WOMEN'S NEWS ...
Defending champion North Carolina put the nation on notice that it will be hard to beat. The top-ranked Heels opened with a 7-2 win over
UCLA, scoring three goals in the first 12 minutes. Casey Nogueira
, the 2008 Player of the Year, scored a pair of goals. Sophomore forward Courtney Jones
had a goal and two assists and senior Tobin Heath
, junior Ali Hawkins
and sophomore reserve Emmalie Pfankuch
all scored a goal and an assist.
UCLA coach Jillian Ellis
was special tonight."
(The loss was the Bruins' second worst defeat in their 17-year history. They fell, 8-0, to Notre Dame in the 1995 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.)
this week's Soccer America Women's Top 25
, released Monday morning along with the North
Carolina-UCLA summary and all the weekend Top 25 results.
* Other opening weekend notables ...
-- Of the other winners in weekend Top 25 matchups, Texas A&M looked the most
impressive. The Aggies beat USC, 3-0. The game turned on an opening goal by Mary Grace Schmidt
shortly before halftime. A&M went on to outshoot the Trojans,
-- The biggest upset was Cal State Bakersfield's 2-1 win over then-No. 15 San Diego. The Roadrunners, who had gone 5-13-1 in each of the last two seasons, fell behind the visiting
Toreros in the 68th minute but evened the score 30 seconds slater on Raquel Gervas
' penalty kick. Two minutes after that, Kassie Massey
stunned USD with a header.
-- Natalie LeClair
scored once in each half and fellow freshman LeighAnne Baxter
had the third goal to lead Richmond to a 3-0 victory at then-No. 25 James Madison. Spider coach Peter Albright
out another freshman, Emily Parisi
, for praise.
-- Senior Carrie Patterson
scored in the first 35 seconds
of Georgia's 6-0 win over Kennesaw State to break the Bulldogs' all-time scoring record. She finished with a hat trick to bring her career tally to 36 goals.
* Some women's teams chose
to open with exhibitions. South Carolina beat the touring Mexican national team, 2-0, in front of 3,000 fans at the MeSA Soccer Complex in Greenville.
Look for the Soccer America Women's
Team of the Week on Tuesday in Soccer America Daily