The ranking is an effort to project the postseason NCAA Tournament field of 64 each week, including the automatic qualifiers from every DI conference. The ranking update is posted each Monday after reviewing all results from the previous week.
New teams in the ranking this week include La Salle as an At-Large and Cal Poly (Big West), Samford (Southern), Hartford (America East) and Alabama State (SWAC) as the projected winners of their respective conferences.
Meanwhile, Vanessa DiBernardo of Illinois is our TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s College Soccer Player of the Week after she helped the team to a 3-2 win over Michigan State with a fantastic hat trick. The honor, along with the 11-player Team of the Week, is awarded each week after a review of match reports through DI Women’s Soccer.
The entire Team of the Week is as follows:
GK: Che’ Brown, Radford – Recorded 12 saves overall in a pair of shutout wins for the Highlanders.
D: Rachel Quon, Stanford – Played 180 minutes in the back line and recorded a pair of assists as the Cardinal won a pair of matches on the weekend.
D: Brittany Von Rueden, Notre Dame – Recorded three assists in two matches along with a strong performance in the back line.
M: Sarah Killion, UCLA – Played 183 minutes in midfield and scored on a direct kick to help the Bruins to a pair of Pac-12 victories.
M: Ashley Spivey, Maryland – Scored 3 goals as the Terrapins won a pair of contests.
F: Cortlyn Bristol, William & Mary – Tallied 4 assists to help the Trible to a pair of wins.
F: Sarah Halverson, San Diego State – Came off the bench to Score the winning goal in both of the Aztecs’ wins this week
F: Laura Weinberg, Duke – Scored 3 times and added an assist as the Blue Devils won a pair of matches.
Player of the Week: Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois