Stanford holds on to Women’s College Soccer No. 1 ranking

NCAA women’s soccer soccer is just over a month into the season and Stanford University remain No. 1 in the coaches’ poll.

Despite several of college soccer’s top teams falling victim to defeat over the early weeks of the season, the Stanford Cardinal remain a top the coaches’ poll with a 7-0-1 record.

The Stanford ladies picked up their seventh win of the season last week with a 2-1 home win over Santa Clara University. Stanford’s Jordan DiBiasi opened the scoring with her fifth goal of the season in the 13th minute.

Sam Tran doubled the Cardinal’s lead just after the half hour mark, before Santa Clara’s Jenna Roering pulled a goal back for the visitors. Stanford was able to see out the match, however, remaining undefeated on the season.

The big upset of the weekend came in Fayetteville, Arkansas as the University of Arkansas defeated the No. 4 ranked Florida Gators 2-1. Florida is the reigning Southeastern Conference champions, but the Razorbacks defeated their conference rivals for the first time ever. The win keeps Arkansas undefeated in SEC play.

It was Florida’s second loss of the season as Arkansas’s Jesse Hartzler scored a brace for her side. Arkansas currently sit 15th in the country at 9-1-0.

The Virginia Cavaliers got back to winning ways over the weekend as the ladies defeated No. 17 Virginia Tech 2-0. Senior Kristen McNabb scored twice as the Cavaliers got over their previous week’s loss to Georgetown. For her efforts, McNabb was named as Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the ACC.

The win helped move Virginia up to No. 2 in the coaches’ poll.

The No. 3 ranked Florida State Seminoles defeated rivals the Miami Hurricanes in ACC play over the weekend, 1-0. Freshman striker Deyna Castellanos tallied the only goal of the match in the 20th minute.

The freshman had several more opportunities to double the Seminoles’ lead later in the match, but couldn’t quite finish her chances. Despite being unable to add to their lead, Florida State’s defense kept their seventh clean sheet of the season. Florida State are on a home unbeaten run of 28 matches.

BYU women’s soccer team moved up two place to fourth this week after the Cougars downed Utah State 3-1. Ashley Hatch, Michele Vasconcelos and Nadia Gomes all tallied goals for the visitors. Hatch’s effort was her 10th goal of the season, while Vasconcelos added her sixth.

West Virginia round out this week’s women’s soccer top five. The Mountaineers dropped three spots in the top five following their weekend loss to Georgetown, who in turn, moved up to No. 6.

However, the loss to Georgetown was just the team’s first of the season as the Mountaineers finish non-conference play on September 23rd.

Following the match, West Virginia coach Nikki Izzo-Brown spoke to the university’s sports website.

“What I spoke to the team about is our response – what lesson are we going to learn?” Izzo-Brown said. “What do we want to do moving forward? How do we want to embrace this, fix it and get better? There’s a lot of season left.”

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Drew Farmer
I am a freelance journalist and author currently living in Manchester, England. Originally from the USA, I have written about sports and travel for years.I have written for Hopeless Football Romantic magazine, The Football Pink magazine, World Soccer Talk, Sports Collectors Daily, Forza Italian Football and many more. My debut book Soccer Travels was released in spring 2016, and details travelling to soccer matches around the globe. It can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.