NC State Senior Akil DeFreitas Earns Final 2010 ACC Men's Soccer Weekly Honor

Nov. 8, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – NC State senior forward Akil DeFreitas was named the final 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after proving invaluable in the Wolfpack’s 2-0 victory over defending national champion Virginia to close out the regular season.

DeFreitas missed the midweek game against Florida Atlantic due to an ankle injury, but returned ready to play for his Pack. The veteran from Port of Spain, Trinidad, came off the bench on NC State “Senior Night” to record one goal and one assist in a crucial 2-0 win over the 15th-ranked Cavaliers.

NC State’s first score came when DeFreitas took the ball down the right wing deep into the penalty box and played the ball across to junior Craig Sutherland, who found the back of the net at the 31:58 mark.

The Wolfpack added an insurance goal in the 49th minute when junior Michael Smith sent the ball into space along the left wing, and DeFreitas used his speed to get to the ball in the corner. After a few moves to get into the UVA penalty box, DeFreitas' shot deflected off a Cavs defender and roll into the net at the 48:30 mark for his fourth goal of the season.

NC State will have a quick turnaround, as the Pack will be in action at the upcoming ACC Men’s Soccer Championship on Tuesday, Nov. 9. NC State, which has been seeded No. 8, will play ninth-seeded Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. at the Koka Booth Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

Quarterfinals action will continue on Wednesday, Nov. 10, while the semifinals will take place on Friday, Nov. 12, with games slated at 5:30 and 8 p.m. The championship game will kickoff at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14.

All games are available on the ACC Network located on, while the championship game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. The awards ceremony will be immediately following the title game.

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