2005 All-ACC Men's Soccer Teams Announced
Nov. 7, 2005
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Maryland Terrapins, 2005 ACC regular season champions, and the North Carolina Tar Heels led all schools with four honorees each on this season's All-Conference teams. Duke and Virginia each had three selections, while Clemson, NC State and Wake Forest placed a pair of student-athletes on the All-ACC squads. Boston College and Virginia Tech rounded out the recipients with one apiece.
All nine schools were represented on this year's All-ACC Freshmen team with Maryland, North Carolina and Wake Forest leading the way with two selections each. Boston College, Clemson, Duke, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech each placed one player on the squad.
Maryland's Jason Garey was tabbed ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Garey currently leads the conference in goals scored (18), shots (79) and points with 42 (18 goals, 6 assists), while tying the league lead in game-winning goals with five on the year. The senior forward became the Terrapins career leader in goals scored and points with 56 and 131, respectively, in 2005. Garey has registered five multi-goal games this season and has scored a point in 10 straight games entering the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday.
Nathan Sturgis of Clemson was honored as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Sturgis leads a defense that ranks fourth in the conference in goals allowed (16) and goals against average at 0.88 through 17 games this season. The sophomore defender played a key role for Clemson down the stretch as the Tigers finished the regular season winning four straight and unbeaten in their last seven, limiting their opponents to just three goals during that span. The streak also included a 2-0-2 mark in Clemson's final four conference games.
Virginia Tech's Patrick Nyarko was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. In his first year with the Hokies, Nyarko leads the team in goals scored (8), points (22) and four game-winning goals, while sitting second in shots and assists with 36 and six, respectively. The forward from Kuntase, Ghana scored at least one point in 11 of 13 games played guiding the Hokies to a record of 9-2-2 during that span.
For the second time in his career, Maryland's Sasho Cirovski was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year. Cirovski led the Terrapins to a 7-1-0 mark in conference play en route to their second ACC regular season title in the last three years. Maryland finished the regular season with a record of 14-3-1 including a mark of 8-1-1 against ranked opponents in 2005. The Terrapins are currently ranked No. 2 by Soccer America and No. 3 by the NSCAA.
2005 Offensive Player of the Year