Clemson’s Mackin and Florida State’s Miller Earn First ACC Weekly Honors
Pair help their teams to wins over ranked opponents
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Clemson freshman midfielder Julie Mackin has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while Florida State red-shirt junior goalkeeper Cassie Miller is this week’s ACC Defensive Player of the Week. The awards follow stellar performances against ranked opponents during the first weekend of game action for league schools.
Mackin scored her first career collegiate goal just nine minutes into Clemson’s season opener at No. 12/14 Auburn on Friday. The goal proved to be the game-winner as the Tigers went on to win 2-0. Two days later, the Castle Rock, Colorado, native tallied two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, in Clemson’s 3-1 victory over Georgia at home at Historic Riggs Field. The rookie is tied for the early team lead in scoring with four points.
Miller directed a Florida State defense that earned a 1-0 shutout win on the road at No. 8 Texas A&M on August 19. She stopped all four shots on goal, including three saves in the final 12 minutes as the Aggies sought the equalizer. Texas A&M earned six corner kicks, but were unable to convert any of them into goals. It marked the 28th shutout of Miller’s career, the 12th against a ranked opponent and the sixth shutout versus a team ranked in the Top 10 of the NSCAA poll. The win over the No. 8 Aggies marked the highest ranked road win for Florida State since a 2-1 victory at No. 4 Virginia Tech on October 24, 2013.
Eight ACC teams are listed in the latest Soccer America Top 25, including Florida State at No. 3 and Clemson at No. 9. Duke is the highest ranked ACC team at No. 2, followed by the Seminoles, No. 7 Virginia, Clemson, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 15 Notre Dame, No. 20 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Boston College.
ACC teams are back in action on Thursday, Aug. 25.