BC's DiMartino, FSU's Price named ACC Women's Soccer Players of the Week
Sept. 8, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Boston College freshman forward Victoria DiMartino and Florida State sophomore forward Jessica Price have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Co-Players of the Week for the period of Aug. 31-Sept. 6.
DiMartino, who was named National Player of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer, helped key the fifth-ranked Eagles to three victories. The Massapequa, N.Y., native scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Boston University, then delivered two goals (including another game-winner) and an assist in Friday’s 5-0 win at Brown. DiMartino added a goal in Sunday’s win over Holy Cross, giving her nine points on the week and 11 for the season.
Price posted six points in two Florida State wins, including the assist on the first goal of the evening in Friday night’s 2-1 win over 10th-ranked Penn State, The Libertyville, Ill., native tied a career high with a pair of goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Washington State. Price currently leads the ACC in scoring with 15 points, already surpassing the 12 she tallied all last season as a freshman. Price finished the week with six shots – five on goal – and led the Seminoles in minutes played with 146.
Overall, the past weekend was a banner one for ACC Women’s Soccer, as reflected in the Sept. 7 Soccer America poll that finds three ACC teams ranked among the Top 5 (North Carolina No. 1, Florida State No. 4 and Boston College No 5). Wake Forest is ranked No. 10, and two more league teams -- 16th-ranked Virginia and 18th-ranked Maryland -- are among the Top 25.
Defending NCAA champion UNC (5-0) remains atop the rankings after dismantling fourth-ranked Notre Dame 6-0 in the Inn at St. Mary’s Soccer Classic at South Bend, Ind., in a rematch of last year’s national title game. Ashley Groves’ goal in the 35th minute vs. No. 22 Santa Clara proved the difference for Maryland, which posted its seventh-straight win dating to last season and cracked the national Top 25 for the first time since finishing the 2004 season ranked No. 19. The Terps (5-0) are off to their best start to a season since the 1996 team opened that year with a 14-0-1 record.
In addition to DiMartino and Price, the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week features UNC’s Whitney Engen , who was named the Inn at St. Mary’s Soccer Classic’s Most Valuable Defensive Player. Engen is joined by defensive back-line teammates Kristi Eveland and Rachel Givan,
DiMartino, Price and Engen were also named to Soccer America’s National Team of the Week.
This week’s schedule finds Maryland traveling to American on Wednesday and Florida State at Central Florida on Thursday. A combined 19 matches involving ACC teams are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday,