Four ACC teams - North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Florida State - remain ranked among the Top 10 or both the NSCAA and Soccer America polls, and Boston College is ranked No. 11 by Soccer America. Duke and Wake Forest are tied for 25th in the Soccer America poll.
Maryland junior forward Sade Ayinde has been named the ACC Player of the Week after leading the Terps to their first ever win over North Carolina on Sunday. Ayinde was also named the NSCAA's National Player of the Week, the fifth ACC Women's Soccer student-athlete in six weeks to receive that honor.
Freshman Laura Weinberg registered three goals and one assist on the week leading Duke to key ACC victories over sixth-ranked Boston College and N.C. State. Weinberg notched two goals in less than two minutes in the first half as the Blue Devils upset sixth-ranked Boston College, 3-0. She assisted on the third goal for Duke in the second half. Weinberg owns a team-best nine goals on the season and is one away from matching the Duke single season record for goals in a season by a freshman. On Sunday against N.C. State, Weinberg registered a second half goal to give Duke a 2-0 victory against the Wolfpack. Weinberg has posted five goals this year against ACC opponents.
Katie Stengel had a hand in both Wake Forest goals against Maryland to help the Demon Deacons to a 2-1 upset of the No. 6/4 Terrapins, in the process tying the Wake Forest single-season records for goals (14) and points (32). Stengel assisted on Marisa Park's opening goal, before chipping Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun for the game-winning goal in the 66th minute. The Melbourne, Fla. native has established herself as one of the most impressive players in the nation this season, as she currently leads all ACC players in goals and points and is the top-ranking freshman in all of Division I in both categories.
Sophomore Kristen Mewis set up the go-ahead goal in the first half and then scored the game-winner in overtime to lead the Eagles past Wake Forest on Sunday, 2-1. Mewis, who notched her ninth goal and 10th assist of the season, is now second on the team in scoring with 28 points, a new career high. It was the fifth game this season in which Mewis notched multiple points. She set a new program record of scoring a point in 11 consecutive games. On Sunday, Mewis 1 goal and 1 assist performance was much needed as the Eagles improved to 4-4 in the conference and 11-4-1 overall.
Clemson freshman midfielder Vanessa Laxgang netted her first career hat trick in Clemson's 4-1 victory over Francis Marion on Sunday. It was the 18th hat trick in program history, and the first by a Tiger since the 2008 season. It was also the first hat trick recorded by a Clemson freshman since the 2006 season. Laxgang also played a role in the Tigers' fourth goal. It was an own goal that was a result of a hard shot by Laxgang that deflected off a Francis Marion defender and into the net.