Clemson, S.C. — Clemson junior forward Mariana Speckmaier has been named to the 11-member Preseason All-ACC Team as voted by the league’s head coaches, the conference office announced Thursday. The conference announcement additionally marks Speckmaier’s first Preseason All-ACC honor since joining the Tigers in 2017.
Speckmaier is coming off an impressive sophomore season for Clemson which was highlighted by a Second-Team All-ACC selection, United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Team, two ACC Player of the Week awards, and the team’s Deliah Arrington Co-Offensive MVP honor.
As a sophomore, she started in 19 of Clemson’s 20 matches, logged over 1,500 minutes of competition, and lead the team in both goals (10) and points (22). Six of her 10 goals during her most recent campaign came in game-winning fashion, two coming in overtime wins against Miami (9/14) and No. 4 Virginia (9/20).
In addition to the individual accolade, the Tigers were projected to finish fifth in the ACC in 2019, as voted on by the 14 ACC head coaches in the preseason poll.
The top eight teams in the final league standings will advance to the ACC Championship, which begins with quarterfinal matches at campus sites on Sunday, Nov. 3. The semifinals and final are scheduled for Nov. 8 and Nov. 10 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.