The ACC remains strong in the College Soccer News’ Top 30 poll as the league owns six of the top 21 spots, including four of the top 10 positions. North Carolina is currently ranked No. 2, while reigning national champion Virginia, Duke and Maryland follow close behind at No. 4, No. 7 and No. 10, respectively. Boston College and Wake Forest make-up the remaining programs nationally ranked in the CSN poll. Five ACC programs also rank among the Top 15 of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/HendrickCars.com weekly poll. North Carolina (No. 2) is joined by Virginia (No. 4), Maryland (No. 8), Duke (No. 9) and Boston College (No. 15) as top 10 selections.
North Carolina midfielder Michael Farfan was named ACC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after guiding his second-ranked Tar Heels to a 2-0 record on the week, improving UNC to 5-1 on the year and 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1967. Against No. 5 Maryland, which came into the Sept. 24th contest holding a nine-game unbeaten streak and had held the Tar Heels winless since 2003, the Wildomar, Calif., native registered a two-goal performance which led to a 2-1 win over the visiting Terrapins. Farfan was at the center of the Tar Heel attack, driving a shot into the back of the net in the 10th minute of play and converting a penalty kick in the 52nd minute to help UNC edge Maryland. For his efforts against Maryland, the senior also earned a spot on College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week, his first national honor of the year for Farfan and the second of his career after earning the same accolade on Sept. 13 a year ago. Farfan, who also played in 93 of a possible 95 minutes against Wofford earlier in the week, is currently ranked fifth in the ACC for shots per game (3.2 spg) and is tied for sixth for points per game (1.0 ppg).
The ACC Men’s Soccer Tournament has crowned a different champion in each of the past four years (Virginia, ‘09; Maryland, ‘08; Boston College, ‘07; and Duke, ‘06). Two of those four went on to become the national champions (UVa & Md).,br>
Virginia’s Ari Dimas scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute to lift the fourth-ranked Cavaliers to their first ACC victory of the season. It was also the team’s first road win of the year. Dimas, a sophomore midfielder, has two goals in his career and both have been game-winners.
Duke sophomore Ryan Finley registered a goal and an assist in a 2-0 week for the Blue Devils. Finley tallied the game-winning goal on Tuesday as Duke edged UNC Wilmington 1-0 on the road. The goal was the forward’s eighth of the season and his third game-winner of the year. Three days later against No. 10 Boston College, Finley posted his first assist of the season on the deciding goal in a 1-0 win over the Eagles. For the year, Finley leads the nation with eight goals and has 17 points overall on the year.
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 picked up his 250th career win at Fairfield on Sept. 14.
North Carolina snapped Maryland’s nine-game unbeaten streak last week. The Terrapins had previously held the Tar Heels winless since 2003. With the win Carolina improves to 5-1 on the year and 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time since 1967.
Four NC State freshmen were named to TopDrawerSoccer’s Top 100 Freshmen list. The Pack led all ACC teams with four selections, as midfielders Christopher Figueroa and Mamadou Kansaye and defenders Gbengha Makinde and Sonny Mukungu were all named.