UNC falls in women’s soccer poll, faces co-ACC leader Thursday

By R.L. Bynum

Carolina fell two spots to No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 women’s poll after losing Saturday night at Virginia Tech 2–1.

The Tar Heels (9–3–0, 2–2–0 ACC), were top-ranked before losing 2–1 to UCLA on Sept. 4, and the Bruins have remained No. 1 since then. Carolina lost to Virginia 3–2 on Sept. 17 and the Cavaliers (10–1–1, 3–1) remain No. 2.

The Hokies (9–2–1, 3–1–0) debuted in the poll at No. 24 after knocking off Carolina.

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The Tar Heels return home to try to rebound at 7 Thursday night against No. 13 Pittsburgh (11–1–1, moved up one slot), which shares the ACC lead with No. 3 Florida State (8–0–2) at 4–0–0. The Seminoles moved up four spots in the poll after a 1–0 win over Miami.

Duke (8–3–0, 3–1–0) fell four spots to No. 7 after losing 1–0 at home Sunday to Virginia. The other ranked ACC team is No. 17 Notre Dame (9–2–0, 2–2–0; down one spot).

Top 25

RankSchoolPrevious rankFirst-place votesPoll pointsRecord
1UCLA1820011-0-0
2Virginia2019210-1-1
3Florida State701818-0-2
4Alabama5017311-1-1
5North Carolina301659-3-0
6Northwestern8015010-1-2
7Duke401488-3-0
8Southern California2001337-1-1
9Arkansas1201288-2-1
10TCU901267-2-3
10Rutgers10012611-1-1
12Saint Louis11010112-1-0
13Pittsburgh1409911-1-0
14StanfordNR0689-2-1
15Portland180677-0-4
16Ohio StateNR0628-2-2
17Notre Dame160589-2-0
18Georgetown190578-1-3
19TennesseeNR0567-3-1
20Mississippi130509-1-2
21Washington State150478-1-2
22Pepperdine170427-1-2
23TexasNR0278-1-3
24Virginia TechNR0219-2-1
25Harvard250207-0-2

Also receiving votes: Michigan State (18), Xavier (17), Wisconsin (14), Washington (14), Penn State (13), Mississippi State (12), Oklahoma State (8), South Carolina (5), Brigham Young (2).

DateMonth/dayGame/scoreOpponent
(current rank)
LocationTV/
record
August
7SundayW, 5–0VCU HomeExhibition
13SaturdayW, 2–0BYUHomeExhibition
18ThursdayW, 3–0TennesseeHome1–0–0
21SundayW, 2–0UNCWHome2–0–0
25ThursdayW, 2–0TexasAustin, Texas3–0–0
28SundayW, 6–0BaylorAustin, Texas4–0–0
September
1ThursdayW, 3–1MissouriColumbia, Mo.5–0–0
4SundayL, 2–1No. 1 UCLAHome5–1–0
8ThursdayW, 3–0X-No. 8 DukeDurham6–1–0
11SundayW, 2–1Central FloridaHome7–1–0
17SaturdayL, 3–2No. 11 VirginiaHome7–2–0,
0–1–0 ACC
22ThursdayW, 1–0SyracuseSyracuse, N.Y.8–2–0,
1–1–0 ACC
25SundayW, 3–0Boston CollegeHome9–2–0,
2–1–0 ACC
October
1SaturdayL, 2–1Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.9–3–0,
2–2–0 ACC
6ThursdayW, 4–0No. 19 PittsburghHome10–3–0,
3–2–0 ACC
9SundayW, 2–0N.C. StateHome11–3–0,
4–2–0 ACC
14FridayW, 1–0Wake ForestHome12–3–0,
5–2–0 ACC
20ThursdayW, 2–1No. 5
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla.13–3–0,
6–2–0 ACC
23SundayW, 4–0MiamiCoral Gables, Fla.14–3–0,
7–2–0 ACC
27ThursdayW, 1–0LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.15–3–0,
8–2–0 ACC
NovemberACC tournament
3ThursdayT, 0–0, 2 OTs (UNC advances 7–6 on PKs)Semifinal vs.
No. 8 Duke
Cary15–3–1
6SundayL, 2–1Final vs. No. 5 Florida StateCary15–4–1
NCAA tournament
12SaturdayW, 5–0First round:
Old Dominion
Chapel Hill16–4–1
17ThursdayW, 3–1Second round: Georgia Chapel Hill17–4–1
19SaturdayW, 3–2Third round:
No. 15 BYU
Chapel Hill18–4–1
26SaturdayW, 2–0Quarterfinals:
No. 4
Notre Dame
South Bend, Ind.19–4–1
DecemberCollege Cup
2Friday6 p.m.Semifinals: No. 5 Florida State CaryESPNU
5Monday6 p.m.ChampionshipCaryESPNU
X — Non-conference game.

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications

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