Top Seeds Advance in ACC Men's Soccer First Round

Originally posted Nov 2, updated Nov 3.

Notre Dame wins on Thursday to join Boston College, Syracuse, and Virginia as first round winners


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Boston College, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Virginia advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship, set to be held on Sunday at 1 p.m.
                                                                                                         
Notre Dame defeated Duke, 3-2, on Thursday afternoon on an overtime goal from Jon Gallagher. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday night but was postponed due to weather in the area. 

Wednesday’s first round action at the campus sites of the higher seeds saw No. 8 Boston College advance in penalty kicks (4-3) over No. 9 Virginia Tech after a 2-2 draw, No. 5 Syracuse defeating No. 12 Pitt, 4-0, and No. 6 Virginia downing No. 11 NC State with a 1-0 victory. 

The first round winners advance to the quarterfinals and will face the tournament’s top four seeds on Sunday, Nov. 6. The first two rounds, along with the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 9, are held at the campus of the higher seed. The championship will be played on Sunday, Nov. 13, at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, and will be televised nationally on ESPNU. 

No. 8 Boston College will travel to No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Wake Forest will face No. 7 Notre dame, No. 3 Louisville will host No. 6 Virginia, and No. 4 Clemson will welcome No. 5 Syracuse in a rematch from last year’s ACC and NCAA semifinals. All four quarterfinal matches will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m.

For more information on ACC Men’s Soccer, visit theACC.com or follow on Twitter @ACCMSoccer. Fans are encouraged to use the #ACCMSoccer hashtag during the championship.

2016 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship
Wednesday, November 2-3 (Campus Sites)
Match 1 –#8 Boston College t. #9 Virginia Tech, 2-2 (PKs 4-3) 
Match 2 –#5 Syracuse d. #12 Pitt, 4-0
Match 3 –#6 Virginia d. #11 NC State, 1-0
Match 4 –#7 Notre Dame d. #10 Duke, 3-2 (OT)

Sunday, November 6 (Campus Sites)
Match 5 – #8 Boston College at #1 North Carolina, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 6 – #5 Syracuse at #4 Clemson, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 7 – #6 Virginia at #3 Louisville, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 8 – #7 Notre Dame at #2 Wake Forest, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

Wednesday, November 9 (Campus Sites)
Semifinal #1, 7 p.m. 
Semifinal #2, 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 13 (MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, S.C.)
ACC Championship Game, 2 p.m.


GAME RECAPS

Match 1 –#8 Boston College t. #9 Virginia Tech, 2-2 (PKs 4-3) 

BC HIGHLIGHTS
- Senior Zeiko Lewis scored both of Boston College's goals in the second half.
- Senior Isaac Normesinu and sophomore Simon Enstrom were credited with assists on the strikes.
- Sophomore Cedric Saladin made six saves, including four in the second half.

TURNING POINT
Lewis scored his second goal in the 86th minute to tie the game 2-2. It came just 1:18 after Virginia Tech went ahead, 2-1.

Match 2 –#5 Syracuse d. #12 Pitt, 4-0

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Senior Chris Nanco and sophomore Jonathan Hagman each scored two goals to lead No. 7-ranked Syracuse to a 4-0 victory against Pittsburgh in the first round of the ACC Men's Soccer Tournament at the SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange advance to the quarterfinals where they will face Clemson, which is No. 1 in this week's RPI, on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. in South Carolina.

"We're delighted to progress through (to the tournament quarterfinals)," said Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre. "The guys have worked really hard this year to earn a home game. I thought, in the first half, we were fantastic. Every win is difficult to accomplish, especially big tournament games. We came out a little bit flat second half, but after the third goal, the game really opened up."

Match 3 –#6 Virginia d. #11 NC State, 1-0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The sixth-seeded Virginia men’s soccer team used a late goal from Pablo Aguilar (R-Jr., Guatemala City, Guatemala) to oust No. 11-seed North Carolina State from the first round of the ACC tournament, 1-0, Wednesday night at Klöckner Stadium. Unbeaten in their last 10 matches, the Cavaliers (10-2-5) move on to face third-seeded Louisville at 1 p.m. Sunday in the quarterfinals at UL’s Lynn Stadium.

NC State ends its season with a 5-12-0 record.

Ranked 17th nationally, Virginia recorded its fifth straight clean sheet and extended its scoreless streak to 498 consecutive minutes. UVA goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell (Jr., Todd, N.C.) earned his ninth shutout of the season and the 17th of his career, matching Tony Meola (1988-89) for fifth in program history.

Match 4 –#7 Notre Dame d. #10 Duke, 3-2 (OT)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A stellar passing sequence during the 100th minute for the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team on Thursday left little doubt for the Irish attack. Top conference goal scorer Jon Gallagher found his 12th of the year with under a minute remaining in the first overtime period, lifting the Irish to a 3-2 win over Duke in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship.

Thursday's match was shifted from its originally scheduled start on Wednesday night due to inclement weather. Notre Dame (11-5-2), the tournament's seventh seed, advances to the ACC quarterfinal round on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET) against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.