Field Set for 2016 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship

North Carolina, Wake Forest earn top seeds


GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina and Wake Forest hold the top two seeds for the 30th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, set to begin Wednesday, Nov. 2. Both the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons repeated as divisional champions from a year ago.

Top-seeded North Carolina (11-2-3, 5-1-2 ACC), currently ranked No. 3 in the country, earned the Coastal Division title with 17 points and will host a quarterfinal match against the winner of No. 9 Virginia Tech (10-4-3, 3-4-1) and No. 8 Boston College (7-7-2, 3-3-2). The Hokies are ranked No. 23 this week. 
 
Wake Forest (12-2-3, 5-1-2) finished the regular season with 17 points to claim the Atlantic Division title. The second-ranked and No. 2 seed Demon Deacons will host the winner of No. 10 Duke (7-7-2, 2-5-1) and No. 7 and 12th-ranked Notre Dame (10-5-2, 3-3-2)  in the quarterfinals

Third-seeded Louisville (11-4-2, 5-2-1) will welcome the winner of No. 11 NC State (5-11-0, 1-7-0) and No. 6 Virginia (9-2-5, 3-2-3). The Cardinals are ranked No. 7 in this week’s NSCAA Poll, while the Cavaliers sit at No. 17. 

Clemson (11-2-4, 4-1-3), the 2015 NCAA runner-up, earned the No. 4 seed and will host the winner of No. 5 Syracuse (10-3-3, 3-2-3) and No. 12 Pitt (2-12-3, 0-6-2). The Tigers and defending ACC Champion Orange are ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in the nation, respectively, and both reached the College Cup in 2015. 

The first round of the 2016 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. The winners will advance to the quarterfinals and will face the top four seeds on Sunday, Nov. 6. The first two rounds, along with the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 9, will be held at the campus of the higher seed. The championship will be held Sunday, Nov. 13, at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, and will be televised nationally on ESPNU. 

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 (Campus Sites)
Match 1 – #9 Virginia Tech at #8 Boston College, 7 p.m. 
Match 2 – #12 Pitt at #5 Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 3 – #11 NC State at #6 Virginia, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 4 – #10 Duke at #7 Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

Sunday, November 6 (Campus Sites)
Match 5 – Match 1 Winner at #1 North Carolina, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 6 – Match 2 Winner at #4 Clemson, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 7 – Match 3 Winner at #3 Louisville, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 8 – Match 4 Winner 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.