Noting Men's Soccer
Sept. 7, 2011
Sunday's 2-1 win over Radford marked the 300th victory of Maryland coach Sasho Cirovksi's career. With a record of 300-125-29, Cirovski ranks 10th among active NCAA Division I men's soccer head coaches.
Three ACC teams - North Carolina, Maryland and Boston College - entered the week ranked among the nation's top eight. UNC is a consensus No. 1 pick, while Maryland is second in the NSCAA rankings and is ranked fourth by College Soccer News. Boston College is eighth in both polls.
ACC Player of the Week Billy Schuler, who scored North Carolina's winning goal in Sunday night's 2-1 victory over then-No.1 Louisville, has been named the National Player of the Week by the NSCAA and Soccer America,and the National Prime-time Player of the Week by CollegeSoccer360.com.
This marks the first time since Aug. 31, 2009 that both the North Carolina men's and women's soccer programs have been ranked No. 1 nationally in the same week.
The top-10 rankings for Maryland and BC mean a marquee matchup as the ACC season gets under way on Friday night. The Eagles visit the Terrapins for a 7:30 p.m. match in College Park. Other action finds No. 11 Virginia at Duke (7 p.m., FOX Soccer Channel) and Clemson at Wake Forest (7 p.m.). North Carolina visits Virginia Tech on Saturday night, while NC State has a home nonconference date with Richmond.
Large crowds were the norm in matches involving ACC teams last weekend ... Clemson set a regular-season home attendance record with 7,423 for Friday's match vs. South Carolina, while Maryland's home crowd of 7,178 for Friday's match vs. Stanford was the second-largest ever for a men's match in College Park.
Virginia junior Will Bates scored 10 total points and tallied goals in all three games as UVa won three straight matches last week. Bates had the lone goal in last Friday's 1-0 win over Cincinnati, which proved key as UVa went on to win the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational at Blacksburg, Va. Bates also was named to the all-tournament team.
Goalkeeper Justin Luthy led a Boston College defense that allowed just one goal in three matches last week and was a part of two shutouts. The junior racked up 11 saves while facing 32 shots and had a save percentage of .917. His goals against average was a mere 0.34 for the three matches. The only goal he allowed was against Fairfield and came on a scramble in the box. Luthy's shutout time streak currently stands at 189:11.