This week in women's college soccer

In an early season marked by some stunning upsets, one of the biggest was Sunday's 3-2 victory by Georgetown over Virginia.

The Cavaliers entered the game unbeaten, untied and unscored upon in 2016, and led by 2-0 after nine minutes. Game over? By the halftime, Georgetown had gone ahead, 3-2.

Taylor Pak scored for the Hoyas in the 14th minute, ending Virginia's shutout streak at 976 minutes, dating back to the 2015 season. Amanda Carolan tied the score in the 26th minute, and Rachel Corboz's free kick from 25 yards gave Georgetown in the 38th minute.

"We have the ability to score goals," said Georgetown coach Dave Nolan, "and whenever you have the personnel that can score goals, you always have a chance. I just felt that we would get counterattacks against them the way they play and it was just a matter of whether we could score more goals than they could. I'm just grateful we scored one more than they did."

Virginia coach Steve Swanson said after the first 13 minutes Georgetown was the better team in how it approached what it wanted to do.

"I think the biggest challenge for our team moving forward is to see how we respond to this," he said, "and see if we can improve in the areas we need to in order to compete, and win, consistently at this level."

The win sets up a battle for D.C. bragging rights when the Hoyas play George Washington. Both teams enter the game with 6-1-0 records. GW recorded its best start to a season in program history, winning its first six matches before falling at Liberty.

On Sunday, the Hoyas have a chance for another upset when they travel to No. 1 West Virginia.

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THIS WEEK'S SOCCER AMERICA TOP 25 -- West Virginia moved into the top spot in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 weekly rankings with a 3-1 win at Duke. Previously unbeaten and untied Stanford, the No. 1 since the preseason rankings, dropped to No. 2 after its 2-2 tie with Notre Dame. Florida, Florida State and Virginia round out the top five. Top 25:

LOOKING AHEAD -- Eight ACC teams are in the Top 25 heading into the start of conference play, but only No. 16 Boston College (8-0-1) is unbeaten. (Unranked Wake Forest is 8-0-0.)

The Eagles, who open their ACC slate on Saturday night at No. 7 Duke, were three seconds away from falling to Northeastern on Sunday when Andrea O'Brien scored to send the game into overtime. BC won the game, 2-1 on former U.S. U-20 McKenzie Meehan's golden goal, her seventh goal of the season.

After missing the 2014 season with an Achilles heel injury, Meehan led the ACC in goals scored with 17 as a junior. Her seven goals in 2016 give her a school-record 53 in her career.

Week 5, Top 25 Matchups:
8 Florida State vs. 14 Connecticut
22 Arkansas vs. 3 Florida
5 Virginia vs. 17 Virginia Tech
7 Duke vs. 16 Boston College
1 West Virginia vs. 9 Georgetown

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MILESTONES --  John Daly, now in his 30th year of coaching at William & Mary, picked up his 400th win with the Tribe when it shut out UNC Greensboro, 2-0, on goals by juniors Sami Grasso and Rachel Moore.

Daly became the sixth NCAA Division I women's head coach to win 400 career matches. Former Tribe men’s coach Al Albert won 401 matches, making W&M and UConn the only schools that have men's and women's coaches with 400 or more wins.

William & Mary's soccer stadium is named after Albert and Daly, who coached U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis.

LEADER BOARD -- Ashley Hatch's goal in BYU's 3-0 win at Ohio State on Monday gave her nine for the season, tied with Central Michigan's Alexis Pelafas, for the national scoring lead.

Leading Scorers
1. Ashley Hatch, BYU 9
1. Alexis Pelafas, Central Michigan 9
3. Kendall Ham, Bucknell 8
3. Mackenzie Higgins, UL Lafayette 8
3. Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina 8
6. Chandler Backes, Western Kentucky 7
6. Amanda Ball, UC Santa Barbara 7
6. Rachel Corboz, Georgetown 7
6. Grace Damaska, Georgetown 7
6. Addie Forbus, Mississippi 7
Through Sept. 13.
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