ACC women’s soccer league play begins on Thursday, highlighted by fourth-ranked Boston College’s trip to top-ranked North Carolina. Clemson plays host to NC State, while seventh-ranked Virginia travels to Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest visits No. 13 Duke. Five more matches are set for Sunday, including another match-up of ranked teams as No. 6 Maryland plays host to Duke. No. 12 Florida State visits Miami, NC State plays host to Boston College, Clemson plays at Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech is at North Carolina.
ACC teams will enter league play with a collective 70-18-6 record against non-conference opposition, a winning percentage of .777. ACC teams posted a .765 winning percentage against outside competition in 2009, when they won a league-record 86 non-conference matches (including NCAA Tournament play).
Maryland (8-0) is one of only three current unbeaten and untied teams in NCAA Division I women's soccer.
North Carolina sophomore forward Alyssa Rich has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week following a two-game stint that included a hat trick and the winning goal against fifth-ranked Florida.
Duke freshman Mollie Pathman netted her team-leading second game-winning goal of the season last Sunday against Middle Tennessee when she notched game’s only score in the 69th minute. For the day, Pathman took six shots with one score, one hitting the post and one hitting the crossbar. Against fifth-ranked Florida on Friday night, Pathman started and played 103 minutes while taking two shots in Duke’s 1-1 tie. Pathman now owns three goals in her rookie year to go along with two assists.
Virginia Tech sophomore Kelly Conheeney set up both Hokie goals in regulation of last Friday night’s 3-2 overtime win over James Madison. Conheeney’s efforts got Tech back into the match after it fell behind 2-0 early in the second half. Conheeney has three multi-point games this season, which equals her season total from a year ago, and also leads the team with six assists.
NC State junior goalkeeper Kim Kern notched a shutout last Friday night by coming up with nine saves in a 1-0 win at Old Dominion, including a pair of saves in the final 10 minutes to preserve the shutout. Kern has three shutouts on the year, including back-to-back clean sheets in the last two games.
Senior Chelsea Regan continued to spark the defense as Boston College gave up only seven shots on goal, one goal and increased the team goals-against-average to 0.36 in lat week’s wins over Yale and No. 24 Rutgers. Regan has played in every game this season, averaging 82 minutes in the last two matches.
Earlier this season, Brittney Steinbruch became Miami’s all-time leading goal scorer. Against Fordham last Friday, the talented forward scored her team leading fifth goal of the season on a fantastic individual effort. She dribbled her way through three defenders and with a sliding toe-touch, guided the ball into the right side of the net, just in front of the charging keeper. The Wyckoff, N.J. native fired off 10 shots against the Rams, who as a team only registered seven shots. With her next point, Steinbruch will tie Britney Butcher (2001-04) as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 73 points.