UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI WOMEN (3-2-0): The Hurricanes sure aren't ducking quality opponents early. After opening with a loss to Florida (ranked 14th in the latest NSCAA.com poll), UM beat Western Carolina 1-0 in the first round of the Hurricane Cup. The 'Canes fell to Navy 1-0 in the final, but won't have long to bounce back. They will appear in the Nike Invitational this weekend. First up: Washington. No. 2 Portland is also in the tournament.
FIU MEN (2-1-0): The Golden Panthers haven't exactly faced national powers to start the 2009 season, but at least Munga Eketebi's bunch has finally tasted victory after disappointing seasons in 2007 and 2008. The campaign started with 1-0 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, but the Panthers rebounded with wins over St. Thomas and UNC Wilmington. FIU, which has allowed just two goals on the season, next faces Stetson on Friday.
FIU WOMEN (1-2-2): Thomas Chestnutt's group has had its share of good moments (3-0 victory over Stetson in the opener) and bad (a 5-0 loss to UCF at the Dafeldecker classic in Tampa Sunday) just four games into the season. The Panthers, with just three goals in five matches, better find some offense quick. Sun Belt action starts in two weeks.
BARRY MEN (2-1-1): Lightning in a bottle or a sign of things to come? The Buccaneers hope sophomore Mark Anderson's four-goal explosion against Lander is the latter. Evidence would point that way, with Anderson, from Durham, England, scoring in 14 of his 18 games with Barry. The Bucs are back in action this weekend, competing in the Lynn/Embassy Suites Classic. They'll have Christian Brothers Friday and Webber on Sunday.
BARRY WOMEN (1-2-0): The Bucs have gotten off to a slow start, but it might be more of a reflection of the level of competition. Barry hung with North Georgia, one of the better teams in the nation, before falling 3-2. After a 4-0 rout of Florida Memorial, Barry lost its SCC opener NOVA Southeastern 2-0 at home. Next up: Northwood at home on Friday.
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN MEN (3-2-0): Early bright spots for the Sharks, with the most encouraging sign being a 1-0 home win over No. 25 Florida Tech on Wednesday. NOVA didn't allow a shot in the match's second half and David Wahlberg tallied the game-winner in the 86th minute. Florida Tech is up next on Monday, setting up a showdown with No. 6 Lynn late next week.
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN WOMEN (2-0-0): So far, so good for the Sharks, who have opened the season with 2-0 victories over Embry-Riddle and Barry. Anchoring the NOVA defense has been junior goalkeeper Sarah Glass, who was named the conference player of the week after her shutout of Embry-Ridde. With a relatively light schedule for the next few weeks, the Sharks could be undefeated when they face No. 2 West Florida on Sept. 26.