Bracket Set for 2011 ACC Women's Soccer Championship
Oct. 27, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke holds the top seed for the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Championship, which gets under way Sunday with quarterfinal matches at four campus sites.
The Blue Devils (16-2-1. 8-1-1 ACC), will play host to eighth-seeded Virginia Tech (12-6-1, 4-5-1) in quarterfinal action Sunday. Duke nailed down its second ACC regular-season title and its first since 1994 with Thursday night's 1-0 win over NC State in its season finale.
Other Sunday matchups find No. 2 Virginia (13-3-2, 7-2-1) playing host to No. 7 Maryland (10-4-4, 4-4-2), No. 3 North Carolina (11-4-1, 6-3-1) at home against No. 6 Florida State (12-6, 5-5), and No. 4 Boston College (11-4-2, 5-5) playing host to fifth-seeded and defending champion Wake Forest (12-3-3, 5-2-3). The BC-Wake Forest game will be a quick rematch of Thursday night's season finale, which the Eagles won 2-0 in a light snowfall at Chestnut Hill, Mass., to clinch the fourth seed and the right to remain home on Sunday.
All of Sunday's quarterfinal matches will start at 1 p.m. The winners advance to WakeMed Soccer Park at Cary, N.C. for the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4 and the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 6.
As has been the norm in recent years, the 2011 ACC Women's Soccer Championship will be packed with nationally elite teams. All eight teams in this year's tournament field are ranked among this week's Soccer America Top 25, and four - No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Duke, No. 7 Wake Forest and No. 8 North Carolina - are ranked among the Top 10. Duke is ranked fourth in the most recent NSCAA poll, while Wake Forest holds the No. 7 spot and Virginia is ranked ninth.
In addition, ACC teams hold four of the top five spots in the most recent NCAA RPI report, with Duke at No. 1, Wake Forest at No. 3, Virginia at No. 4 and North Carolina at No. 5.
The semifinal and championship matches will be shown nationally via ESPN platforms, with the semifinals set for ESPN3 and the title game for ESPNU.
Sunday, Oct. 30 - Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 4 - Semifinals
Sunday, Nov. 6 - Finals