The ACC boasts four teams in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll. Maryland moved to the No. 1 spot this week, while North Carolina moves to No. 8, Wake Forest stands at No. 16 and NC State at No. 17.
ACC action continues on Friday, Sept. 21. Duke will play at No. 16 Wake Forest, Virginia travels to play at No. 8 North Carolina, NC State will host Clemson and No. 1 Maryland host Virginia Tech.
The Cavaliers’ meeting with the Tar Heels will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel, while the Terps and Hokies will square-off live on the ACC Digital Network on You Tube. It will be the debut of the Digital Network’s live game broadcast on YouTube.
NC State saw its six-game win streak end at the hands of fellow conference foe, Maryland, 3-2, on Sept. 14. The Wolf Pack started the season 6-0-0, its best start since 1982.
Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw scored his first career goal in a 2-0 win over Clemson, while earning his second shutout of the season. Belshaw stepped up and converted a penalty kick in the 71st minute to ice the win. He earned ACC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week honors and was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week for his efforts.
Maryland earned its fourth win over a nationally ranked opponent this season when it defeated No. 18/14 NC State, 3-2, on Sept. 14. Both of the Terps last two wins over nationally ranked competition have come on the road. Maryland will played its sixth Top 25 foe Tuesday night at No. 11 Old Dominion, but the game was suspended due to inclement weather. The game will not be rescheduled.
Maryland Redshirt junior forward Jake Pace owns a three-game goal streak. He is one of five Maryland reserves that are responsible for nine of the Terps’ 21 goals this season.
Speaking of offense, the Terps own the nation’s second-best scoring offense averaging 3.5 goals per game and the second-best total goals tally in the nation with 21 goals for the season.
Virginia Will Bates recorded the ACC’s first hat trick of the season, and the fourth of his career on Sept. 11 as he led the Cavaliers to a 6-1 win over Mount St. Mary’s. His six points in the match are also a league high this season. The MAC Hermann Trophy candidate stands 10th on Virginia’s all-time goals list with 38 for his career.
Virginia Tech goalkeeper Kyle Renfro recorded an ACC season-high nine saves in a 1-1 tie of Boston College on Sept. 14.
Following a 1-0 loss to James Madison, which ended the Tar Heels 16-game unbeaten streak, North Carolina played to a 0-0 double overtime draw against No. 15 Wake Forest on Sept. 14 at Fetzer Field. It was the 28th career shutout for UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin, who is now just a half a shutout short of the school’s all-time record. UNC also stretched its home unbeaten streak to 31 games – the fifth-longest in NCAA history.
The Tar Heels own the fourth best team goals against average (0.32) and seventh best shutout percentages (0.67) in the nation.