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Sept. 29, 2011
Maryland and North Carolina are consensus top five teams in this week's national polls. The Terps are ranked No. 2 by College Soccer News and Soccer America, and received a No. 3 ranking from the NSCAA. North Carolina is ranked No. 3 by College Soccer News, No. 4 by Soccer America and No. 5 by the NSCAA.
The ACC continues to have three teams ranked among the nation's top 20, as Boston College checked in this week at No. 13 in the NSCAA poll while receiving a No. 14 rank from College Soccer News and a No. 18 ranking from Soccer America.
The remainder of this week's schedule includes a marquee nonconference matchup on Friday night when Creighton visits Maryland. The Bluejays, ranked as high as second nationally and led by former UNC coach Elmar Bolowich, have yet to allow a goal this season. Maryland ranks third nationally in scoring with 2.8 goals per game.
Friday's conference slate includes a pair of televised games as Virginia visits Clemson (7 p.m., RSN) and Duke makes the short trip to North Carolina (7 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).
In his last four games, ACC Player of the Week Andrew Wenger of Duke has racked up eight goals and four assists for 20 points. The Lititz, Pa., junior has scored two or more goals in four games this season. Wenger currently leads the ACC in points (26) and goals (11).
With 12 saves in last Friday's 1-0 nonconference win over Rhode Island, Boston College goalkeeper Justin Luthy posted the most saves in a match in the ACC this season and it is the only double-digit save performance by a keeper in the conference this year. It was the most saves by an ACC keeper since Duke's James Belshaw had 15 on September 3, 2010. Luthy's 16 saves last week gave him a .889 save percentage.
The winning goal by Clemson's Bryniar Benediktsson with 29 seconds remaining in the second overtime last Friday vs. NC State was the latest goal in school history in OT against time constraints.
North Carolina has posted four straight shutout wins. Keeper Scott Goodwin recorded three saves in Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Old Dominion.
National Team of the Week honors this week include Duke's Andrew Wenger (Top Drawer Soccer), North Carolina's Enzo Martinez (College Soccer News) and Will Bates (Soccer America).