ACC Men’s Soccer kicks off conference schedule this weekend
ACC Weekly Publication
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – The ACC men’s soccer teams will open the league this weekend with six games on the schedule.
No. 10 Pitt and North Carolina kick off the ACC schedule at 7 p.m. Friday, while rivals Virginia and Virginia Tech face off at 8 p.m. Friday on ACC Network. There are four games scheduled for Saturday, each featuring at least one nationally ranked team, including two games featuring a pair of ranked teams – No. 22 Notre Dame at No. 24 Syracuse and No. 7 Duke at No. 10 Louisville.
Seven ACC teams are ranked in United Soccer Coaches’ latest pre-season poll, including five in the top 10 – both totals are the highest of any conference.
Schedule to come
Friday, September 9
No. 10 Pitt in North Carolina | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Virginia Tech to Virginia | 8 p.m. | ACCN
Saturday September 10
No. 22 Notre Dame to No. 24 Syracuse | 1 p.m. | ACCNX
NC State at No. 4 Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
1 Clemson at Boston College | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
No. 7 Duke at No. 10 Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ACCNX
Tuesday September 13
LaSalle to Virginia | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
ETSU in North Carolina | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Fairleigh Dickinson at No. 4 Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Niagara at No. 24 Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
James Madison at NC State | 8 p.m. | ACCN
1 Clemson at UAB | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
the ranking is the United Soccer Coaches poll
Noting ACC Men’s Football
• Seven ACC teams are ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches pre-season poll, including five in the top 10 – both totals are the best of any conference. Clemson leads the poll at No. 1 and is followed by Wake Forest (4), Duke (7), Louisville (T10), Pitt (T10), Notre Dame (22) and Syracuse (24).
• Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest are three of the 18 national teams that remain unbeaten and untied.
• ACC teams are 29-10-5 (.716) in non-conference action, outscoring their opponents 93-43. The winning percentage is the best of any conference.
• Duke are one of three national teams who have yet to concede a goal. Five ACC teams rank in the top 20 nationally in goals-against average: Duke (1, 0.00), Syracuse (4, 0.25), NC State (13, 0.33) and Clemson /Wake Forest (17, 0.50).
• Pitt’s Valentin Noel is the ACC’s active leader in career goals (27) and points (65). BC’s Stefan Sigurdarson and Louisville’s Aboubacar Camara are second in career goals with 20 apiece.
• Clemson was chosen as the favorite to win the 2022 ACC Championship following a vote by the league’s 12 head coaches. The defending national champions were chosen as ACC favorites by six coaches.
• Clemson was also selected as the favorite to win the ACC Atlantic Division, while Pitt was voted the Coastal Division favorite for the second consecutive season.
• 15 of the 33 members of the 2021 All-ACC squad return this season, including two first-team members: 2021 ACC Midfielder of the Year Peter Stroud (Duke) and Aboubacar Camara (Louisville) .
• Eight of 11 2021 All-ACC Second Team winners return for the 2022 season.
• 10 of the 12 members of the 2021 All-Freshman team have returned to school this season, including ACC Freshman of the Year Shakur Mohammed (Duke).
• Seven ACC head coaches rank among the top 50 in NCAA Division I in career wins by active head coaches: Clemson’s Mike Noonan (seventh, 368), George Gelnovatch of UVA (10th, 353), Pitt’s Jay Vidovich (15th, 332), Duke’s John Kerr (37th, 220), Syracuse’s Ian McIntyre, 40th, 214), NC State’s George Keifer (45th, 201), and Bobby Muuss of Wake (50th, 193)
• Clemson won its first national championship since 1987 last season and third in program history. The Tigers are firing All-ACC winners Ousmane Sylla and Hamady Diop from their championship team, as well as NCAA College Cup Offensive MVP Isaiah Reid.
• ACC teams have now won 18 NCAA men’s soccer championships, including nine since 2001.
• The ACC had two of four teams in the 2021 NCAA Men’s University Cup (Clemson, Notre Dame) and has had at least one conference team in the Men’s University Cup in 20 of the past 21 seasons.
• Notre Dame captured the 2021 ACC Championship with a 2-0 win over Duke. This was the Fighting Irish’s first ACC crown in men’s football.
• Notre Dame was the fifth different school to win the ACC Championship in the past five years (2017-20: Wake Forest, Louisville, Virginia, Clemson).
• The ACC led all conferences in first-round draft picks (6) and overall draft picks (19) in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft.
• Six current ACC programs have won at least one national championship, the most of any conference. Eleven different league programs have reached the Men’s University Cup. Sixty-one ACC teams have reached the All-Time Men’s University Cup.
• 2021 marked the ninth consecutive season in which the ACC placed the most teams in the tournament and the 21st consecutive season in which at least five teams in the league won a bid.