Noting ACC Women's Soccer : September, 14

Sept. 14, 2010

Four ACC teams (#1 North Carolina, #4 Boston College, #5 Virginia and #7 Maryland) are ranked among the nation’s top seven teams in this week’s Soccer America poll. They are joined by Florida State (#13) and Duke (#15) to give the conference six teams among the top 15 … Those same six are ranked among the top 15 in this week’s Soccer Times poll, with Wake Forest holding the #18 spot to give the ACC seven ranked teams … The NSCAA/Hendrickcars.com poll also places North Carolina (#1), Boston College (#4), Maryland (#8) and Virginia (#9) among its top 10. Florida State holds the 13th position, followed by Duke (#17) and Wake Forest (#22).

Maryland has won 18 straight games against non-conference opposition, a streak that dates back to September of 2008. That sets a school record, breaking the old mark of 17 straight that was set in 1996.

Virginia senior midfielder Sinead Farrelly was named ACC Player of the Week after scoring a pair of game-winning goals (and three goals total) en route to earning MVP honors of the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.

Virginia’s Sinead Farrelly, Duke’s Tara Campbell, Maryland’s Sade Ayinde and Boston College’s Victoria DiMartino were named to Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week. Farrelly was also named a Primetime Performer of the Week by CollegeSoccer360.com.

Miami senior Brittney Macdonald led a defense that allowed only a single goal in two games at last weekend’s Hurricane Cup. The Littleton, Colo., native has been an anchor of the Hurricanes’ defense throughout her collegiate career and was named the MVP of last weekend’s tournament after Miami’s 2-1 win over West Virginia and 1-0 shutout of North Dakota State. The Hurricanes’ defense allowed only six shots to reach keeper Vikki Alonzo.

Boston College sophomore forward Victoria DiMartino had an outstanding week as she notched her first career hat trick in a 4-0 win over Brown. It was the first trick by a BC player since the 2003 season. It was also the second time this season she notched the game-winning goal. She now has eight game-winners in two seasons. DiMartino did not stop there; she scored her team leading seventh goal of the season in a tough 2-0 victory over Fairfield on Friday night.

Maryland’s Sade Ayinde scored both game-winning goals to lead the now-7th-ranked Terps to a pair of victories. Ayinde scored the game-winner in last Wednesday’s 3-2 win at Seton Hall on a penalty kick that she helped create with a smart play to take a quick throw-in that gave Jasmyne Spencer a breakaway, during which she was taken down in the box. Ayinde’s PK vs. the Pirates was Maryland’s first successful PK attempt since Oct. 16, 2008. Ayinde then scored the game-winner vs. a Delaware team that came into the game with a 4-1 record and a three-game road winning streak. Ayinde was taken down in the box and again converted a PK to give the Terps a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute. It marked the first time in the 24-year history of Maryland soccer that a player scored back-to-back game-winning goals on penalty kicks. She then tallied an insurance score vs. the Blue Hens with a highlight-reel sliding, bicycle-kick-type goal. Ayinde has scored goals in three-straight games and has tallied at least one point in six of Maryland’s seven games this season.

Virginia Tech’s Kelsey Billups scored one goal in last Friday’s 4-1 win over Villanova, while also setting new career single-game highs in shots (7) and shots on goal (5). The former defender, who switched to forward this season, scored again last Sunday and assisted the overtime game-winner to lift Tech past Vanderbilt, 2-1. It marked Billups’ second multi-point game of her career, both of which have come this season.

In two contests last week, Duke goalkeeper Tara Campbell held her opponents without a goal in 200 minutes. In a 0-0 tie vs. FIU, Campbell registered four saves in 110 minutes as she faced seven shots. Against Yale on Sunday, Campbell notched her third overall shutout on the season with four saves on seven shots faced. One of her biggest plays of the 1-0 win over Yale didn’t even net her a save as she stopped a Yale forward on a 1-on-1 opportunity as she charged out and dove to stop her before she took a shot. Campbell hasn’t allowed a goal over the last four matches, which totals 290 minutes.

Wake Forest freshman forward Katie Stengel scored three goals in two games last weekend at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational. The Melbourne, Fla. native is riding a four-match scoring streak, notching five goals in that time period, and currently leads the Demon Deacons with six goals this season. Stengel has been a clutch player for Wake so far this year, scoring the game-winning goal in three of the Deacons’ five victories.

Following Sunday’s 1-0 win at San Diego State, defending NCAA Champion North Carolina made the cross-country trek back home and arrived early Monday morning. Players and coaches who were part of last year’s team then traveled to Washington for a White House reception honoring national champions. The Tar Heels were one of seven ACC national championship teams that were honored by President Obama in a ceremony at the Rose Garden.