NC State's Cain, Virginia's Miller named ACC Women's Soccer Players of the Week
Sept. 1, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State sophomore forward Tanya Cain and Virginia freshman forward Caroline Miller have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Co-Players of the Week after each led their teams to a pair of non-conference victories.
Cain, a native of Pinebluff, N.C., had one hat trick and scored the game-winning goals in both matches as NC State claimed a 2-0 road victory at Campbell on Aug. 24 and a 4-1 victory over visiting Davidson on Friday. Cain delivered the hat trick in the win over Davidson, the first multi-goal game of her career, as the Wolfpack improved to 3-0 on the young season.
After scoring her first two goals in the first 16 minutes of the Davidson match to stake the Wolfpack to a 2-0 lead, Cain scored her third goal of the evening in the 64th minute - two minutes after Davidson's lone goal made the score 3-1 - to thwart any hope of a Wildcats comeback. Cain attempted just eight shots in scoring her four goals on the week.
Virginia's Miller, who was named National Player of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer and earned a spot on Soccer America's National Team of the Week, made a big impact with a combined 10 points in her first two career home games, despite getting limited minutes in a pair of big victories.
The Rockville, Md., native had a goal and three assists in a 5-0 win over Liberty in 38 minutes of action last Friday and had two goals and one assist in 39 minutes of action in Sunday's 7-0 win vs. Hofstra, which had upset No. 25 Richmond in overtime two nights earlier. Miller leads the 11h-ranked Cavaliers in goals (3) and assists (4) after three games.
ACC teams have won 25 of 31 non-conference games thus far. Action resumes tonight, when unbeaten Maryland plays host to Loyola (Md.) at 7 p.m. Wednesday night features another match between non-conference foes as sixth-ranked Boston College plays host to Boston University.
Cain and NC State get back into action Thursday with a 5 p.m. match against UNLV, and Duke plays host to UNC Wilmington at 7 p.m.
Nineteen games involving ACC teams are set for the weekend, including nine games apiece on Friday and Sunday.