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ACC Preseason Men’s Soccer Poll Released

ACC Preseason Men’s Soccer Poll Released

Aug. 16, 2001

GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina, the 2000 ACC Tournament Champions, have been selected as the favorite for the upcoming 2001 ACC Men’s Soccer season, as determined by a vote of the leagues seven head coaches.

The Tar Heels finished the 2000 campaign with a 21-3 overall record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. Heading into 2001, North Carolina collected 42 points in the pre-season balloting, edging out Virginia, which finished second with 39 points.

Selected to finish second, the Cavaliers enter the season after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament last season and finished with a 17-6-1 record.

With 37 points, Clemson was picked to finish third while Maryland was fourth recording 30 points.

Completing the pre-season poll in order of finish is Duke (26), Wake Forest (15) and NC State (7).

Considered by many to be one of the top soccer conferences in the nation, ACC schools have won nine national championships in men’s soccer over the last 17 years. This year, the ACC enters the 2001 season with four teams ranked in the 2001 NSCAA preseason poll. North Carolina heads up the poll for the ACC at the No. 5 spot, followed by Virginia at No. 7, Clemson at No. 8, and Duke at No. 13.

Below is a listing of the preseason coaches’ poll with 2000 records and regular season finishes.

2001 Preseason ACC Men’s Soccer Poll
School Points 2000 Record/ Finish
1. North Carolina 42 21-3-0, 5-1 ACC/1st
2. Virginia 39 17-6-1, 5-1 ACC/2nd
3. Clemson 37 14-4-2, 3-3 ACC/4th
4. Maryland 30 10-9-0, 1-5 ACC/6th
5. Duke 26 15-6-0, 5-1 ACC/3rd
6. Wake Forest 15 10-7-2, 2-4 ACC/5th
7. NC State 7 3-12-3, 0-6 ACC/7th

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