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Duke is favorite in ACC Men's Soccer preseason poll

Posted Saturday, August 6, 2005

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Durham, N.C. - The Duke men’s soccer team received five first-place votes to earn the top spot in the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Blue Devils received 74 points and were picked first for just the second time since 1991. Duke received four first place votes for the top spot in the 2000 preseason poll after an ACC tournament championship in 1999.

North Carolina and Maryland each received two first place votes and were ranked second and third respectively. Virginia, the 2004 ACC Tournament Champions, was picked fourth with 59 points while Wake Forest, the 2004 ACC regular season champions, were listed fifth with 39 points. Rounding out the poll are Boston College (33 points), Clemson (30 points), NC State (21 points) and Virginia Tech (20 points).

Duke returns all but one of their starters from 2004 and have signed the third best recruiting class as rated by College Soccer News. They return Blake Camp, a third team NSCAA/adidas All-America, and Michael Videira, the 2004 Soccer America and ACC Freshman of the Year.

Duke will begin their regular season at home on Sept. 1 against Long Island. The 2005 schedule features 12 home games and five road contests. They will open up their conference schedule at home against Wake Forest on Sept. 18.

2005 Preseason ACC Men’s Soccer Poll

School Points 2004 Record
1. Duke (5) 74 18-6-0 (4-3-0)
2. North Carolina (2) 66 10-9-2 (4-3-0)
3. Maryland (2) 63 17-6-2 (4-2-1)
4. Virginia 59 18-5-1 (4-3-0)
5. Wake Forest 39 14-5-2 (5-2-0)
6. Boston College 33 13-5-2 (6-3-1)*
7. Clemson 30 8-9-1 (2-5-0)
8. NC State 21 8-8-2 (2-4-1)
9. Virginia Tech 20 9-10-1 (2-5-0)

* denotes Big East conference record in 2004

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