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Midweek College Soccer Wrap


Upsets continue to be a common occurrence in college soccer this fall. Just when one team makes a jump up the rankings, they'll face a tough or surprising opponent. This time it was No. 9 Duke, who had made strides in the rankings after upsetting then-No. 2 Maryland. Duke received a taste of their own medicine on Tuesday night. Davidson, with an 8-1 record heading into the match, routed the Blue Devils 4-1 — likely knocking Duke down a notch or two.

Elsewhere in Tuesday night ACC action, Maryland bounced back from their defeat at Duke to narrowly defeat Loyola 1-0. No. 2 North Carolina squeaked by Liberty by the same 1-0 margin, while No. 6 Wake Forest easily defeated UNC Greensboro 3-0.

The upset bug hasn't caught on with Akron yet, as the No. 1 school in the nation continued their winning streak, picking up their 10th win in 10 opportunities. Their latest victim was the University of Illinois at Chicago, who put up a good fight — but a 72nd minute winner was enough for a 3-1 win on Wednesday. Akron is one win shy of tying a school record for their best start to a season.

In a battle of two top 25 teams from last night, No. 12 Louisville defeated No. 3 South Florida by a 1-0 scoreline. An 84th minute winner off the boot of Colin Rolfe. Louisville's will prove decisive as the two vie for the Big East title.

What do you think of this week's results? Will Akron ever lose? Are we guaranteed an upset on a weekly basis? Share your thoughts below.


  1. Don’t forget to mention that UCSB played in front of 5800 on a Wednesday night. More than most MLS teams could get on a Wednesday night. That brings the season attendance average to somewhere around 4800.

  2. When will USF have a game that isn’t dictated after the 80th min? It seems we’re either losing or winning games in the last ten minutes or over time.

    Fortunately, we are developing a nasty habit beating good teams when it matters…in the post season.

  3. Ives,

    You have yet to mention anything about the UAB Blazers’ great start to the season. Last Sunday they travelled TO Kentucky and won 1-0. They haven’t lost a single road game yet this year!! With a record of 7-2-1 (with a great number of those teams ranked), the blazers have to start getting some love soon!

  4. Surprised no one mentioned that UC Santa Barbara beat their rival (in name only, not so much in play) Cal Poly 1-0 last night.

  5. Where’s DJ? I thought his Flamers were going to make Akron’s goalie cry and they were going to hand the Zips their first loss…?

    They’ve allowed two goals in 10 matches. They’re holding their opponents to four shots per game (not shots on goal – TOTAL shots). They’ve also been fouled by a 1.5 to 1 ratio, meaning teams are taking to fouling them to try to stop them – and it’s STILL not working.

    As I said before, that team is legit…

  6. the Big Ten is weak too, the ACC has 6 teams in the top 18, the Big 10 has no one in the top 10 and only 2 in the top 25 and one is Northwestern, the soccer powers are on the coasts, used to be more west coast, but i think its shifted to the east coast

  7. While you are correct that the MAC is not a strong conference, their out of conference schedule is stacked.
    south florida, indiana, wisconsin, smu, st. louis, penn state, ohio state, michigan, va tech, michigan state. Heck, it’s almost a big 10 schedule aside from Northwestern.

    I think that schedule will tell us if they are for real or not.

  8. most teams in the ACC have a ridiculous strength of schedule, think its harder to win the ACC tourney in a lot of ways than it is to win the National Championship, so much talent there, the ACC is well represented on the USMNT, MD is still a very young team dealing with lots of injuries, they will bounce back, no way Akron would be undefeated if they were playing an ACC schedule, MD has already played UCLA, CAL, Duke, UNC among other tough teams, who has akron beaten? a few weak Big 10 teams is about it

  9. Akron is good but the problem is they are in the MAC conference (where most schools don’t have soccer)..and generally don’t play many quality teams such as ACC Teams


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