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Sept. 7, 2011
Eight Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer teams are ranked among the top 25 of both the NSCAA and Soccer America polls this week. That includes consensus No. 1 and No. 3 rankings for North Carolina and Maryland, respectively.
Buoyed by an 11-0 showing in games played last Sunday, ACC teams now own a 53-5-3 record against nonconference opposition during the 2011 season.
With 37 career shutouts, Boston College goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni is the all-time ACC leader ... Virginia's Chantel Jones is right behind with 36.
No. 15 Virginia Tech's 6-0 start matches the best in school history and is the Hokies' fastest start since 1994.
No. 7 Virginia's 6-0 start represents the Cavaliers' best since 2004.
Maryland has yet to give up a goal heading into Wednesday night's home match against American.
Two of top-ranked North Carolina's four wins have come against fellow ranked teams (then-No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 18 Ohio State).
Virginia junior Caroline Miller has already tied her career high for goals in a season with six and ranks second in the conference in scoring with 15 points.
Two different players delivered multi-goal games to lead Miami to victory in each of its last two outings. Junior Kate Howarth scored twice and assisted on the other goal in last Sunday's 3-0 win over Duquesne. Sophomore Tara Schwitter scored twice, including the game winner, in Tuesday night's 2-1 overtime win at Florida Gulf Coast. Howarth, who assisted on Schwitter's first score, already has a career-high five goals and leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 13 points.
The hat trick by Wake Forest sophomore Katie Stengel in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Campbell was the eighth in school history and the first since Sarah Winslow scored three times against UNC Wilmington in 2008.
Fifth-ranked Florida State faces its second road game against a top-10 opponent on Friday night, when it travels to eighth-ranked Florida. The Seminoles dropped a tough 2-1 decision to No. 7 Portland in their second match of the season Aug. 21. FSU faced 11th-ranked Marquette at home last weekend, scoring a 3-1 win.
Freshman Kelsey Loupee recorded her second career goal in the 79th minute to secure Virginia Tech's 1-0 win over Connecticut. The win lifted the Hokies to 6-0, matching the program's best start to a season, first set in 1994.
Maddy Elder scored both goals in Clemson's 2-1 win over visiting Northeastern on Sunday. Northeastern is led by Tracey Leone, who was Clemson's first women's soccer coach. Leone coached the Tigers from 1994, the program's inaugural year, to 1999. Clemson advanced to the NCAA tournament all six years with Leone at the helm and reached the NCAA Elite Eight two times during her tenure.
North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance has gone up against a team coached by one of his former players in each of the top-ranked Tar Heels' last two matches. Last Sunday saw UNC score a 3-0 win at 18th-ranked Ohio State, coached by Lori Walker (UNC '94). On Aug. 28, the Tar Heels won 6-1 over Houston, coached by Susan Bush, who played at UNC from 1999-2002.
NC State senior Alex Berger has converted three straight penalty kicks. Berger has four goals this season in all.
Duke's No. 5 ranking by Soccer America on Aug. 30 was the Blue Devils' highest in six years, topping a No. 6 ranking in 2005. Duke is ranked No. 6 in this week's poll.