ACC Men's Soccer Quarterfinals: Wake Forest, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Syracuse Advance

Field Set for #ACCMSoccer Semifinals

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The semifinal field is set for the 2015 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship as No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Notre Dame, and No. 7 Syracuse won quarterfinal matches on Sunday. With the victories, the four teams advance to the semifinals, which will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the campus of the higher seed. 

The Demon Deacons, who are ranked No. 1 in the country, will host fourth-seeded and ninth-ranked Notre Dame. The third-seeded and second-ranked Tigers will welcome the Orange, who are seeded seventh and currently ranked No. 15 in the country.  

Wake Forest (15-1-2) recorded a 2-1 overtime win over ninth-seeded Louisville. Jack Harrison got the Demon Deacons on the board early, while Joey Kunkel scored his first of the season to tie the game with just under 20 minutes remaining. Just over four minutes into the first overtime, Jacori Hayes scored off a rebound, his fifth of the season, to send Wake Forest past Louisville and extend a 12-game unbeaten streak. 

 Austen Burnikel and Kyle Murphy tallied goals and the Tigers received an own goal as Clemson downed sixth-seeded Boston College, 3-0, to advance to the ACC semifinals for the fourth year in a row. With the win, the Tigers improved to 15-1-2 on the season and are unbeaten in their last 13 games. 

In a matchup of the last two national champions, Notre Dame knocked out fifth-seeded Virginia on Sunday for the second straight year in the ACC Championship. Brandon Aubrey connected on the game-winning header, assisted by Patrick Hodan, in the 87th minute as the Irish improved to 10-3-5 on the season.

After two scoreless overtime periods with the score tied at 1-1, Syracuse defeated second-seeded North Carolina, 4-3, in penalty kicks. With the win, the Orange (11-5-3) advanced to the ACC semifinals for the second straight year. 

The four teams remaining in the ACC Championship all rank in the Top 10 of the most recent NCAA RPI and in the Top 15 of the NSCAA Poll. Both games on Wednesday will be carried live on ESPN3. 

For more information on the 2015 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship, visit: http://theacc.co/MSOCchamppage

2015 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship

Wednesday, November 4 (Campus Sites)
No. 9 Louisville d. No. 8 Duke, 2-1
No. 7 Syracuse d. No. 10 NC State, 2-0

Sunday, November 8 (Campus Sites)
No. 1 Wake Forest d. No. 9 Louisville, 2-1 (OT)
No. 4 Notre Dame d. No. 5 Virginia, 1-0
No. 3 Clemson d. No. 6 Boston College, 3-0
No. 7 Syracuse t. No. 2 North Carolina, 1-1 (SU advances on PKs, 4-3)

Wednesday, November 11 (Campus Sites)
No. 4 Notre Dame at No. 1 Wake Forest, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Syracuse at No. 3 Clemson, 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 15 (Campus Site)
ACC Championship Game, 1:00 p.m.


Hayes Sends No. 1 Deacs to ACC Semis with OT Goal

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jacori Hayes scored his fifth goal of the season in the 95th minute of play as No. 1 Wake Forest took down ninth-seeded Louisville 2-1 in overtime at Spry Stadium in the ACC Championship Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon.

Hayes was set up by Ricky Greensfelder and Jack Harrison on the game-winning play. Greensfelder took a pass from Harrison on the left side and the redshirt-junior sent a cross into the box that was deflected by the Louisville goalkeeper, Theo Jamilloux. The ball bounced away from Jamilloux out to Hayes and Hayes sent his shot just inside the right post to keep the Deacs alive in the tournament.


No. 2 Tigers Advance to ACC Semifinals with 3-0 Win Over BC Sunday

CLEMSON, S.C. – The second-ranked Clemson men’s soccer team defeated Boston College (9-7-1) by a score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon in an ACC Quarterfinal matchup at Historic Riggs Field. With the win, the Tigers improve to 15-1-2 on the season, and advance to the ACC Semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 11. It is the fourth year in a row that Clemson has reached at least the semifinals of the conference tournament.

“We had a great week of preparation leading up to today’s game,” noted Head Coach Mike Noonan. “The team seemed to have a winning edge in the way they prepared over the last eight days. As a result of that, we came out here today and executed and were dominant in the game, and I was pleased to see that.


#9 Irish Advance With Heady 1-0 Victory Over #17 Virginia

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - For the second consecutive season the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team found itself locked in an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship quarterfinal battle with No. 17/13 Virginia. The result was once again on the side of the Irish on Sunday, as Brandon Aubrey finished a spectacular header off a Patrick Hodan corner kick in the 87th minute to send fourth-seeded Notre Dame past fifth seed Virginia 1-0 on a sunny afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

No. 9 Notre Dame (10-3-5) will face the tournament's top seed and national No. 1 ranked Wake Forest in an ACC Championship semifinal on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (ET) inside Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Orange Upsets Tar Heels in Shootout, Advances to ACC Semifinals

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Redshirt junior Liam Callahan converted the go-ahead penalty kick against No. 5/3 North Carolina to send No. 15/-- Syracuse to the ACC Men's Soccer Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year. The teams were tied, 1-1, after 110 minutes of play, but the Orange won the shootout, 4-3, for the victory.

"North Carolina is one of the elite programs in the country," said Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre. "They have a wonderful array of talent and very dangerous players going forward with a lot of experience, so we knew we had our hands full today. This time of the season, we know what the other team is going to bring to the table. It's just a case of executing. Obviously we worried that we didn't get that second goal, but thankfully, the guys showed a lot of character to find a way to move on."