Notebook: Great Start for Pilots
NO SHOTS FOR YOU: The Portland Pilots played a stifling defense as they did not allow a single shot to defeat No. 19 West Virginia, 2-0, on Sept. 11 in the final game of the Nike Invitational. Portland downed No. 11 Wisconsin, 5-1, on Sept. 9 en route to earning the tournament championship.
|Christine Sinclair has been a scoring threat for Portland so far this season. (Portland)|
Forward Christine Sinclair tallied a goal and an assist against the Mountaineers, after netting the Pilots' first goal versus the Badgers on Friday.
Sinclair, a senior from Burnaby, British Columbia, is the nation's second-ranked point leader with 4.17 per game and is tied for third with 1.83 goals per game. She has 11 goals and three assists in for 25 points in six games.
The Pilots are third in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas national rankings.
GREAT START: Florida State posted its fifth shutout in six games, and fourth straight, as the Seminoles edged Ole Miss, 1-0, on Sept. 11 in Oxford, Miss.
Goalie Ali Mims has posted a 0.16 goals against average this season as the Seminoles have outscored opponents 19-1.
Forward Sel Kuralay earned Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week honors after assisting on the game-winning goal against the Rebels and added two goals and one assist in a 3-0 win over UCF last week.
The No. 16 Seminoles face in-state rival No. 13 Florida on Sept. 16.
RIDING THE WAVE: Pepperdine is off to its best start in program history after beating Kansas, 3-2, at the adidas/Toreros Invitational on Sept. 11. The Waves improved to 5-0-0 and moved up to No. 11 in the NSCAA/adidas poll with the victory.
Senior forward Megan Woods scored the Waves' third goal with less than six minutes remaining in the game to break the 2-2 against the Jayhawks. It was the second game-winning goal of the season for Woods.
Pepperdine was slated to face Tulane in the tournament, but the match against the Green Wave was cancelled due to the effect of Hurricane Katrina.
BEST SO FAR: Lehigh University extended its winning streak to five games, the longest in school history, with a 2-0 win against Stony Brook on Sept. 11. The Mountain Hawks have posted five straight shutouts to start the season.
Freshman goalie Julie Kafka recorded a pair of saves in the game to earn her fourth shutout of the year. Kafka, a native of Baltimore, Md., is the only freshman goalkeeper that has not allowed an opponent to score this season. She is one of five goalies in the nation with a 0.00 goals against average.
NOTABLE: Penn State's Erin McLeod garnered Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting a 2-0 shutout against No. 3 UCLA. The senior goalkeeper recorded five saves against the Bruins as the No. 2 Nittany Lions improved to 6-0-0, their best start since 1998 ... The Colonial Athletic Association's 12 teams posted an outstanding 15-2-3 record (.825) in non-conference action last week. Each of the league's 12 squads have a winning percentage of .500 or better so far this season.