ACC soccer power forced to sit out fall

ACC teams are still planning on playing soccer in the fall, but the N.C. State women won't be one of them.

The Wolfpack, which advanced to the third round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, will not compete this fall, citing a deleted roster, including injuries and international students who have not returned to school since they were sent home in March.

Last week N.C. State switched to online classes for the remainder of the fall semester and closed its campus residence halls in response to the spread of COVID-19. More than 20 clusters were confirmed since school reopened on Aug. 10.

UNC losses. Rival North Carolina lost two of its most experienced players when rising seniors Alessia Russo and Lotte Wubben-Moy both announced that they will not return to Chapel Hill from England, citing the uncertainty of the season.

Russo was named the 2019 ACC Tournament MVP after she scored the game-winning goal to lift the Tar Heels to a 2-1 victory over No. 1 Virginia in the championship game for their 22nd tournament title.

2020 Sun Belt Conference:
Preseason Men's Coaches' Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
1 Central Arkansas (1) – 12 pts.
2 Coastal Carolina (1) – 10 pts.
2 Georgia State (1) – 10 pts.
4 Georgia Southern (1) – 8 pts.

Preseason Men's All-Conference Team

Aris Briggs, Georgia State (F) (Offensive Player)
Adam Davie, Georgia Southern (F)
Claudio Repetto, Coastal Carolina (F)
Soren Jenson, Central Arkansas (M)
Matthew Fearnley, Georgia State (M)
Ross Finnie, Georgia State (M)
Alberto Suarez, Central Arkansas (D) (Defensive Player)
Aldair Cortes, Georgia Southern (D)
Edoardo Calzola, Central Arkansas (D)
Paul Tyson, Georgia State (GK)
Jose Eduardo Bomfim, Georgia Southern (GK)

Preseason Women's Coaches' Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
1 South Alabama (9) – 119 pts
2 Troy (1) – 97 pts
3 Arkansas State (1) – 86 pts
4 Texas State – 84 pts
5 Coastal Carolina – 74 pts
5 Louisiana – 74 pts
7 Georgia State – 66 pts
8 Georgia Southern – 43 pts
9 Little Rock – 40 pts
10 App State – 27 pts
11 ULM – 16 pts
Preseason Women's All-Conference Team
Sarah Sodoma, Arkansas State (F) (Offensive Player)
Jimena Cabrero, Georgia State (F)
Sunny Sigurvinsdottir, Coastal Carolina (F)
Brenna McPartlan, South Alabama (M)
Gracie Wilson, South Alabama (M)
Athanasia Moraitou, South Alabama (M)
Tilly Wilkes, South Alabama (D) (Defensive Player)
Gwen Mummert, Louisiana (D)
Kate Eubanks, Troy (D)
Megan McClure, Arkansas State (G)
Kerry Eagleston, App State (G)
2 comments about "ACC soccer power forced to sit out fall".
  1. Adam Cohen, September 1, 2020 at 11:06 a.m.

    I could see how a deleted roster might cause a problem on game day but more likely, NC state has a depleted roster. 

  2. Peter Bechtold replied, September 1, 2020 at 1 p.m.

    Adam !!

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