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Oct. 12, 2012
Six ACC teams will be in action Friday evening as No. 1 Maryland hosts Duke on Regional Sports Networks and NC State will host Virginia Tech live on the ACC Digital Network on YouTube. Wake Forest and Virginia will also square-off in Charlottesville. Conference play will continue with Clemson at Boston College on Saturday night at 7 p.m. In non-league action, North Carolina travels to College of Charleston also on Saturday for a 7 p.m. kick-off.
The ACC boasts three teams in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll. Maryland is the consensus No. 1-ranked team for the fourth straight week, followed by North Carolina at No. 2 and Wake Forest at No. 18. Boston College jumped back into the national rankings at No. 20 in the Soccer America Poll this week. The Terps (1), Tar Heels (5) and Demon Deacons (22) are also ranked in Soccer America’s Top 25 this week.
Virginia’s Will Bates scored both of the Cavaliers’ goals in a 2-1 come-from-behind win over No. 23/25 High Point on Tuesday. Bates found the back of the net in the 29th minute to even the score 1-1 and then scored the decisive goal, a penalty kick, in the 89th minute. The win was Virginia’s second of the season over a ranked non-conference opponent and also snapped its three-game skid.
ACC Player of the Week Justin Luthy earned his second straight shutout Tuesday when the Eagles defeated Dartmouth, 1-0. Luthy made three saves in the match and has not allowed a goal in the last 293:18. He is the second Boston College player this season to earn ACC Player of the Week honors.
Kyle Bekker, an All-ACC First Team selection in 2011, scored his first goal of the season to lift Boston College over Dartmouth, 1-0. Bekker registered the golden goal in the 95th minute.
ACC teams are streaking. Maryland leads the pack with a 10-game unbeaten streak. North Carolina has put together a seven-match unbeaten streak, and Boston College has gone undefeated in its last six matches. North Carolina has stifled its opposition, holding its foes to just one goal in the last seven games.
Maryland owns the nation’s top-ranked scoring offense averaging 3.0 goals per game and total goals tally with 33 for the season. On the flip side, North Carolina leads the nation with a stifling 0.26 goals against average. The Tar Heels have posted nine shutouts this season, including four in ACC action.
Maryland has outscored its opposition 33-8, while Wake Forest has scored 23 goals to its opponents nine and North Carolina has allowed an ACC-low three goals while finding the back of the net 18 times. North Carolina’s career shutouts leader Scott Goodwin leads the league and the nation with a 0.24 goals against average. Goodwin also owns a league best nine shutouts.