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College Soccer Weekend Preview


Notre Dame’s move to the ACC figured to set up some memorable match-ups for the Fighting Irish, and the first of those tough conference tests comes on Sunday, when the SBI No. 5 Fighting Irish take on No. 7 North Carolina.

The Tar Heels made a big climb into the top ten on the strength of an impressive 4-0 thrashing of Coastal Carolina, but Notre Dame figures to pose a much tougher challenge after tying UCLA and beating SMU in the season’s opening weekend.

No. 2 Akron stands poised to take over the top spot in the SBI rankings after UCLA’s loss on Thursday night to Cal Poly, but first the Zips must beat a pair of tough East Coast opponents in St. John’s and Rutgers this weekend.

New Mexico has a good road trip as well this weekend, with good tests against VCU and SBI No. 3 Georgetown on the slate.

Here is a rundown of who the teams in the SBI Top 25 will be facing off against this weekend:



4pm- (3) Georgetown vs. West Virginia

5pm- VCU vs. (13) New Mexico

6pm- (17) Marquette vs. Bowling Green

7pm- (14) Coastal Carolina vs. Charlotte

7pm- (24) Brown vs. Bryant College

7:30pm- (23) Duke vs. (8) Maryland

7:30pm- (4) UConn vs. Boston

7:30pm- Cincinnati vs. (11) Saint Louis

8pm- St. John’s vs. (2) Akron

8:30pm- Columbia vs. (9) Creighton

8:30pm- (25) UAB vs. (10) Indiana

8pm- Clemson vs. (16) Virginia

8:30pm- (21) Tulsa vs. Ohio State

10:30pm- (18) UCSB vs. Gonzaga

10:30pm- (20) Washington vs. Portland


7pm- (12) Louisville vs. Butler

7pm- (15) Wake Forest vs. Boston College

7pm- Xavier vs. (19) Northwestern

10pm- Santa Clara vs. (22) Stanford


11am- (11) Saint Louis vs. Northern Illinois

Noon- (3) Georgetown vs. (13) New Mexico

Noon- (5) Notre Dame vs. (7) North Carolina

1pm- Rutgers vs. (2) Akron

4pm- Providence vs. (24) Brown

7pm- (8) Maryland vs. VCU

8pm- (10) Indiana vs. West Virginia



  1. When will soccer referee decisions and non decisions be tested with replays?
    I especially hate watching International Referees that are blatantly inconsistent. I watch maybe 3 out of 10 games from the beginning to the end.

    Ray O’Donnell

  2. Checking in from the UAB-Indiana game. Not sure how many this stadium holds (3,000 maybe), but ten minutes before kickoff it’s standing room only. Not bad at all for a Friday night in football country.

  3. I’d like to watch some NCAA soccer on my downtime. Are these games televised? Also, do the Texas Longhorns even have a soccer team. I NEVER heard or saw them while in school. Sad but true.


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