Dame's clean sheet.
North Carolina (7-1-0, 1-1-0 ACC) finished with an 18-5 edge in total shots, including a 6-2 margin in shots on goal and a 4-1 advantage on corner kicks. The Tar Heels also hit the woodwork in the second half, as Crystal Dunn's strike in the 62nd minute was tipped off the underside of the crossbar by Little, then captured by the Fighting Irish netminder near the goal line.
No. 3 Stanford 3, Iowa State 1
STANFORD, Calif. -- Taylor Uhl scored two goals and Natalie Griffen had two assists to lead No. 3 Stanford to a 3-1 nonconference women’s soccer victory against Iowa State on Sunday.
The Cardinal (5-0-1) extended its home unbeaten streak to 71 –- the second-longest in Division I women’s soccer history –- by scoring twice after Iowa State (4-4-0) equalized 15 seconds into the second half.
Outside right back Griffen set up both late goals, first by looping a pass on to the feet of Verloo, who rattled a close-range shot between goalkeeper Maddie Jobe’s legs in the 60th minute. Another Griffen pass arrived at the feet of Uhl, who sent a low 83rd minute shot inside the left post.
Uhl had opened the scoring by jumping on a rebound after Ryan Walker-Hartshorn’s initial shot was blocked by Jobe, who made 10 saves. Jennifer Dominguez tied the match for the Cyclones after a cross from Hayley Womack glanced off the fingertips of Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell and landed at her feet in front of an open net. The goal seemed to ignite Stanford, which outshot Iowa State, 31-7.
For Uhl, it was her second consecutive two-goal performance –- following a 3-0 victory against Maryland last week -- and her fifth goal in three matches. She now has six goals. Verloo, with two, is the only other Cardinal with more than one.
No. 4 Florida State 2, No. 15 Duke 1
DURHAM, N.C. -- Kristin Grubka's header in the 87th minute was the difference Sunday afternoon as No. 4 Florida State (6-0-2, 1-0-1 ACC) finished a tough trip to North Carolina with a 2-1 victory against No. 15 Duke (4-3-1, 1-1-0 ACC) inside Koskinen Stadium.
With the win, Florida State picked up its first win in the ACC this year and in the process its first victory against Duke in Durham in 10 all-time meetings (1-5-4).
Grubka's goal came off a set piece after Duke was called for a foul just beyond midfield. Megan Campbell stepped up to take the free kick sending a beautiful ball into the 18-yard box. Grubka out jumped the competition to get to the ball lofting a soft header into the top left corner of the net for her first goal of the season.
The Blue Devils had struck first breaking a scoreless tie behind a goal by Kim DeCesare in the 19th minute. Laura Weinberg sent a low cross from down on the end line back toward the top of the 18-yard box where DeCesare one-timed her shot into the lower right corner for her second goal of the season and a 1-0 Duke advantage.
The lead was short lived, however, as Berglind Thorvaldsdottir found the equalizer just 48 seconds later as the redshirt freshman forward blasted a shot from 20 yards out for her third goal of the season. Kelsey Wys began the scoring play as her kick went well past midfield. Dagny Brynjarsdottir was on the receiving end of the ball flicking a pass to her left as Thorvaldsdottir timed her run perfectly, receiving the pass and striking the ball into the upper left corner for the goal.
Florida State outshot Duke 13-4 in the second half and 19-11 for the match. The Seminoles also held the advantage in corner kicks at 6-3. Thorvaldsdottir paced the Garnet & Gold with three shots, while six Seminoles recorded two shots each.
No. 7 Wake Forest 4, Miami 0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Riley Ridgik scored two goals and Katie Stengel and Ally Berry added one apiece as No. 7 Wake Forest jumped on Miami early to earn a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon at Spry Stadium.
The Demon Deacons (6-0-1, 1-0-1 ACC) scored in the third minute thanks to a Katie Stengel header and seized command of the game against the Hurricanes (5-2-0, 0-2-0 ACC) in the 15th minute thanks to Ridgik's first goal. Berry netted the third Deacon goal right before the halftime break and Ridgik finished off the scoring in the second half, chipping the goalkeeper from 30 yards.
On the first, she ran onto a through ball from Katie Stengel on the right and finished expertly in a one-on-one situation with Miami goalkeeper Emily Lillard.
Ridgik's second goal in the 52nd minute came on a counter attack after a Miami corner kick on the other end. Katie Stengel corralled the cleared corner and turned upfield, finding Sarah Teegarden in the center. Teegarden looked up and lobbed a through ball to a streaking Ridgik on the left who saw Lillard well off her line and played a brilliant chip into the net from 30 yards.
The two goals gave Ridgik four for the season - the second-most on the Wake Forest squad.
Stengel's goal in the third minute set the tone of the game for the Demon Deacons. Jackie McSally sent Caroline Wootten free down the left side. Wootten took a few touches before playing a cross to Stengel at the near post, and Stengel crisply headed a shot into the far corner to put the Deacons up 1-0.
The goal was the 49th of Stengel's career, putting her one shy of a milestone 50th.
Berry netted her third goal of the season in the 37th minute. Taylor Waters collected the ball at the top of the box and played a through ball that Berry ran on to, finishing past Lillard.
Aubrey Bledsoe made a season-high five saves, though none really tested her, to earn her fourth shutout of the season in net.
No. 9 Florida 1, South Florida 1 (2OT)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ninth-ranked Florida tied South Florida 1-1 in two overtimes Sunday at the Corbett Soccer Stadium. It was the first overtime match for the Gators this season and the third for South Florida.
The Gators found themselves trailing early when USF senior Sharla Passariello slid to touch Sarah Miller’s end line pass to score in the sixth minute.
Despite many good looks at the goal, it took until the 74th minute for the Gators to find the equalizer. From deep in the USF half, sophomore Claire Falknor sent a cross that skimmed through traffic in front of the goal mouth to find junior Havana Solaun waiting just above the far post. Solaun’s shot scored from 6 yards to knot the score.
No. 10 Baylor 0, McNeese State 0
WACO, Texas -- No. 7 Baylor muscled its way to another dominant performance but left with nothing to show in the win-loss column as McNeese State (5-2-1) came into Betty Lou Mays Field and played the Bears (6-0-2) to a scoreless draw on Sunday afternoon in 110 minutes of action. The result ended Baylor's program-record 14-match winning streak at home, while the program-record unbeaten streak remained intact at 29.
While the Cowgirls had limited opportunities with just five shots and one on goal that was saved by Michelle Kloss, the Bears had plenty of chances to give their eight seniors a win on senior day. Of Baylor's 32 shots, 17 were on goal but each time MSU goalie Lauren Sestak was there for a save. Baylor also racked up a 12-0 edge in corner kicks but was unable to get a direct shot off from any of the kicks.
Hadley Young had two of the Bears' best scoring chances. The first came in the 26th minute as her header was denied by a quick reaction from Sestak. The same thing happened in the 95th minute on another header by Young. A few minutes later, Selby Polley was left a perfect drop pass by Larissa Campos in the 99th minute but her hard shot was right at Sestak.