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Aug. 23, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest sophomore forward Katie Stengel has been named the first 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week after leading the Demon Deacons to road wins at SEC West Division preseason favorite Auburn and Conference USA favorite Central Florida.
Stengel, the 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year and a 2011 Preseason All-American, picked up where she left off last season, scoring six points on two goals and two assists to lead Wake Forest to the two wins over 2010 NCAA Tournament teams.
Stengel scored twice against Auburn, including the game-winner in a 4-1 victory. She then set up Rachel Nuzzolese on a pretty combination for the lone goal in a 1-0 win at 24th-ranked UCF.
After assisting on Wake Forest's first goal in the win at Auburn, the Melbourne, Fla. native's first score of the year came after she made a 40-yard run through the midfield and smashed a shot past Auburn goalie Chandler Hillen. She scored her second goal against the Tigers when she got underneath a Jordan Feger cross and volleyed it into the net. Stengel now has 18 career goals in 26 games played for Wake Forest.
Stengel joined two other ACC women's soccer players in earning national honors. Stengel and Duke goalkeeper Tara Campbell were named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. Stengel, Campbell and Virginia Tech midfielder Kelly Conheeney were named "Primetime Performers of the Week" by CollegeSoccer360.com.
The ACC's 11 teams return to action this weekend after posting an 18-2-1 cumulative record in opening weekend matches against non-conference teams.