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Aug. 17, 2016

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ââ’¬” The Virginia men’s soccer team was selected third in the Coastal Division in the 2016 ACC Preseason Coaches Poll, released Wednesday by the conference office.

Racking up 50 points in the preseason poll, UVA was selected by North Carolina (66) and Notre Dame (62) and ahead of Duke (33), Pitt (21) and Virginia Tech (20) in the Coastal Division. Clemson was named the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Division, while North Carolina also was selected as the coaches’ favorite to finish as the conference’s overall champion. UVA received one vote to win the overall championship.

Virginia returns 18 letterwinners this season, including seven starters, while welcoming in a top five-ranked recruiting class. 2015 All-ACC honorees Edward Opoku (So., Rye, N.Y.) and Jeff Caldwell (Jr., Todd, N.C.) highlight the returning Cavaliers. UVA boasts 13 newcomers this year, including 11 freshmen as well as a pair of transfers.

UVA has won seven national championships and 15 ACC titles and appeared in 35-consecutive NCAA tournaments ââ’¬” the longest current streak in the nation.

Ranked 17th nationally in the preseason NSCAA poll, Virginia completes its exhibition schedule at 7 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 20) at home against No. 10 Georgetown. Admission is free. UVA begins its regular-season schedule on Friday, Aug. 26, at home against No. 21 Coastal Carolina.

Regular-Season Ticket Information
A limited number of reserved season tickets remain available and are $45 apiece. General admission season tickets 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 per ticket.

All fans can order season tickets online, in person or by telephone. 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).

The Virginia men boast an outstanding 11-match home schedule, highlighted by visits from five 2015 NCAA qualifiers ââ’¬” Coastal Carolina, national runner-up Clemson (Sept. 17), Hofstra (Oct. 4), Radford (Oct. 11) and Notre Dame (Oct. 14).

2016 ACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
(First place votes)

Overall Champion
North Carolina (5)
Clemson (3)
Notre Dame (2)
Virginia (1)
Wake Forest (1)

Atlantic Division
1. Clemson (6) – 64
2. Wake Forest (6) – 62
3. Syracuse – 50
4. Boston College – 34
5. Louisville – 28
6. NC State – 14

Coastal Division
1. North Carolina (8) – 66
2. Notre Dame (4) – 62
3. Virginia – 50
4. Duke – 33
5. Pitt – 21
6. Virginia Tech ââ’¬” 20

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