Duke’s McCoy, Virginia’s McNabb and NC State’s Wootten honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke sophomore Kayla McCoy and Virginia senior Kristen McNabb have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while NC State sophomore Sydney Wootten is this week’s ACC Defensive Player of the Week.
McCoy tallied her second multi-goal match of her short career and the first of the season with two goals, including the game-winner in a 3-2 win over 16th-ranked Boston College in both teams’ ACC opener. The Lincolnwood, Illinois, native finished a penalty kick in the 11th minute to put Duke on the board first before scoring the game-winner in the 78th minute. The forward played a total of 63 minutes and totaled a season-high five shots and four of those were on goal.
McNabb scored two goals on two shots in the Cavaliers’ win over No. 17 Virginia Tech to open ACC play. The goals were the first scored this season by the UVA defender, and McNabb’s third multiple-goal game of her career. The Montville, New Jersey, native scored both her goals off corner kicks in the 32nd and 75th minutes. Defensively, McNabb anchored a back line that allowed only eight shots on the evening and only one shot on goal by the Hokies. The win gave Virginia its eighth shutout of the season as all eight victories have come by shutout.
McNabb and McCoy were also named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week.
Wootten made a season-high eight saves and earned her fourth straight shutout in the Pack’s 1-0 victory at No. 7 North Carolina. The goalkeeper from San Diego, California, came up big on several occasions throughout the match, including producing a one-on-one save in the 63rd minute to keep the Heels off the board. Her impact went past the stats, as she made multiple clears from the box, controlled the tempo of the match and distributed the ball from the back. Wootten has not allowed a goal in 425 minutes of action.
Her performance was key in earning the Pack’s biggest win over a ranked opponent since it took down the No. 1 North Carolina squad in 2002. The win also marked the Pack’s first victory at Fetzer Field and its second all-time over the Heels.