Of the first three days of games, three matches featured matchups between two ranked teams. On Sunday, there were four such head-to-head meetings as 23 of the United Soccer Coaches preseason top 25 teams were in action to conclude the opening weekend of the 2019 season.

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No. 16 Wisconsin at No. 1 Florida State

Both teams had long 2018 NCAA tournament runs: Wisconsin made the third round while Florida State won the title. On Sunday, the two programs offered a glimpse of a meeting that could potentially be seen again towards the end of the season.

Stifling defense on both sides kept the match scoreless through regulation, up until Malia Berkely found the back of the net for the defending champions in the 99th minute. The redshirt junior drifted to the right of two Badgers and fired through a tight window, a difficult shot across her body that sailed into the top left corner.

The Seminoles travel to No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Southern California in the upcoming week.

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No. 21 North Carolina State at No. 7 Georgetown

North Carolina State made a statement on Sunday, defeating Georgetown 3-1 to snap the Hoyas’ streak of 24 consecutive home games without a loss — the active record in Division I.

After trading first-half goals, senior midfielder Tziarra King’s second-half brace — on her birthday — secured the win for the visitors.

The Hoyas had the active streak in Division I for most consecutive home games without a loss. Milwaukee now holds the active streak at 23 games following a 3-1 win over Northern Illinois on Sunday.

The Wolfpack let a lead slip away in a loss to South Carolina on Thursday but got the job done at Shaw Field, earning the first top-10 upset of 2019.

No. 8 Duke at No. 2 North Carolina

A top-10 showdown and an in-state rivalry, North Carolina took the first of its two regular season meetings against Duke with a 2-0 victory over the Blue Devils.

The Tar Heels broke a scoreless tie with seconds remaining in the first half when Alexis Strickland connected with a header towards the right post following a cross from Hallie Klanke. Carolina doubled its lead off of a Blue Devils’ own goal in the 76th minute. 

The rematch between the two is on Oct. 10 in Durham.

No. 11 West Virginia vs. No. 3 Stanford (neutral site)

Stanford kicked off the afternoon slate by knocking off its second ranked team in the season’s fledgling days. After edging No. 6 Penn State on Friday, the third-ranked Cardinal picked up a 3-1 win over West Virginia in State College, Pennsylvania.

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A trifecta of first-half goals was more than enough to keep Stanford in front of the Mountaineers. Carly Malatskey opened the scoring 13 minutes in after winning a ball deep in the final third of the pitch, a lead that doubled in the 36th minute on account of Sierra Enge’s first collegiate goal. Madison Haley capped the Cardinal scoring with an impressive chip from 25 yards out just before the conclusion of the first half.

Sophomore forward Alina Stahl put West Virginia on the board in the second half’s opening minute, but the Mountaineers were unable to capitalize beyond that. The Mountaineers were awarded a penalty kick in the 85th minute but it went wide.

Liberty at No. 9 Virginia

Virginia scored five of its six goals in the second half, but the bigger story of its 6-0 win revolves around underclassmen Diana Ordoñez and Alexa Spaanstra.

Ordoñez, a freshman, scored in her UVA debut on Aug. 23. Her second act was a hat trick as she found the back of the net in the 11th, 66th and 84th minutes to pace the Cavaliers’ attack. Of Ordoñez’s tallies, Spaanstra contributed to two of them, receiving the assist on each of Virginia’s first four goals.

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Hofstra at No. 6 Penn State

After dropping a low-scoring contest to Stanford, the Penn State offense fired on all cylinders Sunday. Led by a second-half brace from Frankie Tagliaferri, five Nittany Lions scored in the team’s 6-0 win over Hofstra.

Mercer at No. 10 Tennessee

Tennessee showed the extent of its offensive prowess in a 3-0 win over Mercer.

The Volunteers received goals from Alicia Donley, Claudia Dipasupil and MA Vignola to improve to 2-0, peppering the Bears with 23 shots. Of those, 11 were on target. Tennessee also denied Mercer a shot attempt.

Upsets and close calls

Most of Sunday’s games ended with higher ranked teams coming away victorious. But a few matches provided upsets and a late-game heroics.

Florida at No. 18 South Florida

South Florida was the second ranked team to fall on Sunday. Florida edged USF 2-0 behind two goals from Kit Loferski and Deanne Rose in a 5:23 span of the second half. Gators’ goalkeeper Susi Espinoza made a career-high eight saves in the win. 

No. 24 LSU at Navy

After a 1-0 loss at Villanova to open the season, LSU got into the win column for the first time in 2019 but needed extra time to do so.  

The Tigers were scoreless with Navy after 90 minutes, a drought that extended through the first half of overtime. Out of the additional break, Meghan Johnson dribbled past goalkeeper Sydney Fortson and netted her first-career goal, a game-winner for LSU.

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