UNC jumps 3 spots to No. 2 in women’s soccer poll

By R.L. Bynum

North Carolina jumped three spots to No. 2 in the latest United Soccer Coaches women’s soccer Top 25 poll after a pair of dominant shutout ACC victories last week.

The Tar Heels (11–3, 4–2 ACC), who defeated Pittsburgh 4–0 on Thursday and N.C. State 2–0 on Sunday, are tied at No. 2 with Alabama (13–1–1).

UCLA (13–0), which beat Carolina 2–1 on Sept. 4, remains No. 1. UNC is the only team in the top 10 with three losses.

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Taking an even-bigger jump was Notre Dame (11–2, 4–2), which went from No. 16 to No. 6 after beating Virginia (10–2–2, 3–2–1) 1–0 and Florida State (9–1–2, 5–1) 4–0. The Cavaliers, who tied Syracuse 2–2 Sunday, sunk from No. 2 to No. 13, and the Seminoles fell from No. 3 to No. 4.

Other ACC teams falling in the poll were Duke (10–3, 5–1), which fell from No. 7 to No. 12 despite beating Wake Forest 2–1 and Pittsburgh 1–0, and the Panthers (11–3, 4–2), which sunk from No. 13 to No. 21 after their losses at UNC and Duke.

Florida State and Duke are tied for first place in the ACC with 15 points, with UNC, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh tied for third with 12 points. The Tar Heels beat Duke 3–0 in Durham on Sept. 8, but that was a non-conference game that didn’t count in the standings.

It’s senior night for the Tar Heels on Friday at 7 as they face Wake Forest in the final regular-season home game (ACC Network Extra/ESPN3).

Top 25

RankSchoolPrevious1st-place
votes
Poll
points
Record
1UCLA1820013-0-0
T2North Carolina5018711-3-0
T2Alabama4018713-1-1
4Florida State301679-1-2
5Northwestern6015811-1-2
6Notre Dame17015711-2-0
7Arkansas9014310-2-1
8Rutgers10013212-1-1
9Stanford14013011-2-1
T-10TCU1001178-2-4
T-10Saint Louis12011713-1-0
12Duke7011610-3-0
13Virginia209710-2-2
14Portland150899-0-4
15Michigan StateNR08311-1-3
16Tennessee190759-3-1
17Georgetown180729-1-4
18Southern Cal80538-2-1
19CaliforniaNR0498-3-3
20Ohio State160428-2-3
21Pittsburgh1303611-3-0
T-22Texas2303410-1-3
T-22XavierNR03411-2-2
24South CarolinaNR0319-2-3
25Penn StateNR0178-3-2

Also receiving votes: BYU (13), Mississippi State (13), UCF (12), Clemson (12), Harvard (9), Oklahoma State (9), Wisconsin (5) and Washington State (4).

Photo of Maddie Dahlien courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications

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