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Sept. 14, 2011
Maryland is ranked No. 1 nationally by both the NSCAA and Soccer America this week ... The Terps are No. 2 in the latest College Soccer News poll ... Four ACC teams - Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Boston College - are ranked among the nation's top 10 by College Soccer News.
Virginia Tech's 1-0 double-overtime win over No. 1 North Carolina last Saturday night marked the Hokies' first over a top-ranked team since 2004, when they scored a 1-0 victory at Duke.
Virginia Tech goalkeeper Kyle Renfro was named the National Player of the Week by Soccer America after facing 22 shots and making a career-high nine saves in the win over UNC. Renfro shared ACC Player of the Week honors with Maryland's Patrick Mullins, who joined him on the Soccer America National Team of the Week. Mullins was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week.
Maryland senior Casey Townsend tallied his second career hat trick in top-ranked Maryland's 4-3 overtime win over UMBC on Tuesday.
Wake Forest junior goalkeeper Michael Lisch has posted career milestones in his first four starts of the 2011 season. He made his first career start on Aug. 27 against South Florida and then played the full 90 minutes, posting a career-high eight saves against No. 1 Louisville on Sept. 2. Next, he collected his first career clean sheet on Sept. 4 versus Oregon State. Lisch most recently picked up his first career win Sept. 9 against Clemson.
With a 1-0 win at Duke in its ACC opener last Friday night, ninth-ranked Virginia won on the Blue Devils' home turf for the first time in 10 years. After playing four of their first five matches on the road, the Cavaliers are set to play 10 of their next 13 at home.
Clemson freshman Amadou Dia scored the quickest goal to start a match in school history when he put in a header just 24 seconds into last Friday night's match at Wake Forest. The previous record for the fastest Clemson goal scored was 25 seconds by Austin Savage in 2010 vs. NC State, followed by 39 seconds by Wolde Harris vs. Vanderbilt on September 4, 1994.
NC State becomes the final team to open its ACC slate when it visits top-ranked Maryland for a 7:30 p.m. match on Friday. The match is one of four conference contests slated that evening. Defense has been leading the way for NC State this season, as the Wolfpack sits atop the ACC in goals against with just two through the first five games. NC State did not surrender a goal for the first 306 minutes of the season.