1. ACC teams are almost perfect


The ACC's dominance has reached new heights. Long considered men's soccer's best conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference boasts seven teams among the top eight teams in this week's Soccer America Men's Top 25 (see below).

The seven ranked teams are all unbeaten: No. 1 North Carolina (4-0-0), No. 3 Virginia (3-0-0), No. 4 Maryland (3-0-0), No. 5 Clemson (4-0-0), No. 6 Duke (4-0-0), No. 8 Wake Forest (4-0-0) and No. 9 Virginia Tech (3-0-0). ACC teams are collectively 30-2-0 after two weeks. Only N.C. State (3-1-0) and Boston College (2-1-0) have lost.

The ACC teams aren't beating up on slouches, either. Seven of the victories have come against teams ranked in the Top 25. North Carolina, Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest each swept two games in weekend tournament action. In addition, Maryland, the defending national champion, crushed visiting UCLA, 4-1. before 4,020 fans, and Virginia Tech won, 2-1, at previously unbeaten St. John's. Virginia's second game of the weekend, against UCLA, was moved to Monday after the Maryland-UCLA game was pushed back from Friday to Saturday because of Hurricane Ernesto.

Last year, a record eight ACC teams were selected to play in the NCAA Tournament.
    Other weekend highlights:

  • Notre Dame's Joseph Lapira capped a four-goal game with the golden goal as the Fighting Irish topped Indiana, 5-4, Sunday at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. IU coach Mike Freitag said he had never been involved a game like it. "There was a lot of up-and-down emotion for everyone," he said. "The fans got their money's worth." The crowd of 5,613 -- the third largest in the history of Armstrong Stadium -- saw the Hoosiers tie the score on John Hayden's penalty kick with 11 seconds remaining in regulation. Earlier in the day, Saint Louis defeated Connecticut, 5-1, behind two goals each from John DiRaimondo and Calum Angus. The Billikens, who tied Notre Dame, 0-0, on Friday, were named tournament champions on goal differential.

  • No. 2 SMU (4-0-0) picked up its third and fourth shutouts of the season, beating Cincinnati (6-0) and California (1-0) to win its Radisson Hotel Invitational. SMU's Adrian Chevannes, back after sitting out the 2004 season, claimed MVP honors with two goals and one assist. SMU senior Mynor Gonzalez and Cal's Matt Holtrust were the recipients of red cards after elbows to the face were exchanged.
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