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What went down in the 11th week of college soccer? The aim each week is to bring you five stories that defined the week in college soccer or help navigate the long road to San Jose and the Womens College Cup. For most of the country, that meant transitioning this week from the regular season to conference tournaments.Seventeen seconds and the best performance of the weekIf you dont know Kelsey Johnson you are really, truly missing out.So began Central Arkansas teammate Jessica Pantusos attempt to explain why the story of the week didnt involve the ACC, Pac-12 or any of the other conferences most likely to fill the field in the College Cup. It only indirectly involved Central Arkansas taking another step toward giving itself the chance to play on those same NCAA tournament fields, the Sugar Bears wrapping up the Southland Conference regular-season title in unbeaten fashion against Northwestern State this past Friday.Johnson started the game for Central Arkansas but came off after just 17 seconds, long before Alex Moores goal put the team ahead or Ashley Smith doubled the lead. But those 17 seconds came after nine months of waiting. Nine months of hoping she would get that chance to play, even as she confronted a reality that made a game inconsequential by comparison. Diagnosed with a benign brain tumor this past winter after suffering lingering headaches following a minor car accident, Johnson had surgery to remove it in May.She hoped all along that she would return to the field for her senior season but was unable to gain medical clearance while undergoing post-surgery radiation treatment, even as she continued with her classes and as a part of the soccer team from the sideline. Until Fridays home finale, that is. Still not fully cleared, she played anyway.I get doubts in my mind and obviously everyones going to think of the worst-case scenario every once in a while, Johnson told Littles Rocks KATV in April. But I have a great feeling Im going to get out there again.No one in the month ahead will get more joy out of being on a field than Johnson did.West Virginia closes out regular season in styleDont even bother trick or treating at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown. If the current residents havent given away a goal in months, what are your odds of getting free candy off them? Not satisfied with just dominating the Big 12, No. 1 West Virginia completed a shutout of the league with a 3-0 win over Oklahoma State this past Friday. Eight conference games, 12 hours of soccer and not a single goal scored against the Mountaineers by a Big 12 opponent.Like any successful defense, some of that is about not having to defend -- the Mountaineers outshot the Cowgirls 26-4. But a lot of it is also just that Kadeisha Buchanan and the rest of the defensive core are just better than everybody else.The Mountaineers face Texas Tech in a Big 12 tournament quarterfinal Wednesday in Kansas City, with the potential for a semifinal against No 24 Oklahoma after that.Florida States not-so-secret weapon returnsEliminating No. 6 Duke in an ACC quarterfinal penalty shootout, a week after beating the Blue Devils at home, enhances Florida States resume. To a small degree that is because of the result itself, officially a draw, but mostly because it presents a needed opportunity to earn more resume points against No. 14 Clemson in Fridays ACC semifinal in Charleston, South Carolina.Now 4-1-2 this season against teams ranked in the most recent RPI top 50, there still appears to be a path for the Seminoles, No. 16 in that RPI release, to swoop in and claim a valuable top-eight seed in the NCAA tournament if they run the table in Charleston. (As there is for No. 16 North Carolina, which had its best week of the season by beating Florida State to close the regular season on Thursday and routing No. 7 Virginia 3-0 in a weekend ACC quarterfinal).No matter where they play their games, the Seminoles will be better for freshman Deyna Castellanos being there rather than in Jordan. Thats where she spent most of October, leading Venezuela to the semifinals of the FIFA Under-17 Womens World Cup (a longer stay than the American entry enjoyed). Castellanos scored five times in the World Cup, tied for the second-most in the event. Factor in her production at Florida State and it adds up to 11 goals in 15 games this fall. The most recent of those was a screamer from 20 yards that tied Sundays game, her first appearance since returning. She was a threat the entire game.USC survives a slip in race for No. 1 seedGeography alone makes a Pac-12 weekend swing through Utah and Colorado a challenge. It is compounded this season by the fact that the Utes and Buffaloes are good teams headed to the NCAA tournament. So No. 4 USC coming out of Thursdays game at (not for much longer) unranked Utah with a 1-1 draw after a potential winner was waved off for offside promised to be only as big a deal as its response warranted.It turns out it wasnt a very big deal.USC kept a firm grip on a 3-0 win at Colorado on Sunday, the first time all season the Buffaloes allowed more than one goal in regulation at home. Alex Anthony scored two opportunistic goals, Savannah Levin scored on a well-executed corner kick and one of the best defenses this side of West Virginia looked the part.That matters because Stanford, South Carolina and West Virginia (in the order ranked in the most recent RPI) have the top three seeds in the NCAA tournament almost locked down. It is the fourth of the top seeds, which come with the chance to host through the quarterfinals, that looks like it is up for grabs.One candidate, BYU, cant do much to help its cause in the final week of the regular season. That leaves USC with one huge opportunity Friday against UCLA, which suffered far more on the road in losses at both Utah and Colorado.Missouri and Florida poised for an SEC sequelTurn on the SEC Network this week (shameless plug), and there is a good chance you will see soccer, all nine games from the SEC tournament on either that network or ESPNU. While the team to see remains No. 2 South Carolina, which closed an unbeaten regular season and swept the conference awards for coach, offensive player and defensive player of the year, the game with the most long-term consequence may be a quarterfinal between Florida and Missouri. Mostly thats because the Tigers couldnt solve the Gators in a 1-0 loss this past week.Had that result gone the other way, Floridas hopes for a top-eight seed in the NCAA tournament would have taken a hit and Missouri would have solidified its case for an at-large bid to the big tournament. Instead, we get to do it all over again with the same stakes. It will feature SEC freshman of the year Sarah Luebbert putting her 10 goals for Missouri up against Savannah Jordans 13 goals. Authentic Nike Shoes From China . The parade and rally were held to celebrate the Saskatchewan Roughriders 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday in the CFLs championship game. Nike Shoes Cheap Sale . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Nike Shoes Cheap Wholesale . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. Nike Shoes Cheap Online . NBA officials ruled the court unplayable in the Bucks final exhibition game on Oct. 25 because players were slipping, and the game was cancelled midway through the first period. PITTSBURGH -- It might be difficult to label a game as a first-place showdown when it comes before the Christmas break, but certainly there will be a good story line Tuesday when the New York Rangers visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.With a regulation win, Pittsburgh (20-7-5) would tie the Rangers (23-10-1) atop the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference, although New York has two games in hand.By pretty much any measure, the Metropolitan has been the NHLs best division this season, and recent hot streaks by the Penguins, Rangers, Philadelphia and Columbus have underscored that. Add in Washington, and five of the division clubs are above the 40-point mark.New York, just a point behind Chicago atop the league standings, has won six of its past seven games. Pittsburgh is 7-0-2 in its past nine games and is coming off back-to-back overtime losses.Theres no doubt that at this present time in the NHL, we are the dominant division, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. You go back a couple years, the West looked like they had the better teams, but right now, (it is) our division, because of the wins.But I look at the league and the parity. Every night, players bust their gut to try and get two points.There might be a little extra burst in their skating stride when they play games within the Metropolitan.We pay attention. Its hard not to, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said of the division standings, according to the New York Post. You can fall behind pretty quick with teams like that that keep streaking. Its something we looked at the other day when we were within three or four points of like six, seven teams. So you have to keep getting points.The teams split a home-and-home series in their first two meetings of the season, with New York winning 5-2 at Pittsburgh Nov.dddddddddddd 21 and the Penguins playing what they called one of their best and most complete games in a 6-1 win Nov. 23 at Madison Square Garden.After Tuesday, the Rangers play their next five games outside of the Metropolitan.Pittsburgh, in contrast, is beginning a stretch of five games against division clubs sandwiched around the NHLs holiday break.I just think every games hard, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. It doesnt matter who you play in this league. Every game is hard. Its a good league. Theres a fine line between winning and losing, regardless of who your opponent is.If you dont come with the necessary commitment and the focus and the discipline and that type of a mindset, you run the risk of getting beat, regardless of who your opponent is. I know weve got a capable group. When we play the game the right way, we can play with anybody in the league.Pittsburgh has an extra challenge right now. Two of its top defensemen, Kris Letang and Trevor Daley, got undisclosed injuries in the past week and are expected to miss this stretch against Metropolitan Division rivals and probably beyond.Among defensemen, Letang leads the Penguins with 19 points and Daley is second with three goals.Its going to be hard, fellow defenseman Olli Maatta told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of filling in for the two swift-skating players. When you dont have those two guys, theres not that one guy that can jump in there and fill in. Theyre that good of players. ' ' '



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