No. 1 Virginia 3, Clemson 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Top-ranked Virginia remained unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 victory against Clemson on Sunday in front of 1,902 fans at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (12-0-0) are 6-0-0 in the ACC for the first time in school history, while the Tigers fell to 6-4-3 overall and 3-3-1 in the conference.
Junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico had a goal and assist to lead Virginia, while junior midfielder Morgan Brian and sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak also scored for the Cavaliers.
Overall, Virginia outshot Clemson 22-4 on the afternoon and had a 6-1 corner kick advantage. Freshman Morgan Stearns and senior Danielle DeLisle didn't have to make a save as they combined for the Cavaliers' seventh shutout of the season. Clemson goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan made seven saves at the other end.
Arizona State 1, No. 2 Stanford 0
STANFORD, Calif. -- For the first time since 2007, Stanford lost at home.
Arizona State beat the No. 2 Cardinal 1-0 on Sunday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, also snapping Stanford’s 44-match conference winning streak.
Stanford’s home unbeaten streak measured 73 and is the second-longest in Division I women’s soccer history, behind only North Carolina’s 84 from 1986-94. The Cardinal went 70-0-3 in that span.
Arizona State (7-4 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) scored on a 25-yard shot from Sara Tosti into the upper-right corner in the 24th minute and overcame a late Stanford shooting barrage to close out the victory.
Stanford (9-1-1, 2-1) had 13 of its 19 shots in the second half, and had chances in the final minutes, particularly on tries by Ryan Walker-Hartshorn and Taylor Uhl. The Cardinal threw out all pretenses, placing an extra attacker on the field, and sending the ball into the penalty area as best it could.
Arizona State stood firm, and got some excellent saves from goalkeeper Chandler Morris to protect the lead. The shot total was 19-17 in Stanford's favor. And the saves -- seven for Morris and six for Stanford’s Jane Campbell -- also reflected the even play.
Stanford had not lost a Pac-10/12 match since a 1-0 loss at UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008 and its conference winning streak is the third-longest in NCAA Division I history, behind North Carolina’s 55 (1994-2000) and Florida’s 49 (1997-2001).
Other Cardinal streaks snapped were a 27-match home conference winning streak and a 26-match regular-season unbeaten streak.
Miami (Fla.) 2, No. 4 Notre Dame 0
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Notre Dame suffered a loss on Sunday afternoon, as the No. 4 Fighting Irish lost at Miami (Fla.) 2-0 before a sellout crowd of 507 fans at Cobb Stadium.
Hurricane forward Ashley Flinn scored twice for Miami in the second half, the first coming in the 52nd minute and the clincher with less than seven minutes to play when Notre Dame was pushing forward in search of the tying goal.
The loss snapped a seven-match unbeaten string for the Fighting Irish (9-2-1, 5-1-1 ACC), who also fell for the first time in seven all-time meetings against Miami. What's more, Notre Dame had allowed just two goals in its first six conference matches, but had that total doubled on Sunday afternoon.
Freshman goalkeeper Kaela Little made four saves in the Fighting Irish goal, while UM netminder Emily Lillard registered six stops for the home side (7-4, 2-4 ACC).
Notre Dame finished with a 16-13 edge in total shots, while shots on goal were even at 6-6. The Fighting Irish also had a 4-3 advantage on corner kicks, and were whistled for 10 of the 13 fouls on the afternoon, including the day's lone yellow card.
Offensive chances were at a premium in the first half, with Notre Dame having a slim 8-7 edge in total shots, while Miami had the upper hand in the shots on goal category (3-2).
Notre Dame's best chance of the day came in the 77th minute, when the Fighting Irish earned consecutive corner kicks. Off the second service, junior defender Sammy Scofield went high at the right edge of the six-yard box and slammed a sharp header, but it was partially blocked by a Miami defender and then cleared from danger.
The Hurricanes sealed the win in the 82nd minute when Flinn intercepted a pass on the left flank. She then muscled past her defender to the top left edge of the box, with the ball temporarily popping free. However, Flinn was able to get to it before a Fighting Irish defender, angling towards the top of the box before hammering a shot into the far right-side netting from 12 yards out (83:10).
No. 6 North Carolina 3, Maryland 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sixth-ranked North Carolina came off a 10-day hiatus from action and gave up an early goal but rallied past Maryland 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field. Three different Tar Heel players scored goals in front of a crowd of 1,742 and a nationally syndicated TV audience on the ACC's Regional Sports Network.
UNC surrendered a goal in just 17 seconds, the second fastest goal ever given up by a Carolina team, but tallies by Summer Green, Kealia Ohai and Satara Murray rallied the Tar Heels past the Terps.
Carolina has now won three consecutive games since back-to-back losses in mid-September. UNC is now 10-2 overall and 4-2 in the ACC. Carolina has already equaled its regular-season win total from a year ago. Maryland fell to 7-6 overall on the season and 3-4 in the ACC.
The Tar Heels outshot the Terrapins 19-4 on the day and had a 9-2 edge in shots on goal. UNC also had the majority of the corner kicks, taking eight as compared to three for the Terps.
Minnesota 1, No. 7 Penn State 0
MINNEAPOLIS -- Penn State registered its first Big Ten loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling to Minnesota 1-0 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. The Lions outshot the Gophers 20-6 and notched seven shots on goal but could not get past Minnesota keeper Tara Hobbs, who collected seven saves.
The Blue and White move to 10-2-1 overall and 4-1-0 in Big Ten play while the Gophers improve to 9-3-1, 2-2-1. Sunday's contest marks PSU's fourth-ever loss to Minnesota and the first since 2007.
Haley Helverson scored the lone goal in the 17th minute of action. She received the ball right in front of the goal on a cross from Steph Brandt and knocked it into the net from point blank range to put Minnesota up 1-0.
No. 8 Florida 3, Auburn 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Eighth-ranked Florida sailed to 3-0 defeat of Auburn on Sunday. All three of the Gator goals were score during the first half.
Pamela Begič, Jillian Graff and Caroline Triglia added the goals for the Gators.
Florida outshot the Tigers 14-5 overall and had two more corner kicks.
With the win, Florida moves to 9-3-1 on the season and Auburn falls 4-8-1.
No. 9 Georgetown 2, Providence 1
WASHINGTON -- Ninth-ranked Georgetown scored a pair of goals in the second half and held off a late challenge from Providence en route to a 2-1 win against the Friars at Glay Field in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon, completing a Big East Conference weekend sweep for the Hoyas.
It was the third-consecutive win for the Hoyas, who improve to 11-0-2 overall and 3-0-1 in the conference. The win also extends a season-opening unbeaten streak for Georgetown, ranked No. 9 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 9 by Soccer America, to 13 games, the longest in program history.
After a first half in which the Hoyas out-shot Providence 6-2 the Blue & Gray wasted little time in the second half. Senior midfielder Kailey Blain finished a strike from the top of the 18-yard box and beat Friars goalkeeper Jessica Goudreault low to the corner at 45:31, giving the Hoyas the lead.
Georgetown pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 66th minute. Junior midfielder Daphne Corboz finished a give-and-go in the box with sophomore Sarah Adams at 65:21 for her fifth goal of the season. Adams and Corboz played the ball back and forth twice, with Adams send a cross to Corboz for the final finish.
The Friars pulled to within 2-1 when Catherine Zimmerman was fouled in the box and awarded a penalty kick. She connected on the kick at 70:47, but that was as close as the Friars would get.
Junior goalkeeper Emma Newins made two saves for the Hoyas.