Regional college soccer roundup

Throughout the fall, the Insider will provide updates about the top NCAA programs in the Washington region. The season culminates in December with the College Cup semifinals and finals: women at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Dec. 6-8; men at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., Dec. 13-15.


Five Men’s Teams to Watch …

Last year’s runner-up, Georgetown (6-2-0), continued its resurgence with a fourth consecutive victory, 3-2 over Princeton as Tyler Rudy shattered a tie in the 81st minute with his first goal of the season. Red Bulls academy F Brandon Allen, a sophomore, has scored six goals for the 19th-ranked Hoyas. Next: No. 5 Creighton (5-1-0) at home Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Big East opener.

Showing signs of shaking off its wobbly start, No. 17 Maryland (2-2-2) earned points from a second consecutive difficult ACC away match: 3-1 victory against 13th-ranked Clemson (6-1-0). Senior F Patrick Mullins, the 2012 Hermann Trophy winner, converted two penalty kicks and sophomore F Schillo Tshuma added his team-best fifth goal as the Terrapins improved to 2-0-1 in the league. Next: Old Dominion (3-2-0) at home Tuesday night.

Senior F Pete Caringi III scored his ninth goal — tied for the national lead — as No. 21 UMBC (7-0-0) handed Baltimore rival Loyola its first defeat, 3-1, and extended its unbeaten streak in regulation/overtime to 16 since last fall. The Retrievers lead the country in scoring with an average of 3.1 goals per match. Next: George Mason (4-1-1) at home Wednesday night.

Eighth-ranked Virginia Commonwealth (3-2-1) surrendered a goal after 56 seconds in a 1-0 loss to Coastal Carolina, ending a four-game unbeaten streak. Next: at No. 9 Wake Forest (4-2-0) on Tuesday.

Senior D Roshan Patel’s header 18 minutes into extra time lifted William & Mary (3-2-1) to a 1-0 victory over No. 24 Elon. Next: at No. 1 North Carolina (3-0-3) on Tuesday.


Five Women’s Teams to Watch …

Top-ranked Virginia (9-0-0) is off to the best start in nine years after coming from behind to defeat Pittsburgh, 3-1. Sophomore F Makenzy Doniak posted two goals and junior MF Morgan Brian had a goal and an assist for the Cavaliers, who had lopsided advantages in shots (37-3) and corner kicks (13-0). They are averaging 3.7 goals per game. Next: at Duke (4-4-2) on Thursday night.

Senior F Kaitilin Brenn scored in the 85th minute as No. 10 Georgetown (8-0-1) downed Connecticut, 2-1, to secure the best nine-game record in program history. Brenn, junior MF Daphne Corboz and junior F Audra Ayotte have combined for 12 goals and 17 assists. Next: DePaul (6-1-1) at home Thursday afternoon in the Big East opener.

Junior MF Katin Yensen converted an early penalty kick as No. 23 Virginia Tech (8-1-1) defeated Boston College, 1-0, for a third consecutive clean sheet with Canadian senior GK Dayle Colpitts. Next: at North Carolina State (6-4-0) on Thursday.

No. 21 Maryland rebounded from a home loss to Virginia Tech with a 1-0 victory over sixth-ranked and previously unbeaten Wake Forest, 1-0, on senior F Hayley Brock’s fourth-minute goal. Next: at No. 7 Notre Dame (7-1-0) on Thursday.

Navy (8-2-0) extended its winning streak to six with a 5-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.). Junior F Morgan Dankanich has scored in five of the past six matches for a team-high seven goals. Next: at Lafayette (3-3-1) on Saturday.


Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.



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Steven Goff · September 22, 2013