Beyond the ACCtion: Lights, Camera, Soccer!
Sept. 20, 2012
Steve Phillips, Associate Director of Communications for the Atlantic Coast Conference, takes you Beyond the ACCtion. Today's article looks at Friday's men's soccer match between No. 1 Maryland and Virginia Tech, which will be streamed online by the ACC Digital Network on YouTube.
The ACC Digital Network will break new ground on Friday night.
In conjunction with its partnership with YouTube, the ACCDN will produce its first live soccer broadcast when Maryland's top-ranked men's team plays host to Virginia Tech in a 7:30 p.m. game at Ludwig Field.
"This is absolutely one of the more exciting things we've been a part of," said Andy Siegel, the ACCDN's executive producer. "It's what we should be here for, and we're honored to be able to do it."
The broadcast kicks off what Siegel and the ACCDN expect to become a growing enterprise. A combined seven ACC men's and women's soccer broadcasts will be shown via the ACCDN on YouTube this fall and the network recently announced plans to broadcast six ACC women's basketball games as well.
Fans can view, comment upon and share the programming by visiting youtube.com/accdigitalnetwork, or by searching for ACC Digital Network on YouTube.
"I'm tremendously pleased that the ACC Digital Network and YouTube will partner to showcase ACC content in a way that no other conference has done before," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The reach of YouTube creates a unique opportunity that allows our fans yet another way to experience ACC action, highlights and analysis."
The match between Maryland (5-0-1, 2-0 ACC) and Virginia Tech (3-2-1, 0-1-1) will feature the nation's No. 1 ranked team against the upset-minded Hokies, who knocked off top-ranked and eventual NCAA champion North Carolina last year.
The Terps are led by seniors Taylor Kemp and John Stertzer who were named to the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, as well as junior striker Patrick Mullins. Stertzer is currently tied for second in the conference in goals with 4 while Mullis leads the league in assists (6) and is second in points (10).
The Hokies feature junior goalkeeper Kyle Renfro, the star of the upset of UNC last season and the ACC leader in saves with an even 100 in 2011. Renfro currently leads the conference in saves (32) and saves per game (5.33). He is also second in the league in save percentage (.842) and has posted two shutouts.
Calling Friday night's action will be veteran play-by-play announcer Dave Johnson, the voice of the D.C. United. Color commentary will be handled by John Harkes, a former captain of the U.S. team and World Cup standout. Harkes, who earned ACC and National Player of the Year honors in 1987 after starring at Virginia, is Johnson's current United broadcast partner.
"This first game is going to be something special," Siegel said. "Not only do we feature the No. 1 team in the country, we have a great production team and a great broadcast team."
Not bad for a network that is less than a year old. The ACCDN will reach its first anniversary on Oct. 1.
"Already, in less than a year, we have a phenomenal team here," Siegel said. "As we move toward the live event world, we absolutely want to do more and more. Fans want it, and we're going to be more than happy to provide it."
The events listed below are scheduled to be carried live via the ACC Digital Network on YouTube during the 2012-13 academic year: