The CCA Women’s Football Championship kicks off Sunday with the first round
Weekly outing | Tickets (Semi-finals and Final)
2021 CCA Women’s Football Championship
First round | Sunday October 31
# 5 Clemson vs # 4 Notre-Dame | 6 p.m. ACC Network
# 6 Wake Forest vs. # 3 Duke | 8 p.m. ACC Network
Semi-finals | Friday November 5
Clemson / Notre Dame Winner vs # 1 Virginia | 5.30 p.m. | ACC Network
Wake Forest / Duke Winner against # 2 Florida State | 8 p.m. ACC Network
Final | Sunday November 7
Winner of semi-final 1 against Winner of semi-final 2 | 13h | ESPNU
– Fork and seeds for the 2021 CCA Women’s Football Championship are fixed.
– For the first time, the ACC Championship has only six teams in the league, eight have qualified each season since 2015, while only four teams were on the field.
– Virginia, the top-ranked team in the country with a 15-1-1 overall record and an 8-0-2 conference record, won the ACC regular season title and clinched the lead seed 1. The Seminoles won the No. 2 seed and both teams receive a pass to the semi-finals.
– Notre Dame, fourth seed, opens the list for the first round of the ACC championship on Sunday at 6 p.m. and welcomes Clemson, fifth seed. Duke is the No.3 seed and hosts sixth seeded Enemy of the State Wake Forest in Game 2 Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
– North Carolina and Wake Forest finished the regular season with 18 points apiece and the Demon Deacons edged out the Tar Heels for the No.6 seed in the second-most tiebreaker between two teams. large number of wins in the overall results of conference matches among common opponents.
– Clemson and Notre Dame will meet for the second time this season, but the first time in the ACC Championship since the Fighting Irish joined the conference ahead of the 2013 season.
– Notre Dame won the first clash between the teams on October 10 2-1, which also took place in South Bend.
– Duke and Wake Forest also face each other for the second time this season, as the Blue Devils claimed a 2-0 win at Winston-Salem on October 15.
– The teams last met in the ACC Championship in 2012 when the Demon Deacons won 1-0 in overtime. It was also a No.3 seed vs. No.6 seed match with Wake Forest as the No.3 seed and Duke making the short trip to Winston-Salem.
Five ACC teams ranked in United Soccer Coaches poll
– Headlining the country’s top three teams for week five of the season, five ACC teams are ranked in the top 25 in United Soccer this week
Coach survey – most of any conference.
– Virginia jumps to the top spot in this week’s poll, as a CCA team has held the top spot in every poll this season. Duke checks in at # 2, followed by # 3 from Florida State, # 7 from North Carolina, and # 22 from Notre Dame.
– In addition, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Wake Forest receive votes.
ACC in the NCAA RPI
– Ten ACC teams are ranked in the top 60 of the most recent NCAA RPI, which is used to help determine the selections for the NCAA tournament.
– Duke leads the standings at No.1, followed by No.3 Florida State, No.4 North Carolina, No.6 Virginia, No.18 Notre Dame, No.1 # 27 from North Carolina State, # 28 from Virginia Tech, # 30 Wake Forest, # 52 Clemson, and # 59 Louisville.
ACC in the NCAA rankings
– Seven of the conference teams are in the nation’s top 30 in goals scored this season, topping three in the top 10 – both are the most in any conference. Florida State is No. 4 at 52, while Virginia and Clemson are tied for eighth at 49. Notre Dame is 19th with 43, while Pitt is 22nd at 41. North Carolina and Virginia Tech are respectively 26th and 30th, with 39 and 38 goals.
–Clemson, Florida State, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech all rank among the top 26 in the NCAA for total team assists – the most of any conference. The Tigers and Seminoles are second and seventh respectively with 63 and 48 assists, while the Panthers are No. 10 with 47. The Cavaliers have 44 to place 13th and the Hokies are 16th with 43. The three teams in the ACC among the top 10 are also the most of any conference.
– Duke and Wake Forest both rank in the top 10 in shutout percentage with a clip of 0.625 and 0.611, respectively.
– Clemson’s Renee Guion and Virginia’s Lia Godfrey are tied for fourth nationally with 12 assists each, while Clemson’s Megan Bornkamp is 13th nationally with 10 assists.
– Virginia’s Diana Ordoñez leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally with 14 goals, while Florida State’s Beata Olsson, Notre Dame’s Sammi Fisher and Virginia Tech’s Emily Gray are tied for 26th with 11 goals each.
Inside the ACC action
– Out of the 70 conference games played this season, the home team have won 32 times and the visiting team have won 32. There were six matches that ended in a tie.
– Thirty-eight matches were shutout wins, while 15 matches were decided by a score of 1-0.
– Thirty-four matches were played with a margin of one goal.
ACC Coaching Milestones
– Two CCA women’s soccer coaches recently reached milestones as Anson Dorrance of North Carolina claimed her 900th career victory with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over No.15 Our Lady last Sunday.
– Dorrance, the only head coach in the program’s 43-year history, is the NCAA winning record holder. He’s 330 ahead of former Connecticut head coach Len Tsantiris, who is second at 570. The 330-win margin is the second-highest in NCAA records.
– Duke’s Robbie Church recorded his 100th victory over Pitt on October 10 and Florida State’s Mark Krikorian notched his 300th victory as the Seminoles head coach on October 1 against Clemson.
Stellar Non-Conference 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.
– ACC teams have combined to compile 44 shutouts, including 16 in the opening weekend, and 12 wins against ranked opponents.
– The ACC teams also dominate their non-conference opponents, 278-73.
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 division goaltenders in career shutouts at 40 and is second in minutes played in that position at 8,585.15.
– Claudia Dickey of North Carolina is second in the country in goals against average (0.53).
– Louisville’s Gabby Kouzelos is fourth in goaltending minutes at 7,609.35 and is tied for sixth in career shutouts with Dickey at 29. ACC three top 10 for career shutouts 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 901 wins, while Florida State’s Mark Krikorian is fifth on the list with 471.
– Steve Swanson of Virginia is sixth with 448 wins, while Randy Waldrum of Pitt is eighth with 431 career wins.
– The top four CCA coaches are the most in any conference.