Monday, October 02, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #150

From Soccer America:

Villanueva comes through for Virginia
Jonathan Villanueva was good enough to earn an extended tryout at famous Dutch club Ajax over the summer, but it took him 11 games to score his first collegiate goal for Virginia.

The former Dallas Texans star picked an opportune time for his first goal as it gave the Cavs a 1-0 win over Clemson Saturday night in front of 7,428 fans, the second largest crowd in Klockner Stadium history. The loss was the Tigers' first of the season.

Clemson star Phil Marfuggi started the game in goal before leaving in 16th minute due to an injury. Former U.S. U-17 resident Joseph Bendik took over and recorded five saves.

Another ACC showdown drew a big crowd. A record 6,489 fans turned out at Maryland's Ludwig Field to watch the No. 3 Terrapins beat No. 7 Duke, 1-0. For the second straight Maryland win, junior Maurice Edu notched the only goal of the game with a header in the box.

Washington also fell from the unbeaten ranks, falling twice on its Pac-10 swing through Southern California. The Huskies lost at UCLA, 2-1, in double overtime and San Diego State, 1-0.

Freshman James Jaramillo smacked in a rebound of a Kyle Nakazawa shot with 18 seconds left to play to give UCLA the victory. In the SDSU game, the Huskies were a man up for the final 76 minutes but couldn't score. Raul Bautista scored minutes after Nick Clemens was given a red card.

Three other Top 25 teams had long winning streaks snapped.

South Carolina's nine-match win streak come to an end with a 1-0 double overtime loss at Kentucky on senior Riley O'Neill's goal in the 105th minute. Michael Todd scored twice to give Hofstra a 2-1 win over Old Dominion and end the Monarchs' eight-game winning streak. In another CAA match, Delaware snapped James Madison's six-game winning streak, beating the Dukes, 3-2, on Sobhan Tadjalli's overtime goal. It was Delaware's first win in 11 meetings with the Dukes.

Elsewhere, West Virginia notched another impressive victory on the road, downing Connecticut, 3-0, in a battle of teams unbeaten in Big East play. New Zealand international Jarrod Smith gave the Mountaineers the lead in the 36th minute, and they put the game away with goals from Smith and Dan Stratford in the last two minutes.

Perhaps the weekend's best show of support was at UC Santa Barbara, where a season-high crowd of 3,577 fans turned out three days after the Gauchos were embarrassed by Cal State Northridge, 5-0. They watched UCSB edge Michigan, 1-0, on Jon Curry's overtime goal.

SMU (11-0-1) Scott Geppert's overtime goal gave Mustangs 3-2 win at FIU.
Fordham (6-0-3) The Rams are off to their best start in school history.
Colgate (6-0-3) Goalie David Cappuccio's scoreless streak stands at 521 minutes.

1. SMU (11-0-1) 1
2. Maryland (10-1-1) 3
3. North Carolina (10-2-0) 5
4. Virginia (10-1-0) 6
5. Clemson (8-1-1) 2
6. Duke (7-2-1) 7
7. Wake Forest (9-2-0) 8
8. West Virginia (9-1-2) 10
9. Indiana (6-3-2) 14
10. Notre Dame (7-3-2) 15
11. UCLA (6-3-2) 17
12. Washington (8-2-0) 4
13. UIC (7-1-2) 9
14. UC Irvine (8-1-1) 23
15. Cincinnati (8-3-1) NR
16. Old Dominion (8-2-0) 12
17. New Mexico (6-3-2) 13
18. Akron (7-3-0) 16
19. Santa Clara (6-3-2) 18
20. Brown (6-1-1) 25
21. Kentucky (8-2-1) NR
22. Wisconsin (6-3-2) NR
23. South Carolina (9-2-0) 21
24. Denver (6-3-1) NR
25. San Diego State (7-3-1) NR
25. Fordham (6-0-3) 24
(The Soccer America Top 25 is released each Monday during the regular season.)

WOMEN: Notre Dame romps before big crowds
Notre Dame remained No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 with a pair of wins in Big East games that drew almost 6,000 fans at Alumni Field.

The Irish rallied from a goal down at halftime to beat previously unbeaten West Virginia, 3-1, before 3,056 fans on Friday night. The Irish got goals from freshman Michele Weissenhofer, Kerri Hanks and Amanda Cinalli and held the Mountaineers without a shot for the final 74 minutes.

Two days later, Weissenhofer scored twice to lead the Irish to a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh before 2,681 fans -- the largest Irish crowd ever on Sunday. Notre Dame improved to 11-0-0 with the victory.

With Rice's 1-0 loss to Central Florida and West Virginia's defeat in South Bend, Notre Dame, Villanova (11-0-2) and Navy (12-0-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the NCAA Division I women's ranks.

No. 4 Portland drew a sellout crowd of 4,892 for its 5-0 win over Pacific Northwest rival Washington. Despite playing without All-Americans Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Lopez, both away with the U.S. national team for its match against Chinese Taipei, the Pilots dominated UW. Freshman Michelle Enyeart led the attack with two goals and an assist.

Two days after the Mountaineers' loss at Notre Dame, Canadian sophomore Deana Everrett tied the West Virginia record by scoring three first-half goals in a 4-0 win at DePaul.

Penn State's 31-game winning streak in Big Ten regular-season play came to an end when the Nittany Lions blew a 2-0 halftime lead against Illinois and lost, 3-2. Ella Masar's second goal of the game gave the Illini the victory before a record 2,667 fans at Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium.

UCLA freshman Lauren Cheney has five game-winning goals in seven collegiate games since joining the Bruins after the Under-20 Women's World Championship. Cheney, widely considered this year's top recruit, registered two goals in the Bruins' 3-0 win over San Diego and scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over Gonzaga.

1. Notre Dame (11-0-0) 1
2. North Carolina (12-1-0) 2
3. Florida State (8-1-1) 3
4. Portland (9-2-1) 4
5. Santa Clara (9-2-0) 5
6. UCLA (9-2-0) 6
7. West Virginia (9-1-2) 7
8. Texas A&M (8-3-1) 12
9. BYU (9-1-1) 14
10. California (7-1-2) 15
11. Villanova (11-0-2) 13
12. Virginia (7-3-2) 11
13. Wake Forest (11-2-0) 16
14. Penn State (7-3-2) 8
15. Tennessee (5-3-3) 19
16. Oklahoma State (9-2-1) 22
17. Rice (9-1-1) 9
18. Texas (8-3-1) 10

19. Illinois (7-4-0) NR
20. Boston University (9-2-2) 18
21. Loyola Marymount (6-1-2) 23
22. Navy (12-0-0) 25
23. Purdue (10-2-3) 17
24. Colorado (7-2-2) NR
25. Utah (7-4-0) NR

13 Saidi Isaac, Winthrop, Jr.
13 Joseph Lapira, Notre Dame, Jr.
12 Tommy Krizanovic, Jacksonville, Sr.
12 Riley O'Neill, Kentucky, Sr.
11 Charlie Davies, Boston College, Jr.
11 Joshua Okoampa, Wis.-Green Bay, Sr.
10 Braden Fleak, Wright St., Fr.
10 Kevin Forrest, Washington, Jr.
10 Jarrod Smith, West Virginia, Sr.
10 Josh Trott, Holy Cross, Sr.

12 Deana Everrett, West Virginia, Soph.
12 Kala Morgan, Middle Tenn., Soph.
11 Nikki Mabery, Villanova, Jr.
10 Megan Rapinoe, Portland, Soph.
10 Holly Grogan, Middle Tenn., Jr.
10 Katherine Watson, Old Dominion, Jr.
10 Michelle Makasini, LSU, Fr.
9 Donna Mataya, William & Mary, Jr.
9 Kelsey Carpenter, Texas, Jr.
9 Michelle Enyeart, Portland, Fr.
9 Kari Lennon, Belmont, Jr.
9 Olivia O'Rear, SMU, Jr.
9 Mary Zapapas, Middle Tenn., Fr.

Unranked Midwestern State snapped NCAA Division II men's defending champion Ft. Lewis' 33-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory. The Mustangs opened up a 3-0 lead on goals by Brandon Swartzendruber, Sun Potter and Scott Leonard after 51 minutes. Ft. Lewis, ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25, had previously allowed only one goal in 10 games.

-- North Carolina Wesleyan improved to 10-0-0 with an impressive 1-0 overtime win over No. 17 Mary Washington in NCAA Division III men's action. Oz Otoo scored the game's lone goal for the Bishops, who were No. 25 in last week's NSCAA adidas Top 25. Otoo and Lucas Fuentes lead Wesleyan with eight goals apiece. Eighteen different players have scored for the Bishops.

-- Toby Bares, the only head coach in the 23-year history of the Wisconsin-Oshkosh men's program, tallied his 300th victory with the Titans' 2-0 win over St. Olaf. Bares, who raised his coaching record to 300-84-30, became the 27th NCAA Division III head coach to reach the 300-victory mark. He has led UW-Oshkosh to a winning record the past 21 seasons and guided it to 10 NCAA Division III tournament appearances and three final fours.

-- Texas A&M Commerce handed Metro State, ranked second in the NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division II women's rankings, its first loss after 12 wins with a 2-1 victory. Tamara Geels scored off her own rebound to tie the score in the 89th minute, and twin sister Bailey won the game for the Lions nine minutes into overtime.

-- Lindsey Wilson ended Martin Methodist's 20-match unbeaten streak with a 4-1 win in a battle of the last two NAIA women's champions. Freshman Kristen Pedersen, returning from a four-game absence due to an injury, Jamaican international Omalyn Davis, Sandra Andersson and Sashsheena Stewart scored for the Blue Raiders, the 2004 NAIA champions. Martin Methodist, the 2005 champion, went into the game ranked No. 1 in the NAIA rankings.

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