Eight ACC men’s soccer teams, including six teams in the top 10, are ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll as announced Thursday, Aug. 3. The total is more than twice as many as from any other conference.

Wake Forest, which reached the national title game in 2016, leads the league contingent at No. 2. North Carolina, which also advanced to the College Cup last season, will begin this year ranked No. 4. #5 Clemson, #8 Syracuse, #9 Louisville, and #10 Notre Dame give the ACC six teams among the top 10.

Virginia will start the season ranked #13 in the country, while Virginia Tech is #17 in the initial poll.

Last year, an NCAA-record nine ACC teams earned bids to the NCAA Championship, with a record eight teams advancing to the Sweet 16 and five to the Elite Eight. Two squads advanced to the College Cup to mark the 16th straight year at least one ACC team has reached that stage.

United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Men – National – Preseason Ranking – Aug. 3, 2017

Rank School Prev. W-L-T
1 Stanford University 1 15-3-5
2 Wake Forest University 2 19-3-3
3 University Of Denver 3 20-1-3
4 University Of North Carolina 4 14-3-4
5 Clemson University 5 14-4-5
6 University Of Maryland 7 18-1-2
7 Indiana University 9 12-2-7
8 Syracuse University 11 12-4-4
9 University Of Louisville 6 14-6-2
10 University of Notre Dame 14 12-7-2
11 University Of Washington 12 14-7-0
12 Providence College 10 15-7-0
13 University Of Virginia 13 11-4-5
14 Creighton University 15 13-7-3
15 Charlotte 16 12-4-2
16 University Of Akron 24 13-6-3
17 Virginia Tech 8 13-5-4
18 University Of Massachusetts-Lowell 19 13-1-2
19 Coastal Carolina University RV 10-7-3
20 University Of New Mexico RV 12-7-3
21 UCLA RV 10-8-2
22 Michigan State University 25 13-5-2
23 Florida Gulf Coast University 20 14-4-3
24 University of Connecticut NR 10-5-1
25 Butler University 18 13-5-2

Record shown is the team’s final 2016 record.

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