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Five ACC women’s soccer teams poised for NCAA Elite Eight

Weekly release

Quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship
Friday, 11/25
#2 Duke to #1 Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Saturday, November 26th
No. 3 Arkansas in the State of Florida No. 1 | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 2 North Carolina at No. 1 Notre Dame | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
#3 Virginia at #1 UCLA | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

NCAA College Cup – Semifinals
Friday December 2nd
WakeMed Football Park | Cary, N.C

#3 Arkansas/#1 Florida State Winner vs.
#2 North Carolina/No. 1 Notre Dame Winner | TBA | ESPNU

#2 Duke/#1 Alabama Winner vs.
#3 Virginia/No. 1 UCLA Winner | TBA | ESPNU

NCAA College Cup Finals
Monday, December 5th
WakeMed Football Park | Cary, N.C

Semifinal #1 Winner vs.
Semifinal #2 Winner | 6 p.m. | ESPNU

*Seeds for NCAA Championships are listed before team names

NCAA Tournament Notes
• Five national-best and conference-record ACC teams advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2022 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament.

• No. 1-seeded Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight for the fifth straight year and finished 17th overall after home wins over LSU (4-1) and conference opponents Pitt (3-0). The Seminoles host third-placed Arkansas on Saturday.

• Notre Dame, No. 1 in the region, extended their current unbeaten streak to 12 straight games with victories over Santa Clara (4-0) and TCU (2-0). The Fighting Irish are yet to concede a goal in the NCAA tournament, beating their opponents 11-0. This is Notre Dame’s first trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals since 2012 as it will face North Carolina on Saturday.

• North Carolina, seeded at number two, reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the 16th time since the field grew to 64 teams in 2001. The Heels fended off Georgia (3-1) and BYU (3-2) to meet with Notre Dame on Saturday.

• The second-seeded Duke made it to the NCAA quarterfinals for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons after beating Texas (1-0) and South Carolina (3-2). The Blue Devils travel to top-seeded Alabama on Friday in search of their first College Cup appearance since 2017.

• After beating Xavier 3-1 in the second round on Friday, No. 3 Virginia cemented their place in the Elite Eight with a dramatic 3-2 win in overtime against hosts and No. 2 seed Penn State. The Cavaliers, who travel to top-seeded UCLA on Saturday, are traveling to the quarterfinals for the ninth time and are looking to return to the College Cup for the second time in three seasons.

• After a 2-1 win over No. 4 Georgetown, the postseason ended when Pitt lost his first Sweet 16 appearance to Florida State.

• The ACC led the country to the 2022 NCAA women’s soccer tournament with 10 entries.

• The ACC has had a team in the Women’s College Cup in 39 of the last 40 NCAA tournaments and in each of the last 16 years. With the ACC’s five teams in the Elite Eight, the streak is guaranteed to continue.

• The ACC has 55 appearances in the College Cup – the most of any conference (the closest conference is the Pac-12 with 28 appearances). Current membership combines for 67 appearances.

• Current ACC membership is combined for 27 NCAA Division I women’s soccer championships. North Carolina owns 21 NCAA titles and Florida State three, while Notre Dame won three before joining the league in 2013.

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