Top-Five Matchup Highlights Week Seven ACC Women’s Soccer Slate

Top-Five Matchup Highlights Week Seven ACC Women’s Soccer Slate

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Friday, October 1
Notre Dame at NC State | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
No. 1 Florida State at Clemson | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Saturday, October 2
No. 19 Virginia Tech at Pitt | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Miami at Boston College | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Syracuse at No. 4 Duke | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Wake Forest at Louisville | 7 p.m. | ACCNX
Sunday, October 3
No. 2 Virginia at No. 5 North Carolina | 1 p.m. | ACCN
Five ACC Teams Ranked in United Soccer Coaches Poll
– Headlined by three of the nation’s top-five teams for the sixth consecutive week, five ACC teams are ranked among the top 25 of this week’s United Soccer
Coaches Poll – tied for the most of any conference.
– Florida State is ranked No. 1 for the seventh straight week, followed by No. 2 Virginia, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 North Carolina, and No. 19 Virginia Tech.
– No. 1 Florida State is the nation’s only remaining unbeaten and untied team with a perfect 10-0 record.
– Additionally, Clemson, Notre Dame and Wake Forest are receiving votes.
ACC in the NCAA Rankings
– No. 1 Florida State is the nation’s only remaining unbeaten and untied team with a perfect 10-0 record.
– Seven of the conference’s teams rank among the nation’s top 22 in goals scored this season, headlined by three among the top 10. Both are the most of any conference. Florida State is No. 4, while Clemson and Notre Dame are tied for seventh. Pitt is No. 13, Boston College is No. 17, and North Carolina and Virginia are tied for No. 22.
– Clemson, Pitt, Florida State, Boston College and Virginia Tech all rank among the top 14 of the NCAA in total team assists. The Tigers and Panthers are second and fourth, respectively, with 39 and 37 assists, while the Seminoles are No. 11 with 28 and the Eagles and Hokies own 27 each to rank 14th. The ACC’s five teams among the top 14 are the most of any conference.
– Wake Forest leads the nation in goals against average (.091) and shutout percentage (.909). Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Parks paces the country in shutouts with seven and is also No. 1 in goals against average (.104).
– Clemson’s Renee Guion is second in the nation in total assists (10) and assists per game with 1.00.
– Notre Dame’s Sammi Fisher leads the ACC and ranks sixth nationally with 10 goals, while Virginia’s Diana
Ordoñez is eighth with nine goals.
Inside ACC Action
– Of the 21 conference games played this season, the visiting team has earned 11 wins, the home team has won eight times and there have been two matches end in a tie.
– Thirteen matches have been won via shutout, while five matches have been decided by a 1-0 score.
– Notre Dame has outscored league opponents, 13-1, and Florida State has outscored conference opponents, 12-1.
– Each team has allowed at least one goal in conference play.
Stellar Non-Conference for ACC Women’s Soccer
– ACC women’s soccer teams have enjoyed a stellar non-conference portion of the 2021 season, as the league’s 14 teams have combined to compile an 80-16-5 record – the most wins and best winning percentage of any conference.
– ACC teams have combined to compile 44 shutouts, including 16 on the opening weekend, and 12 wins against ranked opponents.
– ACC teams are also outscoring their non-conference opponents, 278-73.
ACC Goalkeepers Among Nation’s Elite
– Several ACC goalkeepers are ranked among the nation’s best in the NCAA’s career statistics.
– Virginia’s Laurel Ivory leads all NCAA Division Goalkeepers in career shutouts with 38 and is second in minutes played at the position with 7,972.75.
– North Carolina’s Claudia Dickey paces the country in goals against average (0.51).
– Louisville’s Gabby Kouzelos is fifth in career shutouts with 29, while Dickey is tied for eighth with 26. The ACC’s three among the top 10 are the most of any conference.
Winningest Active Head Coaches
– Four ACC head coaches are among the top 10 in NCAA Division I for most victories by an active head coach.
– Longtime UNC skipper Anson Dorrance leads the way with 897 wins, while Florida State’s Mark Krikorian is fifth on the list with 467.
– Virginia’s Steve Swanson is sixth with 443, while Pitt’s Randy Waldrum is eighth with 428 career victories.
– The ACC’s four coaches among the top 10 are the most of any conference.
ACC Places 10 on Mac Hermann Trophy Watch List
– The ACC leads all conferences with 10 women’s soccer student-athletes on the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
– The Hermann Trophy, presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, is the nation’s highest individual honor recognizing the National Player of the Year as determined by the voting of Division I coaches, who are members of United Soccer Coaches.
– Last season, Florida State’s Jaelin Howell became the 15th student-athlete from a current ACC school and second from the FSU program to win the prestigious honor. All three 2020-21 MAC Hermann Trophy finalists were from the ACC, as the Seminoles’ Malia Berkely and North Carolina’s Brianna Pinto were the other two finalists.
Florida State Picked to Repeat as ACC Women’s Soccer Champion
– Florida State has been voted the preseason favorite to win the 2021 ACC women’s soccer title by the league’s head coaches.
– The Seminoles, who advanced to their 11th NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup last season and played for the national championship, received 11 first-place votes and tallied 167 points.
– North Carolina collected two first-place votes and 155 points to finish second in the voting, while Virginia earned 148 points and one first-place vote to occupy third. Duke and Clemson round out the top five with 129 and 124 points, respectively.
ACC in Best Colleges Rankings

– For the 15th consecutive year, the ACC leads the way among FBS conferences in the “Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.
– Notables from this year’s rankings: 

  • The ACC has led FBS conferences in best average rank in each of the last 15 years.
  • The average rank of ACC schools is 55, which leads all FBS Conferences and is five percentage points ahead of the next-closest peer conference.
  • The ACC’s three schools among the top 25 of this year’s rankings ties for the most among peer conferences.
  • The ACC’s seven schools ranked in the top 40 are the most among FBS conferences.
  • The ACC’s 11 member schools among the top 60 are also the most among peer conferences, as are its 14 institutions among the top 80.

ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 Announce Alliance
– On Aug. 24, the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announced an historic alliance that will bring 41 world-class institutions together on a collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and scheduling. The alliance – which was unanimously supported by the presidents, chancellors and athletics directors at all 41 institutions – will be guided in all cases by a commitment to, and prioritization of, supporting student-athlete well-being, academic and athletic opportunities, experiences and diverse educational programming. The three conferences are grounded in their support of broad-based athletic programs, the collegiate model and opportunities for student-athletes as part of the educational missions of the institutions.
– ACC women’s soccer teams have played 15 matches against teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.
– The ACC owns a 6-2-2 record against the Big Ten and a 5-0 mark versus Pac-12 opponents this season.
ACC & the NCAA Championship
– The ACC has 54 appearances in the College Cup – the most of any conference (the next closest conference is the Pac-12 with 27 appearances). Current membership combines for 66 appearances.
– The ACC’s five teams in the Elite 8 of the 2020 NCAA Tournament were the most of any conference and no other conference had more than one representative. The five ACC teams were the second most in the history of the league behind an NCAA-record six teams in the quarterfinals in 2013.
– Additionally, three of the four teams in the 2020 NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup were from the ACC, including top-seeded Florida State, second-seeded North Carolina and Virginia.
– It marked the third time that three ACC teams have been in the College Cup, matching the total from 2013 and 2011.
– Florida State defeated Virginia on penalty kicks to advance to the national championship for the fifth time in program history. Additionally, it marked the 44th appearance in the national championship by a current ACC team.
– The ACC has had a team in the Women’s College Cup in 38 of the past 39 NCAA Tournaments and in each of the past 15 years.
– Current ACC membership combines for 26 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championships. North
Carolina owns 21 NCAA titles and Florida State owns two, while Notre Dame won three prior to joining the league in 2013.
– Eight different ACC institutions have represented the league at the College Cup (Boston College, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest) since 1982.
– The ACC tournament champion has gone on to win the NCAA Women’s College Cup 16 times, most
recently Florida State in 2018.

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