College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By JAY BELL

The top-ranked California Golden Bears were beaten for the second consecutive week this weekend, this time falling to conference rival No. 5 UCLA. California was undefeated going into last weekend before losing 1-0 at home to San Diego. The Golden Bears won 3-2 over San Diego St. on Friday before the loss on Sunday.

The win puts UCLA atop the Pac 12 conference standings. The Bruins have one conference game left to play, while California and No. 2 Washington each have three games left. The Huskies and Golden Bears square off next Sunday.

No. 3 Notre Dame rebounded from its first loss of the season to win 3-1 on the road over No. 7 Wake Forest. The Irish win and a Maryland victory kept the two teams tied atop the ACC standings going into the final week of the regular season. Both teams play their final conference games on Friday with the Irish playing at home against Pittsburgh and Maryland going to Virginia Tech.

A number of upsets shook up the NCAA College Soccer standings for the second week in a row. No. 6 Georgetown, No. 12 Coastal Carolina, No. 14 UAB, No. 17 Virginia and No. 25 Cal State Northridge all lost to unranked opponents.

No. 11 Penn St. also lost in second overtime to unranked Ohio St. a week after clinching the Big 10 regular season championship. Michigan St. topped Indiana in two overtimes in another Big 10 matchup. Up next for the Spartans is a match with Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Wofford scored twice in the first 15 minutes Saturday and shut out Furman to win 2-0. The win clinched the Southern Conference regular season title for Wofford over the more highly touted Paladins and Elon Phoenix. Elon rallied from a 3-1 second half deficit to top UNC-Greensboro 4-3 on Saturday.

Another conference title won this weekend was in the American Athletic Conference. Louisville clinched the regular season championship Sunday with a 0-0 draw with South Florida.

Some conference tournaments will begin this week while others finish out the regular season.

Here is a rundown of how the top teams in the country fared over the weekend:

FRIDAY

San Diego State 2, (1) California 3 (RECAP)

(21) Michigan State 3, Indiana 2 (RECAP)

NC State 1, (8) Maryland 2 (RECAP)

Clemson 0, Syracuse 1 (RECAP)

North Carolina 1, (17) Virginia 0 (RECAP)

(5) UCLA 2, Stanford 1 (RECAP)

SATURDAY

UMBC 2, UMass-Lowell 0 (RECAP)

(12) Coastal Carolina 0, UNC-Asheville 1 (RECAP)

(6) Georgetown 0, St. John’s 1 (RECAP)

(10) UConn 1, SMU 0 (RECAP)

(13) New Mexico 3, Old Dominion 0 (RECAP)

William & Mary 2, UNC-Wilmington 2 (RECAP)

(3) Notre Dame 3, (7) Wake Forest 1 (RECAP)

(11) Penn State 0, Ohio State 1 (RECAP)

Wofford 2, Furman 0 (RECAP)

UNC-Greensboro 3, (24) Elon 4 (RECAP)

Seton Hall 1, (16) Marquette 2 (RECAP)

UC-Riverside 1, (25) Cal State-Northridge 0 (RECAP)

UC-Davis 1, (20) UC Santa Barbara 1 (RECAP)

SUNDAY

South Florida 0, (9) Louisville 0 (RECAP)

(15) Wisconsin 1, (18) Northwestern 0 (RECAP)

South Carolina 4, (14) UAB 3 (RECAP)

(5) UCLA 2, (1) California 1 (RECAP)

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6 Responses to College Soccer Weekend Rewind

  1. AZ says:

    does anyone fully follow college soccer? It’s like watching 3rd division Bundesliga. It’s just not that exciting if you ask me. why don’t most of these guys try their chances in MLS or going to Europe?

    • Dave says:

      Because the dream dies hard? The NCAA commercials are true, most of the scholarship athletes in the US have to get real jobs but play because it is their dream.

      In a quick calculation, there are more spots available in college soccer (400+ teams in just D1 and D2) than exist in all of divisions of the FA and the Bundesliga. Most of them aren’t playing after college, but want to play competitive soccer as long as they can.
      Why would any watch any college sport over the pros? The quality of players is always higher in the pros. As in most college sports, they tend to play more for the name on the front than the name on the back.

    • Stan says:

      Maybe to graduate with a college degree for when their playing career is over.

    • Brian says:

      Apparently you follow college soccer as you navigated your way to a college soccer weekend recap.

  2. Richard says:

    Glad , ives continues with the college coverage… keep up the good work.