GREENSBORO, North Carolina (theACC.com) – Clemson senior midfielder Quinn McNeill took home ACC Men’s Football Player of the Week honors on Tuesday, while Wake Forest freshman Trace Alphin and Clemson senior defenseman Oskar Ågren shared The ACC Defensive Player of the Week laurels in the final weekly honors for the 2021 season.
McNeill was a force in the midfield, registering a pair of goals as well as an assist in Clemson’s wins over No. 17 FIU and Louisville last week. The victory over Louisville earned the Tigers a share of the ACC Atlantic Division title as well as the second seed in the upcoming ACC championship. His goal against the CRF was sensational, as he dribbled past the defense, touched his right and fired a shot into the right side of the net. The Greenville, SC native also scored the first-half equalizer against Louisville on a slippery touch on a cross to find the net on the left side. McNeill also played the key pass resulting from Mohamed Seye’s goal against Louisville and got the second assist.
Alphin made eight career-high saves in a 2-0 shutout win over Syracuse on Friday night. His eight saves all came within the last 25 minutes of action. The eight saves were also the most important for a Demon Deacon goaltender since Alec Ferrell recorded eight in the 2016 ACC Championship game against Clemson. The Raleigh, NC native got his first clean sheet against an ACC opponent and his second of the season. Alphin is now 7-4-1 as a starting goalie this season.
Ågren played all 180 minutes of action last week in Clemson’s 4-0 win over No.17 CRF and 5-1 win over Louisville. The Tigers were only the third team to record a clean sheet against the CRF this season and ended the Panthers’ seven-game unbeaten streak. The Malmö, Sweden native scored the first goal of the game against FIU from a well-placed penalty and also assisted on Ousmane Sylla’s goal with a perfectly weighted ball, sending the forward on goal. Clemson’s defense anchor from the center-back position, Ågren smothered opposing forwards in both games during the Tigers’ dominant defensive performance.
The CLA Men’s Soccer Championship kicks off Wednesday with first-round matches on campus. The tournament opens at 6 p.m. on the ACC network as the No. 7 seed from North Carolina receives the No. 10 Syracuse. # 11 seed Virginia will travel to Wake Forest # 6 at 8pm to cap off the ACCN’s first round doubles program. The No. 9 seed Boston College plays at No.8 Virginia Tech and No.12 NC State goes to No.5 Notre Dame, with both games airing at 7 p.m. Wednesday on ACCNX.
The quarterfinals round features a quadruple header on Sunday, November 7 on ACCN and begins at 2 p.m. with Duke, seeded 3, hosting Virginia or Wake Forest. Number one seed Pitt entertains Boston College or Virginia Tech at 4 p.m., while No.4 seed Louisville hosts NC State or Notre Dame at 6 p.m. The quarter-finals end at 8 p.m. with No.2 seed Clemson hosting Syracuse or North Carolina.
The semi-finals will be played on Wednesday, November 10 on campus, and the matches will be broadcast on ACC at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. 2 to 2 p.m.
Five ACC teams are ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll: Pitt (6), Clemson (9), Duke (13), North Carolina (18) and Notre Dame (23).
2021 ACC Offensive Player of the Week
August 31 – Veljko Petkovic, Jr., M, Pitt
September 7 – Stefan Sigurdarson, Jr., F, Boston College
September 14 – Deandre Kerr, So., F, Syracuse
September 21 – Jacob Labovitz, Sr., F, Virginia Tech
September 28 – Matt Bailey, Gr., M, Pitt; Danny Flores, Fr., M, Virginia Tech
October 5 – Thorleifur Ulfarsson, So., F, Duke
October 12 – Daniel Russo, So., F, Notre Dame; Guilherme Feitosa, Fr., M, Pitt
October 19 – Aboubacar Camara, Fr., F, Louisville
October 26 – Milo Garvanian, Sr., M / D, North Carolina
November 2 – Quinn McNeill, Sr., M, Clemson
2021 CCA Defensive Player of the Week
August 31 – George Marks, Sr., GK, Clemson
September 7 – Eliot Hamill, Sr., GK, Duke
September 14 – George Marks, Sr., GK, Clemson
September 21 – Eliot Hamill, Sr., GK, Duke
September 28 – Eliot Hamill, Sr., GK, Duke
October 5 – Charlie Asensio, Sr., D, Clemson
October 12 – Philip Quinton, Sr., D, Notre-Dame
October 19 – Paddy Burns, So., D, Notre-Dame
October 26 – Alec Smir, Gr., GK, NC
November 2 – Trace Alphin, Fr., GK, Wake Forest; Oskar Ågren, Jr., D, Clemson