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 …
1. Georgetown (6-2-1), ranked No. 12 in the nation, opened Big East competition with a 0-0 home draw against third-ranked Creighton (5-1-2), extending its unbeaten streak to five and posting its third shutout in four games. Junior Tomas Gomez, a U.S. under-20 candidate, has conceded five goals all season. Next: at American (3-3-2) on Tuesday.
2. After flying under the radar for weeks, is Maryland revving up for a big run in October? Jake Pace scored twice as the Terrapins (3-2-3) downed winless Pittsburgh, 2-0, to record their first shutout of the season and improve to 3-0-1 in the ACC. The difference in shots was 23-2. Next: Tulsa (5-2-1) at home Tuesday.
3. Retrievers magic continues: Marquez Fernandez scored in sudden-death overtime as UMBC (9-0-0) edged George Washington, 2-1, and joined Dayton as the only perfect teams in Division I men’s competition. Since last fall, the Retrievers have not lost in 18 straight matches decided in regulation or extra time. Next: Delaware (7-1-0) at home Tuesday.
4. An encouraging week for Virginia (4-3-1): a 4-0 victory over previously unbeaten Providence and a 2-0 result at Syracuse to extend its unbeaten streak to four. The Cavaliers have scored 14 goals in the past five outings and 11 players have scored this year. Next: Virginia Commonwealth (3-3-1) at home Tuesday.
5. William & Mary (4-3-1) remains a puzzle: Two victories over top-ranked teams but losses in both home matches and another disappointing result over the weekend — a 2-1 setback at Drexel in the CAA opener. The Tribe’s early lead lasted all of 101 seconds. Next: College of Charleston (1-6-0) at home Saturday.
Five Women’s Teams to Watch …
1. Eleven matches, 11 victories for top-ranked Virginia, which edged Maryland, 1-0, before the largest crowd in program history at Klockner Stadium (2,540). Brittany Ratcliffe scored with 17 seconds left in the first half, her seventh of the campaign, as the Cavaliers survived their lowest production of the year to win their fifth consecutive ACC game. [Video here] Next: Clemson (6-2-3) at home Sunday.
2. Defender Marina Paul scored twice and junior all-American Daphne Corboz had three assists as No. 10 Georgetown (9-0-2) routed Xavier, 7-1, to continue the best start in program history and extend its home unbeaten streak to 19. Shots: 40-5. Corboz has nine assists in six matches since returning from injury. Next: at Butler (7-3-2) on Thursday.
3. With a 1-1 draw at Duke, 16th-ranked Virginia Tech (9-1-2) set a program record with an eighth consecutive away match without a loss. The Hokies are riding a five-game ACC unbeaten streak since a loss to North Carolina and are just two points behind front-running Virginia and Notre Dame. Next: Clemson (6-2-3) at home Thursday.
4. A pair of rough ACC road matches resulted in a pair of losses for Maryland (6-5-0), which was blasted by fifth-ranked Notre Dame, 5-0, and fell to No. 1 Virginia, 1-0. The Terrapins have scored once in four games and three in the past seven outings. Next: N.C. States (6-6-0) on Thursday.
5. Navy (9-2-0) scored in the 75th minute to win at Lafayette, 1-0, for a seventh consecutive victory. The Midshipmen have posted four consecutive shutouts and are atop the Patriot League with six points from two matches. Next: at American (4-7-0) on Wednesday.