Men's Soccer Notables for September 7, 2012

Conference ACCtion

The ACC will begin conference play this weekend as No. 4/3 Maryland meets No. 24/21  Boston College, No. 15/14  Wake Forest plays at Clemson and Duke travels to Virginia to kick ACC action off tonight.

Maryland Up to the Task

Friday's meeting with Boston College will mark the third consecutive ranked team the Terps have faced.

ACC in the Rankings

The ACC boasts five teams in the NSCAA and Soccer America Top 25 Poll. North Carolina holds the No. 1 slot for the second consecutive week. Maryland stands tied for fourth in the NSCAA poll and third in the Soccer America poll.

NC State off to Its Best Start Since 1987

NC State is 4-0 to start the season for the first time since 1987 and is the only ACC school with a 4-0 mark and one of three, North Carolina (3-0-0) and Wake Forest (3-0-0), that stands unbeaten and untied.

NC State returned to the national rankings this week for the first time since the 2009 season. The Wolfpack is ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA Poll and 20th in the Soccer America Poll.

Alex Martinez Heats Up

Alex Martinez (NC State) who leads the league with eight points (2g, 4a) was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week following a 2-0 weekend for the Wolfpack. He totaled two goals and two assists last weekend at the John Rennie Nike Invitational in wins over Delaware and Santa Clara, and earned MVP honors. 

Between the Pipes

Wake Forest's Michael Lisch and North Carolina's Scott Goodwin lead the league with a 0.33 goals against average through 270 minutes of play. Both own two shutouts and have given up just one goal apiece.

Love it Live

ACC teams are used to playing in front of large audiences and last weekend was no different ... Clemson and Virginia had season-high crowds on hand for their matches versus Indiana (3,746) and UCLA (2,167), respectively, while Maryland's home crowd of 6,562 for Friday's match versus UCLA was the sixth highest in Maryland men's soccer history.