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Oct. 31, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina (16-2-1 overall, 8-2 ACC) has earned the top seed for the 23rd annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Championship and will face eighth-seeded Virginia Tech (10-8-1, 4-5-1) in Wednesday’s quarterfinal match at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
Other quarterfinal action will feature second-seeded Maryland (15-2-1, 7-2-1) vs. No. 7 Duke (10-6-1, 4-5-1), third-seeded Virginia (13-3-2, 7-2-1) vs. No. 6 Boston College (12-5-1, 5-5), and fourth-seeded Florida State (13-4-1, 7-2-1) vs. No.5 Wake Forest (11-7-1, 5-4-1).
The starting times for the four quarterfinal matches will be announced on Monday. The semifinal matches are set for Friday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The finals are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday’ quarterfinal matches and Friday’s semifinals will be webcast via theACC.com. Sunday’s Championship is scheduled to be televised by Regional Sports Networks.
North Carolina, the two-time defending NCAA champion, is seeking its sixth straight ACC title and its 22nd in 24 years.
Four teams in this year’s ACC Championship field – third-ranked Maryland, fourth-ranked UNC, seventh-ranked Virginia and eighth-ranked Florida State – are currently ranked among the nation’s Top 10.
Boston College is ranked as high as 11th nationally (by Soccer America), while Wake Forest is ranked 21st by Soccer Times and shares the No. 25 ranking in the most recent Soccer America poll with Duke.
All eight teams in this year’s ACC Championship field competed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, posting a league-record 20 wins and placing four teams among the final eight.
This will mark the third straight year, and the seventh time in eight seasons, that Cary, N.C., has hosted the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship. WakeMed Soccer Park will also be the site of the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship, set for Nov. 9-10, 12 and 14, and the NCAA Women’s College Cup on Dec. 3 and 5.