Men's Soccer Notables for September 13, 2012

Sept. 13, 2012

ACC Action Resumes Friday

After a mid-week non-conference break, eight ACC teams will resume league action on Friday, Sept. 13. Virginia Tech will host Boston College, Clemson travels to Duke, No. 1/2 North Carolina welcomes No. 15/17 Wake Forest,  while No. 18/- NC State hosts No. 3/1 Maryland.

A Battle of the Unbeatens

The Wolfpack and the Terps will meet in a  Friday night clash of the unbeatens live on ESPN3. Maryland is the first nationally ranked opponent the NC State will encounter this season, while Friday’s meeting with Boston College marked the third consecutive ranked team the Terps have faced. Maryland is 2-0-1 against nationally ranked foes. 

Early Results in League Play

The ACC began conference play last weekend with eight teams in action. North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia each earned their first wins of the conference season, while Clemson and Wake Forest played to a 1-1 double overtime draw.

ACC in the Rankings

The ACC boasts four teams in the NSCAA and three in the Soccer America Top 25 Poll. North Carolina holds the No. 1 slot in the NSCAA poll for the third consecutive week, while Maryland stands No. 1 in this week’s Soccer America poll.

NC State off to Its Best Start Since 1982

NC State is 6-0 to start the season for the first time since 1982 and is the only ACC school with a 6-0 mark and one of three, North Carolina (4-0-0) and Wake Forest (3-0-1), that stands unbeaten.  NC State, enjoying its second week in the national rankings, moved up to No. 18 in ths NSCAA Poll.

Alex Martinez’s Hot Streak

Alex Martinez (NC State) who leads the league with 14 points (5g, 4a) was named to two nation teams of the week (TopDrawerSoccer.com and CollegeSoccerNews.com) following another  2-0 weekend for the Wolfpack. He totaled three goals and two assists last weekend in wins over UNC-Greensboro and Marist.

Against the Non-Conference

The ACC is 25-11-2 against non-conference foes and has outscored its non-ACC opposition 73-34.

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 conference openers versus Wake Forest (6,188) and Duke (4,320), respectively ... Maryland’s home crowd of 6,562 for its Aug. 31 match versus UCLA was the sixth largest in Maryland men’s soccer history and the most in the ACC this season.