Soccer America Women's College Top 25

UCLA, Stanford and Penn State remained 1-2-3 in the Soccer America Women's College 25 rankings. North Carolina climbed to No. 4 with its 2-1 win at Virginia, while Duke was again No. 5. For the complete Top 25 rankings.

Week 6's big results:

Virginia 1 North Carolina 2. Dorian Bailey came off the bench for the third game in a row to score the game-winning goal for Carolina before 1,540 fans at Klockner Stadium.

Texas A&M 2 Florida 1. Kendall Ritchie's first career goal was the winner, a free kick from 45 yards out that arced over goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese, who was caught off her line.

Texas 1 West Virginia 0. Cyera Hintzen's 88th-minute goal gave the Longhorns their 10th straight win to start the season and hand West Virginia just its second loss ever in Big-12 play.

Notable:
Florida State coach Mark Krikorian became the eighth NCAA Division I head coach to earn 400 wins as the Seminoles beat Virginia Tech, 2-0, on the road. His record at Florida State is 232-51-26.

NCAA Division I women's unbeatens:
Texas (10-0-0)
Wisconsin-Milwaukee (10-0-1)
Rutgers (8-0-2)
UCLA (8-0-1)

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Soccer America Women's Top 25:
TEAM (RECORD) LAST WEEK
1. UCLA (8-0-1) 1
2. Stanford (8-1-0) 2
3. Penn State (7-2-1) 3
4. North Carolina (7-2-0) 9
5. Duke (9-1-0) 5
6. South Carolina (9-1-0) 7
7. Texas (10-0-0) 21
8. Florida State (7-2-0) 12
9. Georgetown (7-2-1) 13
10. Florida (8-2-0) 4
11. West Virginia (8-3-0) 6
12. Virginia (6-3-2) 8
13. California (8-1-0) 15
14. Princeton (8-1-0) 16
15. USC (6-1-1) 11
16. Rutgers (8-0-2) 14
17. Notre Dame (6-2-2) 18
18. Butler (8-1-1) 20
19. Mississippi (9-1-1) 25
20. Texas A&M (6-2-1) NR
21. Wisconsin (8-2-0) 10
22. UCF (5-1-1) NR
23. Ohio State (8-2-1) NR
24. Tennessee (9-1-1) 19
25. Michigan (5-2-4) NR
Note: Rankings and records are through games played Sunday, Sept. 24.
Soccer America Top 25 rankings will appear each Tuesday during the regular season.     
7 comments about "Soccer America Women's College Top 25".
  1. R2 Dad, September 26, 2017 at 12:13 a.m.

    I started watching more NCAA women's soccer, only to find it is primarily kickball. What is the cut-off between crap kickball teams and actual soccer teams? Top 10? Top 5? And don't tell me they're all actually very effective counterattacking teams that choose not to hold possession as it's their primary strategy.

  2. frank schoon, September 26, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.

    R2, this is only a reflection of the overall soccer DNA that has been build up in the past 50 years. I have tapes going back many, many years of women college soccer and there is no change in the LEVEL or QUALITY of soccer.
    You see one game, you've seen them all. A team with lots of great women athletes even if their soccer ability are questionable can go very far.

  3. R2 Dad replied, September 26, 2017 at 12:03 p.m.

    Frank, if you mean soccer DNA to mean "generations of idiot coaches who don't know any other way to play the game", then maybe Cony's Revolution should start in women's soccer first. The best female youth players I've refereed most certainly have not been recruited for college because they weren't big/tall/fast/strong "warriors"--they were smart on the ball, intelligent in possession and knew how to build an attack. Is there a single D1 team that will build their offense around a brilliant attacking mid? This is the chicken-and-the-egg dilemma we have in this country.

  4. frank schoon replied, September 26, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.

    R2, I've coached and trained girls at all ages and I go to a girls soccer camp in the summer every year teaching skills since the 80's. Yes, I've have seen some potential, in other words, if you send these girls to live in Brazil for a few years and allow them to play and develop everyday you will mold some nice players. But unfortunately like the guys,here, we create nothing but uninspiring stiffs, due to ,I think, the structure of our western society which spills over into our manner of coaching. We don't see girls who are not afraid to take on player(similar with guys) be creative with a ball, make passes with outside of the foot. Instead we see nothing but players who run and move in ways you can see they've been taught in a structure through drills, and appear too robotic. I was hoping when girls soccer began that they would show the men a thing or two due to them playing a less physical and therefore more technical and nice so expected more thinking and less type of game, but instead they are just as bad as the men or rather much worse. I figured the girls being more refined than guys would therefore play with more touch...BOY WAS I WRONG. I've yet to see a nice midfielder a la Pirlo type among females, instead they all have a touch on the ball like Russian tractor. The only girls that get the press are players like Abbey Wambaugh( I think that's her name) who is tough physically and athletically since in girls soccer size and athleticism, dominate not nice skill or smoothness.
    I just watched the Atlanta men's team play against Montreal, it was the first time I was able to watch a full MLS game ,for I usually can take about 20 minutes of it.
    It was enjoyable and of course unfortunately the players the good ones were all hispanics from South America as well as the coach who is a good coach. Their style of play was pretty good, lots of triangles, good in small space that Americans are not good at...now why don't I see triangles like that in girls soccer...I have to admit I don't see much of it on the men side as well, but overall I'm so disappointed in women soccer for I expected much better.

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now, September 26, 2017 at 3:48 p.m.

    A couple of old men complaining about women's soccer...fascinating.

  6. R2 Dad replied, September 26, 2017 at 4:43 p.m.

    Adding your usual value to the conversation--not-so-fascinating.

  7. Forever Blue, September 28, 2017 at 10:26 a.m.

    R2 started watching this season as well due to fact that I now know more freshman players from Ecnl. If you go by conference, the Pac12 and WCC are probably easiest to watch. That ten to try to move the ball using short passes and combinations. UCLA is undoubtedly the best team this season so far. They have talented players who can play and attractive style. Stanford also loaded with talent but haven't quite developed same rhythm as UCLA yet. The ACC has UNC and UVA as their top schools. Also loaded with talent but a lot of reliance on individual play and a lot of running. SEC school are you big strong and fast teams sprinkled with some talent. Tend to see more balls over the top to athletic forwards. I will say a lot of the new coaches appear to try and have their teams play a more passing game but easier said than done. Especially with limited talent. By the second half it a lot of balls in the air going back and forth.

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