North Carolina is No. 1 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll after Florida State dropped back-to-back games in Los Angeles last week. The Tar Heels remained undefeated, grabbing 24 first-place votes after a sweep of Washington and Portland at the Husky Invitational in Seattle.
Following UNC is UCLA, Stanford and Southern California.
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The Cardinal held steady at No. 3 and outscored its opponents 12-1 over the past two matches. Both the Bruins and Trojans knocked off FSU over the weekend, resulting in UCLA’s jump to No. 2 while Southern California rose one spot.
Virginia enters the top five, a one-spot improvement after a 4-1 win over then-No.12 West Virginia. The Cavaliers have now scored a staggering 21 goals in four games, conceding just one.
Here’s a look at the full poll:
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Aside from the Seminoles, No. 11 Tennessee and No. 12 West Virginia were the only other top-15 teams to lose this past week.
The Volunteers fell nine spots after a one-goal defeat to Rutgers while the Mountaineers dropped to No. 22. WVU is now 0-2 against ranked teams this year following a 4-1 loss to Virginia.
Kansas’ leap from No. 18 to No. 11 was the largest among any team ranked before Tuesday, followed by Washington State's rise from No. 23 to No. 17 and Brigham Young's four-spot jump into the top 10.
Five new teams — Clemson (19), Rutgers (21), Virginia Tech (23), TCU (24), Wake Forest (25) — entered the top 25 this week. All previously received votes.
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The Hokies and Demon Deacons return to the rankings after a one-week absence.
Santa Clara (19), Baylor (21), Pepperdine (22), Texas (24), Southern Methodist (25)
No. 1 North Carolina plays its first match of the year as the top-ranked team against LSU on Thursday. The Tigers opened 2019 ranked in the preseason poll and will have a chance to earn a statement win when they visit the Tar Heels.
No.5 Virginia will look to take down another ranked opponent when the Cavaliers host No. 15 Georgetown on Thursday. The Hoyas have conceded four times in 2019 and are tasked with slowing down one of the top offenses in Division I.
Both Florida and No. 6 Florida State were swept by UCLA and Southern California last week. Now, the two schools have a chance to get back on track against each other in an in-state rivalry matchup. The Gators come to Tallahassee on Friday.