Posted On: October 27, 2017
– Wake Forest and North Carolina hold the top two seeds for the 31st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championship, set to begin Wednesday, Nov. 1. Both the Demon Deacons and Tar Heels won their third straight divisional titles this season.
Defending ACC Champion Wake Forest (15-1-1, 7-0-1), currently ranked No. 1 in the country, earned the Atlantic Division title and the top overall seed with 22 points and will host a quarterfinal match against the winner of No. 8 NC State (8-4-4, 3-3-2) and No. 9 Virginia Tech (8-8-0, 3-5-0).
North Carolina (14-2-1, 6-1-1) finished the regular season with 19 points to claim the Coastal Division title. The third-ranked and No. 2 seed Tar Heels will host the winner of No. 7 Notre Dame (9-5-2, 3-3-2) and No. 10 Pitt (8-9-0, 2-6-0) in the quarterfinals.
Third-seeded Louisville (11-2-3, 5-2-1) will welcome the winner of No. 6 Virginia (10-3-3, 3-2-3) and No. 11 Boston College (6-9-1, 1-6-1). The Cardinals are ranked No. 11 in this week's United Coaches Poll, while the Cavaliers sit at No. 13.
Duke (12-3-2, 4-3-1), which entered the regular season finale tied for seventh in the league standings, jumped up to the No. 4 seed and will host the winner of No. 5 Clemson (11-4-0, 4-4-0) and No. 12 Syracuse (6-8-3, 0-6-2). The Blue Devils and Tigers are ranked No. 18 and No. 4 in the nation, respectively.
The first round of the 2017 ACC Men's Soccer Championship will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. The winners will advance to the quarterfinals and will face the top four seeds on Sunday, Nov. 5. The first two rounds, along with the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 8, will be held at the campus of the higher seed. The championship will be held at noon on Sunday, Nov. 12, at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, and will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
Last year, No. 2 seed Wake Forest defeated No. 4 Clemson, 3-1, to win the ACC Championship.
All 12 ACC men's soccer teams have been ranked this year, and seven currently hold spots in the top 10 of the NCAA RPI.
For more information on ACC Men's Soccer, visit theACC.com or follow on Twitter @ACCMSoccer or #ACCMSoccer.
2017 ACC Men's Soccer Championship
Wednesday, November 1 (Campus Sites)
Match 1 – #9 Virginia Tech at #8 NC State, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 2 – #12 Syracuse at #5 Clemson, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 3 – #11 Boston College at #6 Virginia, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 4 – #10 Pitt at #7 Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Sunday, November 5 (Campus Sites)
Match 5 – Match 1 Winner at #1 Wake Forest, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 6 – Match 2 Winner at #4 Duke, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 7 – Match 3 Winner at #3 Louisville, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 8 – Match 4 Winner at #2 North Carolina, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Wednesday, November 8 (Campus Sites)
Semifinal #1, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Semifinal #2, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Sunday, November 12 (MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, S.C.)
ACC Championship Game, Noon (ESPNU)