CLEMSON SOCCER

Mike Noonan and reigning national champs have high expectations on them again. (USA TODAY/Bob Donnan)
Mike Noonan and reigning national champs have high expectations on them again. (USA TODAY/Bob Donnan)

Clemson men's soccer picked to win the ACC


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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson has been chosen as the favorite to capture the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship following a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. The reigning national champions, the Tigers were picked as the ACC favorite by six coaches.

North Carolina and Pitt each earned two votes for overall champion, while Notre Dame and Wake Forest notched one vote apiece.

The league also unveiled its 2022 Preseason Watch List, consisting of one student-athlete from each program, nominated by the respective schools.

Clemson won its first national championship since 1987 last season and the third in program history. The Tigers return All-ACC honorees Ousmane Sylla and Hamady Diop from their championship team, along with NCAA College Cup Offensive MVP Isaiah Reid.

Clemson also was selected as the favorite to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division, finishing with nine first-place votes and 64 total points. Wake Forest scored the remaining three first-place votes and was second in the balloting with 55 points. Louisville (47), Syracuse (33), Boston College (28) and NC State (19) were picked third through sixth in the division, respectively.

Pitt was voted the Coastal Division favorite for the second straight season. The Panthers were NCAA quarterfinalists last season and were picked as the division favorite on six ballots, finishing with 57 points to narrowly top North Carolina, which finished with five first-place votes and 52 points. Notre Dame, after winning the 2021 ACC Championship and reaching the NCAA College Cup semifinals, was picked third in the division with one first-place vote and 44 points. Duke (38), Virginia Tech (34) and Virginia (21) finished fourth through sixth, respectively.

Six ACC teams are ranked in the preseason United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, the most of any conference. Clemson earned all the first-place votes to top the 2022 preseason poll. The Tigers are one of three ACC squads in the top 10, joined by Notre Dame at No. 4 and Pitt at No. 7. Duke is ranked No. 12, while Wake Forest is No. 15 and North Carolina is No. 24.

The 2022 ACC men’s soccer regular season officially gets underway on Thursday, Aug. 25. League play begins on Friday, Sept. 9.

The 2022 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship opens at campus sites on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and is capped by the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 13, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

2022 ACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Overall Champion

Clemson, 6 votes

North Carolina, 2

Pitt, 2

Notre Dame, 1

Wake Forest, 1

Atlantic Division

Clemson (9), 64

Wake Forest (3), 55

Louisville, 47

Syracuse, 33

Boston College, 28

NC State, 19

Coastal Division

Pitt (6), 57

North Carolina (5), 52

Notre Dame (1), 44

Duke, 38

Virginia Tech, 34

Virginia, 21

First-place votes in parentheses

2022 ACC Preseason Watch List

Victor Souza, Sr., D, Boston College

Mohamed Seye, Sr., F, Clemson

Peter Stroud, Jr., M, Duke

Eric Danquah, Jr., M, Louisville

Sebastian Schacht, Gr., M, North Carolina

Luke Hille, So., F, NC State

Bryan Dowd, Jr., GK, Notre Dame

Jackson Walti, Gr., M, Pitt

Amferny Sinclair, Sr., M, Syracuse

Andreas Ueland, Sr., D, Virginia

Mayola Kinyua, Sr., M, Virginia Tech

Omar Hernandez, Sr., M, Wake Forest

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