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Oct. 5, 2011
Maryland and North Carolina remain consensus top five teams in this week's national polls. The Terps are ranked No. 2 by College Soccer News, Soccer America and the NSCAA following wins last week over No. 12 Charlotte and No. 2 Creighton. North Carolina moved up to No. 2 in the College Soccer News poll and is ranked No. 4 by the NSCAA and Soccer America.
At 11-0-1, Maryland is off to its best start since 1968.
ACC Player of the Week Casey Townsend of Maryland also received National Player of the Week honors from the NSCAA and Soccer America. Townsend became the first player this season to score against previously unbeaten Creighton when he connected in the 14th minute of an eventual 1-0 victory on Friday. Townsend leads the Terps with 11 career goals and is seventh on the school's all-time list in goals scored with 37.
NC State freshman Zabarle Kollie scored both goals in last Friday's 2-1 win over Boston College, which entered the match ranked 13th nationally. The goals by Kollie, making his first career start, included the game-winner in the 87th minute.
The winning goal by Wake Forest's Jared Watts in last Saturday night's 1-0 victory over Virginia Tech came with 18 seconds left in the second overtime, the Deacons' latest OT goal since overtime switched from 20 to 30 minutes.
North Carolina outshot visiting UNC Asheville by a 35-5 margin on Tuesday night. Rob Lovejoy's goal four minutes into overtime extended the Tar Heels' unbeaten streak to seven games.
National Team of the Week honors include Maryland's Casey Townsend (Top Drawer Soccer, Soccer America and College Soccer News), NC State's Zabarle Kollie (Soccer America), North Carolina's Enzo Martinez (Top Drawer Soccer) and Duke's Nick Palodichuk (Top Drawer Soccer).
Duke's Nick Palodichuk currently leads all ACC freshmen in goals and points scored. Palodichuk led the Blue Devils in scoring last week with three goals for six points.
Duke's Andrew Wenger has scored in six straight games and in eight of Duke's 11 games this season. In the current six-game stretch, the native of Lititz, Pa., has 24 points.