After adding a slew of top talent with the No. 1 recruiting class, Stanford was always going to make a significant impact in the 2014 women's college season.
It only took them one game to send a resounding message to the rest of college soccer, that the Cardinal will be a force to be reckoned with this season, beating ranked ACC foes North Carolina and Duke over the weekend.
Senior forward Chioma Ubogagu's overtime winner secured a narrow 1-0 win for Stanford against the Tar Heels on Friday night, while Lo'Eau Labonta and Haley Rosen notched tallies in a 2-0 win against Duke on Sunday. With everyone in the rankings about them winning, the Cardinal held firm at No. 7 in the TopDrawerSoccer Top 25 national rankings.
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Across the rest of the Top 25, it was a success story for teams at the top. No. 1 UCLA handled Maryland 3-0 and topped UC Irvine 3-0, all without allowing a shot on goal in 180 minutes. No. 2 Florida State squeak past Portland on Friday, before running away from Minnesota by a 4-1 score. Virginia won its only match of the weekend 3-0 against Marshall, while Texas A&M and Florida held firm against a set of difficult opponents.
A new start for No. 12 Notre Dame couldn't have gone any better, as new head coach Theresa Romagnolo won her first two game in charge of the Fighting Irish. Friday saw them erase a 1-0 deficit, as goals from Taylor Klawunder, Katie Naughton and Anna Gilbertson were enough to top Illinois. On Sunday, Lauren Bohaboy bagged a brace in a 3-0 defeat of Oakland.