Six ACC Teams Ranked In Preseason NSCAA Men's Soccer Poll

Aug. 10, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Defending National Champion Virginia earned the No. 2 ranking and was one of six Atlantic Coast Conference teams to earn a spot in the 2010 Preseason NSCAA Men’s Soccer National Rankings released Tuesday.

The Cavaliers (19-3-3) were joined by Wake Forest (No. 3) and North Carolina (No. 4) in the top five. The Demon Deacons (17-4-3) and the Tar Heels (16-2-4) are both coming off appearances in the NCAA College Cup semifinals. Wake Forest lost to Virginia in overtime, while North Carolina fell to Akron on penalty kicks.

The Zips were tabbed the preseason No. 1 after going undefeated in the regular season. Virginia topped Akron in the championship game, winning the penalty kick shootout 3-2 following a 0-0 draw. The Cavaliers finished the 2009 campaign on a 16-game winning streak.

Maryland (15-6-2) was the fourth league team to earn a ranking, coming in at No. 6. Duke (No. 11) and Boston College (No. 12) rounded out the conference’s selections.

Also receiving votes in the poll was NC State.

2010 Preseason NSCAA Men’s Soccer National Rankings

Rank    School                                         Previous*          2009 Record*

1             Akron                                            2                             23-1-1

2             Virginia                                      1                             19-3-3

3             Wake Forest                            3                             17-4-3

4             North Carolina                       4                             16-2-4

5             UCLA                                             5                             12-4-4

6             Maryland                                   6                             15-6-2

7             Tulsa                                              7                             15-5-2

8             UC Santa Barbara                     10                           17-5-2

9             Northwestern                           11                           11-5-4

10          Harvard                                        9                             14-4-1

11          Duke                                             12                           14-7-0

12          Boston College                      15                           14-9-0

13          Stanford                                       14                           12-6-2

14          Drake                                            8                             16-7-2

15          Monmouth                                 13                           18-2-2

16          South Florida                             18                           14-4-3

17          St. John’s                                     21                           9-3-9

18          Ohio State                                   19                           12-5-4

19          Portland                                       17                           12-6-5

20          Louisville                                    16                           13-3-4

21          Indiana                                         20                           12-10-1

22          Connecticut                               24                           11-4-4

23          UNC Wilmington                     22                           14-3-5

24          Michigan State                         RV                           11-8-2

25          UC Irvine                                     25                           15-7-0

*Final 2009 ranking and record shown.