We’re getting into the critical portion of the college season. Right on cue, the cream began rising to the top during an action-packed week.
Marquee Match: The No. 4 North Carolina men pulled off a win at No. 6 Virginia for the first time since 1977. Charlottesville, VA, is a notoriously difficult place to get a win, but the Tar Heels managed to on a corner kick from Kirk Urso in the 58th minute. The win put North Carolina at 4-0 in conference play for the first time in school history.
Beat down of the week: Send your thoughts and well wishes out to those Mississippi women’s programs. The Mississippi and Mississippi State teams lost a pair of matches to Florida and South Carolina by a combined 20-1. Not a good road trip for the Rebels or the Bulldogs.
That’s the goal!: An update on the nation’s most prolific scorers – on the women’s side, Christen Press (#1Top 100 Upperclassmen - Stanford) is pacing the country with 14 scores in 11 games, having added one against Santa Clara on Sunday. Right behind her though, is Marky Boyce (#89 Top 100 Upperclassmen, #1 Big South Conference Top 20) of Charleston Southern, who had a game-winner against Longwood on Wednesday, then added two more – including another game-winner against Liberty – to run her total to 13 in 11 games.
On the men’s side, No. 27 Penn State junior Corey Hertzog (#33 Top 100 Upperclassmen) has set himself apart with 10 goals in nine games. He notched scores in a win over St. Francis (PA) on Thursday and a loss to No. 36 Michigan on Sunday.
Excused absence: California striker Alex Morgan (#6 Top 100 Upperclassmen, #3 Pac-10 Conference Top 20) and UCLA forward Sydney Leroux (#4 Top 100 Upperclassmen, #2 Pac-10 Conference Top 20) are still enjoying an extended absence from their respective teams while in camp with the U.S. Women’s National Team. Both players were called into the 30-player camp in Kennesaw, Georgia, last month for two friendly matches against China.
The U.S. squad took a 2-1 victory Saturday – neither Morgan or Leroux suited up on the 18-player roster – and have a second match scheduled for Oct. 6. In the meantime, both California and UCLA will have to hold down the fort without its leading scorer.
LIVE! Recap: In our season’s third installment of College LIVE!, Notre Dame and Northwestern battled to a 1-1 draw in our most exciting broadcast yet. Matt Eliason (#17 Top 100 Upperclassmen) put the Wildcats on top in the 47th minute before Steven Perry forced OT with a score in the 78th minute.
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