Clemson selected the 2022 ACC pre-season men’s soccer favorite
GREENSBORO, North Carolina (theACC.com) – Clemson was chosen as the favorite to win the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship following a vote by the league’s 12 head coaches. The defending national champions, the Tigers, were chosen as ACC favorites by six coaches.
North Carolina and Pitt each got two votes for overall champion, while Notre Dame and Wake Forest got one vote apiece.
The league also unveiled its 2022 preseason watch list, consisting of one student-athlete from each program, nominated by the respective schools.
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.
Clemson was also selected as the favorite to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division, finishing with nine first-place votes and 64 points overall. Wake Forest scored the remaining three votes for first place and finished second in the polls with 55 points. Louisville (47), Syracuse (33), Boston College (28) and NC State (19) were selected third through sixth in the division, respectively.
Pitt was voted the Coast Division favorite for the second straight season. The Panthers were NCAA quarterfinalists last season and were chosen as divisional favorites on six ballots, finishing with 57 points to narrowly edge North Carolina, which finished with five votes for first place. and 52 points. Notre Dame, after winning the 2021 ACC Championship and reaching the NCAA College Cup Semifinals, was selected third in the division with a first-place vote and 44 points. Duke (38), Virginia Tech (34) and Virginia (21) finished fourth through sixth, respectively.
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.
The 2022 ACC Men’s Soccer Regular Season officially begins Thursday, August 25. League matches start on Friday, September 9.
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.
2022 ACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Survey
Clemson, 6 voices
North Carolina, 2
Notre Dame, 1
Wake Forest, 1
Clemson (9), 64
Wake Forest (3), 55
Boston College, 28
North Carolina State, 19
Pitt (6), 57
North Carolina (5), 52
Notre Dame (1), 44
Virginie Tech, 34 years old
Virginia, 21 years old
Votes for first place in parentheses
ACC 2022 Pre-Season Watch List
Victor Souza, Sr., D, Boston College
Mohamed Seye, Sr., F, Clemson
Peter Stroud, Jr., M, Duke
Eric Danquah, Jr., M, Louisville
Sebastian Schacht, Gr., M, North Carolina
Luke Hille, So., F, NC State
Bryan Dowd, Jr., GK, Notre Dame
Jackson Walti, Gr., M, Pitt
Amferny Sinclair, Sr., M, Syracuse
Andreas Ueland, Sr., D, Virginia
Mayola Kinyua, Sr., M, Virginia Tech
Omar Hernandez, Sr., M, Wake Forest