The second week of NCAA action is in the books. Heavyweight non-conference clashes drew attention as well as some surprising upsets. Here’s a look at the week that was in women’s college soccer.
Roller coaster Week for BYU
Last Monday, the Cougars had their 18-game home winning streak snapped by Nebraska. Despite being outshot 16-7 in the contest, the Cornhuskers prevailed on a tally by Haley Hanson in the 56th minute. Hanson’s goal was the only one of the contest.
Friday night, BYU rebounded in a big way by defeating the defending national champions Penn State, 3-2. Ashley Hatch netted her second career hat trick in the contest. The Nittany Lions rallied from a 2-goal deficit in the second half to tie the game at 2. Frannie Crouse and Charlotte Williams provided the goals for the Nittany Lions. Their efforts were for naught as Hatch concluded scoring in the 78th minute to give the Cougars a very important road victory.
The victory could prove costly for BYU as Rachel Boaz, who had the nation’s 2nd best save percentage in the country last season, had to be lifted about midway through the first half. Boaz suffered an injury to her hand/wrist in the 23rd minute attempting to collect a ball in the box.
Duke falls to Arkansas
The side that lined up opposite Penn State in the championship game last December also lost on Friday as Arkansas upended Duke 2-1. Lindsey Mayo and Stefani Doyle each scored for the Razorbacks while Olivia Erlbeck got one back for the Blue Devils late.
For the Razorbacks, who are currently 3-0, it was the program’s first victory against a top 10 opponent. Adding to the momentous night for Arkansas, the program also set a new attendance record of 3,010. The new record eclipsed the old record by 29%. While the Razorbacks were idle Sunday, Duke bounced back from Friday’s loss with a 2-0 victory over Coastal Carolina.
Wild Affair between UNC and FAU
Weather wreaked havoc on this weekend’s slate of games in the south. Florida Atlantic’s game against North Carolina in Boca Raton, Florida was one such impacted contest. With just 2:01 in regulation remaining, weather interrupted the match with the teams deadlocked 1-1. What happened after the weather delay, however, is what separates this affair for others impacted by mother nature.
Fifty-one seconds after play resumed, Tar Heel Bridgette Andrzejewski scored what appeared to be the game-winner. Andrzejewski’s second goal of the match was not decisive, however, as the owls found an equalizer with 37 seconds remaining in the match. Ultimately, the Tar Heels won the game in the second overtime period, when Zoe Redei scored off a feed from Alex Kimball.
West Coast Trip Mixed Bag for Florida
The Gators walked away 1-1 on their west coast trip. Friday, Florida narrowly fell to Stanford 0-1. Sunday, the team was victorious in a 3-2 contest over UCLA. Both games required overtime to decide.
On Sunday, a player from each side recorded a brace. UCLA’s Jessie Fleming, making her college debut mere days after arriving on campus, and Florida’s Savannah Jordan, a senior who is the current active leader in the NCAA for career goals, both tallied twice. Jordan is averaging a goal per game on the season, bringing her career tally to 69. Florida will have to recover quickly from the jet lag and extra minutes as they take on Florida State in one of the biggest non-conference rivalries in college soccer.
WVU Defeats Clemson In Early Season Top 10 Matchup
The Mountaineers welcomed back Olympic Bronze medalists Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan in style Friday night with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Clemson Tigers. Fellow Canadian Amandine Pierre-Louis provided the fireworks as she sent a rocket into the upper 90 from just beyond the penalty box.
The West Virginia defense held Clemson, a program that’s risen rapidly in the ACC ranks the past several years, to just two shots on goal on the evening. Overall, the Mountaineers outshot the Tigers 18 to 6. Clemson keeper Kailen Sheridan, who served as an alternative to Canada’s Olympic team, made 7 saves on the evening.
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