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#1 von riluowanying123 , 23.10.2018 13:53

What went down in the fourth week of college soccer? The aim each week is to bring you five stories that defined the week in college soccer or help navigate the long road to the Womens College Cup.And sometimes to point out goals like this.South Alabama takes down No. 1 Florida StateWhat a difference a year makes. When South Alabama played Florida State in the second round of the NCAA tournament a year ago, the Jaguars trailed by a goal after 116 seconds. They trailed by four goals after barely 10 minutes. A 5-0 loss appeared, in the end, almost merciful.So on the surface, South Alabamas 1-0 win over top-ranked Florida State that began the past week seems like one of the more surprising results in recent memory. After all, no one in a Seminoles uniform had lost to an opponent other than Duke, Florida, UCLA or Virginia, the only teams to beat Florida State since 2012. And on a day that saw the Seminoles outshoot South Alabama 28-3 and force Jaguars goalkeeper Justice Stanford to make eight saves, the whole thing might come off as an anomaly, a hiccup in the normally smooth order of college soccer.Yet over the past decade, Florida States nonconference losses usually proved indicators of the quality of opposition. And if South Alabama was fortuitous to win the day on the strength of Charde Hannahs first-half goal, the program doesnt look much like a fluke in the long run. Led by Hannah, the Jaguars this season returned their six leading scorers from a team that went 18-3-2 a season ago. They won at Ole Miss on Sunday. Even their losses so far this season, in double overtime at both Auburn and Mississippi State, hardly constitute meaningful regression.That Florida State has plenty to offer was clear in a 3-0 win over No. 17 Connecticut later in the week (although goals were again hard to find in Sundays 1-0 overtime win against Troy). So while the names make the Labor Day stunner sound like the upset of the season, hindsight may once again prove it nothing more than the Seminoles stumbling against a very good opponent.Georgetown (and the country) serves notice to ACCFrom an exhibition a week ago against the under-20 national team from Papua New Guinea, not a noted power, to a 3-2 upset against No. 3 Virginia, it was quite a seven days for Georgetown. And that despite ceding the favorite two goals before Sundays game was even 10 minutes old.Yet by halftime, on the strength of goals from Taylor Pak, Amanda Carolan and Rachel Corboz (her seventh in as many games), Georgetown had surged ahead to stay.Virginia hadnt lost a regular-season nonconference game since the 2012 season, let alone surrendered a two-goal lead, but there may be a lesson in that. Florida State lost. Duke lost at home. Notre Dame came away from an admittedly difficult Bay Area trip with two draws but no wins, and North Carolina soundly lost the finale of its California road trip at USC.Granted, North Carolina also won at UCLA. Florida State beat Connecticut. Notre Dame had reason to be proud of Sundays draw. And with the ACC season starting this week, the league is still the best bet in the country in which to catch a quality game. But not the only place this year.Stanfords ascension runs aground ... for nowStanford couldnt quite complete a perfect weekend that would have made No. 1 a foregone conclusion. By most accounting, the second-ranked Cardinal enjoyed a productive weekend with a commanding 4-1 win over No. 10 Minnesota and a 2-2 draw with No. 20 Notre Dame. But a world-class free kick from Notre Dame freshman Jennifer Westendorf, a low line drive that might still be traveling if not for the net, highlighted a second half that disrupted what had been a smooth Stanford operation through one and a half games.No matter what the polls say Monday, Stanford has the means to be No. 1 when it matters, because there may not be another team that can match what the Cardinal have in the middle of the field with All-American Andi Sullivan and freshman Tierna Davidson. Sullivan scored her own highlight-reel free kick against Minnesota, while Davidson scored her first career goal, but its the control they exert in all the space from box to box that marked much of the weekend.West Virginia makes its case for No. 1Like Stanford, No. 4 West Virginia showcased a concentration of talent in one area of the field that could well lead a team to a national championship. But in the case of the Mountaineers, it was the all-Canadian back line that so impressively put its imprint on a 3-1 win at No. 6 Duke.That starts, of course, with Kadeisha Buchanan. Even on a day that took a physical toll on the World Cup and Olympic veteran -- Buchanan was in the middle of several collisions and was briefly forced to the sideline in the second half with what looked like a leg injury -- she stood out on a field with plenty of talent. But it isnt just Buchanan. Left back Amandine Pierre-Louise scored the first goal after a long run forward with the ball and a strike from distance, but she and right back Ashley Lawrence, another Canadian international more familiar in a midfield role, effectively pinned down Duke with their ability to not only defend in wide space but attack out of it.South Florida snowbirds roll onFlorida State lost. Virginia lost. Stanford tied. Heck, even George Washington lost to Liberty on Sunday. It wasnt a great week for maintaining perfection, as in unbeaten and untied records. But it wasnt a complete bust. Central Michigan, UC Santa Barbara and Wake Forest each won two games to maintain perfect starts. Now 7-0-0, Central Michigan already has more wins than it did the entire 2015 season. Or the 2014 season. A year after she led the team with four goals, sophomore Alexis Pelafas is vying for the national lead with nine goals in six appearances.Best of the unbeaten and untied, however, is No. 14 South Florida. With a roster that reads like one of those most often associated with the team in Tallahassee (Ghana, Iceland, Jamaica, Mexico and Norway represented), USF is 7-0-0 and hasnt allowed a goal the past two weeks. The best import of all for Canadian-born coach Denise Schilte-Brown at the moment is one of her own, freshman and Quebec product Evelyne Viens coming off a four-goal weekend. Denis Malgin Jersey . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season. Nick Bjugstad Jersey . The Browns coaching search remains incomplete. . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. Florida Panthers Gear . Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran striker will get another chance -- probably his last -- at the World Cup after Salomon Kalous injury-time strike sealed the Ivorians place in Brazil next year. Colton Sceviour Jersey . -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. With apologies to my friend Ryan McGee for stepping on his Bottom 10 turf, it has taken only six weeks this season to expose the Powers That Be as the Powers That Used to Be. Notre Dame, Stanford and Oregon all have plummeted out of the top 25, confirming on Saturday that their earlier poor play was no fluke. The Cardinal can cling to injuries as a reason for their demise, although their losses in the secondary and the offensive line have illustrated the lack of depth that has been a perennial bugaboo on the Farm. The Irish and the Ducks appear to simply not have the talent that their opponents have. Someones luck will turn this week: Stanford goes to South Bend. The home team has won the past four games in this rivalry, all by seven points or fewer.1. Michigans 78-0 defeat of Rutgers on Saturday night ranks as the second-largest road win by a ranked team in the poll era (1936-present), according to ESPN Stats & Info research. The margin fell a touchdown shy of the Wolverines 85-0 victory at the University of Chicago in 1939. The Maroons had one foot out the door that season. Even with the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg as head coach, Chicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins decided he didnt want the university playing major college football anymore. Chicago abolished its program after 1939 and pulled out of the Big Ten in 1946.2. With that piece of history in mind, consider the plight of Rutgers, which has lost on consecutive weeks to No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan by a combined score of 136-0. And consider the plight of Boston College, which has extended its ACC losing streak to 10 games with losses to No. 25 Virginia Tech (on Sept. 17) and No. 3 Clemson by a combined 105-10. Toss in a rebuilding Syracuse (2-4, 0-2), which has shown sparks of renaissance under new coach Dino Babers, and its a mystery why the Big Ten and the ACC dismembered the Big East for parts. There may be a lot of TV eyeballs up here, but college football has fallen behind the rest of the country.3. Rutgers has tantalized one coach after another with the promise of success if he builds the proverbial recruiting fence around the state. And yet no one has ever done it. A generation ago, Penn State, Nebraska and Iowa built winners by taking Jerseys best players. Fast forward to two of the biggest stars from Saturday. Jabrill Peppers of East Orange, New Jersey, has become this years hybrid, a Michigan linebacker who made two tackles and ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns on only three carries against Rutgers. Minkah Fitzpatrick of Old Bridge, New Jersey, intercepted three passes for Alabama, returning one pick 100 yards for a touchdown.4. Speaking of Peppers, Im trying to decide what I enjoy most about Wolverines coach Jim Harbaughs ddiscussion of his redshirt sophomore.dddddddddddd It could be that Harbaugh began his comment by saying, In my humble opinion ... Or that Harbaugh, after some thought to compare Peppers to a versatile player of yore, came up with Jim Thorpe. Never mind that until the early 1960s, everyone pretty much played both ways. No, Harbaugh reached for Thorpe, the All-American at Carlisle, the 1912 Olympic decathlon gold medalist, the major league outfielder who also played pro football. The AP named Thorpe the greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th century. Harbaugh always thinks big. Its one reason he wins.5. Houstons 46-40 loss at Navy not only harmed the Cougars playoff chase, it may have doused quarterback Greg Ward, Jr.s chance at a major postseason award. Thats too bad. Ward threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 94 yards and another score. He threw two picks, one of them returned for a touchdown, but his QBR this season is higher (82.9) than last season (78.1), despite playing with a small tear in a shoulder ligament. Every time he throws a pass, it hurts, Houston coach Tom Herman said. It hurts less every day, because its healing. But thats the reality of it. What has Herman learned about Ward? I was a little nervous that he was not going to respond well to playing hurt. ... Ive seen a fiery competitor in him now that maybe I didnt last year.6. When Miami lost to Florida State by the margin of a blocked extra point late in the game, my first reaction was, if its a painful loss in that rivalry, then Mark Richt is on the wrong side of it. Richt was Florida States offensive coordinator from 1990-2000, which included Wide Rights I and II, and he was a graduate assistant on Bobby Bowdens staff from 1985-88, which included the epic 26-25 loss in 1987, followed by the Hurricanes 31-0 humiliation of the No. 1 Seminoles to open the following season. But it hasnt been all bad for Richt. Actually, during his years as offensive coordinator, Florida State beat Miami five straight times (1995-99) by an average margin of 22 points.7. It is a cliché as old as the postgame news conference: Ill have to look at the film/video. But theres a reason head coaches say that: The view from the sideline is not very good. If it were, thats where the coaching video -- and the TV cameras -- would perch. When Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was asked Saturday why the Buckeyes passing game had struggled in the 38-17 victory over Indiana, he said, Ill know more when I meet you guys [later in the week]. ... Id say 50 percent of the time Im wrong when I say something on a press conference. 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