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ACC Men’s Soccer Tournament field set; Pitt earns top seed

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Following its 4-1 win against Virginia Tech on Friday, Pitt men’s soccer team has earned the top seed in the upcoming ACC men’s soccer tournament.

FINAL: Pitt 4, Virginia Tech 1

The Panthers (10-4-1, 5-2-1 ACC) will host a quarterfinal match at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Sunday, November 7, as they’ll take on the winner of Boston College-Virgnia Tech.

ACC Tournament Details

Featuring all 12 of the league’s men’s soccer programs, the tournament kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 3, with four first-round matches at campus sites.

PClemson notched the No. 2 seed after capturing the Atlantic Division in a tiebreaker over Louisville following the Tigers’ 4-1 win over the Cardinals Friday night. Duke and Louisville claimed the No. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively.

The top four seeds were awarded first-round byes and will host quarterfinal matches on Sunday, Nov. 7.

The tournament opens Wednesday as No. 7 seed North Carolina (10-5-1, 4-4 ACC) entertains No. 10 Syracuse (8-7-2, 2-5-1) at 6 p.m. on ACC Network. No. 11 seed Virginia (6-8-3, 2-5-1) travels to No. 6 Wake Forest (10-5-1, 4-3-1) at 8 p.m. to cap off ACCN’s first-round doubleheader. No. 9 seed Boston College (6-6-2, 2-4-2) plays at No. 8 Virginia Tech (9-4-3, 3-4-1) and No. 12 NC State (7-7-2, 1-5-2) travels to No. 5 Notre Dame (9-5-2, 4-2-2), with both matches streaming at 7 p.m. Wednesday on ACCNX.

The quarterfinal round features a quadruple-header on Sunday, Nov. 7, on ACCN and begins at 2 p.m. with No. 3 seed Duke hosting Virginia or Wake Forest. Top-seeded Pitt entertains Boston College or Virginia Tech at 4 p.m., while No. 4 seed Louisville plays host to NC State or Notre Dame at 6 p.m. The quarterfinals are capped off at 8 p.m. with No. 2 seed Clemson welcoming Syracuse or North Carolina.

The semifinals will be played Wednesday, Nov. 10, at campus sites, with the matches airing on ACC Network at 5 and 7 p.m. The championship match will be broadcast from WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, on ESPNU on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

The tournament field once again is extremely strong and deep. In the most recent NCAA RPI, the ACC has seven teams among the top 30, most of any conference; the next closest league has four. Five ACC teams are ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll: Notre Dame (11), Pitt (12), Duke (13), Clemson (15) and Virginia Tech (21).

Tickets are on sale now for the championship match at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina and can be purchased HERE. General admission tickets are $10. Admission is free for youth ages 18 and under, as well as students of ACC institutions (with valid ID).

Clemson is the tournament’s reigning champion. The Tigers defeated Pitt, 2-1, for the 2020 championship.

2021 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship

First Round – Wednesday, Nov. 3
No. 10 Syracuse at No. 7 North Carolina | 6 p.m. | ACCN
No. 12 NC State at No. 5 Notre Dame | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
No. 9 Boston College at No. 8 Virginia Tech | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
No. 11 Virginia at No. 6 Wake Forest | 8 p.m. | ACCN

Quarterfinals – Sunday, Nov. 7
Virginia/Wake Forest at No. 3 Duke | 2 p.m. | ACCN
Boston College/Virginia Tech at No. 1 Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACCN
NC State/Notre Dame at No. 4 Louisville | 6 p.m. | ACCN
Syracuse/North Carolina at No. 2 Clemson | 8 p.m. | ACCN

Semifinals – Wednesday, Nov. 10
Virginia/Wake Forest/Duke vs. Syracuse/North Carolina/Clemson | 5 or 7 p.m. | ACC Network
NC State/Notre Dame/Louisville vs. Boston College/Virginia Tech/Pitt | 5 or 7 p.m. | ACC Network

Final – WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C. – Sunday, Nov. 14
2 p.m. | ESPNU

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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