Syracuse, Clemson Square Off Sunday for ACC Men’s Soccer Championship

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GREENSBORO, NC ( — Syracuse, No. 2, and Clemson, No. 8, face off in the title game of the 2022 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. Game time is noon, and ESPNU has the live broadcast.

Syracuse (eight games, 5-0-3) owns the ACC’s longest active unbeaten streak, while Clemson has the longest winning streak at five games. 8-seeded Clemson is the lowest-seeded team to reach the championship game. The previous low was 7-Seed Syracuse in 2015.

Clemson has won 15 all-time ACC championships, including four tournament crowns. Syracuse is seeking its second ACC title after winning the 2015 championship.

The teams met in the regular season on September 16, with the Orange coming out on top. 1 ranked Clemson, 2-1.

2022 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship
First round | Wednesday 2 Nov
at campus locations

in No. 7 North Carolina 1, No. 10 Boston College 0
#12 Virginia Tech 2, #5 Louisville 1
at #6 Pitt 4, #11 NC Condition 1 (OT)
at #8 Clemson 3, #9 Notre Dame 1

Quarterfinals | Sunday 6 November
at campus locations

at #4 Wake Forest 1, #12 Virginia Tech 0
at #3 Virginia 1, #6 Pitt 0
at #2 Syracuse 1, #7 North Carolina 0
No. 8 Clemson 2, at No. 1 Duke 0

Semifinals | Wednesday 9 Nov
at campus locations

at #2 Syracuse 2, #3 Virginia 2 (SU advances 5-3 on PK)
No. 8 Clemson 2, at No. 4 Wake Forest 0

Championship | Sunday 13 Nov
WakeMed Football Park | Cary, N.C

No. 2 Syracuse vs. No. 8 Clemson | noon | ESPNU

Considering ACC men’s football
• Among the current ACC programs, Virginia leads with 16 ACC championships. Clemson is second (15). UVA has won the league’s top 11 tournament titles, while Clemson has won four.
• There have been five different champions in the last five tournaments (Wake Forest, Louisville, Virginia, Clemson, Notre Dame).
• The Clemson-Syracuse game is a replay of a September 16 match in which the Orange won 2-1 in 1st place. 1 Klemson.
• Syracuse won the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 2014, although this is their first overall title.
• In the latest NCAA RPI publication, announced Monday, four ACC teams are in the top 10 and seven are in the top 25. Both totals are the most of any conference. Virginia leads all ACC teams at #3 in RPI.
• Four ACC teams were named to the NCAA D-1 Men’s Soccer Committee’s top 16 rankings announced October 28: Duke (3), Syracuse (4), Louisville (5) and Virginia (11th). ). The top 16 is the number of teams seeded in the 48-team NCAA championship group.
• Five ACC teams are ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll. That’s the most of a league. Nine ACC teams were ranked at some point that season.
• Syracuse ranks #3 in the USC poll this week, followed by Duke (4), Virginia (11), Clemson (18) and Wake Forest (20).
• Away teams went out in league games 19-18-11 (.510), although home teams were 5-1-6 in the last two weeks of the regular season. However, road teams are tied 2-6 in the first two rounds of the ACC tournament.
• ACC teams finished the game outside of conference 61-20-14 (.716), beating their opponents 202-87. The win percentage is the second best of any conference.
• Seven ACC teams are in the top 25 countries by schedule: Virginia (1), Louisville (2), Boston College (3), Clemson (6), Pitt (8), North Carolina (16) and Syracuse (25th). ). ).
• Duke (.438) ranks second nationally in goals allowed per game. Syracuse (.624) is seventh while North Carolina (.833) is 20th.
• BC’s Stefan Sigurdarson is sixth with 12 national goals. Duke’s Shakur Mohammed and Syracuse’s Levonte Johnson sit third nationally in goal-winning goals (five), just one behind the national lead. Virginia’s Leo Afonso (four) is 10th in game-winning goals.
• Duke goaltender Eliot Hamill is second nationally in goals-against average (.438). Clemson’s Joseph Andema (.571) is eighth and Syracuse’s Russell Shealy is 16th (.659). Hamill leads the nation in shutouts (11).
• Pitt’s Filip Mirkovic is fourth nationally in assists (12).
• Seven ACC head coaches rank in the top 50 in NCAA Division I for career wins by active head coaches: Clemson’s Mike Noonan (seventh, 377), UVA’s George Gelnovatch (ninth, 361), Pitt’s Jay Vidovich (15th, , 337), Duke’s John Kerr (34th, 228), Syracuse’s Ian McIntyre, 38th, 224), NC State’s George Keifer (47th, 205) and Wake’s Bobby Muuss (49th, 203).
• Clemson won his first national championship since 1987 last season and third in program history. ACC teams have won 18 NCAA men’s soccer championships, including nine since 2001.
• The ACC provided two of the four teams in the 2021 NCAA Men’s College Cup (Clemson, Notre Dame) and has had at least one conference team in the men’s College Cup in 20 of the last 21 seasons.
• The ACC led all conferences in both first-round picks (6) and overall picks (19) in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft.