DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke men’s soccer team received one first-place vote and was picked to finish third in the Coastal Division in a vote of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 12 head coaches the league office announced Monday. North Carolina was selected as the favorite to take home the overall crown.
North Carolina earned nine of the 12 first-place votes, with Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest splitting the final three. The Tar Heels also are considered the favorite to win the Coastal Division with 10 of 12 votes, while Wake Forest is the top vote getter with nine for the Atlantic Division.
In addition, senior Daniele Proch was selected to the ACC Preseason Watch List. He is one of five players from the conference represented on the Hermann Trophy Watch List as well. Proch most recently recorded a pair of assists in Duke’s 2-2 draw against South Carolina this past Saturday.
Daniel Wright scored both goals for the Blue Devils with Proch and Aedan Stanley providing assists. Duke’s starting backline did not allow any goals and held the Gamecocks to just three first-half shots.
Duke, which is heading into its second preseason game Tuesday at UNC Wilmington, finished second in the Coastal Division and third overall in the ACC last season. The Blue Devils welcome back an experienced corps of players and a host of new faces as they look to build on two straight NCAA third round appearances.
The Blue Devils close out their preseason slate Aug. 23 against Coastal Carolina at 7:30 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium. Duke officially kicks off the season Labor Day weekend with the John Rennie Nike Invitational.
Action begins Friday, Aug. 30 against Furman at 7:30 p.m., and concludes Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m., versus Cal State Bakersfield. Both games will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.
The ACC Championship begins Nov. 5 and 6 with first-round matches. The quarterfinals are slated for Sunday, Nov. 10 and the semifinals for Wednesday, Nov. 13. After the preliminary rounds are contested at campus sites, the ACC Championship match will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
The ACC topped all leagues with seven men’s soccer programs among the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Preseason Top 25. ACC teams comprised seven of the top 16 teams in the poll: Wake Forest (4), North Carolina (6), Notre Dame (9), Duke (10), Virginia (12), Louisville (14) and Virginia Tech (16). In all, 10 of the ACC’s 12 men’s soccer teams received votes in the initial poll. NC State, Syracuse and Clemson each received votes but were just outside of the top 25.
2019 ACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
North Carolina, 9
Wake Forest, 1
Wake Forest, 64 (9)
Louisville, 48 (1)
Syracuse, 42 (1)
NC State, 38
Clemson, 36 (1)
Boston College 18
North Carolina, 65 (10)
Virginia, 46 (1)
Duke, 45 (1)
Virginia Tech, 38
Notre Dame, 36
First-place votes in parentheses
2019 Preseason Watch List
Kristofer Konradsson, Boston College, W/F, Sophomore, Gardabaer, Iceland
Malick Mbaye, Clemson, D, Senior, Dakar, Senegal
Daniele Proch, Duke, F, Senior, Riva Del Garda, Italy
Lamine Conte, Louisville, M/D, Senior, Conakary, Guinea
Mauricio Pineda, North Carolina, M/D, Senior, Bolingbrook, Ill.
David Loera, NC State, M, Junior, Orlando, Fla.
Felicien Dumas, Notre Dame, D, Graduate Student, Tokyo, Japan
Edward Kizza, Pitt, F, Junior, Kampala, Uganda
Ryan Raposo, Syracuse, M, Sophomore, Hamilton, Ontario
Joe Bell, Virginia, M, Junior, Wanaka, New Zealand
Kristo Strickler, Virginia Tech, F, Junior, Hilliard, Ohio
Bruno Lapa, Wake Forest, M, Senior, Curitiba, Brazil