This past weekend, the Louisville Cardinals wrapped up an undefeated regular season with a 3-1 home win over the Villanova Wildcats, running their record to 14-0-2 overall and 9-0-0 in the Big East. It was far from a routine win, however, as the Cardinals fell behind early following a goal by the Wildcats in the 21st minute.
Cardinals’ sophomore midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo leveled the score in the 29th minute and Louisville controlled the rest of the game. Junior forward Colin Rolfe added two goals to lead the team to victory. The top-ranked Cardinals will next play host to West Virginia in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament on Saturday, Nov. 6.
The Zips fell to Cleveland State 2-1 this past weekend, marking the first time that the team had lost in regular season play since 2008. The Cleveland State Vikings scored two second-half goals in six minutes to upset the Zips. Despite Akron junior midfielder Michael Nanchoff’s score off of a penalty kick in the 83rd minute, the Zips could not find a way to pull off a victory. However, things turned around for Akron on Wednesday as they defeated Michigan State 1-0. A goal from freshman forward Darren Mattocks in the 58th secured the victory over the Spartans and allowed Akron to hold on to their No. 1 NCAA RPI ranking. Akron will conclude regular season play this weekend at Hartwick.
The Terrapins are on a high as they round out their regular season with wins in their last nine games. Maryland, ranked No. 3 in the nation, has only lost twice this season, falling both to Michigan State and North Carolina by only one goal. The Terps only tie comes from a double-overtime match against Boston College. Recently Maryland shutout No. 13-ranked William & Mary 3-0.
The Terps, led in scoring by Jason Herrick, Casey Townsend and Paul Torres snapped the Tribe’s 10-game winning streak with the Nov. 2 victory. Seniors Jason Herrick, Will Swaim, Greg Young, Billy Cortez and Doug Rodkey will be honored this Friday before the Terps final regular season game against Coastal Carolina.
On Oct. 30, No. 1 Stanford (16-0-2, 7-0 Pac-10) recorded its third consecutive shutout with its decisive 3-0 victory over Cal. The win marked the Cardinal’s ninth shutout overall and extended the team’s impressive winning streak to 15 and its Pac-10 winning streak to 18.
Senior forward Christen Press, the nation’s leading scorer, added to Stanford’s tally with her 21st goal of the season. This tied her collegiate high and brought her into second (with herself) on the Cardinal’s single-season goal list.
On Friday, Stanford will take on Oregon State during the last regular-season weekend as the teams vie for a share of the Pac-10 title. Both teams hold perfect conference records, but a victory would mark the Cardinal’s second conference championship in a row and seventh all-time.
Portland defeated the University of San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 31 by a score of 2-0. The Pilots maintained their No. 2 national ranking with the victory and added their 11th recorded shutout this season. The last game of Portland’s season will be held in Moraga, Cal. against Saint Mary’s on Nov. 6. A Pilot victory would conclude their season with a nine-game winning streak.
Having lost only one game this season to Stanford by a score of 2-1 in September, the Pilots look to continue their success in the postseason. Senior defender Jessica Tsao was recently named one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Tsao, along with senior Elli Reed and junior Danielle Foxhoven, has also won a spot on the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN women’s soccer academic all-district 8 first team.
Last week, No. 3 North Carolina defeated Wake Forest 2-0 to wrap up the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship. With the win, the Tar Heels earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and improved to 8-2 in the ACC and 16-2-1 overall.
On Wednesday, UNC faced off against Virginia Tech in the ACC quarterfinals. Despite a late second-half rally from the Hokies, the Tar Heels pulled away with a 4-2 victory and will advance to the semifinals on Friday.
Four different players scored against Virginia Tech, including freshman defender Crystal Dunn and freshman forward Kealia Ohai, who each had a goal and an assist for North Carolina.
The two-time defending NCAA champion Tar Heels improved to 58-0-3 all-time in ACC tournament play with the quarterfinals win and look to capture their sixth straight ACC title next week. A championship victory would give North Carolina its 22nd title in 24 years.