Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson men’s soccer program was predicted to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division during the 2019 season, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. Clemson received 36 votes towards their placement, along with one vote to win the division. Voting is conducted by the 12 head coaches within the conference.
In addition to Monday’s announcement, senior defender Malick Mbaye was named to the conference’s preseason watch list. Mbaye was tabbed as a starter 14 times last season, appearing as a substitute in two additional matches. The defender logged 1,269 minutes of action last season and recorded his lone goal against Boston College.
Wake Forest was tabbed to win the Atlantic Division, while North Carolina received 10 first-place votes towards winning the Coastal Division. North Carolina also earned nine first-place votes towards winning the overall conference title. Earlier this month, Clemson was one of 10 ACC schools listed in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Preseason Top 25, with the Tigers being one of three ACC schools to receive votes but be placed outside the Top 25.
The Tigers open their 2019 season with two exhibitions, the first on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Coastal Carolina at 6 p.m. The team then returns home to Historic Riggs Field to face Presbyterian College at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24. The regular season begins Aug. 30, as the Tigers take on South Carolina at Historic Riggs Field at 7 p.m. Season tickets are available now and can be purchased here.
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