Several college soccer teams in the region are off to blistering starts, with a big surprise leading the way:
VIRGINIA TECH (women): The Hokies were picked to finish eighth out of 11 teams in the elite Atlantic Coast Conference, and with matches against national powers North Carolina, Duke and Virginia awaiting this fall, the road ahead is daunting. But Tech roared through the non-league schedule with an 8-0-0 record and seven shutouts.
MARYLAND (men): Hungry to return to the College Cup after a three-year lull, the Terrapins (3-0-1) have scored 15 goals in four matches, including 10 in the past two outings against California and Boston College. Freshman Schillo Tshuma and senior John Stertzer have three goals apiece and junior Patrick Mullins has already recorded six assists for the Terps, who host UMBC (2-0-2) on Tuesday night. Last year Maryland needed overtime to defeat the Retrievers, 4-3.
GEORGETOWN (men): At 5-0-1, the Hoyas are enjoying the best start in program history heading into weekend matches against the Ivy League’s Princeton and Penn. Brandon Allen, a freshman, has four goals. The big match of the season: Oct. 3 at home vs. Connecticut.
VIRGINIA (women): While Coach Steve Swanson and midfielder Morgan Brian were in Japan helping the United States win the Under-20 Women’s World Cup, the Cavaliers have won seven straight since an opening loss to Penn State — their longest winning streak in eight years.
GEORGE MASON (men): The Patriots have won their first five matches by a combined 16-4.
GEORGETOWN (women): The Hoyas were cruising along at 6-0-1 until they ran into perennial power Stanford on the road Sunday: a 6-0 loss.
NAVY (women): After losing their opener to Maryland, the Midshipmen have won seven in a row to record their longest winning streak since 2006.
Others of note: The Old Dominion men are 4-0-0 while the Virginia Commonwealth men are 3-0-2.
All told, these nine teams have a combined record of 48-3-5.
On the other end of the scale, the Howard men’s and women’s teams have totaled no victories in 15 matches (0-13-2).