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Celia Balf | Excelle Sports | September 15, 2017

North Carolina vs. Florida State highlight big weekend

  The Tar Heels head to Tallahassee to visit Florida State in their first ACC road matchup of the season.

As of September 15, the UCLA Bruins still hold on to the top spot in the United Soccer Coaches rankings with 7-0-0 record and will look to keep the undefeated streak going against non-conference opponent Pepperdine today.

The Bruins have 22 goals this season. Hailie Mace and Julia Hernandez lead the way with five goals apiece. Not far behind UCLA in the ranks this week is Stanford, which holds a 6-1-0 record and will face Santa Clara on Sunday.

The Cardinal have the highest scoring offense as of September 14, with 5.29 per game. Freshman forward Catarina Macario leads the way for her team, with eight goals so far this season.

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Later today, No. 3 South Carolina will take on Alabama to open up SEC play. The Gamecocks will host the Crimson Tide at Stone Stadium. Alabama is on a five-game winning streak and is still hot after its 1-0 victory over then-No. 6 Florida State on August 27. The Gamecocks have routinely found success in September, with an 18-game winning streak in the month dating back to 2015.

Saturday, September 16

Also today is No. 6 West Virginia versus No. 20 Princeton. West Virginia has regrouped since falling to Duke 4-0 on September 4. The Mountaineers are fresh off a dominant 3-0 win against Richmond and will look to carry the momentum on the road against Princeton.

Saturday has 16 Division I games slated, with Notre Dame traveling to No. 11 Clemson as a highlight of the day. The Tigers fell to South Carolina last Friday so will be on the hunt to turn around their conference play. After hosting the Fighting Irish, Clemson will hit the road for Cary, North Carolina to play UNC.

Sunday, September 17

Sunday night, football! The final day of the weekend is known for some of the best women’s college soccer games. This Sunday, No. 10 North Carolina will take on No. 16 Florida State, while Virginia Tech meets No. 4 Duke and No. 2 Stanford takes on Santa Clara.

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