Maryland's Deegan, Virginia Tech's Michels Named ACC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Oct. 12, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A pair of defenders have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Co-Players of the Week after leading their teams to key road wins.

Maryland senior Colleen Deegan, a central figure for the Terps offensively and defensively in wins at second-ranked Boston College and NC State, is joined by Virginia Tech junior Brittany Michels, who played a part in both of the Hokies’ goals in a 2-1 upset of BC on Sunday.

Deegan lifted Maryland to victory at Boston College by scoring the game-winning goal with just eight seconds remaining in the match, lifting the Terps to a 2-1 victory. The 5-foot-10 center back carved out enough space in the box to get on the end of a corner kick and head home the winner. The Centreville, Va., native also helped hold the high-powered Eagles, who entered the match averaging nearly three goals per game, to just one goal.

Deegan followed that performance with a stellar defensive effort in a 1-0 win at NC State, which had been averaging 2.0 goals per game. Deegan also assisted on the game-winning goal as the now fourth-ranked Terps (11-1-1 overall) moved to 3-1-1 in ACC action, their best start in conference play since also starting out 3-1-1 in 1999. Maryland’s No. 4 ranking by Soccer America this week matches its highest ever.

In addition to keying Virginia Tech’s strong defensive effort at BC, Michels scored her first three points of the season to lead the win. Michels, a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., scored the first goal of the game early in the first half. Then, with the score tied at 1-1 and just over 15 minutes remaining in the match, Michels assisted on the game-winning score as the Hokies (8-5, 2-2) squared their record in conference play by defeating a top-10 ranked team for the second time in seven days.

Michels’ strong game helped Virginia Tech return to a No. 25 national ranking in this week’s Soccer America poll and earn a fifth-place tie in the tight ACC standings as the conference regular season nears the halfway mark.