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By AARON CRANFORD
A majority of College Soccer’s top teams play this Saturday, with SBI’s No. 10-ranked Marquette visiting the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas standing out as the marquee matchup this weekend.
The Hoyas defeated their last non-conference opponent, Maryland, Tuesday, but they have many tough matchups in their Big East conference schedule, with Marquette being the first Saturday.
The Golden Eagles are 6-2 and have won six consecutive matches, since dropping their first two matches of the year to No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 7 Indiana. They have only defeated one team with a winning record in their six-game winning streak, Oregon State, but they will look to continue their impressive defensive performance, as they have not allowed a goal since losing to the Hoosiers in August.
The Hoyas are 6-1-3, but they have not had an impressive win so far this season. They drew to the Fighting Irish and Hoosiers and lost to No. 3 UC Irvine, so a win against Marquette would be their first win against a ranked opponent this season.
No 12. Syracuse continued their unbeaten streak and shutout streak, as they topped Virginia 1-0 last Saturday, but they will play another tough side from No. 25 Virginia, as they travel to Blacksburg to play the 7-3 Hokies Saturday.
The 8-1 Orange have only allowed one goal in ten games this year, which came in their only loss to the Fighting Irish, but Virginia Tech have won five consecutive matches, outscoring their opponents 12 to two in that stretch.
Meanwhile, No. 2 Penn State looks to become the first team with 10 wins this season, as they play Rutgers Saturday. The Nittany Lions’ Connor Maloney is tied for second in the country with 7 goals scored this season, and another standout player for the Nittany Lions has been Mikey Minutillo, who has five goals and three assists this season.
Here is a rundown of this weekend’s top college matches:
THIS WEEKEND’S COLLEGE SOCCER SCHEDULE
7 p.m. — No. 6 Notre Dame vs. Boston College
7 p.m. — North Carolina State vs. No. 24 Louisville
7 p.m. — North Carolina vs. Clemson
7 p.m. — Wake Forest vs. Duke
12:00 p.m. — No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 10 Marquette
1:00 p.m. — Providence vs. Xavier
1:00 p.m. — American vs. Holy Cross
4:00 p.m. — Eastern Illinois vs. Denver
6:00 p.m. — Campbell vs. No. 20 Coastal Carolina
7:00 p.m. — Virginia Tech vs. No. 12 Syracuse
7:00 p.m. — No. 2 Penn State vs. Rutgers
7:00 p.m. — Pittsburgh vs. No. 25 Virginia
7:00 p.m. — Ohio State vs. No. 11 Michigan State
7:00 p.m. — VCU vs. No. 4 George Mason
7:00 p.m. — South Carolina vs. No. 14 Charlotte
7:00 p.m. — UNC Wilmington vs. Delaware
7:00 p.m. — Akron vs. No. 18 UAB
7:30 p.m. — Dayton vs. No. 19 Davidson
8:00 p.m. — No. 15 Creighton vs. Seton Hall
9:00 p.m. — No. 16 New Mexico vs. Florida International
10:00 p.m. — San Diego State vs. No. 9 UCLA
10:00 p.m. — UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 3 UC Irvine
1:00 p.m. — Northwestern vs. Maryland
2:00 p.m. — No. 17 Saint Louis vs. St. Bonaventure
4:00 p.m. — Air Force vs. UMKC
4:00 p.m. — UNLV vs. Grand Canyon
5:00 p.m. — No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Stanford
6:00 p.m. — Oregon State vs. No. 13 California