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Top three Division I women’s teams remain unchanged in latest NSCAA poll

By Jimmy LaRoue

The top three teams remain unchanged in this week’s Division I women’s NSCAA poll.

Florida State, UCLA and Oklahoma State continue to occupy the top three spots, while Duke moves from sixth to fourth, and Stanford slides a spot from fourth to fifth. Pepperdine, with its loss, slides from fifth to 10th.

Florida State (4-0-0) got its third straight shutout in its 4-0 win over the College of Charleston. (1-3-0). Kristin Grubka opened the scoring in the first half, heading in a Tiana Brockway corner, and then Tiffany McCarty broke the game open with two goals in a 77 second span. Freshman Michaela Hahn picked up the Seminoles’ fourth goal.

UCLA, meanwhile, defeated then-No. 14 Wisconsin 2-0, Rosie White, making her first appearance of the season after playing in the 2012 Olympics and Under-20 World Cup with New Zealand, broke a scoreless tie in the 78th minute, and then, with the Badgers having pulled their goalkeeper, Zakiya Bywaters late in the match, gained possession of the ball and dribbled 70 yards to put the ball into an empty net in the 90th minute.

In a thrilling match, Oklahoma State (6-0-0) held off Memphis, 3-2, as the two teams combined for all five goals in the second half. Duke (4-1-0) picked up two wins in the USC Futbol Classic, 2-1 over USC (2-3-0) and 4-0 against Washington State (3-1-0). Kim DeCesare scored three goals over the weekend, including both goals in the win over USC, while Callie Simpkins scored twice in the win over Washington State. Stanford (2-1-1) tied then-No. 7 Boston College (4-0-1) 1-1.

Boston College, Penn State, Central Florida and Virginia account for spots six through nine.

The rest of this week’s top 25:

Rank School 1st Votes Total Points Prev. W-L-T
1 Florida State 32 824 1 4-0-0
2 UCLA 1 784 2 4-0-0
3 Oklahoma State 0 750 3 6-0-0
4 Duke 0 685 6 4-1-0
5 Stanford 0 679 4 2-1-1
6 Boston College 0 667 7 4-0-1
7 Penn State 0 635 8 5-1-0
8 Central Florida 0 577 9 5-1-0
9 Virginia 0 532 10 5-1-0
10 Pepperdine 0 504 5 4-1-0
11 Virginia Tech 0 440 13 5-0-0
12 Marquette 0 414 12 3-0-0
13 Missouri 0 390 18 5-0-0
14 Texas A&M 0 371 17 4-1-0
15 Wisconsin 0 348 14 4-1-0
16 Long Beach State 0 322 11 4-1-0
17 Wake Forest 0 305 15 4-1-1
18 North Carolina 0 300 19 2-1-1
19 Portland 0 229 20 4-1-0
20 San Diego State 0 183 25 5-0-0
21 Rutgers 0 175 16 5-1-0
22 Tennessee 0 166 21 5-0-0
23 Georgetown 0 134 RV 5-0-0
24 Florida 0 120 22 2-2-1
25 Louisville 0 38 RV 6-0-0

Records are as submitted by the rankers and reflect the current 2012 record through Sept. 2

Also receiving votes: Oregon State 23, Baylor 20, La Salle 18, Minnesota 15, Miami (Fla.) 12, Mississippi 11, Maryland 10, Texas Tech 10, Memphis 10, Cal State Northridge 7, Washington 7, Santa Clara 6, Kentucky 2, Illinois 1, BYU 1

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