No. 1 Virginia 3, Pittsburgh 1
PITTSBURGH -- Top-ranked Virginia remained unbeaten on the season, posting a 3-1 victory at Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Cavaliers (9-0, 3-0 ACC) matched its best start to a season since 2004, while the Panthers fell to 4-5-1 (0-4) in their inaugural season in the ACC.
Sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak had two goals and junior midfielder Morgan Brian had a goal and an assist to lead the Cavaliers, who posted their third come-from-behind win of the season.
"You always have to feel good about getting a result on the road in this league," Virginia head coach Steve Swanson said. "Give Pitt a lot of credit, they played very hard and were very determined in the final third."
The Panthers took the early lead in the 12th minute as Dana DelleFamine scored off a breakaway for Pitt's first goal in an ACC game. The Cavaliers answered in the 27th minute to tie the game. Junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico's cross found Brian in the box, who took a turn and fired in her sixth goal of the season. The game remained tied at halftime despite Virginia's 17-1 shot and 9-0 corner kick advantages.
The Cavaliers took the lead in the 57th minute on Doniak's first goal of the afternoon. Brian took a shot from the top of the box that the keeper saved, but the rebound went right to Doniak, who tapped in the ball into the empty net at the far post. Doniak struck again five minutes later for her team-leading eighth goal of the season. Redshirt freshman defender Kristen McNabb slipped a through ball to Doniak, who fired a shot from the top of the box inside the near post.
The Cavaliers outshot the Panthers 37-3 and had a 13-0 corner kick advantage, setting season highs in both categories. Senior Danielle DeLisle made one save for Virginia to post her second victory of the season. Pitt keeper Nicole D'Agostino made 10 saves at the other end.
No. 2 Stanford 3, No. 22 Santa Clara 2
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Less than a minute from suffering its first loss in the Bay Area in six years, Stanford pulled out an improbable double-overtime victory against its biggest rival Santa Clara on Sunday night.
Fifth-year senior forward Courtney Verloo completed her first collegiate hat trick by converting a free kick in the 108th minute to give No. 2 Stanford a riveting 3-2 victory against the No. 22 Broncos before 3,252 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Verloo snuck a 22-yard right-footed shot inside the left post for the winner after her penalty kick with 54 seconds left in regulation forced overtime. All three of her goals came on set pieces, with the first coming on a curving 30-yard free kick only 1:20 into the match.
It was an impressive display from Verloo, who entered the match with two goals this season, but now has five overall.
As the final minutes ticked away, Stanford attacked with even more ferocity. But the great chances from earlier in the half, such as Taylor Uhl’s header off the left post, weren’t coming.
The penalty was a shocker because Stanford was not in a particularly threatening situation, though it was applying constant pressure. Freshman central defender Maddie Bauer, pushing forward in an all-hands-on-deck attack, was knocked down from behind as she attempted to trap a ball with her chest on the outside edge of the penalty area.
Verloo calmly drove the spot kick home and the Cardinal was rewarded.
Both teams fought desperately in overtime, but as the stakes grew and the players tired, the physical nature of the match increased. Freshman forward Ryan Walker-Hartshorn was taken down in one hard collision just outside the penalty area, to Stanford’s left of the goal.
The right-footed Verloo and the left-footed Chioma Ubogagu converged on the ball to discuss who had the greater opening. Ubogagu had taken the kick in a similar situation and from a similar spot, when her strike in the second overtime of the season opener at Boston College was deflected into the path of Stanford’s Alex Doll for the winner.
Verloo, however, saw a space inside the near post that she could aim for and convinced her teammate enough to take the kick.
The hat trick was the 29th in program history, but the first for Stanford since Christen Press accomplished the feat on the same field, against Utah during a regular-season tournament on Sept. 17, 2010.
Miraculously, Stanford extended several streaks. The Cardinal beat Santa Clara -- its most frequent all-time opponent and a team it has met nine times in NCAA tournament play -- for the ninth consecutive time. Stanford also extended its unbeaten run on opponents’ home fields to 38 since 2008; and its unbeaten streak when scoring a goal to 160.
No. 3 Florida State 1, NC State 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Junior midfielder Marta Bakowska-Mathews lifted No. 3 Florida State (8-0-2, 3-0-1 ACC) to a 1-0 victory against NC State (6-4-2, 1-3-0 ACC) scoring off a free kick in the 87th minute on Sunday afternoon inside the Seminole Soccer Complex. The goal was the first of the season for Bakowska-Mathews, a native of England.
The chance was created after Nickolette Driesse looked to dribble past an NC State defender when she drew the foul just outside the 18-yard box. Bakowska-Mathews broke the stalemate on the free kick, bending the shot into the upper left corner for her first career game-winning goal.
With the win, the Seminoles extended their home unbeaten streak to 25 (24-0-1) which sets a new school record. The old mark of 24 (22-0-02) was set during the course of three seasons from 2005-07. It also marked the 13th consecutive win against the Wolfpack. The Seminoles closed out the week with a perfect 2-0-0 record and now sits atop the ACC standings with 10 points (3-0-1).
No. 4 UCLA 3, Loyola Marymount 0
LOS ANGELES -- No. 4 UCLA scored three goals in the first half and withstood playing a man down to record its sixth shutout of the year with a 3-0 victory at Loyola Marymount on Sunday afternoon.
Bruin freshman Darian Jenkins scored her seventh goal of the season, finding the back of the net on a rebound at 9:31 after a Taylor Smith shot hit the post.
Sam Mewis made it 2-0 at 17:21. Smith started the play with a nice through ball to Jenkins, who got ahead of the defense on the left side and crossed to Mewis in the box. Mewis finished, recording her second goal of the season.
Kodi Lavrusky got in on the action at 26:56. Jenna Richmond found Lavrusky up the middle, and Lavrusky skillfully hit the ball past the LMU goalkeeper for her third goal in three games.
LMU threatened late in the first half when Jocelyn Blankenship ripped a shot off the cross bar in the 40th minute. Just one minute later, Bruin central defender Abby Dahlkemper was issued a red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. On the ensuing penalty kick, taken by Brianne Medved, UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland stretched out to her left to make the save and keep the Lions off the board.
Despite being down a player, the Bruins dominated possession in the second half, outshooting the Lions, 10-4, and 21-9 overall.
No. 21 Maryland 1, No. 6 Wake Forest
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Senior Hayley Brock scored the game’s lone goal in the fourth minute and Maryland’s defense made it stand up as the No. 21 Terrapins defeated No. 3 Wake Forest 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
The victory, which ups the Terrapins’ record to 6-3-0 overall and 2-1-0 in ACC play, is Maryland’s 22nd victory against a top-10 opponent all-time and ninth since 2009. The Demon Deacons suffered their first loss of 2013 and now stand at 7-1-1 for the season and are 2-1-1 in conference action.
Maryland jumped out to an early lead when a seemingly non-threatening throw in turned into a Terrapin goal. Senior Megan Gibbons put the ball into play with the throw from the right sideline to freshman Lauren Berman. She played a brilliant through ball to Brock, who outraced the Wake Forest defenders. With only Demon Deacon keeper Aubrey Bledsoe to beat Brock picked her spot and deftly placed her shot into the lower left corner for the 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands made six stops for the Terps to pick up her fourth shutout of the season and eighth for her career.
No. 10 Georgetown 2, Connecticut 1
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut hung tough with No. 10 Georgetown on Sunday afternoon at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, but was unable to overcome a late second-half goal by the Hoyas, falling 2-1. With the loss, Connecticut falls to 6-4-0, while Georgetown improves to 8-0-1.
The first goal of the match came at the 22:48 mark when the Hoyas' Kailey Blain laced a pass to the top of the box where Daphne Corboz was waiting. Corboz took a step toward the middle of the box and fired a shot into the bottom left corner of the net, past a diving Emily Armstrong. It marked the third goal of the season for the Georgetown midfielder.
The Huskies scored the equalizer at the 62:53 mark, when Samantha McGuire fired a shot that bounced off of Georgetown goalkeeper Emma Newins right to Rachel Hill, who finished into the back right of the net to bring the score to 1-1. The goal was the team-leading fifth of the season for Hill, a freshman.
The Hoyas scored the game-winner at the 84:11 mark when Kaitlin Brenn lofted a shot over Armstrong from six yards out, assisted by Audra Ayotte.