Top 10 Preview
UNC-Notre Dame, FSU-Wake highlight first ACC weekend
No. 1 North Carolina
The defending champion Tar Heels stand at 6-0-0 as they enter their ACC schedule. Top-ranked North Carolina is coming off a weekend with wins against two ranked teams, a 1-0 win against No. 5 UCLA on Friday and a 4-2 win against West Virginia on Sunday. Crystal Dunn, who had the game-winning goal against the Bruins, leads the team with six goals this season.
The Heels’ conference schedule will begin as they travel to Blacksburg, Va. on Thursday to take on Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 5-0-1 on the year, with wins against Charlotte and James Madison last weekend.
North Carolina will wrap up the weekend against another top-10 team in conference newcomer Notre Dame. The Heels and Irish (4-1-0) will met in Chapel Hill on Sunday.
No. 2 Virginia
Virginia will open its ACC season with one game this weekend, as it hosts Syracuse on Thursday. It will be the first game in the conference for the Orange, who are 4-2-0 on the season.
The Cavaliers hosted the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic last weekend, outscoring Seton Hall and Rutgers 9-0. Morgan Brian, who leads the team with five goals and five assists, scored three goals during the weekend.
No. 3 Stanford
Stanford’s lone game this week will be when the Cardinal host Iowa State on Sunday.
Last Sunday, Taylor Uhl headed in two goals as the Cardinal defeated Maryland to improve to 4-0-1 on the season. Uhl leads the team with four goals.
The Cyclones are currently 4-2-0, but will have played at Santa Clara on Thursday before traveling to Stanford.
No. 4 Florida State
The beginning of conference play should prove as a tough test for the Seminoles. Florida State (5-0-1) will hit the road for its first two ACC games, with one on Thursday against No. 7 Wake Forest, followed by a matchup with No. 12 Duke on Sunday. The Seminoles are coming off a weekend in which they drew with Oklahoma State 1-1 and beat Oklahoma 1-0.
On Sunday, Wake Forest stormed back from a 2-0 deficit against No. 15 Portland to win 3-2, improving to 5-0-0 on the season. Duke stands at 3-2-1 on the year after a loss to UCLA and a draw with West Virginia at the Duke Nike Classic last weekend.
The Seminoles’ balanced offense is led by Dagny Brynjarsdottir, who has scored three goals, including the game-winner against Oklahoma. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Kelsey Wys has given up just two goals in six games.
No. 5 UCLA
The Bruins will take on an unranked foe for the first time in five games as they host San Diego State on Friday. UCLA is 5-1-0 with wins against Marquette, Notre Dame and Duke the lone blemish a 1-0 loss against North Carolina.
The Aztecs started the season ranked, but are 1-2-3 this year, with their only win coming against St. Mary’s (Calif.). They will have to slow down UCLA’s Darian Jenkins, who has scored five goals this year.
No. 6 BYU
The Cougars will hit the road on Thursday to take on Oregon before returning to Provo to host UC Irvine on Saturday. BYU has outscored its opponents 11-3 on its way to a 4-0 record so far this season, including a win at LSU last week. Ashley Hatch and Rachel Manning are tied for the team lead with three goals each.
The Ducks are 2-4-0 on the year, with the wins coming against Portland State and Texas. UC Irvine, at 3-3-0, are coming off a win against the Ducks. The Anteaters have not beaten BYU in three tries.
No. 7 Wake Forest
Coming off an emotional 3-2 comeback win against Portland, Wake Forest (5-0-0) will look to stay undefeated when it hosts two other undefeated teams, Florida State and Miami this weekend.
Katie Stengel leads the way for the Demon Deacons with four goals and four assists this season. The Seminoles (5-0-1) will visit on Thursday, while the Hurricanes (5-0-0) comes to Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sunday after it travels to Duke on Thursday.
No. 8 Notre Dame
Notre Dame will enter its first ACC season with a 4-1-0 record, with its one loss coming to UCLA. The Irish played just one game last weekend, winning 4-0 against Detroit.
The Irish, led by Lauren Bohaboy’s five goals, will start conference play on Thursday at North Carolina State. The Wolfpack stand at 5-1-0 on the season, with the lone loss coming to Georgetown.
The Irish will then stay on the road to challenge No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday.
No. 9 Florida
The Gators (5-1-0) will continue their non-conference slate this weekend when they host Minnesota on Friday. Florida’s lone loss came to Florida State, and the Gators are coming off a weekend with wins against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Golden Gophers (6-0-0) won the Minnesota Gold Classic last weekend, including wins against LSU and Ole Miss.
Florida will then host South Florida on Sunday. The Bulls are 4-0-2 in 2013, with primary goalkeeper Christiane Endler making 21 saves and surrendering just two goals on the season.
No. 10 Baylor
Baylor will start a seven-game homestand on Friday when it hosts Cal Poly. The Bears are coming off a weekend trip to Texas A&M in which they beat Missouri and drew with the Aggies, their first game that they did not win this season. Baylor stands at 5-0-1.
Cal Poly also comes in undefeated at 4-0-0 and led by Elise Krieghoff's 10 goals. Baylor will then host McNeese State on Sunday. The Cowgirls are off to its best start in program history at 5-1-0.