West Virginia remain No. 1 in women’s college soccer top 25

The West Virginia Lady Mountaineers remain No. 1 in the NCAA’s women’s college soccer top 25.

West Virginia remains at the top of the NCAA’s women’s college soccer top 25 this week after receiving 22 first place votes. The Lady Mountaineers are undefeated in their last six matches and will take on Big 12 rivals TCU on Friday night. West Virginia are coming off of last weekend’s 1-0 win over Texas Tech with a wonder goal from Hannah Abraham.

South Carolina are in second place after beating No. 17 Florida on Sunday October 16 in Columbia, South Carolina. The Gamecocks got the winner from Chelsea Drennan, who’s perfectly placed penalty kick won it for the ladies in double overtime. South Carolina will play Vanderbilt on Thursday in Nashville.

After the match, South Carolina’s head coach Shelley Smith spoke about the importance of getting a point against Florida.

“Any point is huge in the SEC, and right now we want to keeping winning and control our destiny. That’s a tough way to lose and a great way to win. Credit to Florida. We knew coming in we’d have a battle, and somebody had to come up with a big play,” Smith said.

Stanford remain in third in the women’s top 25 after beating Oregon State 3-2 over the weekend. With just second left in the match, Stanford’s Averie Collins scored her second goal of the game to give the Cardinal the win.

Collins had levelled the match just before halftime. However, Oregon State had once again gone in front until Stanford’s Andi Sullivan scored from the penalty spot 12 minutes from time.

Stanford are now 12-1-1 on the season and will play Pac-12 foes Colorado at home on Thursday. The Buffaloes will go into the match ranked 22nd in the country.

North Carolina fell six places from No. 11 to No. 18 this week. The Tar Heels lost to Notre Dame, 1-0, which sees the Fighting Irish move to No. 14 in the country.

The match’s only goal came thanks to Jennifer Westendorf’s free-kick. The Notre Dame player struck from 19-yards out, giving Tar Heels’ goalkeeper Lindsey Harris little chance of saving it. It was North Carolina’s first ever loss to Notre Dame.

No. 4 Duke downed No. 5 Virginia in last weekend’s marquee match-up in women’s soccer. The 1-0 win keeps the Blue Devils atop the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Christina Gibbons penalty settled things in Durham as Duke kept a clean sheet.

Duke will play No. 9 Florida State on Thursday in a match that will see Duke play a second top 10 team in the space of a week. The Seminoles are undefeated in eight of their last nine matches. A win for either team could see them push for votes for the country’s top spot.

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.