Around College Soccer: North Carolina and Florida State women open with big ACC wins

North Carolina, the highest finisher in the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Tournament playing this fall, opened its 2020 season with a 4-1 win against Wake Forest.

Brianna Pinto, considered one of the top pro prospects in the college game, beat two defenders before scoring the opening goal in the 21st minute. Rachel Jones scored two Tar Heel goals to make the score 2-0 and 3-1 before Hallie Klanke completed the scoring for UNC.

The Tar Heels, runners-up to Stanford nationally in 2019, recently lost two of their stars when seniors Alessia Russo (Manchester United) and Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal) chose to remain in England and turn pro.

-- Second behind North Carolina in the ACC preseason poll, Florida State opened ACC play with a 5-0 win over Notre Dame. Yujie Zhao led the Seminoles with two goals.

COVID-19 postponements: Clemson’s home matches in men's soccer on Friday against Wake Forest and Sept. 25 against North Carolina have been postponed after a small number of individuals tested positive for COVID-19. The Clemson women's volleyball team had to also postpone play.

Two women's games -- Kansas vs. Oklahoma and Missouri  vs. Florida -- have been postponed this weekend. This marked the second week in a row Oklahoma couldn't play because of COVID-19 issues.

Photo: Larry Novey/Florida State

Women's College Soccer, Week 3:
Monday, September 14
Georgia Southern 1 The Citadel 2
Thursday, September 17
Appalachian State 1 Georgia State 2
Clemson 3 Virginia Tech 0
Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia Southern (postponed, bad weather)
Duke 1 Virginia 1
Florida State 5 Notre Dame 0
Miami, Fla. 0 Louisville 3
North Carolina 4 Wake Forest 1
Pittsburgh 2 Syracuse 0
Friday, September 18
Auburn vs. Mississippi State
Kansas vs. Oklahoma (postponed, COVID-19)
Little Rock vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State
TCU vs. Texas
Texas State vs. Central Arkansas
Texas Tech vs. Baylor
West Virginia  vs. Kansas State
Saturday, September 19
Alabama vs. Tennessee
Arkansas vs. LSU
Mississippi vs. Texas A&M
Missouri vs. Florida (postponed, COVID-19)
Sunday, September 20
Arkansas State vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Clemson vs. Virginia
Duke vs. Wake Forest
Florida State vs. Louisville
Georgia vs. South Carolina
Georgia Southern vs. Appalachian State
Georgia State vs. Coastal Carolina
Navy vs. Pittsburgh
North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
Notre Dame vs. Miami, Fla.
South Alabama vs. Troy
Texas State vs. Louisiana Lafayette
Texas-San Antonio vs. Abilene Christian
Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky

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