Tar Heels break out of slump with three quick goals

WOMEN'S NEWS ... Defending national champion North Carolina, which had not scored from the run of play in more than 200 minutes, broke out with three goals in the first nine-plus minutes and rolled on to a 5-0 win over visiting N.C. State Friday evening.

The No. 3 Tar Heels got goals from Courtney Jones, Meghan Klingenberg and Ali Hawkins, allowing Coach Anson Dorrance to empty his deep bench. How deep? He used 26 players. "These kids work hard for our starters," he said of the UNC reserves, "and finally got the chance to play a bit."

Last week UNC had beaten Boston College, 2-1, on a pair of controversial penalty kicks and fell at Virginia Tech, 1-0. UNC and Virginia Tech are now tied for first place in the ACC with 12 points, though the Hokies have a game in hand.

* LEVIN LIFTS CARDINAL. No. 1 Stanford is so deep that it can afford to use Camille Levin, a 2008 Soccer America All-Freshman team selection, off the bench. Levin came on in the second half Friday night and provided a spark for the visiting Cardinal, who scored three goals in the last 35 minutes to defeat Oregon State, 3-0, in their Pac-10 opener.

Levin scored her first goal of the season on a one-on-one opportunity. Christen Press (11th goal) and Lindsay Taylor (20-yard free kick) also scored for Stanford, which improved to 12-0-0, its best start in school history. "Every game in this conference is hard," said Cardinal coach Paul Ratcliffe. "We've got to play our best and believe we're going to score and break the ice."

-- Lauren Cheney moved into second place all-time on the UCLA scoring list (141 points) with the second goal in the No. 4 Bruins' 2-0 victory over Arizona, their 10th win in a row.

-- No. 14 USC, the surprise 2007 national champion, defeated Arizona State, 1-0, for its eighth straight win. Goalkeeper Kristin Olsen picked up her 25th shutout to tie the Trojans' career record.

-- No. 19 California won its first game since Coach Neil McGuire returned to the team, winning at No. 25 Oregon, 2-1.

* TOP 25 UPSETS. Friday night's wildest game took place in Milwaukee, where Marquette came back from 2-0 down after less than 20 minutes to beat No. 13 Connecticut, 3-2, on sophomore Rachael Sloan's goal in the 108th minute. The only other Top 25 team to fall to an unranked team was No. 15 LSU, which lost its first SEC game of the season when it fell at Kentucky, 1-0.

* CROWD COUNT. Navy won its annual clash with Army, 2-0, before a Glenn Warner Soccer Facility record crowd of 2,627. "It was an incredible atmosphere out there tonight," said Navy coach Carin Gabarra. "The entire brigade really showed its support tonight and it means the world to us."

(Click here for all the Friday women's results and the weekend Top 25 schedule.)

* FRIDAY'S TOP 25 RESULTS:
Pac-10: Oregon State 0 No. 1 Stanford 3 (Press 55, Levin 83, Taylor 85).
ACC: No. 3 North Carolina 5 (Jones 5, Klingenberg 8, Hawkins 10, McDonald 60, Rich 64) N.C. State 0.
Pac-10: No. 4 UCLA 2 (Larsen 5, Cheney 63) Arizona 0.
(Lauren Cheney is now second all-time UCLA scorer with 141 points.)
SEC: No. 8 South Carolina 1 (Diaz-Matosas 98) Auburn 0 (OT).
Big East: No. 12 Rutgers 0 No. 9 Notre Dame 1 (Fowlkes 84)
Big East: Pittsburgh 0 No. 11 St. John's 1 (McConnell 12).
Big East: Marquette 3 (Vasos, Sawicki 43, Sloan 108) No. 13 Connecticut 2 (Dakin 15, Busque 20) (OT).
Pac-10: No. 14 USC 1 (Ohai 57) Arizona State 0.
SEC: Kentucky 1 (Lopez 43) No. 15 LSU 0.
(Wildcats end four-game losing skid with first SEC win.)
SEC: No. 16 Georgia 0 No. 24 Mississippi 1 (Johnson 60).
Pac-10: No. 25 Oregon 1 (Bowns 48) No. 19 California 2 (Morgan 2, Kevorkian 49).
Big 12: Oklahoma State 0 No. 23 Texas A&M 1 (Skelton 12).

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