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    A new season has brought a new conference for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who made their debut as part of the Big Ten this fall. One of the key players for the Scarlet Knights this season has been Jersey Express midfielder JP Correa, and he claimed the program’s first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award this week after leading the side to a thrilling 3-2 victory against Wisconsin Friday night.


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    Former Seattle Sounders Women and Laval Comets midfielder Marta Bakowska-Mathews had an impressive week for the No. 5-ranked Florida State Seminoles and earned a trio of honors, leading the list of W-League players recognized for their NCAA Division I performances last week. A senior, Bakowska-Mathews was chosen as NSCAA Division I Women’s Player of the Week and ACC Co-Player of the Week, while also being selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week.


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    A season ago, the Harrisburg City Islanders were arguably the most entertaining side to watch in USL PRO. Bill Becher’s side led the league with 55 goals as the duo of Lucky Mkosana and Sainey Touray combined for 24 goals to lead the club’s free-flowing attack. This offseason, both Mkosana and Touray departed, but the City Islanders’ have remained just as entertaining with another 45 goals. Instead of relying on a pair of double-digit scorers, however, Harrisburg has received contributions from across the squad, with three players tied for a team-high with six goals.


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    USL PRO is proud to announce the Charlotte Independence will join the league beginning with the 2015 season. The team will feature an ownership group led by Jim McPhilliamy, the current President & Managing Partner of Major League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds. “The Charlotte Independence, with their distinguished professional sports experience, will be one of the driving factors in placing the city of Charlotte prominently on the U.S. soccer map while contributing to the growth and success of USL PRO, on and off the field,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said.


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    As LA Galaxy II forward Chandler Hoffman sees it, 2014 couldn’t have gone much better. “For me, it’s been a dream situation this year,” Hoffman said by phone this week. “My first two years in the league, I’m on the cusp of trying to break into a first-team squad. In the reserve league you have 10 games over a calendar year, which isn’t enough to improve, especially when you’re young you need games and you need important games that matter, so for this year it was huge."


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    Two undefeated ACC powers clash on Friday night in one of the top games of the weekend available on national television or online. No. 2 Virginia Tech hosts No. 17 Clemson on ESPN3, with W-League standouts set to feature on both sides, to highlight a big weekend of action that sees conference play begin in earnest in the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer season.


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    The No. 4-seed Richmond Kickers return to City Stadium to host the No. 8-seed Harrisburg City Islanders in the semifinals of the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs this Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the gates open at 5:30 p.m. with live music, craft beer on tap and RVA food trucks. Tickets are on sale now for $12/adult and $7/youth, ages 3-17, at RichmondKickers.com. With the exception of All-Access and Red Army Passes, 2014 Season Passes will not be accepted at this match.


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    A Top-10 clash between two powers in the ACC highlight the weekend’s NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer schedule, with current and former PDL players set to feature in a nationally-televised clash between No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 7 Virginia on ESPNU. Sunday’s game is one of a number set to air this weekend on national television and online as conference play ramps up in week four of the season.


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    Former Carolina Dynamo midfielder Sean Davis had a goal and assists as Duke upset its rival and current NSCAA No. 1 North Carolina 2-1 on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium. North Carolina had taken a first-half lead, but the Blue Devils roared back with two goals in the final 15 minutes to take their first victory against a top-ranked side under Coach John Kerr.


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    The Colorado Rush’s Janine Beckie continued her standout season for No. 6 Texas Tech as she scored twice in the Red Raiders’ 3-0 victory against Tulsa on Friday night in the Oklahoma State Invitational at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. The victory kept the Red Raiders perfect this season as they earned their eighth consecutive victory to start the season.


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    Sacramento Republic FC will host the  LA Galaxy II on Saturday night at Bonney Field in the semifinals of the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT, and gates open at 6 p.m. PT, with the contest already having sold out earlier in the week.


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    Morgan Langley had a goal and assist as the No. 8-seed Harrisburg City Islanders’ dream postseason continued with a dramatic 3-2 victory against the No. 4-seed Richmond Kickers on Saturday night in the semifinals of the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs. The City Islanders, who upset regular-season champion Orlando City SC in the quarterfinals, advanced to next weekend’s USL PRO Championship Game as Jamiel Hardware and Danny DiPrima also found the back of the net.


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    Rodrigo Lopez had a second-half hat trick as Sacramento Republic FC recorded a dramatic comeback to take a 3-2 victory against the LA Galaxy II at a sold-out Bonney Field in the semifinals of the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs on Saturday night. Republic FC will host the Harrisburg City Islanders next Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET in the 2014 USL PRO Championship Game.


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    Sacramento Republic FC will host the Harrisburg City Islanders in the 2014 USL PRO Championship Game on Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. ET at Bonney Field after a dramatic night of action that saw both teams advance with 3-2 victories in the playoff semifinals. The City Islanders took their second consecutive road upset against the Richmond Kickers, while Sacramento rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the LA Galaxy II.


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    USL PRO honored the top performers from the 2014 regular season today, naming the All-League First and Second Teams as chosen through a vote of team management and selected media. he Harrisburg City Islanders and Sacramento Republic FC, who will meet at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday night at Bonney Field in the 2014 USL PRO Championship Game presented by Nike, are both represented on the All-League teams.


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    Seattle Sounders Women midfielder Taylor Comeau was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, leading the list of W-League players recognized for their NCAA Division I performances last week, after she turned in a career game against Pacific to lead Cal to a 3-0 victory. The senior midfielder, who tallied an assist in six games with the Sounders Women in 2014, scored twice in a game for the first time in her tenure with the Golden Bears.


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    USL PRO has announced the finalists for its 2014 regular season awards, honoring the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year from the 2014 season. Sacramento Republic FC, which will host the Harrisburg City Islanders in Saturday night’s USL PRO Championship Game at Bonney Field (10:30 p.m. ET, YouTube) has finalists in four categories after finishing second in the regular season table in its inaugural USL PRO season.


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    Beating your biggest rival always feels good. To rally for victory, when your biggest rival is ranked No. 1 in the nation? Even better. Former Carolina Dynamo standout Sean Davis helped Duke accomplish just that this past weekend, as the Blue Devils took a 2-1 victory against then-No. 1 North Carolina for their first ACC win of the season.


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    After a 2-6-2 start to the season, putting the side in a tie for 12th place at the end of May, things weren’t looking particular bright for the Harrisburg City Islanders as they looked to return to the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. With a talented squad and a standout head coach, Harrisburg’s players knew that if they could just find a way into the postseason, anything could happen.


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    From the start of training camp, it quickly became apparent to Sacramento Republic FC captain Rodrigo Lopez something special might be brewing for his new team. With a strong ownership group, well-connected general manager, and former MLS Coach of the Year at the helm, the expectations for the club’s inaugural season were certainly high.


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