ACC Soccer: Championships Preview

The ACC Soccer Championship season is here, with both the Men’s and Women’s brackets announced earlier this week. 

On the Men’s side, Wake Forest earned the No. 1 spot, while North Carolina came in at No. 2, Clemson at No. 3, Notre Dame at No. 4, Virginia at No. 5, and Boston College at No. 6.  In the First Round, No. 7 Syracuse will face No. 10 NC State on Wednesday, while Duke and Louisville battle it out at the No. 8 and No. 9 spot for a chance to take on Wake Forest.

For the Women’s ACC Championship, the four top teams meet up on November 4th to kick off what should be an exciting tournament.  Virginia comes in as the No. 1 seed, as they take on No. 4 Clemson in an early season rematch, while No. 2 Florida State battles it out against No. 3 North Carolina.  

Check out the previews for the first round games on the Men’s side and the Semifinals on the Women’s side.

ACC Men's Soccer Championship – First Round - Nov. 4

Championship Site | Bracket

#8 Duke vs. #9 Louisville

This is the first meeting between these two teams this season, as the Blue Devils and Cardinals battle it out on Wednesday night for a chance to move on to the second round of the ACC Tournament and take on No. 1 seed Wake Forest.  The Blue Devils are riding a five game winning streak to end the season, with their most recent win coming against Virginia Tech.  Duke is led by Zach Mathers, who paces the team in goals scored (7) and assists (6) on the season.  The Cardinals finished the season with a 6-8-3 record overall, but are currently on a three game losing streak, most recently losing to Wake Forest 4-2 this past weekend.  Tate Schmitt leads the team in both goals scored (6) and assists (4) on the year.  

#7 Syracuse vs #10 NC State

This will be the second matchup between these two teams since Oct 23, with the Orange taking home a 2-1 victory that Friday night.  Now, the winner of this game will then take on North Carolina on Nov 8.  In that game at Syracuse, the Orange simply dominated for much of the match, eventually scoring two late goals to secure the win.  For the Wolfpack, Zach Knudson has been their top goal scorer this season, while Alex McCauley will have to play exceptionally well in goal.  The Orange have their own weapons offensively, as Julian Buescher and Ben Polk both have scored seven goals each this season. 

ACC Women's Soccer Championship  Semifinals - Nov. 6

Championship Site | Bracket

#1 Virginia vs # 4 Clemson – 5:30 p.m. on ESPN3

These two teams met back on October 10th in Charlottesville, as Virginia produced a 2-0 shutout against the Tigers, one win that has been part of their eight game win streak to end the season.  For the Cavaliers, the offense has been clicking this season, as Alexis Shaffer (10 goals, 7 assists), Morgan Reuther (9 goals, 2 assists), and Makenzy Doniak (8 goals, 9 assists) have been tremendous.  Furthermore, the Hoos have only given up a total of nine goals on the season behind a tremendous defense and goalie Morgan Stearns.  Clemson only had three losses on the season, with all three coming against Top 10 teams in the ACC.  The Tigers have had 14 different players score a goal this year, while Kailen Sheridan has 51 saves this season.

#2 Florida State vs #3 North Carolina – 8 p.m. on ESPN3

Florida State and North Carolina met up earlier in the year for a nationally-ranked No. 1 vs No. 2 showdown, with the top-ranked Seminoles taking a 1-0 victory at home.  These two teams met up two years ago in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, with the Seminoles taking home the 2-1 victory in Cary, NC.  For Florida State, Megan Connolly and company have scored 45 goals while only giving up 10 goals this season, as goalie Cassie Miller has a .792 save percentage.  North Carolina struggled at times down the stretch, but the Heels have a ton of firepower behind Jessie Scarpa, Summer Green, and Alexa Newfield.