ACC Men’s Soccer Opens 2022 Regular Season Thursday

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GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com)
– The ACC men’s soccer teams open their 2022 regular season this week, with all 12 teams in non-league action. Nine teams will start on Thursday, while the remaining three teams will open their season on Friday evening.

Four games are scheduled for television broadcast over the first five days of the season. No. 15 Wake Forest takes on UCF at 8 p.m. Thursday on the ACC Network. Defending national champion Clemson hosts No. 13 Indiana at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPNU. Syracuse hosts No. 21 Penn State at 6 p.m. Sunday and No. 7 Pitt hosts No. 6 West Virginia at 7 p.m. Monday, with both games airing on ACCN.

Clemson was chosen as the favorite to win the 2022 ACC Championship following a vote by the league’s 12 head coaches. The Tigers 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.

Six ACC teams are ranked in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, the most of any conference. Clemson won all first-place votes to lead the 2022 preseason poll. The Tigers are one of three ACC teams in the top 10, joined by Notre Dame at No. 4 and Pitt at No. No. 7. Duke is ranked No. 12, while Wake Forest is No. 15 and North Carolina is No. 24.

Schedule to come
Thursday August 25

Quinnipiac at Boston College | 4 p.m. | ACCNX
#10 St. Louis in Louisville | 5:00 p.m. | ACCNX
Iona to Syracuse | 5:00 p.m. | ACCNX
Seattle at No. 4 Notre Dame | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Xavier to Virginia | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Air Force at No. 24 in North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ACCNX
No. 2 Georgetown at No. 7 Pitt | 8 p.m. | ACCNX
UCF at No. 15 Wake Forest | 8 p.m. | ACCN
Virginia Tech at the Grand Canyon | 10 p.m. | ESPN+

Friday August 26
Loyola (Md.) at NC State | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Indiana No. 13 at No. 1 Clemson | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
San Diego at No. 12 Duke | 7:30 p.m. | ACCNX

Sunday August 28
Milwaukee at No. 12 Duke | 2:30 p.m. | ACCNX
No. 21 Penn State in Syracuse | 6:00 p.m. | ACCN
Air Force at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
South Florida at No. 24 North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ACCNX
Virginia Tech at No. 23 UCLA | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 network

Monday August 29
Northeast at Boston College | 5:30 p.m. | ACCNX
Wofford to NC State | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Rider to Virginia | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
No. 6 West Virginia at No. 7 Pitt | 7 p.m. | ACCN
USC Upstate at No. 1 Clemson | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Bellarmine to Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ACCNX
No. 4 Notre Dame at Michigan State | 7:30 p.m. | BTN+

the ranking is the United Soccer Coaches poll

Noting ACC Men’s Football
• The 69th season of ACC men’s soccer kicks off Thursday and Friday with all 12 teams in action.
• League play begins on Friday 9th September.
The 2022 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship opens at campus venues on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and concludes with the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 13 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.
• 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).
• Pitt’s Valentin Noel is the ACC’s active leader in career goals (24) and points (58). Aboubacar Camara of Louisville is second in both categories (19g, 41p).
• 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 won the 2021 ACC Championship on November 14 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.
• Seven ACC head coaches rank in the NCAA Division I top 40 in winning percentage by active head coach: UNC’s Carlos Somoano (sixth, .716), UVA’s George Gelnovatch (12th, 0.681), Bobby Muuss of Wake Forest (15th, 0.716). 674), Pitt’s Jay Vidovich (26th, .642), Clemson’s Mike Noonan (27th, .640), ND’s Chad Riley (32nd, .613), and NC State’s George Kiefer (36th, .599).
• ACC teams finished with a 66-22-6 (.734) record in regular season non-conference play, the second-best mark of any national league in 2021.
• 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.
• Virginia has won seven NCAA men’s soccer championships, the third most of all time. Clemson (3), North Carolina (2), Duke (1), Notre Dame (1) and Wake Forest (1) also won titles.
• Eight ACC teams have won bids for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Division I Soccer Championship, most by any conference in this tournament.
• The ACC not only clinched the most berths of any conference, but also won four of the top eight national seeds: Notre Dame (4), Pitt (5), Duke (7) and Clemson (8) .

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