Rivalry Matches Highlight ACC Men’s Soccer Weekend

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GREENSBORO, North Carolina – Rivalry games take center stage in the ACC Men’s Football Conference this weekend, with Virginia at No. 17 Virginia Tech on Friday and No. 12 Duke at No. 16 North Carolina on Sunday. Both games air at 7 p.m. on the ACC Network.

ACC teams went 6-1-1 in non-conference action to start the week, highlighted by Pitt’s 1-0 triumph at Penn State, the Panthers’ first win at State College since 1966.

Five ACC teams are ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll – more than any other league. The ACC holds three of the top six spots in the poll. Clemson is ranked No. 2 nationally and is followed by Pitt (5), Duke (12), North Carolina (16) and Virginia Tech (17).

Upcoming Results/Calendar

Monday September 13

No. 15 Pitt 1, at Penn State 0

Tuesday September 14

Michigan State 4, at Notre Dame 3

at No. 16 North Carolina 1, Campbell 0

at No. 2 Clemson 3, Georgia Southern 0

at Syracuse 7, Binghamton 0

at NC State 2, James Madison 1

at Virginia 0, UNC Greensboro 0 (2OT)

at Boston College 3, Holy Cross 2 (OT)

Friday September 17

Boston College at No. 2 Clemson | 7 p.m. | ACCNX

Virginia at No. 17 Virginia Tech | 7 p.m. | ACCNX

NC State at Notre Dame | 7 p.m. | ACCNX

Louisville to Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ACCNX

No 5 Pitt in Wake Forest | 8 p.m. | ACCNX

Sunday September 19

No. 12 Duke at No. 16 North Carolina | 7 p.m. | ACCN

Monday September 20

Wake Forest to George Mason | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Tuesday, September 21

Our Lady of Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Clemson at UNC Greensboro | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Syracuse to Cornell | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Boston College at Yale | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Virginia to James Madison | 7 p.m.

Virginia Tech at William & Mary | 7 p.m.

Northern Kentucky to Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ACCNX

the ranking is the United Soccer Coaches poll at the time of the match

Noting ACC Men’s Football

• This marks the second of eight weekends of action at the conference.

• Callum Johnson (Clemson) and Jasper Loeffelsend (Pitt) are tied for the lead in assists this season with five each.

• The ACC’s only undefeated team with a 6-0-0 record, Clemson is tied for first nationally in goals per game (3.67) and also ranks third nationally in goals-per-game average. goals against (0.167).

• Clemson’s +21 goal differential (22-1) is the best nationally and seven more than any other team. Pitt is No. 3 nationally in goal differential (+11), while UNC is No. 4 (+10) and Syracuse is No. 9 (+9).

• Syracuse sophomore forward Deandre Kerr was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week, while Clemson senior goaltender George Marks was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks.

• Marks was also named to College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week. Kerr and Clemson’s Oskar Ågren have been named to the Top Drawer Football Team of the Week.

• Six ACC head coaches rank in the NCAA Division I top 35 in winning percentage by active head coach: UNC’s Carlos Somoano (4th, .728), Virginia’s George Gelnovatch (12th , 0.688), Bobby Muuss of Wake Forest (16th, 0.728). 674), Clemson’s Mike Noonan (27th, .640), Pitt’s Jay Vidovich (27th, .640) and NC State’s George Kiefer (35th, .606).

• The 2021 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship returns to a 12-team format this season, with the first three rounds at campus venues before the championship game on Nov. 14 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina .

• 21 of the 30 members of the 2020 All-ACC team return this season, including four first-team members: 2020 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Valentin Noel de Pitt, Defensive Player of the ACC 2020 Pitt’s Jasper Löeffelsend, Notre Dame’s senior forward Jack Lynn and Pitt’s graduate goaltender Nico Campuzano.

• All 11 members of the 2020 All-Freshman team returned to school this season.

• Pitt was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2021 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship following a vote by the league’s head coaches.

• The Panthers were also the coaching favorites to win the Coastal Division, while Clemson was the favorite in the Atlantic Division.

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