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Nov. 8, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina defender Matt Hedges and Virginia forward Brian Ownby have been named the final 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Players of the Week after each led his team to a key conference victory in last Thursday’s regular-season finale.
Hedges helped lead the Tar Heels to a 2-0 win at No. 10 Boston College to wrap up UNC’s third-straight ACC regular season title. The senior defender tallied the game-winning goal early in the second half and helped lead the Tar Heel defense to its seventh shutout of the season and its fourth in ACC play. The Carmel, Ind., senior has been a key contributor to a Tar Heel defense that leads the ACC in fewest goals allowed with only 13 finding the back of the net in the regular season. The goal was Hedges’ fourth of the year, with two coming in the final two games of the season.
Ownby had a huge night as Virginia ended the regular season with a key win over NC State to clinch home-field advantage in the ACC Championship quarterfinals. He got UVa on the board quickly with a goal in the seventh minute, then assisted on back-to-back goals to give the Cavaliers plenty of cushion during a dominating first half. The Allen, Va., senior provided constant pressure at the top of the UVa attack and recorded eight shots, including four on goal.
Both Hedges and Ownby were named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, and Ownby was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. Both will be in action tonight as the ACC Championship quarterfinals get under way with North Carolina playing host to NC State, and Virginia at home against Wake Forest.