ACC Women’s Soccer: Pryce, Connolly and Crowley Named ACC Players of the Week

Student-athletes from Pitt and Florida State recognized


GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State freshman midfielder Megan Connolly and Pitt sophomore forward Taylor Pryce have been the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Seminole red-shirt junior defender Kirsten Crowley has been selected as the ACC  Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.

Pitt’s Pryce scored two game-winning goals in wins over Wake Forest and at Louisville to push the Panthers’ win streak to a program-record eight games and keep them undefeated in ACC play (3-0-0). Pryce played all 99:51 in the Panthers’ 2-1 overtime win against Wake Forest. Her goal with nine seconds to play in overtime was the difference maker as she hammered home her own shot’s deflection for the win. Three days later at Louisville, Pryce scored the only goal Pitt would need in the 70th minute to claim victory. Pitt’s nine wins this season are a program record.

Florida State’s Connolly totaled five points (1g, 3a) in two games as she was involved in all four goals the Seminoles scored last week in victories against No. 7/5 Clemson and at No. 16/6 Notre Dame. Against the Tigers, Connolly earned assists on the first two goals of the match and added a goal of her own on a penalty kick in the 68th minute. On the road at Notre Dame, Connolly’s run down the left side resulted in the only goal of the match as her cross came in to Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, who passed it on to Elin Jensen for the game-winner. This is Connoly’s second Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season as she also earned recognition on September 7.

Seminole teammate Crowley led the Florida State defense to two conference wins over ranked opponents, including shutout at No. 16/6 Notre Dame. Against No. 7/5 Clemson, FSU allowed the Tigers to take only four shots with two on goal, as the Tigers’ only score was on an FSU own goal. Crowley shut down one of Clemson’s best opportunities to take the lead in the 35th minute, as the Panama City Beach, Florida, native forced Paige Reckert off the ball, which then was secured by goalkeeper Cassie Miller. At ND, the Irish managed just one shot on goal for the entire game as the Seminoles recorded their second ACC shutout. This is Crowley’s second Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season, as she also earned recognition on August 25.