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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s soccer team, ranked No. 2 in the preseason National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, has been predicted to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference as determined by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches. The conference made the announcement Wednesday (Aug. 25).

North Carolina was the preseason pick to win the conference, followed by Maryland. After Virginia at No. 3, Wake Forest, Duke, Boston College, NC State, Clemson and Virginia Tech round out the predictions.

Virginia opens the 2010 season unbeaten in its last 16 matches (13-0-3), dating back to a 1-0 double-overtime loss at North Carolina on Oct. 2, 2009. The Cavaliers are also riding a 10-game unbeaten streak in Klöckner Stadium. The squad returns 13 letterwinners and seven starters from the team that won the 2009 NCAA and ACC Championship.

In 2009, the Cavaliers were picked to finish second in the ACC.

Virginia is 2-0 in its exhibitions and wraps up the preseason schedule on Saturday, Aug. 28, at George Mason for a final exhibition contest at 7 p.m. Virginia defeated VCU, 1-0, on Aug. 20 and VMI, 4-0, on Aug. 23.

The regular-season opens on Friday, Sept. 3, when UVa hosts UAB at 8 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium. Prior to that kick-off, Virginia Tech and St. John’s will play at Klöckner at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Virginia women’s soccer team vs. Richmond at 5:30 p.m.

Fans can order 2010 season tickets online, in person or by telephone. To purchase tickets online, visit In-person sales can be made at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

The 2010 All-Soccer Reserved Season Pass (reserved seats for all home men’s and women’s games) is $90. The Men’s Soccer Reserved Season Pass is $50. General Admission All-Soccer Season Passes are also available for adults ($40), Youth/Senior ($30) and Faculty/Staff ($30).

2010 Preseason ACC Men’s Soccer Poll
School (first-place votes) Points 2009 Record
1. North Carolina (7) 78 16-2-4 (5-2-1 ACC)
2. Maryland (1) 68 15-6-2 (4-2-2 ACC)
3. Virginia 64 19-3-3 (4-3-1 ACC)

4. Wake Forest 52 17-4-3 (5-2-1 ACC)
5. Duke 45 14-7-0 (4-4-0 ACC)
6. Boston College (1) 43 14-9-0 (5-3-0 ACC)
7. NC State 26 13-7-2 (2-5-1 ACC)
8. Clemson 16 6-12-1 (2-6-0 ACC)
9. Virginia Tech 13 5-12-2 (2-6-0 ACC)

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