ACC Preseason Soccer Polls Released
August 10, 1998
GREENSBORO, NC - The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 1998 preseason coaches' polls for both men's and women's soccer today. On the men's side, Wake Forest was predicted to finish fifth, according to a poll of the league's seven head coaches. The Demon Deacons received two fourth place votes, two fifth place votes, two sixth place votes and one seventh place vote for a total of 19 points.
Maryland, which amassed 42 points, barely edged Duke, who had 40 points, to claim the top spot. Defending ACC Champion Virginia was picked third with 39 points, followed by Clemson in fourth with 27 points. North Carolina (15) and NC State (14) rounded out the list. Wake Forest and head coach Jay Vidovich's squad return six starters and 12 lettermen from the 1997 squad which finished 10-10 and placed sixth in the ACC.
On the women's side, the Demon Deacons were predicted to finish sixth in the conference race this fall, according to the league's eight head coaches. Head coach Tony da Luz's squad earned 19 points in the poll, picking up four sixth place votes and one vote each for fifth, seventh and eighth place.
Defending national champion North Carolina was a unanimous selection as the top pick, amassing 56 points. The Tar Hells were followed by Virginia second (43), Duke third (42), Clemson fourth (37) and Maryland fifth (30). NC State (13) and Florida State (11) rounded out the list. Wake Forest returns eight starters and 18 letterwinners from last years team which posted an 11-8-2 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.