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1. Virginia is new men's No. 1
September 18th, 2006 3:03AM



Virginia moved into the top spot in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 with a 3-2 victory over Boston College in overtime on Friday.

Junior midfielder Jeremy Barlow delivered his second game-winning goal of the season six minutes into overtime to the delight of a season-high 3,839 fans at Klockner Stadium. The Cavaliers won their seventh straight game for the first time since the 1993 season.

"This was a good win for us," Cavs coach George Gelnovatch said. "We played well and they [Boston College] were able to score late and force overtime. I was very happy that we were able to keep our heads up and put together a goal for the win."

Boston College tied the game in the 85th minute to force overtime on former U.S. U-20 Charlie Davies' goal. Stephen Hepburn had put the Eagles on top 39 seconds into the game, but Nico Colaluca tied the game, 1-1, in the 3rd minute. German Yannick Reyering gave the Cavs a 2-1 lead on a penalty kick for his fifth goal of the season in the 26th minute.

SMU fell from No. 1 to No. 3 after being tied by New Mexico, 1-1, Friday night on the first day of the Lobos' TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational.

Adrian Chevannes put the Mustangs ahead in the 43rd minute, but the Lobos equalized in the 57th minute when a corner kick resulted in an SMU deflection into the net for an own goal. Two days later in Albuquerque, SMU beat Dayton, 1-0, to improve its record to 8-0-1.

Clemson, off to its best start since 1978, moved up to No. 2 with its seventh straight win, a 1-0 victory over North Carolina before 7,012 fans at Historic Riggs Field.

For the second straight week, Danny Poe had the winning goal for Clemson, A week earlier, Poe had the game-winner as the Tigers defeated defending national champion Maryland, 2-1.

"It was a total team victory," said Clemson coach Trevor Adair. "Our players gave it their all. The crowd was great again and this atmosphere is unbelievable. The players did everything we asked. I am happy for Danny Poe. He plays hard and gives great effort."

Maryland drew the third highest crowd in Ludwig Field history as 4,565 fans watched the Terrapins defeat N.C. State, 3-0, on goals by A.J. Godbolt, Graham Zusi and freshman standout Jason Herrick. Marcus Tracy, Michael Lahoud, Ryan Solle and Lyle Adams scored to lead No. 7 Wake Forest to a 4-2 win over No. 15 Virginia Tech in another ACC battle.

Surging UCLA handed two ranked WCC teams their first losses of the season. The Bruins beat Santa Clara, 2-1, Friday night in Westwood. Maxwell Griffin and Jason Leopoldo scored for UCLA less than a minute apart in the second half. Two days later, Griffin scored in the first half and David Estrada scored late to defeat San Francisco, 2-0. Santa Clara's trip to Southern California proved to be a complete loss as the Broncos fell to Cal State Northridge, 4-1, on Sunday.

Besides Virginia and Clemson, Washington is the only undefeated and untied team left in the Division I men's ranks. UW won its own Husky Fever Classic with wins over Northern Illinois (5-0) and Marshall (2-0). Appalachian State's perfect record come to an end as Charlotte defeated the Mountaineers, 3-2, in double overtime Saturday evening.

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