Boston College moved to the top of the Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer national rankings following a 2-0 week that included the Eagles' first-ever win over previously top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion North Carolina. ACC Player of the Week Kristen Mewis scored the tying goal and assisted on the game-winner in BC's 3-2 road win on Sept. 23. The loss is just the Tar Heels' 13th at Fetzer Field in 319 home matches and only the ninth home loss since the NCAA began recognizing women's soccer as a championship sport in 1982.
The past week has seen four ACC student-athletes recognized as a women's soccer national player of the week by the NSCAA, Top Drawer Soccer or CollegeSocer360.com. North Carolina sophomore Alyssa Rich was named NSCAA Player of the Week on Sept. 22 after registering a hat trick vs. Middle Tennessee State and scoring the winning goal in a victoryover No. 5 Florida. Wake Forest freshmen Rachel Nuzzolese and Katie Stengel, who rank second and third respectively among ACC scorers, are this week's Top Drawer Soccer Co-Players of the Week. And Boston College's Kristen Mewis was recognized as the Primetime Player of the Week by CollegeSoccer360.com for her role in the Eagles' milestone road win at top-ranked North Carolina on Sept. 23.
Three ACC teams are ranked among the top five of this week's Soccer America national poll (Boston College #1, North Carolina #3 and Maryland #5). Five are among the top 10 (Virginia #6 and Florida State #10). Duke (#20) and Wake Forest (tied for #25) also rank among this week's elite teams. All six are also ranked among this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Top 25, including four of the top nine teams (Boston College #2, North Carolina #3, Maryland #7 and Virginia #9).
Wake Forest freshman forward Rachel Nuzzolese recorded multi-point games in the Demon Deacons' wins over No. 14 Duke and Clemson, including scoring the game-winning goal in both matches. In the Deacons' 2-1 victory over the Blue Devils last Thursday, Nuzzolese scored both Wake Forest goals on direct free kicks to give the Demon Deacons their first-ever win at Koskinen Stadium. Against Clemson on Sunday, the Melville, N.Y. native scored Wake Forest's first goal in the 43rd minute and then assisted on Casey Luckhurst's goal two minutes later to spark the Deacons to a 4-0 win over the Tigers and a 2-0-0 start in ACC play for the first time since 2001. Nuzzolese entered the week leading all Division I freshmen in points and is currently tied for the team lead with nine goals.
ACC action picks back up this Thursday night and features another showdown of top 10 teams as No. 5 Maryland plays host to No. 6 Virginia. Wake Forest, ranked as high as 19th by the Soccer Times, travels to 10th-ranked Florida State. Friday's schedule finds No. 3 North Carolina at NC State, and Clemson playing host to Miami.