UNC's Schuler and Wake's Lubahn Share ACC Men's Soccer Weekly Accolades
Nov. 9, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina sophomore forward Billy Schuler and Wake Forest freshman forward Andy Lubahn share the final 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week honor after scoring game-winners in ACC action. Lubahn helped Wake Forest to a 3-0 shutout over the 11th-ranked Blue Devils en route to a share of the 2009 ACC regular-season crown with North Carolina and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Men's Soccer Championship, which gets underway on Tuesday.
Schuler helped close the regular season for second-ranked North Carolina with an unbeaten week. The sophomore from Allentown, N.J., tallied game-winning goals against both Elon and Clemson and finished with seven points on three goals and an assist for the week. Against Elon, Shuler scored unassisted goals in the 42nd and 60th minutes in a 2-1 victory. At Clemson, he broke a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal in the 74th minute and followed with an assist on teammate Martin Murphy's goal to lift UNC to a 3-1 win.
Lubahn scored the game-winning goal in Wake Forest's 3-0 victory against No. 11/13 Duke. The rookie from Erie, Pa., gave Wake an early lead with his seventh goal of the season in the 14th minute. Lubahn now has two game-winning goals on the season, while his seven goals scored in his rookie season ranks in a tie for fourth among freshmen in school history.
Schuler shares the ACC lead with six game-winning goals (Jason Herrick, Maryland) and leads UNC with eight goals and 20 points on the season. In league action, Lubahn ranks second among all ACC student-athletes in goals per game as the freshman has scored five goals, trailing only teammate Zack Schilawski's six.
North Carolina and Wake Forest are both back in action on Wednesday in quarterfinal action of the 2009 ACC Men's Soccer Championship. The second-seeded Tar Heels and seventh-seeded NC State are slated to battle at 8 p.m. North Carolina holds a 48-20-11 lead in the all-time series with NC State, including three-straight wins, while the Wolfpack have taken only one match from UNC since 1997.
Wake Forest, which earned the top-seed in the tournament after following league tie-breaker procedures, will play the winner of Tuesday's 1 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Clemson match on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The regular-season championship is the second consecutive for Wake Forest and the fifth in program history, while it marks the first since 2000 for the Tar Heels.
The Men's Championship, featuring defending NCAA champion Maryland and six current top-15 teams, opens with a first-round game between eighth-seeded Virginia Tech and ninth-seeded Clemson on Tuesday, November 10. Ticket sales are currently underway, and several special offers are available for each event.
For complete ACC men's soccer coverage, including the 2009 Championship Bracket and game results, visit theACC.com. Also make sure to check out the 2009 ACC men's soccer Championship page or follow ACC men's soccer on Twitter @theaccchamps.