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Sept. 14, 2010
The ACC dominates the College Soccer News' Top 30 poll as the league owns six of the top 11 spots, including three of the top five positions. Reigning national champion Virginia is currently ranked No. 2, while North Carolina and Maryland follow close behind at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively. Duke, Boston College, and Wake Forest make-up the remaining programs nationally ranked in the CSN poll. The same six programs also rank among the Top 14 of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/HendrickCars.com weekly poll. Virginia (No. 2) is joined by North Carolina (No. 4) and Maryland (No. 7) as top 10 selections.
Duke sophomore forward Ryan Finley was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week after helping his seventh-ranked Blue Devils battle reigning 2009 national champion Virginia to a 2-2 double overtime tie at Koskinen Stadium. The sophomore native of Lumberton, N.J., registered the game-tying goal for Duke with just over two minutes remaining in regulation against visiting No. 2 Virginia, which had taken the lead with 4:40 left on the clock. Finley's goal marked his team-leading fourth on the season, while he tallied eight shots, three on goal, against the Cavaliers in 96 minutes of action. After tallying four goals on 24 shots in just two weeks of 2010 ACC men's soccer action, Finley is leading the league in shots (24), points (8), goals (4), shots per game (8.0), points per game (2.67), and goals per game (1.33).
Virginia is unbeaten in its last 19 games, holding a 15-0-4 mark in those contests dating back to last year's NCAA Championship season. Additionally, the Cavaliers have not lost to a non-conference opponent since the 2008 NCAA Tournament - a string of 13 contests - and is unbeaten in its last 12 matches in Klöckner Stadium.
Head coach Ed Kelly, who is in his 23rd year at Boston College and was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame last fall, has guided the Eagles to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and seven in the last decade. Kelly looks for his 250th career win in his next contest - at Fairfield on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
North Carolina senior Eddie Ababio scored the lone goal in the Tar Heels' 1-0 road win over rival NC State Friday night. The forward from Tampa, Fla., had played defense the previous three years before returning to forward this week in place of the injured Billy Schuler.
Sophomore defender Sean Hiller of Virginia registered the go-ahead goal and eventual game-tying score against seventh-ranked Duke in the 86th minute. The goal, which marked the second of the year for Hiller, allowed the Cavaliers to remain unbeaten in its previous 19 contests.
Wake Forest sophomore forward Andy Lubahn scored his first goal of the season in the Demon Deacon's 2-1 win against Clemson on Friday. Lubahn, a native of Erie, Pa., gave the Deacs the early lead in the match with an impressive goal from 23 yards out into the upper right corner of the box. The goal was Lubahn's first of the 2010 season.