Big East women's soccer power rankings
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 23:10
The Big East women’s soccer schedule is taking a turn into the stretch run, with most teams having four conference games left on their ledger. Here are this week’s power rankings, with just a fortnight remaining in the season.
1. Georgetown (11-1-1 overall, 5-0 in Big East; tie No. 1 in National Division) Simply put, No. 11 Georgetown is the class of the Big East. The Hoyas only played one game this weekend, if you can even call an 8-0 thrashing of winless Pittsburgh a “game.” Georgetown striker Daphne Corboz woke up on game day with nine goals on the season, and by the time she put her head down on the pillow that night she had 14, giving her a five goal cushion over UConn’s Danielle Schulmann for the Big East Golden Boot.
2. Marquette (9-2-1, 5-0; No. 1 in American) Marquette has rattled off six straight victories which include five straight shutouts. The No. 19 Golden Eagles have a long flight ahead of them this weekend, however, as they will come to New England to take on Providence and UConn.
3. Notre Dame (9-3-1, 5-0; tie No. 1 in National) If it’s possible to look utterly unimpressive in a 4-0 victory, that’s exactly what happened to the Fighting Irish against UConn on Sunday. Goalkeeper Sarah Voigt captured Big East Goalkeeper of the Week for her efforts in last weekend’s two shutouts.
4. Syracuse (7-4-2, 4-1-1; No. 2 in American) The Orange won a double overtime thriller at Rutgers on Sunday, 1-0. Cuse’s only game this weekend is against lowly Pitt, which means they’re likely to push their win total to eight. What’s the significance of an eight-win season? It would be the most wins the Orange have compiled since 2004.
5. Providence (8-5-1, 3-3; tie No. 4 in American) The Friars have a very navigable schedule late in the season with DePaul and Pittsburgh still left on the slate. Thanks to a home upset of Syracuse a couple weeks ago, Providence probably has the best chance to place third in the American Division.
6. Connecticut (7-5-1, 3-3; tie No. 4 in American) With three of the last four games at Morrone Stadium, the Huskies will look to make a late-season push for playoff position. A home loss to Marquette this weekend will be understandable. A home loss to USF on Friday could be devastating.
7. South Florida (6-4-2, 2-1-2; No. 4 in American) Just like Marquette, the Bulls will be making a lengthy road trip to the northeast to take on UConn and Providence. Considering that USF is tied with these teams in the American Division, a lot will be learned a lot about them come Monday.
8. Villanova (5-6-2, 3-2; No. 3 in National) The Wildcats are in pretty decent shape at 3-2 in the Big East thus far, but there is cause for concern; Nova’s three wins have come against Rutgers (1-5 in Big East), Providence (3-3), and winless Pittsburgh. Things might get ugly quickly for the Wildcats, especially because they end the season with Notre Dame and Georgetown.
9. Louisville (7-3-2, 2-2-2; No. 4 in National) The Cardinals have already played Syracuse, Notre Dame and Marquette, so don’t be surprised they make a late-season charge with their fluffy schedule.
10. St. John’s (6-7, 2-4; No. 5 in American) The Red Storm started the season 0-4 in Big East play, but with two home wins against Jersey foes Rutgers and Seton Hall, perhaps the season can be salvaged for the Johnnies.
Rounding out the bottom five: DePaul, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh.