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Nov. 8, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off the 2010 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The four-day tournament opens competition with eighth-seeded NC State (9-7-2, 1-5-2 ACC) facing ninth-seeded Virginia Tech (5-12-1, 1-6-1 ACC) in the day’s only match.
“The Town of Cary and WakeMed Soccer Park are excited to once again be the host venue for the ACC Men's Soccer Championship,” said WakeMed Athletic Facility Supervisor Keith Jenkins. “The Town takes great pride in partnering with the ACC, Capital Area Soccer League and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitor's Bureau to showcase the best men's soccer conference in the country.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 10, ACC men's soccer student-athletes and other school representatives will participate in a new league-wide initiative called "ACC Community Connections." The outreach program is aimed at teaching life lessons to elementary and middle school students in the communities in which the ACC student-athletes compete in their end-of-season Championships.
North Carolina (14-2-1, 7-0-1 ACC), which collected the 2010 ACC regular-season crown, earned the top-seed in the league tournament and will play the winner of Tuesday’s 1 p.m. NC State vs. Virginia Tech match on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The regular-season championship is the second consecutive for the Tar Heels as the school shared the honor with Wake Forest last season.
To open quarterfinals action on Wednesday, second-seeded Maryland (14-2-1, 6-1-1 ACC) battles seventh-seeded Clemson (5-8-4, 2-4-2 ACC) in a Noon match-up at WakeMed Soccer Park. In the 2:30 p.m. Wednesday slot, third-seeded Wake Forest (8-8-2, 4-3-1 ACC) will face sixth-seeded Virginia (10-4-3, 2-4-2 ACC), while wrapping up quarterfinals action on Wednesday is fourth-seeded Duke (9-4-4, 3-3-2 ACC) and fifth-seeded Boston College (9-3-5, 2-2-4 ACC) at 8 p.m.
Last year, Virginia recorded its eighth consecutive shutout, blanking the Wolfpack, 1-0, to win the 2009 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship. The one goal was all the eventual national champion Cavaliers would need to win their 10th ACC title and first since 2004.
Tuesday and Wednesday’s action will be played on WakeMed Soccer Park’s Koka Booth Stadium, while the semifinals and title game on Friday and Sunday, respectively, will be played on the main field, WakeMed Soccer Stadium.
Semifinals action will continue on Friday, Nov. 12, with games slated at 5:30 and 8 p.m. The championship game will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14. All games are available on the ACC Network located on theACC.com, while the championship game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. The awards ceremony will be immediately following the title game.
For complete coverage, including the bracket and game results, visit theACC.com. Also make sure to check out the 2010 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship page or follow ACC men’s soccer on Twitter @theaccchamps,p>