Men's Soccer Notables for September 27, 2012Check out the latest interesting notes and facts about the Atlantic Coast Conference's men's soccer teams.
North Carolina's Scott Goodwin has only allowed two goals this season.
Sept. 27, 2012
The ACC boasts three teams in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll. Maryland is the consensus No. 1-ranked team for the second straight week, followed by North Carolina at No. 6 and Wake Forest at No. 16. The Terps (1), Tar Heels (8) and Demon Deacons (T-25) are also ranked in Soccer America's Top 25 this week.
Eight ACC teams will be in action Friday evening as Boston College hosts NC State, Wake Forest travels to Virginia Tech and Virginia welcomes Clemson. North Carolina and Duke will square-off in Durham, N.C., live on the ACC Digital Network on YouTube. The Digital Network debuted its live YouTube broadcasts on Sept. 21 when Maryland hosted Virginia Tech.
Three ACC student-athletes who excel on the field and in the classroom were selected as candidates for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award for men's soccer. Among the 30 on the men's list are Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw, North Carolina goalkeeper Scott Goodwin and Maryland defender Taylor Kemp.
North Carolina needed overtime for the first time in non-conference play this season on Sept. 25 against Wofford. Mikey Lopez scored the Tar Heels' golden goal in the 103rd minute.
UNC along with Virginia Tech and Maryland have each need extra time once this season to decide the outcome of a match, while Virginia and Wake Forest have each needed additional minutes an ACC-high four times this season. The Caveliers also scored in the 103rd minute to defeat VCU, 1-0, on Sept. 25.
Maryland owns the nation's second-best scoring offense averaging 3.29 goals per game and the fourth-best total goals tally in the nation with 23 for the season. On the flip side, North Carolina stands third in the nation with a stifling 0.28 goals against average.
North Carolina's Scott Goodwin became the Tar Heels' career shutouts leader following a 1-0 decision against Virginia, while recording a seasonhigh six saves. He followed that up with his third straight shutout of Wofford, 1-0, in double overtime. Goodwin ranked third in the nation with a 0.277 goals against average heading into Tuesday night's game and improved that mark to 0.24. The senior from Raleigh, N.C. owns a league-leading six shutouts this season and has only allowed two goals this season.
Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw stopped a season-high eight shots in a 0-0 double overtime draw against No. 16 Wake Forest on Sept. 21.