NCAA Soccer – The First XI for September 29, 2013 – Baylor vs West Virginia

Baylor vs West Virginia – 1:00 PM

Though Texas Tech will figure to have some say in the matter, these two teams could take a big step towards the Big XII title with a win on Sunday afternoon. The visitors made an emphatic statement on Friday by going into Stillwater and toppling Oklahoma State in a 2-1 win that flattered the defeated Cowgirls. The visiting Mountaineers ended up peppering the OSU goal for much of the game but their shooting was wayward for much of the night. Still, the defense did their job in holding the Cowgirls to just a couple shots on goal, with one of those being the penalty kick late that made the scoreline look a lot closer than it really was. Kate Schwindel and Kelsie Maloney were on target and will need to combined with Frances Silva up top again on Sunday to threaten a Baylor defense which has allowed DI’s fewest goals thus far. The Mountaineers will be keen on trying to avoid a protracted showdown in midfield, as the club is still feeling the pain of season ending injuries to Kara Blosser and Ali Connelly earlier in the campaign. Nothing will be set in stone, but the Mountaineers will have to be confident of their Big XII title hopes if they can come out of Sunday with their second successive win over a title rival on the road. WVU’s also trying to dig themselves out of an early hole in regards to the RPI, and taking out Baylor in Waco would be another big boost to their hopes of a national seed come November.

Baylor haven’t lost in well over a calendar year, with that long string of results being but put in jeopardy on Sunday. The Bears are flying though, having conceded just a single goal all season while keeping five straight clean sheets coming into this one. That includes a rather ugly 1-0 win on Friday against Oklahoma in the league opener. Many of the club’s usual suspects on attack were kept in check, meaning it was up to reserve Lindsay Burns, whose cross from distance caromed in after kissing the post. Three points are three points though, and Baylor will likely take them any way they can get them, while focusing on another strong defensive effort to shut down the Sooners. Ashley York and Natalie Huggins have led the way on offense, combining for seven goals, though nobody on the Bears has more than York’s four. The club has been diverse in its scoring output though, with four players on three or more goals. Defense is still the leading attraction here though, and the Bears will face one of their toughest challenges in shutting down WVU’s robust attack on Sunday. It’s part of a huge stretch that also features a non-conference game against BYU and a match against rivals Texas Tech the next Sunday, so we’ll probably know a whole lot more about these Bears by mid-October. A win on Sunday would certainly put the club in the box seat for a league title though.

Clemson vs Florida State – 1:00 PM

Clemson’s already earned no small amount of respect this season in their return to respectability in the ACC. The early signs weren’t exactly the most convincing for the Tigers, as they won just one of their first four, including draws to Auburn and South Florida that don’t exactly look like great results right now. Clemson would wait until ACC play to show their true colors though, pushing Maryland to the limit before being shot down cruelly in extra time by the Terps. It’s been all good since though, as the club has won three straight in the league, not only beating strugglers Pittsburgh but taking down potential mid-table rivals in Boston College and Syracuse. The latter was probably one of the club’s best defensive performances all season, as the Tigers smothered the Orange offense on Thursday, holding them without a shot on goal and just two shots overall. The offense didn’t really shine against Syracuse, but they did scratch out the winning goal from reserve Kylie Tawney. Nobody’s about to sneeze at three points on the road in the ACC though, and Clemson will surely be in fine fettle coming back home for a respite from a long stretch of road games that sees the club away from home the next three games. Florida State may prove a bridge too far for this young Tiger squad, but if they can grind out a result, it could be a big step towards an unlikely NCAA Tournament berth.

Unbeaten in eleven games this season, Florida State may be favorites on paper all the way up to a match at Virginia in a month, but the Noles will be wary of slipping up against ACC sides desperate to take FSU as a scalp for national seed or at-large bid resumes. FSU came through with their best offensive performance since the opening weekend on Thursday, putting Miami (FL) to the sword in confident fashion, 4-0. It was an utterly dominating performance on both sides of the ball, with the Noles holding their opponents to a single off-target shot on the day. Offensively, FSU got two goals in the first twenty-five minutes from Berglind Thorvaldsdottir before adding a few more from two Carson Pickett’s assists. Getting Thorvaldsdottir scoring again was huge for the club, as the Icelandic redshirt freshman has been hot and cold for much of the season. Considering FSU was also without the services of Megan Campbell and Dagny Brynjarsdottir, both on international duty, such a dominating win in league play was a fantastic result. Whether the duo return or not for Sunday’s match on the road, FSU will want to avoid a letdown. FSU’s early season performance, including four of five clean sheets in the league thus far, has led them towards the top of the RPI chart, and a #1 seed will be within sight if they can just take care of business down the stretch.

Louisville vs Rutgers – 1:00 PM

Louisville’s endured a roller coaster ride of a season thus far, with the Cardinals netting a crucial bubble win against Memphis in the league opener on Friday night. The AAC club began the season by spurning numerous chances for a statement win with defeats to Illinois and Kentucky, though a draw with Virginia Tech helped their cause immeasurably. The latter half of non-conference season was a double edged sword though, as Louisville found itself facing three opponents out of the uRPI Top 200, with wins doing little good for their resume in the eyes of the computers. A 3-2 defeat to Marquette seemingly put the Cardinals in a whole lot of bubble trouble ahead of league play, meaning every AAC contest was going to be key for their hopes of working their way back onto the bubble. The Cardinals found themselves battling adversity all night, going down at the half-hour mark but battling back to the take a 2-1 lead at the hour mark. They’d be pegged back with an equalizer with less than twenty minutes to play, likely leading some to question whether momentum had truly gone. Christine Exeter would provide the telling blow in extra time though, letting Louisville escape and damage a potential bubble rival in the process. Louisville’s defense continues to creak, having given up multiple goals in five of their past six, not the best sign with Jonelle Filigno coming into town. Louisville might need to keep firing on all cylinders on offense again here, with the three headed monster of Charlyn Corral, Christine Exeter, and Casey Whitfield having combined for eighteen goals thus far. A second win in as many AAC games could establish the Cards as a dark horse candidate for a league title.

Rutgers didn’t face nearly as tough a challenge on Friday at Cincinnati, beating the Bearcats in their league opener to extend their winning streak to four games and their unbeaten run to five. The attack didn’t exactly enjoy their most productive night, with the club scoring from just one of nine shots on goal. The winning goal came from Canadian Jonelle Filigno, who hasn’t quite been one of the nation’s best strikers but who still has five goals for the club this season. The good news though is that Rutgers hasn’t been so reliant on Filigno for goals, a fault of the team in the past. Madison Tiernan also has five goals, while Stefanie Scholz has been a dynamo off the bench, leading the team with six goals. Being a bit rusty in front of goal on Friday, Rutgers rode their defense to the win, holding their opponents to just a single shot on goal. The Scarlet Knights have been fairly average defensively thus far, but they also won’t have fond memories of shipping six to Virginia earlier in the year. Louisville doesn’t have that type of attack, but they do have enough weapons to trouble the Rutgers defense if they aren’t on top of their game. The Scarlet Knights are in a pretty good position in the RPI right now, but they’re still without that quality win to all but bulletproof that resume. Louisville probably isn’t going to provide that win, but a win will make it a little harder for a potential bad loss or two to submarine their RPI. A second straight league win would also underline the club’s AAC title ambitions heading into a showdown with Memphis next week.

Michigan State vs Wisconsin – 1:00 PM

Michigan State got some sweet bubble relief at last on Friday with a decisive win over Minnesota. Then again, the Spartans may not be breathing so easily considering their vanquished foes’ sudden downturn in form. That makes Sunday’s showdown with potential bubble rivals Wisconsin so important. MSU entered their game against Minnesota with nary a significant result to their name and having dropped their league opener to Nebraska. As has been the case for most of the season, MSU spread the ball around, with first half goals from Allyson Krause and Mary-Kat Fiebernitz helping lead the Spartans to a decisive victory on the scoreboard. One has to be quick to notice that the club was outshot 21-13 and were even in shots on goal, 12-12. Goalkeeper Courtney Clem was big in goal with twelve saves, a career high, but she’ll obviously be hoping for a less frantic down in front of goal on Sunday. It was the club’s first clean sheet in four games and just their second since the opener, a foreboding sign against a Wisconsin team that can light it up at a frightening pace. MSU will be in confident mood after the Minnesota win though, and they know that a second straight league win will be another big step towards a return to the NCAA Tournament and up the Big Ten standings in what looks to be a very competitive year.

Wisconsin probably has a little more of a cushion than their raw RPI number would seem to indicate thanks to a win over UConn and draw against Michigan from Friday, but it’s still hard to breathe easy at the moment. The Badgers’ attack fell curiously silent against the Wolverines, being shutout for the first time all season. Coming into that game, the club had even been held to one goal just once, so to see UW fire blanks against Michigan was a bit of a surprise. Cara Walls did have a few attempts on goal, and the club looked likelier to score in extra time, outshooting Michigan 7-0 in the extra frames after being outshout 13-6 in normal time. Even if it was a bit of a night to forget for the attack, the defense, which has shown some cracks this season, probably delivered the best performance of the season, holding Michigan to three shots on goal and keeping dangerous forward Nkem Ezurike in check. Michigan State doesn’t have anyone nearly as dangerous as Ezurike up top, so the visitors will likely fancy their chances of making it two straight shutouts. UW might have an eye towards next week’s clash with Penn State, but they can’t get caught unfocused here. A 0-0 draw a few days ago wasn’t the worst result in the world, but anything but three points here could be a serious blow to the Badgers’ Big Ten title hopes.

South Carolina vs Arkansas – 1:00 PM

Both of these sides will set out to cap off a perfect weekend as they might in Columbia on Sunday. The home side bounced back from their SEC opener defeat at Georgia by edging past a stubborn Auburn side to keep themselves in the hunt for a national seed. After falling silent against the Bulldogs in the opener, the Gamecock attack wasted little time in giving their side the lead, with Danielle Au netting in the eighth minute. They’d have to wait until sixty-eighth minute to effectively wrap things up though, with Stevi Parker giving Carolina their second nice finish of the night. A late, soft goal may have made for a few nervy moments late, but it was hard to argue the home side weren’t good value for their win. That’s not to say that there aren’t perhaps a few lingering worries. The Gamecocks have now conceded in both SEC games after conceding just once in non-conference play, and that’s probably not going to be good for the bottom line for a club that’s so reliant on defense to win matches. The next three matches are all against clubs with legitimate frontlines at this level, and SC will want to tighten things back up. Arkansas is flying in the RPI right now, meaning the Gamecocks really need this one for their national seed hopes. Beyond that, a win here would also be a big boost to their dark horse hopes of lifting the SEC title come season’s end.

Arkansas looked to be taking on water after two successive 2-1 losses following seven straight wins to open up the season. The Lady Razorbacks didn’t exactly have an easy task ahead of them on paper on Friday either, traveling to Lexington to play an in-form Kentucky side. That’s why games aren’t played on paper though, as Arkansas delivered one of its best performances of the season in crushing the home side, 3-0. It wasn’t exactly the most prolific offensive performance, with the club managing just four shots on goal (with an own goal counting as one of those and having eleven off-target shots), but at the same time, Arkansas were pretty clinical in scoring three goals, including a peach for the game winner from Ashleigh Ellenwood. The most positive aspect of the result might have been the shut out though. After conceding in four straight, including two goals in three straight, the Lady Razorbacks finally kept a clean sheet. True, they did give up twenty-three shots, but just two of those ended up on frame. Colby Hale’s side will be hoping for more defensive solidity against South Carolina on Sunday. There’s little RPI fuel to be found over the next few weeks, meaning Arkansas will want to take full advantage of their opportunity against SC.

Duke vs Virginia Tech – 2:00 PM

The clock may be ticking on Duke’s NCAA Tournament hopes after the club’s fourth loss in six games. The Blue Devils have now won just once in seven, and while the club has played some fantastic opposition in that time, the computers will have a blind eye to much of it come November. All it sees right now is a club that’s a game under .500 and who hasn’t beaten a team in the uRPI Top 70 so far. One win in five league games is dire form, and the club may find itself in a struggle to just make the ACC Tournament if results don’t improve. There’s no telling how costly Thursday’s collapse against Virginia might be in the end. The Blue Devils had initially shocked their visitors by taking a 2-0 lead after just twenty-three minutes and looked like springing a major shock going into the break. Their lead lasted less than four minutes out of the intermission though, and UVA came all the way back in the eightieth minute to consign Duke to a 3-2 loss. The club had lost defender Tabria Williford to injury in the first quarter of an hour, forcing a personnel rethink and seeing the club unable to fend off waves of Virginia pressure after they had taken a 2-0 lead. Virginia Tech doesn’t have that kind of offense, but they might be the last type of team Duke wants to play right now, a gritty, grind it out side who don’t have many off days. If the home side fall here, they’ll be two under .500 with seven to play in the regular season. It’s not quite must-win yet, but Duke will be closer to the brink with a loss.

Virginia Tech have been rolling along in the league since their opening day defeat to North Carolina. Four wins in a row, three by multiple goals, have the Hokies in as the dark horse pick to potential cause a shock at the top of the ACC table. NC State were dispatched with little difficulty on Thursday night. The Hokies would be up 1-0 after just six minutes, up 2-0 after less than twenty, and pulled away late with two goals in the final twenty minutes to end up decisive 4-1 winners. Though the Hokies had a bit of trouble corralling Jackie Stengel, they did enough to hold the rest of her teammates without a shot, using a team defensive effort to neutralize the Wolfpack attack. VT has looked more than their predicted mid-table selves thus far in the league and a road win at a desperate Duke could have title hopes at a fever pitch. The Hokies have looked every bit the part of a team that could make a shocking run to Cary and the College Cup come November. The defense may have conceded against NC State, but they also had three straight league clean sheets going into that match. The offense has been pretty vibrant too, with eleven goals in five ACC matches despite there not being any household names in the offense besides Ashley Meier. If the team can take care of business against Duke on the road and Clemson at home, the visit of Notre Dame in mid-October could be one of the biggest games in program history.

Illinois vs Nebraska – 2:00 PM

The good times have returned to Lincoln, where Nebraska have won five straight, including their first two in the Big Ten and a non-conference marquee match against Denver, giving the club its first legitimate shot at an NCAA Tournament berth in ages. Perhaps the Huskers rode their luck a bit, especially in the second half, where they ended up being outshot 18-4 in the second half, successfully holding a lead, though there were certainly some nervy moments, with goalkeeper Emma Stevens called upon to make a handful of saves in that second half. Nebraska had made the most of a couple of chances in the first half though, getting Katie Kraeutner and Jordan Jackson’s third of the season each en route to the lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Nebraska has now scored in seven straight and has multiple goals in four of the past five, not coincidentally, all wins. Of course, the defense also has conceded in three of their past four, meaning the Huskers’ historically middling defense hasn’t ironed out all the wrinkles yet. They’ll certainly need to tighten up in comparison to Friday’s match against free scoring Illinois if they’re to keep their 100% league record intact. A third straight win might have supporters dreaming of a return to title winning glory, though at the very least, it’d firm up their at-large bid hopes.

The Illini made up for their opening day draw in the league against Ohio State by coming through with a 2-1 win against Iowa to go on four points in the conference. That win over the Hawkeyes had a little bit of everything. There was the long range bomb from Jannelle Flaws to give the Illini the lead. There was the flip throw from Megan Pawloski that was bundled in by Allie Osoba. And there was the penalty save by Claire Wheatley that saved Illinois’ bacon late and ended up sealing the three points for the club. It was about as brilliant a team performance as you could ask for, especially when you consider star player Vanessa DiBernardo played just thirty-nine minutes for the club. It was a bruising affair, and you wonder how well Illinois will cope if Sunday afternoon’s high stakes showdown turns into a war of attrition, especially with Nebraska likely to be just as physical as the Hawkeyes. Additionally, Illinois will be hoping their defense can help slow down Nebraska’s volatile attack. The clubs has stopped shipping goals left and right as was the case earlier this season, but they still have kept just a single clean sheet all season. A second against the Cornhuskers would extend the team’s six match unbeaten streak and drive them closer to the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma State vs Texas Tech – 2:00 PM

Oklahoma State’s hopes of returning to the summit of the Big XII likely hang in the balance with the visit of Texas Tech on Sunday. There might be more than that on the line too, as the Cowgirls are just a game over .500, and though it’s not likely, a loss here coupled with an upset or two in the league could spell problems in regards to the requirement of being at .500 for an at-large bid. That surely won’t be on the club’s mind as they try and get back into the Big XII title hunt. Friday was a disappointing performance against fellow title contenders West Virginia, as the club struggled to possess and were perhaps lucky to get a late consolation against a dominant Mountaineers team. The club had a single shot on goal that wasn’t from the penalty spot and were thoroughly outplayed by their opponents en route to a 2-1 defeat. It goes without saying they’ll need much better to keep their league title hopes afloat. Back-to-back losses in the league to title rivals would all but sink their hopes in turn. The club’s normally stout defense has been well off the pace thus far, as it conceded multiple goals for the fourth of five games and hasn’t kept a clean sheet since the opener. With the Red Raiders’ powerful attack coming to town, it’d be a pretty good time for the defense to round back into form.

Winners of seven straight, Texas Tech certainly hasn’t let their shock last second defeat to Long Beach State submarine their season. The Red Raiders have racked up the wins but are really still looking for that one big win to put a bow on their profile. Victory over Oklahoma State probably won’t displace the win over Arizona State at the top of the Red Raiders’ resume, but it’ll still be another big boost for a program with ambitions for a league title and a national seed. Goals from Paige Strahan and Hannah Devine, only the second of the year for each, led TTU forward against Iowa State in the league opener, and though they conceded late, victory was comfortable enough in the end despite goalkeeper Victoria Esson being forced into ten saves. The late goal allowed interrupted a string of four straight away from home without conceding, impressive indeed, and a trend the club will hope to continue against Oklahoma State on Sunday. Janine Beckie may not be firing at the pace of her rookie season, but she still has six goals and three game winners in ten games, underlining her importance to a squad that also has three players on three goals. Given how each club’s Friday tilts went, you’d probably favor the visitors to pick up three more points on the road on Sunday. But league play, especially in the Big XII, is never that predictable, and this affair from Stillwater could be a barnburner between two sides trying to take a step forward in the title race.

Virginia vs Maryland – 2:00 PM

Having conceded an average of two a game over the past half dozen games, Maryland may dread the trip to Charlottesville to face a Virginia side with an offense that’s looked nigh-unstoppable thus far in 2013. You have to wonder what kind of mood the Terps will be in on Sunday having been ripped to pieces by Notre Dame on Thursday. Maryland weren’t even remotely in the contest with the Irish, being put through the motions for thirty minutes before conceding twice in the final quarter of an hour before the half. Cari Roccaro completed her hat trick after the break, while UND added a fifth to send Maryland to their worst defeat in ages. The Terps managed just a single shot on goal, and Hayley Brock was erased from the game entirely, finishing without a single shot period. It goes without saying that the Terps need to do much, much better to stand a glimmer of a chance against a rampant Virginia team. Those immediately discounting the visitors out would do well to remember what happened a week ago though, when Maryland ended Wake Forest’s unbeaten run in 2013 with a stunning 1-0 triumph. That win potentially saved the club’s season, but defeat here would drive the club back down to just a game above .500. The biggest of upsets would certainly get the Terps back in amongst the discussion of teams vying for national seeds.

Virginia continued to roll over teams with its offense on Thursday in a stirring 3-2 comeback win over Duke in Durham. Comebacks have also been a rather prominent feature of UVA’s games as of late too. They’ve fallen behind in their last three, all on the road, depending on the club’s irrepressible attack to come alive and keep the 100% record intact. It’s a bit of a worrying trend, but the fact that the Cavs have come back from deficits, including a two goal one to Duke, indicates that this side may be made of sterner stuff than past incarnations. UVA looked to be in a big spot of trouble early after going into the break down by two goals but came out with their hair on fire, getting it back to 2-2 after a little over three minutes in the second half. A late Gloria Douglas goal would seal a famous win for UVA after Morgan Brian and Makenzy Doniak had scored to draw Virginia level. It made it ten wins in a row, ten games with multiple goals scored, and nine of ten in which the club has netted three or more goals. Ominously, Virginia has also, as mentioned above, gone behind three times in a row, with the Duke game also marking the second time the club’s conceded multiple goals this season. UVA might just have the tiniest eye towards the showdown with Notre Dame in less than two weeks, but they’ll be wary of a slip-up against the upset minded Terps.

Arizona vs UCLA – 5:00 PM

If Arizona wants to prove its NCAA Tournament bona fides, Sunday would be a good day to get their biggest win of the season with UCLA coming to town. The Wildcats have certainly defied expectations, losing just one of nine to open up the season under new boss Tony Amato. The club has some pretty good draws with Ohio State and Illinois that should help out during Selection Monday, but to ensure the club stays in the range of the bubble, they’re still going to need some wins in league play. UCLA, of course, is going to be no easy mark, but an upset win would go a long, long way in ensuring the club is in the field of sixty-four. Arizona was able to sign off of non-conference play with a win, dealing with a possibly tricky opponent in Hawaii in confident fashion, winning 4-1. Jazmin Ponce had a game to remember, netting two goals and an assist as she continued to excel for the new look Wildcats. The club looked to have things well in hand with two goals in four minutes before being pegged back but then netted a third through Ponce to put them in a great position, which they took advantage of shortly after the break, Hannah Wong adding a fourth. The defense hasn’t exactly been watertight though, as Arizona’s now conceded in five straight after having kept three straight clean sheets, including one against Ohio State. Against a potent UCLA side, Arizona will have to get stingier if they’ve got any hope of netting a potentially program changing upset.

UCLA is on a four match winning streak, including three straight clean sheets against rivals from Southern California. The club’s last match, a win over Loyola Marymount, was a resounding derby win, but also a costly one, as center-back Abby Dahlkemper was sent off towards the end of the first half. Of course, the club was already up 3-0, and Katelyn Rowland saved the ensuing penalty. The more pertinent damage is Dahlkemper’s ban for the red card to be served this match. While UCLA’s defense has been pretty stout throughout, it remains to be seen how they’ll respond against Arizona, who boast Ponce among other weapons. The Bruins have the offense to test a sometimes shaky Wildcat defense though. The team spread it around against Loyola Marymount, though leading light Darian Jenkins continued to impress with a goal and an assist. The Bruins are on track for a #1 seed if they keep winning, though that’s certainly not an automatic by any means in the Pac-12. The opening kick in particular is probably a lot trickier than most would probably appreciate. Arizona and Washington State are more than capable of giving anybody in the conference a run for their money and could have UCLA chasing the pack for the league title if they spring an upset. Stanford looms on the tenth, and the Bruins will want to enter that showdown on maximum points to keep the pressure on their title rivals.

Kentucky vs Georgia – 6:00 PM

Things went to plan for the visitors but certainly not for the home side on Friday night. Kentucky came into their second league game against Arkansas on the back of seven wins in a row and were steadily climbing the RPI as the offense hummed with Arin Gilliland and Stuart Pope combining to make lives hell for opposing defenses. All of that went to naught against Arkansas though, as the club put a whopping twenty-one of twenty-three shots off-target (including one off the woodwork), a shockingly poor rate for an offense that had looked so solid. Add in a conceded goal at the half-hour mark, and own goal later, and a late goal allowed, and you’ve got the stuff nightmares are made of. Title hopes can likely take a big of a backseat to just consolidating their position in the field of sixty-four with a few more wins over stellar opposition. Georgia certainly counts as such opposition, though given the visitors’ defensive record thus far, they may not exactly be the foe UK wants to face on Sunday given Friday’s offensive flop. The schedule eases up next week with trips to floundering Mississippi State and Vanderbilt though, so a win here by the Wildcats could well give the club the push of momentum they need before looming games against Tennessee and Florida that could determine whether this side has a real shot at a national seed.

Georgia proved their defense was just as stifling away from home on Friday by shattering Missouri hopes in a 1-0 game with some serious ebbs and flows in it. A goal at the hour mark from the red hot rookie Marion Crowder gave the club a lead they had deserved after having outshot their opponents 11-3 and 5-2 on shot on goal in the first half. The Bulldogs would then have to battle their way through waves of offensive pressure the rest of the way, getting five stops from the increasingly impressive Caitlin Woody in goal to preserve yet another shutout from one of the nation’s best defenses in goals allowed thus far. Shutting down Kentucky’s talented offense in similar fashion would add another feather in the cap of the Athens side and another big boost to their resume as we move into the heart of SEC play. In all likelihood, Georgia will be faired in their next four, leading into what could be a colossal Sunday showdown against Texas A&M in Athens. There are certainly more pressing matters in the immediacy though, with Arin Gilliland a tough task for anyone to corral over ninety minutes. Discounting the impact Crowder’s made as a rookie would be foolish though, and Georgia will be hoping the freshman can help fire the club to a tenth straight win and a third straight triumph in the league.

Other Matches to Watch

Penn State vs Indiana – 12:00 PM – Penn State finally got a respite from nailbiters by crushing Purdue on Thursday. They’ll look to keep the drama to a minimum again on Sunday against an Indiana side needing a response after their first loss of the season to Ohio State

Michigan vs Minnesota – 1:00 PM – Michigan’s title hopes took a blow in a scoreless draw against Wisconsin that saw the offense dry up in extra time. They’ll be hoping for better against a Minnesota side who’ve lost three of four, including their first two league games.

Missouri vs Florida – 2:00 PM – Last stand? Maybe not for Missouri, but it’s looking awfully dire for a Tigers side still not in the RPI Top 100 and running out of time. The loss to Georgia at home was a massive opportunity missed and plunged the club back to .500 with nine to play in the regular season. Defeat here would be another hammer blow to the Tigers’ at-large bid hopes.

2 thoughts on “NCAA Soccer – The First XI for September 29, 2013 – Baylor vs West Virginia

  1. chuck

    I just finished watching baylor and wvu on fox sports. Just like others have commented after the TX A&M game i am thankful that the WV girls walked out of their with no serious injuries. Baylor takes wacks at the legs more than any team I have witnessed over the last 15 years of watching college soccer. These are not hard tackles going just for the ball but deliberate attempts to take out the legs of opposing players thus causing possible injuries. Their style of play is yes physical,….but it is also downright dangerous and uncalled for in any soccer game. The refs need to do a better job of controlling this play by pulling cards for these dangerous tackles.

  2. bully baylor

    I don’t know why the referees don’t do more to stop them from deliberately trying to hurt players. Clearly, the baylor coaches encourages this type of play and it is a disgrace to all of College Soccer. I wish the referees would take control of this and put a stop to it early. Maybe a few ejections of the players and coaches are in order and the Big XII conference office will take notice and do some bigger suspensions themselves. There is no reason these people should be coaching college soccer.


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