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Notre Dame, Syracuse earn top seeds
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Notre Dame and Syracuse hold the top two seeds for the 28th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, set to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 5.
The Irish, the defending national champions, finished the regular season with 19 points in league play to clinch the Coastal Division title and the top overall seed. Fifth-ranked Notre Dame (10-4-3, 6-1-1 ACC) will open play in the tournament when it hosts the winner of No. 9 Virginia Tech (7-7-2, 2-5-1) and No. 8 Virginia (9-5-2, 3-3-2) in the quarterfinals.
Second-seeded Syracuse (14-2-1, 5-2-1), currently ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA Poll, earned a shared of the Atlantic Division title with 16 points and will host a quarterfinal match against the winner of No. 10 NC State (7-6-4, 1-4-3) and No. 7 Duke (8-8-1, 4-4-0).
North Carolina (12-4-1, 5-2-1) claimed the No. 3 seed with 16 points in ACC play and is ranked No. 6 nationally. The Tar Heels will host sixth-seeded and 22nd-ranked Louisville (8-6-3, 4-3-1), which will be making its ACC Championship debut, in the quarterfinals.
Clemson (10-6-1, 5-2-1), which earned a share of the Atlantic Division title, will be the fourth seed in the tournament and will host fifth-seeded Wake Forest (10-7-0, 5-3-0) on Nov. 9. The Tigers won the regular season match between the two teams, 3-1, on Sept. 26.
The first round and quarterfinal games will be held on campus sites, with the first round on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. and the quarterfinals on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. The semifinals and championship will be hosted by WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., with the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 and the final at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16.
Single session tickets for the games at WakeMed Soccer Park are available for $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.
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.
2014 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship
Wednesday, November 5 (Campus Sites)
Match 1 – No. 9 Virginia Tech at No. 8 Virginia, 7 p.m.
Match 2 – No. 10 NC State at No. 7 Duke, 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 9 (Campus Sites)
Match 3 –Match 1 Winner at No. 1 Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
Match 4 – No. 5 Wake Forest at No. 4 Clemson, 1 p.m.
Match 5 – No. 6 Louisville at No. 3 North Carolina, 1 p.m.
Match 6 – Match 2 Winner at No. 2 Syracuse, 1 p.m.
Friday, November 14 (WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.)
Semifinal #1 (ESPN3), 5:30 p.m.
Semifinal #2 (ESPN3), 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 16 (WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.)
ACC Championship Game (ESPNU), 2:00 p.m.