Noting 2011 ACC Women's Soccer

Aug. 30, 2011

• Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer teams have posted an eye-opening 35-2-2 record against nonconference opposition thus far, including a 2-0-1 mark against teams that were ranked No. 1 nationally last weekend.

• Courtney Jones’ overtime goal lifted then third-ranked North Carolina to a 2-1 win over defending national champion and NSCAA No. 1-ranked Notre Dame last Friday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. Two days later, freshman Kelly Cobb delivered the go-ahead goal in a three-goal second-half blitz that lifted then 10th-ranked Duke to a 3-1 victory over the Fighting Irish.

• Meanwhile, then fourth-ranked Maryland battled Soccer America No. 1-ranked Stanford to a 0-0 tie at College Park, Md., on Friday night. Yewande Balogun made 11 saves in goal for the Terps.

• The strong weekend resulted in three ACC teams now being ranked among the top five of the latest Soccer America poll (North Carolina No. 1, Maryland No. 3 and Duke No. 5). Florida State holds the No. 10 spot, while Boston College is No. 11, Virginia No. 14 and Wake Forest No. 17. Virginia Tech broke into the rankings this week (tied for 25th), leaving the ACC with eight teams among the 26 in the poll.

• The latest NSCAA/Continental Tire rankings feature three ACC teams among the top four (North Carolina No. 1, Maryland No. 3 and Virginia No. 4). Florida State (7th) and Duke (9th) are also among the top 10, while Boston College sits at No. 12 and Wake Forest at No. 15. Virginia Tech is receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.

• Maryland has not allowed a goal in its first four matches, and Balogun ranks second in the conference with 18 saves, one behind NC State’s Kim Kern.

• Virginia leads the nation with 11 different goal-scorers this season. Leading the assault is junior forward Caroline Miller with four goals, including a hat trick (and assist) in last Friday night’s 9-1 rout of Liberty.

• Junior forward Maddy Elder has recorded multi-goal games in two of Clemson’s three games this season. She has taken six shots and scored four times, for a .667 shooting percentage. Elder netted the game-winning goal against Presbyterian College on Sunday, and she assisted on the game-winner against The Citadel on Aug. 22.

• The ACC’s strong start includes an impressive showing by teams under the direction of first-year coaches. Clemson (Eddie Radwanski), Miami (Tom Anagnost) and Virginia Tech (Chugger Adair) have posted a combined 10-1 record while outscoring their opposition 39-5. That includes a 5-0 mark in road games.

• Boston College goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni recorded her 35th career shutout in last Friday’s 1-0 win over Rutgers, tying the ACC record first set by UNC's Aly Winget (2002-05). Virginia’s Chantel Jones owns 34 career shutouts. The NCAA record of 44 shutouts is held by Erin Guthrie of Rutgers (2006-09).

• NC State’s Alex Berger has scored three goals this season – and all have been game-winners. The Wolfpack is off to a 4-0 start for the second time in three seasons under head coach Steve Springthorpe.

• With 75 career points, Tiffany McCarty has moved into a tie for fourth place on Florida State’s all-time scoring list. With two wins last weekend, the Seminoles extended their unbeaten streak at home to 12 games.

• Wake Forest is 3-0 this season, with all of its wins coming on the road. The Demon Deacons will play at home for the first time this season when they host the Wake Forest Nike Challenge this weekend with games against Connecticut on Friday at 6 p.m. and Campbell on Sunday at 2 p.m. Virginia Tech is also part of the Classic Field and will face Campbell on Friday (4 p.m.) and Connecticut on Sunday (11:30 a.m.).