Kayla McCoy earns ACC co-offensive player of the week
Coming off registering two goals to spark the seventh-ranked Duke women’s soccer team to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over 16th-ranked Boston College, Blue Devil sophomore Kayla McCoy was selected ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
McCoy, who hails from Lincolnwood, Ill., connected on a penalty kick goal in the 11th minute and then registered the game-winning tally in the 78th minute to push the Blue Devils ahead, 3-2. In the match, the forward totaled a season-high five shots and four of those were on goal.
The multi-goal performance was the second of her short career and the first of the season for McCoy. She now owns a team-high four goals on the year for Duke. For her efforts, McCoy was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week.
The Blue Devils will conclude a seven-match homestand Thursday as Duke will host Louisville at 7 p.m., in an ACC contest played at Koskinen Stadium.
Elon: The fourth week of the season brings the Phoenix into conference play as it opens CAA Football action at eighth-ranked William & Mary at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fans unable to attend can listen to the game on WSML 104.5 FM and 1200 AM or at elonphoenix.com.
Duke: With the 2016 regular season coming to a close, WNBA awards are starting to be released and Blue Devil alum Elizabeth Williams has been named the 2016 WNBA Most Improved player, which was voted on by the Associated Press. A 2015 graduate, Williams had a breakout season in 2016 with the Atlanta Dream. The 6-3 forward/center averaged 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds on the year, which was up from 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds a year ago.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack returns to Raleigh for its ACC home opener against No. 24 Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dail Soccer Stadium. The team enters the match with a 7-2-0 (1-0-0 ACC) record and has won six straight and recorded four consecutive shutouts.
Shaw: The Lady Bears open their Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference division schedule after going 4-0 at the CIAA Volleyball Round-Up last weekend in Murfreesboro. The team enters the week at 5-5 overall, 3-0 in the league after defeating Virginia State (3-1), Elizabeth City State (3-0) and Chowan (3-2). The Bears take on Livingstone Thursday at 7 p.m. in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium, before heading to Johnson C. Smith on Monday at 6 p.m.
St. Aug’s: Preseason All-CIAA player Olivia Porter will lead the Falcons in their home opener against Johnson C. Smith University in Emery Gymnasium on Thursday night at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack opens ACC play Thursday night when the Tar Heels make the short commute to Raleigh. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. inside Reynolds Coliseum. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth.
Wake Forest: Freshman Caroline Rassenfoss recorded a career-high 20 kills in a four-set match, but the Deamon Deacons couldn’t quite overcome the Duke Blue Devils. The Deacons fall to 4-8 overall and return to the court Sept. 23 at Virginia.
Duke: Before playing his first fall match with the Blue Devils, junior Nicolas Alvarez helped his native country of Peru to a 3-2 victory against Venezuela in the championship match of the Davis Cup Group II Americas tournament. Alvarez, the youngest player on either squad, clinched the deciding point with a comeback 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory against Luis David Martinez.
Campbell: Senior Gaston Bertinotti is playing this week in the 30th World Amateur Team Men’s Golf Championship at the Playa Paraiso course. Conducted by the International Golf Federation and hosted by the Mexican Golf Federation, the 72-hole event started Wednesday and proceeds through Saturday with 18 holes each day.
Mount Olive: After finishing first among a loaded field at the DII Challenge in Kutztown, Pa., the Trojans made a five-spot move up to 12th in the U.S. Track and Field & Cross County Coaches Association national poll, while UMO’s women’s cross country team remained sixth in the Southeast region rankings.
UNC: A vote of college baseball coaches and sports information directors from around the country placed the Tar Heels’ Boshamer Stadium as the No. 10 overall baseball facility, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by D1Baseball.com. Boshamer received 57 points in the poll and two first-place votes, making it one of three ACC stadiums, along with Clemson’s Doug Kingsmore Stadium and FSU’s Dick Howser Stadium, in the national top 10.
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