GREENSBORO — North Carolina trailed only Maryland, the preseason favorite to claim the ACC mens soccer championship, according to a vote of the leagues 12 coaches. Duke was picked seventh and N.C. State 10th.
The 2012 ACC champion Terrapins amassed 142 points in the balloting. North Carolina, which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship last season, had 122 points. Duke had 67 and N.C. State had 44.
Maryland led with 10 first-place votes. Wake Forest (114 points) and Notre Dame (110), selected third and fourth, respectively, each received one first-place vote.
Virginia (106) was picked in fifth place, followed by Clemson (69) in sixth. Boston College (63) was picked eighth. Syracuse (54) was one ahead of N.C. State in ninth. Virginia Tech (27) and Pitt (18) rounded out the voting.
The season begins Aug. 30, with all 12 teams in action. Conference play begins the weekend of Sept. 6.
N.C. State: Womens coach Page Marsh has hired Jessica Yadloczky to be an assistant coach. Yadloczky was an All-SEC golfer at Florida and spent two years on the Ladies European Tour before joining the Wolfpacks staff.
She has a great golf pedigree and she will be an asset for our program, Marsh said.
Marsh has led N.C. State to the NCAA tournament the 11 times in the past 12 seasons, including the schools first trip to the NCAA Championship in 2012.
Yadloczky replaces former assistant Todd Selders, who left for Iowa after the spring season. Joe Giglio
USA South: Meredith received eight of ten first place votes and totaled 80 points as the conference coaches picked it to finish first in the upcoming season. Peace was unanimously picked to finish last with 10 points.
Mary Baldwin finished second with 65 points and Maryville was a close third with 62 points and one first place vote. Rounding out the top half of the poll were conference newcomer Covenant, which collected 60 points along with the final first place vote, and Piedmont College with 48 points.
Methodist (41 points) was sixth followed by LaGrange (40), Averett (26) and Ferrum (18).
Merediths season begins Aug. 30. Peaces first meet is Sept. 6.