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NCAA Weekly: Santa Clara’s big win; Rutgers perfect

Here’s how things played out in Week 4 of the NCAA women’s soccer season:

Stanford falls to Santa Clara

The fourth week of the 2015 college soccer season ended with a bang as Santa Clara beat Bay Area rivals Stanford for the first time in nine years. Broncos goalkeeper Andi Tostanoski saved a penalty kick taken by Haley Rosen in the 78th minute. Less than 10 minutes later, Dani Weatherholt scored off a corner to give Santa Clara the win.

Roller-coaster week for Penn State

Penn State opened the week with a resounding 4-0 victory over visiting Wisconsin on Thursday. Four different Nittany Lions — Mallory Weber, Megan Schafer, Marissa Sheva and Frannie Crouse — scored in the affair. Sunday, however, was a different story for Penn State as the then fourth-ranked Nittany Lions dropped a real head-scratcher to the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers, 1-0. Simone Kolander scored the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute and Minnesota out-shot Penn State, 12-10.

And Then There Was One…

Rutgers is the only remaining Division 1 team with a perfect record following Washington State’s rather shocking loss to Portland, who was 2-6 before Sunday’s big win. Meanwhile, Rutgers got a goal less than two minutes into the match against Maryland on Friday and that was all that the Scarlet Knights needed in their Big Ten opener. In addition to being the only remaining perfect team, Rutgers is one of just two teams, along with Cornell, in Division 1 who have yet to concede a goal.

Other Games

North Carolina 2, Virginia Tech 1

The good news Saturday for Virginia Tech is they had all-time leading scorer Murielle Tiernan back after missing a few games with a concussion — and she scored. The bad news for the Hokies is that one goal wasn’t enough to win the contest as Joanna Boyles and Katie Bowen both notched goals for the visiting Tar Heels.

Clemson, 1 Notre Dame 0

It took almost 102 minutes to decide this contest as Claire Wagner tallied the game’s only goal just into the second overtime period. With the win over the 10-thranked Fighting Irish, Clemson has the best RPI in the country.

Duke 0, Florida State 0

Duke and Florida battled to a scoreless draw on Sunday. The Seminoles, who are known for their stingy defense, were out-shot 8-25 by the Blue Devils.


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