Men's Soccer Notables for October 3, 2012
Oct. 3, 2012
Eight ACC teams will be in action Friday evening as NC State hosts Duke on Regional Sports Networks, Virginia travels to undefeated Maryland, which will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel and North Carolina and Clemson will square-off in Clemson, S.C. on ESPN3. Virginia Tech will host NJIT in a nonconference match.
The ACC boasts three teams in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll. Maryland is the consensus No. 1-ranked team for the third straight week, followed by North Carolina at No. 6 and Wake Forest at No. 15. The Terps (1), Tar Heels (8) and Demon Deacons (17) are also ranked in Soccer America’s Top 25 this week.
Wake Forest’s Luca Gimenez became the first ACC Student-Athlete to record a hat trick in league action when he scored three of the Demon Deacons’ goals in a 4-0 win over Virginia Tech. Gimenez was named the ACC Men’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week for his efforts. His hat trick was the first for Wake Forest this season and third overall in the ACC. Will Bates (Virginia) and David Clemens (Virginia Tech) each accomplished the feat in nonconference play.
Boston College’s Charlie Rugg, the ACC men’s soccer Co-Player of the Week was also named TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Player of the Week.
ACC teams are streaking. Maryland leads the pack with a nine-game unbeaten streak. Wake Forest owns a six-game undefeated streak, North Carolina has put together a five-match unbeaten streak, Boston College has gone undefeated in its last four matches, while Clemson, after starting the season 1-5-2 has won its last three games and has outscored its foes 6-1. North Carolina and Wake Forest have also stifled the opposition with both teams holding its foes to just one goal during their respective undefeated streaks.
North Carolina needed overtime for the second consecutive game this season on Sept. 28 at rival Duke. Jordan Gafa scored the Tar Heels’ golden goal in the 92nd minute. North Carolina owned a two-man advantage for the final 10 minutes of the match.
Maryland owns the nation’s top-ranked scoring offense averaging 3.33 goals per game and total goals tally with 30 for the season. On the flip side, North Carolina stands second in the nation with a stifling 0.32 goals against average.
Maryland has outscored its opposition 30-7, while Wake Forest has scored 21 goals to its opponents six and North Carolina has allowed an ACC-low three goals while finding the back of the net 15 times. UNC’s career shutouts leader Scott Goodwin leads the league with a 0.29 goals against average. His 0.32 GAA heading into Tuesday’s match ranked second in the nation. Goodwin also owns a league best seven shutouts.
The ACC will be well represented in Major League Soccer this weekend as nine former ACC men’s soccer players will be in action as members of the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls. The Fire and the Red Bulls will face each other on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised on NBC. There are 51 total former ACC men’s soccer players currently playing in the MLS.