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Aug. 31, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Maryland junior Jasmyne Spencer and North Carolina freshman Kealia Ohai have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Co-Player of the Week.
Spencer was named the Most Valuable Player of the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic. Ohai had a hand in both goals as the top-ranked Tar Heels battled second-ranked Stanford to a 2-2 tie last Friday and also scored in UNC's win over defending Big 12 champion Missouri.
Spencer, a native of Bay Shore, N.Y. and a preseason All-American, netted her first goal of the season in the 3-1 win over host Tennessee last Friday. She followed that up with a dominating performance in the Classic-clinching 4-0 shutout of 2009 Atlantic Sun champion Kennesaw State. Spencer scored the first two goals of the game just three minutes apart. Senior Caitlin McDowell scored the other two goals for the Terps, making her and Spencer the first two Maryland teammates to each score two goals in a game since Lydia Hastings and Nataly Arias each scored two vs. Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 21, 2008. Spencer's two goals give her 13 for her career, moving her into a four-way tie for 19th on the Terps' all-time list. Spencer has five game-winning goals for her career, moving her into a four-way tie for 14th on the all-time list. The two victories pushes Maryland's non-conference winning streak to 15 games, again dating back to Mount St. Mary's win on Sept. 21, 2008.
Spencer also earned a spot on the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week (along with Boston College defender Hannah Cerrone and North Carolina forward Courtney Jones).
Ohai, of Draper, Utah, had five points in two games as the Tar Heels earned the draw with No. 2 Stanford 2-2 and then blasted Missouri 6-1. The Tar Heels, playing without preseason All-Americans Rachel Givan and Ali Hawkins, trailed Stanford 1-0 before Ohai tied the game early in the second half with her second goal of the year. Then, after UNC again fell behind by a goal, Ohai assisted on Amber Brooks' score with less than 20 minutes to play to rally the Tar Heels for the second time in the match. Ohai then opened the scoring for UNC in the 31st minute as the Tar Heels scored a decisive 6-1 win over Missouri on Sunday.
The ACC, which has five teams ranked among the Top 10 of this week's Soccer America poll, continues early-season play with another heavy schedule this week. Nineteen non-conference matches are scheduled over the next five days, beginning with Miami's home opener against Florida Gulf Coast tonight.