Wake Forest Earns Top Seed at 2008 ACC Men's Soccer Championship
Nov. 10, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off the 2008 ACC Men's Soccer Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Tuesday, November 11. The four-day tournament opens competition with eighth-seeded NC State (8-8-1, 3-5-0 ACC) facing ninth-seeded Virginia Tech (5-12-1, 0-8-0 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 college soccer."
Atop of both the Soccer America and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 polls, Wake Forest (17-0-1, 7-0-1 ACC) finished the season as the 2008 regular season ACC champions, earning the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Men's Soccer Championship and will play the winner of Tuesday's 1 p.m. NC State-Virginia Tech match on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Wake Forest captured its first unbeaten regular-season finish in program history and enters the tournament riding an unbeaten streak of 23 games, dating back to last season.
To open quarterfinals action on Wednesday, second-seeded Maryland (15-3-0, 6-2-0 ACC) battles seventh-seeded North Carolina (11-6-1, 3-5-0 ACC) in a noon match-up at WakeMed Soccer Park. The fifth-ranked Terrapins and the 20th-ranked Tar Heels faced each other in the final game of the regular season as Maryland earned its eighth consecutive victory with a 2-1 decision at Ludwig Field.
In the 2:30 p.m. Wednesday slot, third-seeded Boston College (9-6-2, 5-3-0 ACC) will face sixth-seeded Clemson (7-8-2, 3-4-1 ACC). The Eagles defeated the Tigers, 2-0 earlier in the season; however, Clemson owns a 2-1-1 advantage in the all-time series, including BC's only conference loss in the 2007 season.
To wrap up quarterfinals action on Wednesday, fourth-seeded Virginia (9-7-1, 4-4-0 ACC) and fifth-seeded Duke (10-6-2, 3-3-2 ACC) will battle at 8 p.m. The Blue Devils, who defeated Virginia 1-0 in overtime earlier in the season, have won the last three meetings - all three coming in overtime or double-overtime. However, the Cavaliers hold a narrow 36-35-7 advantage in the series.
Last year, Boston College captured its first ACC Men's Soccer crown with a 2-1 victory over eventual national champion Wake Forest. Just two years after going winless in the league in their first ACC campaign, the 2007 title marked an astounding turnaround for Boston College head coach Ed Kelly and the Eagles.
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. 14 with games slated at 5:30 and 8 p.m. The championship game will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. All games are available online through ACCSelect.com, while the championship game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net. The ACC men's soccer awards ceremony will be immediately following the title game.