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College Soccer Weekend Preview

Seeing a battle of the top two teams in any capacity across the world is usually a real treat, and that is exactly what college soccer fans will get this weekend.

Maryland, the No. 1 team in the latest SBI Top 25, welcomes No. 2 North Carolina in an ACC clash tonight (6pm, ESPNU) that is also the premier college soccer match of the weekend. The undefeated Terps will have a big homefield advantage in front of an expected sold-out crowd, but the defending national champion Tar Heels will be aiming to hand the hosts their first loss of the season while inching them closer to the top spot.

No. 3-ranked Akron also has an important conference clash this weekend. The Zips host a dangerous West Virginia side in a battle of MAC’s top two teams, and a win there for Caleb Porter’s side would all but assure that them the conference title.

The biggest match-up featuring teams that aren’t traditional powers this weekend will see No. 22 Cornell put the nation’s only perfect record on the line against No. 25 Brown, the toughest opponent the Big Red will have faced all season.

Here is a rundown of this weekend’s top soccer action:



(1) Maryland vs. (2) North Carolina, 6pm

Duquesne vs. (8) Xavier, 7pm

(10) Indiana vs. Michigan, 7:30pm

(13) UCSB vs. Cal Poly, 11pm

Saint Joseph’s vs. (14) Saint Louis, 6pm

(16) New Mexico vs. UNLV, 9:30pm

California vs. (19) Washington, 4pm

(20) Charlotte vs. Massachusetts, 7pm

Wake Forest vs. North Carolina State, 7pm

St. Bonaventure vs. Dayton, 3pm


(3) Akron vs. West Virginia, 7:30pm

Pittsburgh vs. (4) UConn, 7pm

(5) Marquette vs. Seton Hall, 2:05pm

(7) Notre Dame vs. Providence, Noon

Gardner-Webb vs. (9) Coastal Carolina, 7pm

(15) Old Dominion vs. Towson, 7pm

(17) St. John’s vs. South Florida, 7:30pm

(18) Furman vs. UNC-Greensboro, 6pm

(25) Brown vs. (21) Cornell, 4pm

(22) Louisville vs. Villanova, 7pm

(23) Creighton vs. Bradley, 8pm

UC-Riverside vs. Cal State Fullerton, 10pm

SIU-Edwardsville vs. Drake, 8pm


St. Bonaventure vs. (8) Xavier, 1pm

(12) Northwestern vs. Penn State. 1pm

Temple vs. (14) Saint Louis, Noon

(16) New Mexico vs. CSU Bakersfield, 3:30pm

Stanford vs. (19) Washington, 6pm

(20) Charlotte vs. Rhode Island, 1pm

Dayton vs. Duquesne, 1pm

SMU vs. Missouri State, 8pm


  1. What a fantastic win for Maryland over a great team like UNC! Despite the weather both teams were able to showcase the best of college soccer! Cardona came up huge with the penalty save leaving Maryland unquestionably the best team in the country. Go TERPS!


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