ACC Women’s Soccer: Boston College’s Meehan and Virginia’s Stearns Named ACC Players of the Week

Final week of ACC play looms for league teams

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Boston College redshirt-junior forward McKenzie Meehan is this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while Virginia junior goalkeeper Morgan Stearns has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week.

Meehan helped the Eagles to a pair of ACC wins while totaling nine points on three goals and three assists last week. Included in her three goals were two overtime golden goals to help lift BC over Wake Forest (2-1) and Miami (5-4) in thrilling fashion. Meehan scored her first game-winning goal of the week on a penalty kick against Wake Forest three minutes into overtime. She followed that act up with a two-goal, two assist performance in a comeback victory on Sunday against Miami. Meehan scored on a penalty kick in the 64th minute to cut the lead to one goal, and scored off a corner kick in the 92nd minute to clinch the win. It was her fifth game-winning goal of the season, giving her 15 for her career, and is one away from tying the program record of 16 at BC.

Stearns posted a pair of 1-0 shutouts over Louisville and No. 1 Florida State on the week to move the Cavaliers to 7-1 in ACC play and in first in the standings heading into the final week of competition. Her only save of the game against the Cardinals came when she deflected a dangerous free kick from the top of the box that kept Louisville off the board Thursday’s match. On Sunday against the top-ranked Seminoles, the San Antonio, Texas native helped direct a back line that limited Florida State to five shots on the afternoon. The Cavaliers own six shutouts in league play this season.

The Cavaliers will travel to NC State on Wednesday, Oct. 28 for a make-up play date that was postponed on Oct. 2 due to weather. All 14 teams will complete ACC play this weekend, and the 2015 ACC Championship bracket will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 1 following the outcome of Boston College at Florida State match.