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Sept. 14, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia senior midfielder Sinead Farrelly, who led the Cavaliers to an unbeaten weekend that included a victory over nationally-ranked and previously unbeaten Texas, has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week.
Farrelly, a native of Havertown, Pa., was named MVP of the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic after scoring three goals in two games, including both game-winners as the Cavaliers defeated Texas and Brown University.
Against Texas, Farrelly received a pass from Lauren Alwine and cut back a shot inside the near post to break a scoreless tie in the 51st minute. The score triggered a second-half surge that saw the sixth-ranked Cavaliers go on to post a 4-0 victory. It is the only loss of the season for the Longhorns, who entered the game ranked 19th by the Soccer Times and moved into the Soccer America rankings at No. 21 this week.
The Cavaliers again found themselves in a scoreless draw at the half vs. Boston University, and Farrelly again provided the breakthrough score. In the 56th minute, Amanda Fancher played a ball to Farrelly, who cut inside the box, had her initial shot saved, but tapped in the rebound to give Virginia the lead. Farrelly closed out the scoring in the 73rd minute with her second goal of the game and sixth of the season. Kate Norbo headed a clearance attempt behind the defense into the run of Farrelly, who slipped a ball inside the far post.
Farrelly’s two goals against Boston University marked her second multi-goal game of the season. She now has six goals for year, including five in her last three games. In addition to the ACC Player of the Week honor, Farrelly earned a spot on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week (along with Maryland’s Sade Ayinde, Boston College’s Victoria DiMartino and Duke’s Tara Campbell). She was also named a Primetime Performer of the Week by CollegeSoccer360.com.
Fifteen more non-conference matches are set this week as ACC teams continue to gear up for the start of conference play on Sept. 23. Fourth-ranked Boston College plays host to Yale on Wednesday night, followed by a busy weekend that includes No. 6 Florida visiting 15th-ranked Duke on Friday night (8;30, Fox Soccer Channel). Florida will then play top-ranked North Carolina at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium on Sunday as part of the Duke Nike Classic. Sunday’s schedule also includes No. 4 Boston College at No. 24 Rutgers, and No. 18 Wake Forest playing host to No. 21 South Carolina.
2010 ACC Women’s Soccer Players of the Week
Aug. 24 – Meghan Lenczyk, Sr., Virginia
Aug. 31 – Jasmyne Spencer, Jr., Maryland, - Kealia Ohai, Fr. North Carolina
Sept. 7 – Katie Stengel, Fr., Wake Forest
Sept.14 – Sinead Farrelly, Sr., Virginia