It’s the end of September and the conference races have officially started now that most schools are playing within their own leagues. There are a couple important games going on at the P5 level, but the bottom end of the top ten is admittedly a little weak this week. There are several important G5 games, mostly in the AAC as those schools begin their conference play in earnest. Finally, the FCS gives us a bunch of ranked on ranked games that will foreshadow the Playoff race at that level. Let’s dive in!
Top Ten Games of the Week
10. Indiana 2-1 (0-1) at #4 Penn State 4-0 (1-0)
Series Ledger: 19-1 Penn State Last Meeting: 45-31 Penn State 11/12/2016
Like I said, the bottom of this list isn’t great football, but there is still some interest. Indiana hung around with Ohio State for one half in Week 1, if they can continue to exploit a few weaknesses they might be able to put a scare in the Nittany Lions, who had plenty of trouble keeping Iowa down last week. PSU has won the last three games in this series.
The ‘Week of Reign’ continues today as Reign FC has signed free-agent defender Kendall Fletcher for the 2014 NWSL season. Fletcher comes over from the Australian W-League having most recently played for Canberra United.
“Kendall adds experience and depth to our backline and potentially our midfield as well,” said head coach Laura Harvey. “She has proven professional experience both in America and in Europe which could prove vital for us in the coming season.”
The defender spent her college years at the University of North Carolina where she scored 13 goals with 18 assists in four seasons as a Tar Heel. Fletcher was part of UNC’s National Championship team in 2003 as well as three ACC Championship teams in 2002, 2003, and 2005.
Fletcher has US International experience as a member of the U-19 squad that won the first-ever U-19 World Cup in 2002. She’s also made appearances for the U-21 team and has one USWNT cap back in 2009.