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FSU’s Cassie Miller and Louisville’s Taylor Bucklin share ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Miami junior forward Gracie Lachowecki, Florida State redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Cassie Miller and Louisville junior goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin have earned ACC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week honors.
Lachowecki earns Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second straight week, while Miller and Bucklin share Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Lachowecki registered her first career hat trick in Miami’s come-from-behind 3-2 double overtime victory against NC State. She tallied all three strikes after halftime, including the golden goal at 108:54. She was a force on attack from start to finish and her goals in the 51st, 59th and 109th minute helped the Hurricanes erase a 2-0 halftime deficit. Lachowecki posted nine shots, including six on goal, which were both career highs.
Miller posted back-to-back shut outs last week in wins over NC State (4-0) and No. 1 North Carolina (1-0). Against the Wolfpack, Miller earned a clean sheet while blocking all three shots on goal by NCSU. The Cave Creek, Arizona, native delivered two big saves in the 64th minute as Jackie Stengel got alone behind the FSU defense and took a shot that Miller saved as she went to the ground. Stengel’s follow-up shot on the rebound was also saved. Against the top-ranked Tar Heels on Sunday, Miller posted two saves and also assisted on the only goal of the game, as her drop kick bounced over the UNC backline and found Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, who finished it for the game-winner. Miller and the Noles have only allowed one goal – an own goal during the Clemson game – in the last 898:37 of game time this season, dating back to September 4.
Bucklin led the Cardinals to an undefeated week with a 2-1 win over North Carolina and a scoreless draw against Duke. Bucklin finished the week with a 0.43 goals against average and 18 saves, including eight against the Tar Heels and 10 against the Blue Devils. She made two of her biggest saves of the weekend in the closing minutes of regulation against North Carolina, one on a free kick right outside the 18 yard box, and the other in the final minute to send the game to overtime. Against Duke, the junior keeper finished with a career-high 10 saves, including two in the second overtime period to preserve her fourth shutout of the season. For her efforts, the Greenwich, Connecticut native was also named TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Player of the Week.