Clemson freshman forward K.C. Onyeador was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after helping his unranked Tigers to a 1-1 tie with 14th-ranked Boston College and a 5-0 win over Gardner-Webb. Onyeador registered one goal and an assist against visiting Gardner-Webb on Oct. 5, scoring his first collegiate goal. The freshman went on to score in the eighth minute of play against conference foe Boston College. Teammate Nick Burton dribbled down the left side and sent a pass to Wes Nelson, who crossed the ball to Onyeador. The rookie then knocked the ball in the net near the left post for his second goal of the year. Onyeador, a Sterling, Virginia native, is tied for third for the team lead in points (5). In addition, the newcomer has started five of the 10 games this season.
Jason Herrick scored two goals to lift No. 6 Maryland to a pair of wins against No. 2 Connecticut and Virginia Tech. Herrick, who was named a Lowe’s Senior CLASS finalist last week, played in 83 minutes in the Terps’ upset win against the Huskies before adding two goals in a 7-0 rout of league-foe Virginia Tech on Friday. For Maryland, it was the largest margin of victory against an ACC opponent since defeating NC State, 7-0, in the ACC Tournament in 1996 and largest in regular season play since an 8-1 defeat of Duke in 1965. Herrick is tied with last week’s ACC Player of the Week Matt Kassel with a team-leading five goals and has also added an assist this season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Scott Goodwin earned his fourth ACC shutout of the year in North Carolina’s 1-0 win over Wake Forest. The Raleigh, N.C. native owns a .20 goals against average in conference play. Goodwin stopped a free kick with just seven seconds remaining to preserve the win over conference opponent Wake Forest.
Junior forward Brian Ownby scored one goal for Virginia against Liberty and two against Alabama A&M to lead the Cavaliers to a 2-0 mark last week.
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).
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.