Noting 2011 ACC Women's Soccer

Sept. 14, 2011

• The No. 4 through No. 8 spots in this week's Soccer America poll are occupied by ACC teams (Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Maryland and Boston College) ... Eight ACC teams are ranked among the top 21 by Soccer America, and seven are among the top 18 of this week's NSCAA rankings.

• Conference play gets under way on Thursday night with three league matches, including a regionally televised contest between ranked teams as third-ranked Florida State visits 13th-ranked Wake Forest (8 p.m., RSN). Other league matches on Thursday night include No. 6 Maryland traveling to No. 14 Virginia, while Miami plays host to Clemson.

• Duke standout freshman Kelly Cobb has been named National Player of the Week by the TopDrawerSoccer.com and Soccer America. With seven points in last Friday's 7-2 win over Texas A&M, Cobb matched a Duke single-game record. The seven points was also a Duke freshman record, while her three assists in the match tied a Blue Devil freshman record.

• Boston College senior goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni picked up her fifth shutout of the season to give her the new Eagles program record of 38 in a 4-0 victory over Colgate. Mastroianni, who along with Alaina Beyar has played every minute of each of the Eagles' eight games this season, also holds the ACC career record for shutouts and the BC single season record for shutouts with 14, which she accomplished as a sophomore.

• Boston College coach Alison Foley needs three wins to reach 200 for her career. All but four of Foley's 197 career wins have come during her 14-plus seasons with the Eagles.

• Florida State juniors Jessica Price and Tiffany McCarty, both of whom took redshirt years in 2010 due to injuries, have received the two most recent ACC Women's Soccer Player of the Week honors. McCarty, the 2009 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, leads the Seminoles with seven goals and 15 points. Price is second on the team in scoring with eight points.

• With a 6-0-2 record in nonconference play, Maryland posted an unbeaten regular-season record against non-ACC opponents for the third straight year.

• At 7-1, NC State is off to its best start under third-year head coach Steve Springthorpe and the program's best since 2008.

• Wake Forest sophomore goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe has four shutouts this season, besting her three from all of last season. The Demon Deacons' four clean sheets through the first six games of the 2011 season equals the total that they recorded in all of 2010.