The hottest team in the country is No. 6 South Carolina, which has run off 10 straight wins and began the week as one of only four unbeaten Division I schools along with No. 1 Stanford, No. 24 South
Florida and Bucknell.
The Gamecocks are fourth in this week's NCAA RPI index
, the program's highest
ranking ever, following their 3-0 win over Kentucky on Sunday at Stone Stadium, and they are one of three SEC teams in the Top 10 -- the most from any conference -- along with Arkansas and Florida.
They put on a dominating second-half performance, getting goals from seniors Sophie Groff and Kaleigh Kurtz and junior Lindsey Lane and holding Kentucky without a shot on freshman keeper
Mikayla Krzeczowski for the final 51 minutes.
The South Carolina star is Savannah McCaskill, who had two assists against the Wildcats to up her season totals to 10 goals and six assists
for 26 points, the most in the SEC.
The Gamecocks put their winning streak on the line when they face Texas A&M on Thursday at Ellis Field. South Carolina was 0-5-1 all-time against
the Aggies before it picked up its first victory last season in a dramatic 2-1 win at Stone Stadium.
The Aggies return home after being swept at Vanderbilt and Alabama and falling out of
the Soccer America Top 25.
"Texas A&M is a tough place to play," South Carolina women's soccer coach Shelley Smith. "We've found it challenging when we've been there, and they have a
tremendous home crowd. We need to focus on the task at hand and worry about what we can control. We're excited to play in such an exciting atmosphere, and hopefully we can get a result on the road."
Women's RPI, Top 10:
4. South Carolina
5. West Virginia
7. Florida State
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. THIS WEEK'S SOCCER AMERICA TOP 25 --
Stanford remained No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25
weekly rankings while Florida State and Georgetown both stayed at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, despite ties. West Virginia moved up one spot to No. 4 and BYU claimed No. 5. Top 25: bit.ly/2d4Uj0u LOOKING AHEAD -- The Big Ten shapes up to be a tight race
with four teams in
the Soccer America Top 25, all unbeaten in conference play: No. 13 Penn State (3-0-1), No. 17 Michigan (3-0-0), No. 21 Rutgers (2-0-1) and No. 22 Minnesota (3-0-1).
Michigan is in
the Top 25 for the first time this season after its 1-0 win over Michigan State before 2,312 fans, the third-largest crowd in U-M Soccer Stadium history, and the Wolverines will put their perfect
conference record on the line Thursday against Rutgers.
Michigan is on a five-game win streak and has conceded just one goal during that stretch. Sarah Jackson, who has started in
seven of nine games in goal, has been forced to make just 26 total saves. In the win over Michigan State, the Wolverine defense limited the Spartans to one shot on goal and only one shot in the second
Week 7, Top 25 Matchups:
17 Michigan vs. 21 Rutgers
18 Louisville vs. 15 Notre Dame Sunday:
11 Virginia vs. 10 North Carolina College Soccer: On the Air LEADER BOARD -- Ashley Hatch continues to lead
the nation in scoring after combining with
Jocelyn Loomis for the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Long Beach State. It was Hatch’s 12th goal of the season and 40th career goal.
Leading Scorers PLAYER, TEAM G 1. Ashley Hatch
, BYU 12 2. Alexis Pelafas
, Central Michigan 10 2. Savannah McCaskill
, South Carolina
10 4. Jorian Baucom
, LSU 9 4. Simone Kolander,
Minnesota 9 4. Kiana Palacios
, UC Irvine 9 4. Catrina Atanda
, Clemson 9 4. Chandler
, Western Kentucky 9 4. Kendall Ham
, Bucknell 9 4. McKenzie Meehan
, Boston College 9 4. Lexi Prillaman
, Richmond 9 4. Evelyne Viens
Florida 9 Through Sept. 27.