Tiernan and Crowley Named @ACCWSoccer Players of the Week

Florida State and Virginia Tech earn wins over ranked teams; stand 2-0

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia Tech junior forward Murielle Tiernan has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while Florida State red-shirt junior defender Kirsten Crowley has been selected as the ACC  Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after keying their teams to wins over fellow ranked opponents. 

Tiernan scored three of the Hokies’ four goals last weekend as No. 13/10 Virginia Tech won the Hoosier Classic. The Ashburn, Virginia, native was responsible for both of Virginia Tech’s scores in its season-opening 2-1 win over Indiana. She followed that performance with a goal in the 54th minute to open scoring in a 2-1 victory over No. 12/9 West Virginia. For her efforts, Tiernan was named to the Hoosier Classic All-Tournament Team. She was also named TopDrawerSoccer’s Player of the Week on Tuesday. 

Crowley captained a Florida State defense that allowed just seven total shots and helped the top-ranked Seminoles earn victories over New Mexico and RV/13 USC at the Lobo Invitational. Notably, in 1-0 shutout of the Trojans, the Panama City Beach, Florida, native had an impressive tackle on a breakaway opportunity by USC that set up a FSU scoring chance in the first half. 

Following the wins, Virginia Tech rose to No. 9 in the NSCAA Top 25, while Florida State held on to its No. 1 spot. Seven ACC teams are ranked in this week’s NSCAA poll, including five in the top 10 (No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 Virginia, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 9 Virginia Tech). Duke checked in at No. 21, while Clemson is ranked No. 23. ACC women’s soccer action continues Thursday.