Written by Travis Clark

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The final stretch of the regular season is here for both men’s and women’s college soccer, as postseason play builds around the country. The women’s DI Tournament announcement is one week away, while men’s programs have two weeks to go.

Goals at this stage of the season can be critical. Whether keeping a postseason dream alive or extending a team’s chances of winning a conference tournament, nothing quite satisfies a striker like a big goal in a big game.

These four stunning strikes caught our attention, as the clock ticks on the 2016 campaign.

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Written by Will Parchman

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The U17 Women’s World Cup is currently running through its paces in Jordan (Xavi’s already showed up), and the U.S. could well be the favorite to win it all. The U.S. U17s have never won the title, famously coming as close as runner’s-up in 2008. It’s the last major women’s tournament the USYNT has yet to capture, and they’re off to a hot start already.

So you may not know much about the Venezuelan U17 team and their 17-year-old phenom Deyna Castellanos. But that’s why we’re here.

About six weeks ago, Castellanos began her career at Florida State with an enormous bang. In her first collegiate game, she scored the game-winner in spectacular fashion against top 10 Texas A&M to give the Seminoles a huge season-opening win. To boot, the goal garnered nearly 5,000 votes in our Goal of the Week segment.

This is what you’d call self one-upmanship.

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Written by Will Parchman

 

Welcome to a championship installment of our TopDrawerSoccer.com College Goal of the Week. This is a special women’s year-end edition that digs deep into last weekend’s exciting College Cup action.

First up is Florida State’s Jamia Fields. The Seminoles met up with familiar ACC foe Virginia Tech in the semis, and the teams fought to a scintillating 2-2 draw through the first 80 minutes. Fields broke the deadlock with this 40-yard cannonade that looped over keeper Dayle Colpitts’ head, caromed off the far post, off Colpitts’ back and into the net for the winner. The goal, which made No. 3 on SportsCenter’s Top 10, sent the Seminoles to the final.

Our other goal is a magical one-two finished off by UCLA’s Kodi Lavrusky to clinch the national title over Florida State two days later. Florida State’s stout back line rebuffed UCLA’s advances again and again, and it looked as though the Bruins might never crack the imposing defense led by All-Everything defender Kassey Kallman and keeper Kelsey Wys. That was until overtime, when defender (!) Megan Oyster found some room and threaded through this brilliantly weighted ball for a streaking Lavrusky. She found the pass and finished calmly past one of the best keepers in the country, sealing the Bruins’ first national title after coming so close so many times.

The women’s soccer season is now closed. Which of these goals will usher us out in style?

Whose goal wins College Goal of the Week?

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Written by Will Parchman

It was a busy week for the ACC. No. 3 Florida State snuck by No. 5 North Carolina in a tantalizing showdown, Katie Stengel bagged her 50th goal for Wake Forest and Clemson can’t concede these days. So tune in as Jeff Fischel takes you through the salient bits in another episode of ACC Soccer Weekly.

 

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Written by The 91st

Four years of trainings, matches, blood, sweat and tears have finally come to an end for this season’s graduating class.

We caught up with five star graduates and asked them to reflect on their career as they prepare for a new life chapter.

 

In one sentence, sum up your college soccer career/experience …

London Woodberry, Maryland senior: A wild ride!

Tiffany McCarty, Florida State senior: My college experience has opened many doors for myself in building relationships, my development as a player technically and tactically and playing in different roles during my time at Florida State.

Chad Barson, Akron senior: Exceeded all of my expectations.

Amber Brooks, North Carolina senior: More than I could have ever expected or dreamt of.

Eric Schoenle, West Virginia senior: My college soccer career/experience prepared me for the future and is something I will never forget.

 

Greatest memory as a college soccer player?

Woodberry: Either scoring in my last home game or winning the ACC this season.

McCarty: Winning the ACC Championship Tournament last season – it was good for our program.

Barson: Winning the 2010 National Championship.

Brooks: Winning the 2009 and 2012 National Championships.

Schnoele: scoring against UConn last year when they were #1 and undefeated.

 

Five players name the top player they ever played against after the jump.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

The ladies have all arrived in San Diego for the Women’s College Cup and they’re all talked out. All four teams had their pregame press conferences, and here are a few of the gems that came out of the sessions. Let’s get it on!

Penn State’s Maya Hayes on trash talk:

“No there hasn’t been any trash talking actually. I actually just saw Megan (Brigman) last night, I talked to Crystal Dunn, talked to a few people, and we’re just excited to see each other more than anything. There is no trash talk though.”

Our take: WHY NOT!? And why are you talking to Tar Heels?!!!

 

North Carolina’s Crystal Dunn on maintaining tradition:

“There’s such a great tradition with this school that I think any girl who wanted to come to this school had in their mind that they wanted to win a national championship …. why not put on the jersey and think that you have to uphold that tradition.”

Our take: You should start by not talking to Maya. She’s dangerous. Stay AWAY FROM HER!

See what Stanford and Florida State had to say after the jump.

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Written by The 91st

Ok, so are women’s College Cup predictions weren’t perfect, but the matches nearly were. All four contests were decided by one goal, with heroes emerging in every instance.

In the end, we’re left with four extremely deserving and capable programs: Stanford, Penn State, North Carolina and Florida State.

Congrats to each. The Cardinal and Seminoles are return participants while the Nittany Lions (highlights above) are back in their first Cup since 2005.

Most eyes, of course, will be on Stanford as it attempts to defend its title. Lo’eau LaBonta scored twice to lift the Cardinal past UCLA and she talks about her big moments after the jump.

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Written by The 91st

We’ve reached the Women’s Elite 8. Which programs have the best chance of taking it all? Glad you asked. Meet the remaining teams and see their national title odds as calculated by our 91st Minute gut feeling.

STANFORD: Defending national champ. NATIONAL TITLE ODDS: 28 percent

 

FLORIDA STATE: Reached eighth straight Elite 8. NATIONAL TITLE ODDS: 20 percent

 

DUKE: Last season’s runner-up. NATIONAL TITLE ODDS: 13 percent

 

PENN STATE: Top-scoring team in the country. NATIONAL TITLE ODDS: 12 percent

See the remaining four programs after the jump.

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Written by The 91st

With apologies to our series title, this will actually be a 4v4. The Women’s NCAA Tournament is set to kick off and the 91st Minute has a few predictions for you.

As always, if you disagree it’s because you’re wrong, but we’ll still allow you to leave your own predictions and complaints in the comments below. Let’s do it.

 

What are the most intriguing matchups in each bracket?

Long Beach State vs. Santa Clara (Stanford Bracket)
Miami (Ohio) vs. Tennessee (Penn State Bracket)
UCF vs. Miami (Florida State Bracket)
Georgetown vs. Virginia Tech (BYU Bracket)

 

Who is the top sleeper in each bracket?

Kentucky (Stanford Bracket)
Washington State (Penn State Bracket)
Texas A&M (Florida State Bracket)
Georgetown (BYU Bracket)

 

Which top seeds are most likely to be upset early?

UCLA (Stanford Bracket)
Portland (Penn State Bracket)
BYU (BYU Bracket)
Wake Forest (Florida State Bracket)

 

Who will reach the College Cup?

Stanford
Virginia
Florida State
Georgetown

 

Who do you think is most likely to reach the Cup?

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Written by Jahmal Corner

If you’re hot, then you’re on this list. If you’re not … you’re still on this list. We’re taking the temperature of college soccer and other random stuff. Here we go:

 

HOT

1. Sydney Leroux and Hope Solo in Vegas. Our aggressive reporting stalking staff learned that Sydney and Hope went to Vegas this past weekend and it looked something LIKE THIS. So yeah, there’s that …

 

2. Jaurena Ines, Skylar Thomas, Florida State women and Marquette men. These are your mid-season poll award winners. At least, at the time of this writing.

 

3. 91st Minute jinx. Central Arkansas’ Adriana Lucar had never gone consecutive games without scoring a goal this season. That is, until we jumped on the bandwagon. She promptly went scoreless in a loss and a 0-0 tie this past weekend. Our bad, Adriana.

 

NOT

1. Rappers fighting at award shows. Word on the street is that Rick Ross and Young Jeezy moved some furniture around during a taping of the BET Awards. That’s so 1993, fellas. If you’re really about that life in 2012 you throw expensive bottles in clubs, or, even more gangster … file a lawsuit. I feel like Rihanna is somehow involved in this.

 

2. Hockey. Does this require an explanation? Ok, I guess it’s especially relevant given that there may not be an NHL season (Canadian tear) and, also, because of THIS.

 

3. U17 WNT. The ladies bowed out of the U17 World Cup despite not losing a match. We salute the effort ladies, and we’ll always have your intro video.

 

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