Notre Dame’s Aubrey, North Carolina’s Pyle Earn ACC Weekly Honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Notre Dame’s Brandon Aubrey has been named the ACC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while North Carolina’s James Pyle was tabbed as Defensive Player of the Week.
Aubrey, one of the Notre Dame anchors at center back, exploded for three goals on offense in a 4-1 win over No. 15 Virginia Tech to open ACC play on Sept. 9. Aubrey scored his third penalty kick goal of the season in as many attempts in the 16th minute, putting Notre Dame ahead 2-0 at 15:09. He then volleyed home a free kick by way of a header at the right post at 77:29 for his second goal of the game to extend the lead to 3-0. The senior from Plano, Texas, capped the night with a free kick strike of his own from 20 yards out to close the Irish scoring at 82:27. Aubrey became the first Notre Dame player with a hat trick in a match since Ryan Finley scored all three goals of a 3-0 win over Providence on Oct. 20, 2012. The Irish defender leads all ACC players with six goals over his first five starts (three game-winning goals), converting six of his eight official shots on goal this season.
Pyle made six saves on 21 shots faced to shut out No. 2 Clemson on the road on Friday night, a 1-0 win for the Tar Heels. The redshirt sophomore keeper from Charlotte, North Carolina, came up with a key penalty save in the first half to keep the match tied 0-0 at halftime. The shutout was his third in four matches this season. Earlier in the week, he made three saves in a 3-2 win over VCU on Monday night.