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Zips and Cardinal remain atop Tournament rankings

Published: October 5, 2009
The Akron Zips men and the Stanford Cardinal women retain their #1 rankings in this week’s Tournament 48 and 64 National Ranking, while Georgia defender Natalie Farley and Wake Forest’s Zach Schilawski are the women’s and men’s Player of the Week for the week ending October 3.

The rankings are a running effort to project the postseason NCAA Tournament Field.

Geogia women's college soccerp player Natalie Farley.Georgia's Natalie Farley. Photo courtesy of Georgia Athletics.
Paul Ratcliffe’s Stanford women are now 12-0-0 after an impressive 6-2 win over Santa Clara. Florida State and Portland each move up a spot in the women’s poll while North Carolina drops to #4 after its first loss of the season on Sunday to Virginia Tech. Big movers in the ranking this week include SEC teams LSU (#12) and Georgia (#13), plus Mountain West power BYU (#9)

Click here for the full Tournament 64 Ranking for women’s college soccer.

Two of the Stanford players, Christen Press and Kelley O’Hara, are in our Team of the Week following identical 2-goal, 1-assist performances in the Cardinal win over the Broncos. But Georgia’s Natalie Farley gets the nod for Player of the Week for her role in two shutout wins for Patrick Baker’s Bulldogs. Farley went 180 minutes overall and added a game-winning goal in the win over Vanderbilt.

On the men’s side, Caleb Porter’s Akron program remains undefeated at 9-0-0 after beating Ohio State and Florida Atlantic by identical 3-0 scorelines. ACC powers Maryland and Wake Forest each take a small drop in the men’s ranking after surprise non-conference losses, but Wake’s Zach Schilawski earned Player of the Week honors for his hat trick in the Deacs’ bounceback win over Virginia Tech.

Click here for the full Tournament 48 Ranking for men’s college soccer. Women’s Team of the Week – October 4

Kristin Carden, Virginia Tech - Goalkeeper had 15 saves in a pair of wins for the Hokies over top 10 opponents
Christen Press, Stanford - 2 goals and an assist in a 6-2 win over Santa Clara
Kelley O'Hara, Stanford - 2 goals and an assist in a 6-2 win over Santa Clara
Women's college soccer players from Stanford women's college soccer.Christen Press reacts to her second goal vs Santa Clara. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.
Danielle Foxhoven, Portland
- 5 goals in a pair of wins for the Pilots over Montana(7-0) and Washington State (2-1)
Alyssa Davila, USC - 1 goal and 3 assists in the USC win over San Diego
Jessica Ringwood, BYU - 2 goals including an overtime winner as the Cougars beat Oregon and Utah
Melissa Clarke, LSU - 2 goals and 2 assists as the Tigers won 2 matches(w)
Rachel Shipley, Texas A&M(w) - 2 goals and 4 assists as the Aggies picked up a win and a draw
Natalie Farley, Georgia - Played 180 minutes in the back line in a pair of shutout wins for the Bulldogs, adding a game-winning goal against Vanderbilt
McKenna Waitley, Washington - Scored 3 goals in a pair of wins for the Huskies(w)
Linda Ruutu, Connecticut - Scored twice as the Huskies defeated Georgetown and Villanova
Player of the Week: Natalie Farley, Georgia

Wake Forest mens' college soccer player Zach Schilawski.Wake Forest's Zach Schilawski. Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics. Men’s Team of the Week, October 4, 2009

Misha Rosenthal, Northwestern - Goalkeeper had 7 saves in a shutout win over Ohio State

Zach Schilawski, Wake Forest - 3 goals and 1 assist vs. Virginia Tech

Cameron Brown, North Carolina - Scored the winning goal in the Tar Heels’ victory over Virginia, and added an assist earlier in the week

Javed Mohammed, South Florida - Defender recorded two assists and helped the back line effort in a shutout win over Cincinnati

Kyle Nakazawa, UCLA - Last week’s Player of the Week is back in the squad with 3 goals in 2 matches for Bruins

Ethan Finlay, Creighton -
Scored 2 goals as the Blue Jays picked up a pair of wins

Mark Knight, Louisville - Scored twice and added an assist in a 6-0 win over DePaul

Evan James, Charlotte - Had a goal and an assist in Charlotte’s big win over Wake Forest

Michael Green, New Mexico - Scored twice in the Lobos’ win over Cal State Northridge(m)

Austin Neil, Tulsa - Scored twice and and added an assist in a pair of wins for Tulsa

Ryan Finley, Duke - Scored twice as Duke won a pair of matches.

Player of the Week: Zach Schilawski, Wake Forest
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