Monday, September 18, 2006

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From Soccer America

Virginia is new men's No. 1

Virginia moved into the top spot in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 with a 3-2 victory over Boston College in overtime on Friday.

Junior midfielder Jeremy Barlow delivered his second game-winning goal of the season six minutes into overtime to the delight of a season-high 3,839 fans at Klockner Stadium. The Cavaliers won their seventh straight game for the first time since the 1993 season.

"This was a good win for us," Cavs coach George Gelnovatch said. "We played well and they [Boston College] were able to score late and force overtime. I was very happy that we were able to keep our heads up and put together a goal for the win."

Boston College tied the game in the 85th minute to force overtime on former U.S. U-20 Charlie Davies' goal. Stephen Hepburn had put the Eagles on top 39 seconds into the game, but Nico Colaluca tied the game, 1-1, in the 3rd minute. German Yannick Reyering gave the Cavs a 2-1 lead on a penalty kick for his fifth goal of the season in the 26th minute.

SMU fell from No. 1 to No. 3 after being tied by New Mexico, 1-1, Friday night on the first day of the Lobos' TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational.

Adrian Chevannes put the Mustangs ahead in the 43rd minute, but the Lobos equalized in the 57th minute when a corner kick resulted in an SMU deflection into the net for an own goal. Two days later in Albuquerque, SMU beat Dayton, 1-0, to improve its record to 8-0-1.

Clemson, off to its best start since 1978, moved up to No. 2 with its seventh straight win, a 1-0 victory over North Carolina before 7,012 fans at Historic Riggs Field.

For the second straight week, Danny Poe had the winning goal for Clemson, A week earlier, Poe had the game-winner as the Tigers defeated defending national champion Maryland, 2-1.

"It was a total team victory," said Clemson coach Trevor Adair. "Our players gave it their all. The crowd was great again and this atmosphere is unbelievable. The players did everything we asked. I am happy for Danny Poe. He plays hard and gives great effort."

Maryland drew the third highest crowd in Ludwig Field history as 4,565 fans watched the Terrapins defeat N.C. State, 3-0, on goals by A.J. Godbolt, Graham Zusi and freshman standout Jason Herrick. Marcus Tracy, Michael Lahoud, Ryan Solle and Lyle Adams scored to lead No. 7 Wake Forest to a 4-2 win over No. 15 Virginia Tech in another ACC battle.

Surging UCLA handed two ranked WCC teams their first losses of the season. The Bruins beat Santa Clara, 2-1, Friday night in Westwood. Maxwell Griffin and Jason Leopoldo scored for UCLA less than a minute apart in the second half. Two days later, Griffin scored in the first half and David Estrada scored late to defeat San Francisco, 2-0. Santa Clara's trip to Southern California proved to be a complete loss as the Broncos fell to Cal State Northridge, 4-1, on Sunday.

Besides Virginia and Clemson, Washington is the only undefeated and untied team left in the Division I men's ranks. UW won its own Husky Fever Classic with wins over Northern Illinois (5-0) and Marshall (2-0). Appalachian State's perfect record come to an end as Charlotte defeated the Mountaineers, 3-2, in double overtime Saturday evening.


SOCCER AMERICA MEN'S TOP 25: New Rankings

RANK/TEAM (RECORD) LAST WEEK
1. Virginia (7-0-0) 2
2. Clemson (7-0-0) 3
3. SMU (7-0-1) 1
4. Duke (7-0-1) 4
5. Maryland (6-1-0) 6
6. Wake Forest (6-1-0) 7
7. Washington (7-0-0) 10
8. North Carolina (6-2-0) 5
9. UCLA (4-2-1) 16
10. UIC (6-0-2) 11
11. Akron (6-1-0) 12
12. West Virginia (6-0-2) 14
13. San Francisco (6-1-1) 8
14. UC Santa Barbara (4-2-0) 19
15. Santa Clara (4-2-1) 9
16. Virginia Tech (4-2-1) 15
17. South Florida (4-2-2) 17
18. Old Dominion (5-1-0) 21
19. Saint Louis (3-2-1) NR
20. Indiana (3-3-1) 20
21. Notre Dame (4-2-1) 18
22. New Mexico (3-2-2) NR
23. Northwestern (6-1-0) NR
24. Fordham (4-0-1) NR
25. Brown (4-1-0) NR


WOMEN: BU leads upset victories

Boston University pulled off the biggest upset of the 2006 women's season when it beat Santa Clara, 1-0, Friday night at the Stanford Nike Classic.

Sophomore Marisha Schumacher-Hodge fed senior Lauren Erwin, who scored with a blast from 15 yards for the game's only goal in the 63rd minute. Senior goalie Stephanie Dreyer made five saves, including a crucial stop on Santa Clara's Brittany Klein.

"We approached the game like any other," said BU coach Nancy Feldman. "We were confident and stuck to our game plan in how we wanted to play and defend. We have a lot of respect for Santa Clara. They are a great team with great players."

BU defeated ranked Boston College (1-0) to open the 2006 season and upset Connecticut (1-0 in overtime) in the 2005 NCAA tournament. On Sunday, the Terriers fell to Stanford, 3-0.

The weekend featured a rash of upsets as ranked teams Missouri, California and Nebraska all lost for the first time this season, falling to unranked teams.

Jodi Klagos's early goal gave Wisconsin-Milwaukee a 1-0 victory over Missouri. California dropped a 1-0 decision to Ohio State at the Ohio State Invitational. Jenna Greenwood netted what held up as the game-winning goal for Ohio State in the 15th minute when she tapped in the rebound of Laura Dickenmann's long-range shot. Central Michigan moved to 7-0-0 when the Chippewas rallied for two goals by freshman Stephanie Martin to beat Nebraska, 2-1, on the road.

In another major upset, Cal State Fullerton defeated Texas A&M, 2-1, thanks to a pair with counter-attacking goals by midfielder Lauryn Welch. Fullerton goalkeeper Karen Bardsley made 12 saves, while the Fullerton defense cleared two more Aggie attempts off the goal line.

Along with Cal State Fullerton, Central Michigan, Ohio State and Boston University, Pepperdine and Brown moved into the Top 25 with victories over ranked teams.

Pepperdine rallied from one-goal down at halftime to beat ranked Kansas, 3-1, then knocked off tough Arizona State, 1-0. Jennifer Brewer started the comeback against the Jayhawks with a goal on shot from 45 yards. Brown upset Boston College, 2-1, to snap BC's four-game winning streak. The Bears won thanks to early goals by Kerrilynn Carney on a header in the 7th minute and Kathryn Moos in the 12th minute.

West Virginia fell from the ranks of the unbeaten and untied teams when Virginia tied the Mountaineers, 1-1, on Sunday.

Only three Top 25 teams remained unbeaten and untied: 1. Florida State (6-0-0), No. 2 Notre Dame (8-0-0) and No. 10 Villanova (8-0-0). Besides Central Michigan, which moved into the Top 25 for the first time, Navy (8-0-0), Akron (7-0-0) and Old Dominion (7-0-0) still have perfect records.


SOCCER AMERICA WOMEN'S TOP 25: New Rankings

RANK/TEAM (RECORD) LAST WEEK
1. Florida State (6-0-0) 1
2. Notre Dame (8-0-0) 2
3. UCLA (6-1-0) 4
4. North Carolina (8-1-0) 5
5. Portland (5-2-1) 8
6. Santa Clara (6-2-0) 3
7. West Virginia (7-0-1) 6
8. Penn State (4-2-2) 9
9. Rice (7-0-1) 11
10. Villanova (8-0-0) 13
11. Texas (6-2-1) 14
12. Connecticut (4-3-1) 19
13. Auburn (6-1-0) 20
14. Wake Forest (8-1-0) NR
15. Tennessee (4-2-1) 12
16. Virginia (5-2-1) 21.
17. Cal State Fullerton (4-2-1) NR
18. Texas A&M (4-3-1) 7
19. Pepperdine (5-1-2) NR
20. Central Michigan (7-0-0) NR
21. Ohio State (4-2-1) NR
22. Fresno State (6-1-1) 23
23. BYU (6-1-0) 24
24. Colorado (5-1-1) 25
25. Brown (4-1-2) NR
25. Boston University (5-2-1) NR

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