Women's Soccer Notables for September 12, 2012

Sept. 12, 2012

* The ACC will begin conference play this week as No. 2/2 Duke travels to play at No. 1/1 Florida State, Clemson meets No. 5/12 Boston College, No. 12/6 North Carolina plays at Maryland, NC State travels to No. 8/5 Virginia and Miami hosts No. 14/15 Wake Forest to kick off ACC action on Thursday, Sept. 13.

* The ACC will have three of its first five conference games televised on Thursday, Sept. 13. Duke at Florida State and Wake Forest at Miami will be available on ESPN3, while NC State will play at Virginia on the Fox Soccer Channel.

* The ACC boasts three teams that are currently undefeated. Boston College stands at 5-0-2 entering the first weekend of conference play, while Florida State and Virginia Tech enjoy unblemished records of 6-0-0 and 8-0-0, respectively. The ACC went 16-2-3 in its last weekend of action to move to 60-12-8 against non-conference competition. The ACC collectively out-scored its opposition 49-15 last weekend.

* The ACC had eight student-athletes representing five schools on the U.S. Under 20 Women’s World Cup team that recently won the World Cup Championship by virtue of a 1-0 win over Germany in the final. Included on the team were Duke’s Mollie Pathman and Kelly Cobb, FSU’s Kassey Kallman, UNC’s Crystal Dunn, Bryane Heaberlin and Kealia Ohai, UVA’s Morgan Brian and Wake Forest’s Katie Stengel. Virginia’s Steve Swanson served as the head coach for the U20s, and led the squad to its third World Cup crown in this tournament’s history. The U.S. won the first-ever U-19 World Cup final against Canada in 2002 by a 1-0 score in overtime and captured the 2008 U-20 World Cup against North Korea by a 2-1 ledger.

* Two of the five players who scored for the U.S. in the 2012 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup are from ACC schools. Kealia Ohai (UNC) scored the game winner for the U.S. in the final and finished the tournament with two goals. Morgan Brian (UVA) also scored one goal in the tournament. Ohail was named ussoccer.com Woman of the Match following the U.S.’s win over Nigeria in the semifinals.

* The ACC boasts seven teams in the NSCAA and Soccer America Top 25 Polls. Florida State holds the No. 1 slot for the third consecutive week, while Duke (2/2), Boston College (5/12), Virginia (8/5),  Virginia Tech (9/7), North Carolina (12/6) and Wake Forest (14/15) are all among the top 15.

* Virginia Tech is off to its best start in program history with an 8-0-0 mark, and its No. 9 ranking is the highest in program history.

* One of Thursday’s ACC openers will pit the top two-ranked teams in the nation as No. 1 Florida State will face No. 2 Duke.  This marks the first time for a #1 vs. #2 showdown in FSU history. Florida State is 4-0-0 as the No. 1 team in the nation, and 9-1-0 all-time when ranked No. 1.

* FSU head coach Mark Krikorian earned his 300th career victory on Sept. 9 when the Seminoles won at Arkansas, 1-0.

* Boston College senior Kristen Mewis owns a seven-game point streak. She registered a goal in the Eagles 2-0 win over Northeastern and tallied a goal and an assist in BC’s 2-2 double overtime draw versus No. 8/9 UCF last weekend.

* North Carolina has posted six successive shutouts (including a 1-0 overtime exhibition win against the University of Montreal on August 26) and UNC has gone 647 minutes without allowing a goal.  The last team to score on Carolina was Portland in the fifth minute of a 1-0 win by the Pilots on August 17.

* Seven of Wake Forest’s 12 goals this season have been a result of set pieces. The Deacons’ two goals in last weekend’s 1-0 wins over UMass and Illinois came on identical corner kick plays as Jessica Mandarich picked out Ally Berry who scored the two headed goals.

* Wake Forest’s Katie Stengel, a native of Melbourne, Fla., will return to her home state this weekend for games against Miami and Florida State. In eight career games against teams from the Sunshine State, Stengel has tallied eight goals and 18 points: four goals against Miami (two games), three goals and an assist against Florida State (four games), and a goal and an assist against UCF (two games).