Conference play begins this weekend for CCA women’s soccer

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Weekly outing

Recent results
Thursday September 16
to Clemson 2, n ° 19 Pitt 0

Calendar to come
Friday September 17th
# 7 Virginia in Wake Forest | 5 p.m. ACCNX
Louisville in Miami | 19h | ACCNX
No. 4 Duke at No. 2 North Carolina | 19h | ACCNX

Saturday, September 18
Boston College at No. 1 in the State of Florida | 6 p.m. ACCNX
Syracuse in Notre-Dame | 19h | ACCNX
NC State at Virginia Tech | 19h | ACCNX

Five ACC teams ranked in United Soccer Coaches poll
– Featured by three of the country’s top four teams for the fourth week in a row, five ACC teams are ranked in the top 25 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll – the most of any conference.
– Florida State is ranked No.1 for the fifth week in a row, followed by No.2 North Carolina, No.4 Duke, No.7 Virginia and No.19 Pitt.
– In addition, Clemson, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are receiving votes.

Stellar start for CCA women’s soccer
– The ACC women’s football teams have had a great non-conference game of the 2021 season, as all 14 teams in the league combined to compile a record of 80-16-5 – the most wins and the best winning percentage of all conferences.
– Four teams remain unbeaten heading into the ACC game this week: Duke (6-0), Florida State (7-0), North Carolina (7-0) and Wake Forest (8-0). Duke travels to North Carolina on Friday night in a clash between the undefeated teams and the top five.
– ACC teams have combined to compile 44 shutouts, including 16 on the opening weekend and 12 wins against ranked opponents.
– The ACC teams also outscored their non-conference opponents, 278-73.
– Wake Forest is one of three national teams not to concede a goal this season. The Demon Deacons scored 23 goals and limited their opponents to just 13 shots on goal.
– Clemson’s Renee Guion is tied for first nationally with nine assists, while Boston College’s Ella Richards has eight goals, which ranks her fourth nationally. Virginia Tech’s Emily Gray and Wake Forest’s Shayla Smart each scored seven goals, which equates to eighth place in the NCAA.

ACC goalkeepers among the national elite
– Several ACC goaltenders are ranked among the best in the country in NCAA career statistics.
– Virginia’s Laurel Ivory leads all NCAA goaltenders in career shutouts with 36 and minutes played in that position at 7,792.75.
– Claudia Dickey of North Carolina walks the country with a goals against average (0.48).
– Gabby Kouzelos of Louisville is fifth in career shutouts at 29, while Dickey is tied for eighth at 25. The ACC’s top-10 three are the most of all conferences.

Most successful active head coaches
– Four ACC head coaches are in the NCAA Division I Top 10 for most wins for an active head coach.
– Longtime UNC skipper Anson Dorrance leads with 896 wins, while Florida State’s Mark Krikorian is fifth on the list with 464.
– Steve Swanson of Virginia is sixth at 440, while Randy Waldrum of Pitt is eighth with 427 career wins.
– The top four CCA coaches are the most in any conference.

CCA Ranks 10 on Mac Hermann Trophy Watchlist
– CCA is leading all conferences with 10 female soccer student-athletes on the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy Watchlist.
– The Hermann Trophy, presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, is the country’s highest individual honor recognizing the National Player of the Year, as determined by the vote of Division I coaches, members of United Soccer Coaches.
– Last season, Florida State’s Jaelin Howell became the 15th student-athlete from a current ACC school and the second in the FSU program to earn this prestigious honor. The three finalists for the 2020-21 MAC Hermann Trophy were from the ACC, while Malia Berkely of the Seminoles and Brianna Pinto of North Carolina were the other two finalists.

Florida State Selected to Rehearse as CCA Women’s Football Champion
– Florida State was voted preseason favorite to win the 2021 CCA women’s football title by league head coaches.
– The Seminoles, who qualified for their 11th NCAA Women’s College Soccer Cup last season and played for the national championship, received 11 first-place votes and totaled 167 points.
– North Carolina had two votes for first place and 155 points to finish second in the vote, while Virginia had 148 points and one vote for first place to take third place. Duke and Clemson round out the top five with 129 and 124 points respectively.

ACC in the ranking of the best colleges
– For the 15th consecutive year, the ACC is at the top of the FBS conferences in the ranking of “Best Colleges” published by US News & World Report.
– Notables of this year’s rankings:

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

ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announce alliance

– On August 24, ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announced a landmark alliance that will bring 41 world-class
institutions together on a collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and the schedule. The alliance – which has been unanimously supported by the presidents, chancellors and sports directors of the 41 institutions – will be guided in all cases by a commitment and priority to supporting the well-being of student-athletes, academic opportunities and sports, experiences and diverse educational programming. All three conferences are based on their support for large-scale athletic programs, the college model, and opportunities for student-athletes as part of the institutions’ educational missions.
– The CCA women’s football teams have played 15 games against teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.
– The ACC is 6-2-2 against the Big Ten and 5-0 against opponents of the Pac-12 this season.

ACC and the NCAA Championship

– The ACC has 54 College Cup appearances – the most of any conference (next closest conference is Pac-12 with 27 appearances). Current membership combines for 66 appearances.
– The five ACC teams in the Elite 8 of the 2020 NCAA tournament were the most of all conferences and no other conference had more than one representative. The five ACC teams were second in league history behind an NCAA record of six teams in the quarterfinals in 2013.
– Additionally, three of the four teams in the 2020 NCAA Women’s College Football were from the ACC, including seeded Florida State, seeded North Carolina and Virginia.
– This is the third time that three ACC teams have participated in the College Cup, tying the total of 2013 and 2011.
– Florida State defeated Virginia on penalties to advance to the national championship for the fifth time in program history. In addition, it was the 44th national championship appearance for a current CCA team.
– The ACC has had a Women’s College Cup team in 38 of the last 39 NCAA tournaments and in each of the past 15 years.
– Current CLA members combine for 26 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championships. North
Carolina holds 21 NCAA titles and the State of Florida has two, while Notre Dame won three before joining the league in 2013.
– Eight different ACC institutions have represented the league in 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 won the NCAA Women’s College Cup 16 times, most
most recently the state of Florida in 2018.


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