ACC teams continue to be well represented in the national polls. This week’s Soccer America Top 25 finds five ACC teams ranked among the top eight (North Carolina #2, Maryland #4, Boston College #6, Florida State #7 and Virginia #8). The #4 ranking matches Maryland’s highest effort. Virginia Tech re-entered the Soccer America rankings this week, tied for 25th.
Four ACC teams are ranked among the Top 10 by the NSCAA – North Carolina #3, Maryland #6, Virginia #9 and Florida State #10 – and Boston College just misses at #11. The ACC’s greatest representation this week in terms of sheer numbers can be found in the Soccer Times Coaches Poll, which rates North Carolina #2, Maryland #5, Florida State #6, Virginia #7 and Boston College tied for #9. Wake Forest is ranked 19th and Duke 23rd to give the ACC seven among the Top 25.
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.
With her goal against No. 22 Duke on Oct. 7, Miami senior Brittney Steinbruch became the most prolific point-scorer in school history – breaking a tie with Britney Butcher (2001-04). The Wyckoff, N.J., native now has 75 career points. The 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year led the ‘Canes with nine shots on the week and her game-winner against Duke helped Miami defeat a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
Sophomore Kristen Mewis continues her torrid offensive pace. The Boston College midfielder is currnently in the midst of a new program record of scoring a point in 11 consecutive games. Mewis had a goal in the Eagles loss to Maryland on Oct. 7 and the lone goal in the 2-1 loss to Virginia Tech on Sunday. Mewis now has 8 goals and 9 assists for a career-high 25 points this season. On Sunday, she set a new personal record with 10 shots, five on goal against Virginia Tech.
North Carolina freshman midfielder Crystal Dunn scored her third goal of the season and the first game-winning goal of her career in the first overtime (99th minute of play) to power third-ranked North Carolina to a 1-0 victory at No. 6 Virginia in ACC play last Friday. Dunn has three goals on the season, all in ACC action.
Wake Forest freshman Katie Stengel recorded her third multi-goal game of the season with two goals against Miami, helping the Deacons defeat the Hurricanes 3-1 and improve to 10-4-0 (4-1-0 ACC). The freshman opened the scoring in the 34th minute, chipping the Miami goalkeeper from 12 yards. She found the back of the net again in the 77th minute, dribbling 30 yards through the Miami defense and beating the Hurricane keeper to give Wake Forest a 3-0 lead. Stengel improved upon her already stellar numbers this season, as her 11 goals and 25 points rank first among Division I freshmen nationwide. With six games remaining in the regular season, she is only one goal and two points shy of the Wake Forest freshman records in those categories
Duke freshman Mollie Pathman added her fourth and fifth goals of the season on Sunday, Oct. 10 against Clemson. Pathman posted her second multi-goal performance of her short career as she totaled two second half goals to seal the Blue Devil victory, 4-1. Pathman knocked in a rebound in the 76th minute and then eight minutes later used her left foot to bend in a corner kick from the right side and into the net. A native of Durham, N.C., Pathman now owns five goals and two assists for 12 points.