Undefeated Stanford utilized a showdown win over defending national champion Notre Dame to reclaim the No. 1 spot of the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 National Ranking for women's college soccer. Paul Ratcliffe's Cardinal squad supplanted North Carolina, an upset victim to Texas A&M on Sunday.
The Cardinal are 6-0-1 and have shown no trouble in maintaining the form that has taken them to consecutive national championship matches over the past two seasons.
Friday's game was a rematch of last year's NCAA title bout, with Stanford gaining a measure of revenge in besting the Fighting Irish in a lightning-delayed contest, 2-1. The Tar Heels drop only as far as No. 2. If we're to see Carolina and Stanford face off this year it would have to be in the NCAA Tournament.
1. Stanford, 6-0-1 (overall)
2. North Carolina, 5-1-0
3. UCLA, 6-0-1
4. Florida State, 7-1-0
5. Maryland 6-0-2