As college soccer teams across the country begin to hit their stride, Maryland continues to be the story on the men’s side, seemingly dominating all comers in just about every phase of the game, but there is plenty more soccer to be played. For the ladies, this weekend’s action didn’t elicit any changes to the Top 10, but there are some new names cracking the Top 25.
The Terps tallied their highest single game goal total in more than two years with a 6-0 drubbing of #22 California. #2 Akron, #6 UNC, and #9 South Florida all recorded 2-1 wins, while #4 Santa Barbara topped Gonzaga, 3-0. #7 New Mexico was also a winner, defeating SMU, 3-1, and #13 Creighton won their own Ameritas Classic with a 3-0 win over Rutgers.
Locally, #18 St. John’s needed PK’s to dispatch Kentucky, 2-1 in the final of the South Carolina Gamecock Classic. Hicksville’s Tim Parker was named to the all-tournament team, and Medford’s Jimmy Mulligan had a critical pass in the Red Storm’s only scoring play in regulation. Sean Sepe, a freshman from West Islip, also had a shot on goal.
For the Hofstra men, Massapequa Park’s Mike Annarumma had the assist on the game-tying goal in the 29th minute of a 1-1 tie against Monmouth. The Hawks had received votes in the latest Top 25 poll, and the Pride now remain undefeated at 2-0-1.
UCLA, Florida State, and Oklahoma State remained undefeated this weekend and hung on to the top three spots in the poll. But San Diego State, Washington, Texas A & M, BYU, and Mississippi all entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.
Among the locals, #18 Rutgers turned in a 2-0 win over Sam Houston State, and Stony Brook entered its first 4-game winning streak with a 2-1 win over Yale. Oceanside’s Ashley Castanio had two saves for the Seawolves in the win. The Wolves and Scarlet Knights will face off later this week. Hofstra dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to powerhouse Wake Forest, ranked #20 in the most recent polls. Old Brookville’s Rachel Nuzzolese had two shots for the Demon Deacons in the game that was played in Princeton this weekend.