2012 College Soccer: Breaking Down Top 15

2012 College Soccer: Breaking Down Top 15

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 4, 2012
  • 2012 College Soccer, Features

UNC leads the way after two weeks. (Photo via UNC Athletics/Jeffrey A. Camarati)

After two weeks of play, there are no clear cut favorites in the college game that we can say will be in the College Cup later this fall. Some teams in the top of the rankings (for this purpose we’ll use the Coaches poll), have looked good while others have struggled.

It is early, there is no other way to say it but that. The non-conference games are in full swing as most clubs have been playing in some weekend tournaments.

Here is a quick break down of the Top 15 and how they’ve done in their first two weeks.

1. North Carolina (3-0-0) 

The Tar Heels had two fairly easy wins sandwiched between a nice win over then ranked West Virginia. UNC has seven goals in their first three matches and have only given up one goal. Not a bad start for the defending national champions. Upcoming games with Virginia Tech and Wake Forest won’t be easy though as conference play kicks off.

2. South Florida (3-0-0)

The Bulls picked up two solid wins last weekend over SMU and Tulsa. Before that they beat a decent Michigan squad to open the season up.

3. Creighton (2-0-1) 

A good start for the Bluejays as they drew Akron 1-1 before beating Rutgers 2-1. Creighton has a tough week ahead with Santa Clara and St. Mary’s – both away from home.

4. UConn (3-0-0)

The Huskies are tops in other polls but their three wins haven’t really excited me all that much yet. Still, this is a good team that will have plenty to show for with upcoming games against Washington and Boston University

4. Maryland (2-0-1)

The Terps have played well so far but the 2-2 draw to UCLA was probably a gift if anything else. But big wins over Louisville and California are a big reason why they are still near the top of the rankings. ACC play kicks off this week with Boston College.

6. Akron (2-0-1)

Maybe some distraction with the Caleb Porter to Portland news happened this week. Maybe not. We’ll know a whole lot more about this side after this week with games against Notre Dame (away) and Indiana (home) on the docket.

7. Charlotte (2-0-1)

Some aren’t as high on the 49ers as the coaches are. I’ve seen them ranked anywhere from 7 to in the mid-20s. Two solid wins to open the year helped but the draw against UAB over the weekend was a cause for concern.

8. New Mexico (2-1-0)

The highest ranked team with a loss. The Lobos beat UCLA to open the year up but lost to a good Tulsa team just after that. This team has talent, it will just be a matter of tested they will be come November.

9. UC Santa Barbara (2-0-1)

The draw with Oregon State was a bit of a surprise but this team is much better in my mind than what we’ve seen so far. The 3-0 win against Gonzaga proved that as three different players scored for the Gauchos.

10. Indiana (3-0-1)

The Hoosiers beat a couple good teams in Clemson and Cincinnati before a draw against San Diego State on Sunday. A big week ahead with a visit from Akron.

11. UC Irvine (3-0-0)

Are they really this good? Perhaps but we’ll certainly know more after their upcoming games with Stanford and UCLA.

12. St. John’s (3-0-1)

The Red Storm posted a draw with Colgate but picked up two solid wins after that against Kentucky and South Carolina. They should win two more games before that date at Akron hits the schedule.

13. Georgetown (4-0-0)

The Hoyas have had a nice start to the season with wins over Virginia Cal State Northridge and most recently against Penn State. Their tough non-conference slate continues with an upcoming game at Wisconsin this weekend.

14. UCLA (1-1-1)

Just like last season, another tough start to the season for the Bruins. They were unlucky not to beat Maryland in my book but the loss to New Mexico was equally tough. It’s what you get for having a tough non-conference schedule I suppose. Big games ahead with Tulsa and UC Irvine this week.

15. Old Dominion (2-0-0)

Two shutout wins over Navy and Central Florida to kick off the season. Not bad. This week’s schedule isn’t too bad with Seton Hall and Winthrop but the following week will be a trust test of this team with games against Creighton and Maryland looming.

  • Do not doubt ODU, in fact look for them to climb up into the top 10 by months end.