Virginia Named 2015 Preseason ACC Men's Soccer Favorite
Aug. 13, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Ã¢â‚¬” Virginia has been tabbed as the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s soccer preseason favorite, according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. Coming off a national championship in 2014, the Cavaliers were named by four coaches as the conference’s team to beat, followed by Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, and Notre Dame with two votes apiece.
With 64 points, Virginia also was named by seven coaches as the favorite in the Coastal Division, edging out North Carolina, which had four first-place votes and 59 points. Notre Dame was picked third with 54 points and one first-place vote. Duke (35), Virginia Tech (26), and Pitt (14) rounded out the division.
Louisville was picked as the Atlantic Division favorite, receiving six first-place votes while totaling 66 points. Clemson was selected by five coaches as the Atlantic favorite and had 62 points. Wake Forest (46), Syracuse (40), NC State (20), and Boston College (18) rounded out the Atlantic Division.
The ACC placed seven teams in the NCAA Championship field in 2014, marking the second-straight year that the league has had the most teams from any conference. Virginia’s national title was the seventh in the last 10 years by an ACC squad and 17th in league history.
The 10-team ACC Championship will be held in early November, with first round games slated for Wednesday, Nov. 4, quarterfinals for Sunday, Nov. 8, semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and the championship on Sunday, Nov. 15. All four rounds will be held on the campus of the higher seeded team.
Coming off the program’s seventh national championship in 2014, the Cavaliers return 15 letterwinners, including six starters, from the championship-game win over UCLA. Ranked second nationally in the preseason NSCAA poll, UVa also welcomes in a highly-touted recruiting class which was ranked No. 2 in the nation.
Virginia opens its exhibition season at 7 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 15) against Navy at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium. Prior to the match, UVa will raise its 2014 NCAA Championship banner. Admission is free.
The Cavaliers start the regular season at home on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. against No. 17 Charlotte.
2015 Ticket Information
Season and single-game tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets online, visit VirginiaSports.com/Tickets. In-person purchases 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).
Reserved season tickets are $45. General Admission season tickets also are available for adults ($20), Youth/Senior ($15) and UVa Faculty/Staff ($15). Single-game tickets are $9 for reserved seats if available, $7 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and faculty/staff. Group ticket orders of 20 or more tickets are $4.
2015 ACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
(First place votes)
North Carolina (2)
Notre Dame (2)
1. Virginia (7), 64
2. North Carolina (4), 59
3. Notre Dame (1), 54
4. Duke, 35
5. Virginia Tech, 26
6. Pitt, 14
1. Louisville (6), 66
2. Clemson (5), 62
3. Wake Forest (1), 46
4. Syracuse, 40
5. NC State, 20
6. Boston College, 18