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College Soccer Weekend Preview: Top Sides Face Off in ACC, Big Ten Tournaments

Photo by Carl Ackerman/Clemson Athletics

Photo by Carl Ackerman/Clemson Athletics

The post-season has arrived for college soccer, and will be in full swing as all conferences enter their quarterfinals by mid-week.

While a few conferences are still closing their regular season, the nations top sides are already into the first round of their conference tournaments.

The first round in the ACC served up some enticing action on Thursday, with Virgina and Notre Dame both advancing by just a one-goal margin, while Boston College only slid past Virgina Tech on penalties. On Sunday, this year’s top-ranked team in Clemson will face off against 2015 College Cup finalist Syracuse.

Meanwhile on Sunday, top side Maryland will take on a Michigan or Rutgers team on short rest in the Big Ten tournament.

Here is a rundown of where all of the top teams will be playing this weekend in men’s college soccer:

BIG TEN CONFERENCE

First Round (Saturday)

Michigan vs. Rutgers, 1 p.m.

(Sunday)

Maryland vs. Michigan/Rutgers, 4 p.m.

Michigan State vs. Penn State, 1 p.m.

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, 1 p.m.

Indiana vs. Northwestern, 1 p.m.

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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

First Round (Thursday)

Syracuse 4, Pitt 0

Virginia 1, NC State 0

Boston College 2, 2 Virgina Tech (4-3)

Notre Dame 3, Duke 2

Quarterfinals (Sunday)

UNC  vs. Boston College, 1 p.m.

Clemson vs. Syracuse, 1 p.m.

Louisville vs. Virginia, 1 p.m.

(2) Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m.

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ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE

First Round

Lipscomb 3, Stetson 0

NJIT vs. Jacksonville, Friday, 6 p.m.

Semifinals

Lipscomb vs. FCGU, Saturday, 7 p.m.

North Florida vs. NJIT/Jacksonville, Sunday, 7 p.m.

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AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE

Quarterfinals (Saturday)

New Hampshire vs. Hartford, 1 p.m.

Vermont vs. Binghamton, 1 p.m.

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BIG EAST CONFERENCE

First Round (Sunday)

Creighton vs. Xavier, 4 p.m.

Villanova vs. Depaul, 1 p.m.

Semifinals (Thursday)

Providence vs. Creighton/Xavier, 7 p.m.

Butler vs. Villanova/DePaul, 7 p.m.

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BIG WEST CONFERENCE

First Round (Saturday)

Sacramento State vs. UC Riverside, 3 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton vs. UC Davis, 7 p.m.

Semifinals (Wednesday)

CSUN vs. UC Riverside/Sacramento State, 7 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis/Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

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METRO-ATLANTIC CONFERENCE

First Round (Saturday)

Siena College vs. Monmouth, 1 p.m.

Marist College vs. Canisius College, 7 p.m.

Semifinals (Friday)

Quinnipiac vs. higher remaining seed

Rider University vs. lower remaining seed

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SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

First Round (Saturday)

Wofford vs. VMI, 6 p.m.

UNCG vs. Furman, 7 p.m.

Semifinals (Thursday)

ETSU vs. UNCG/Furman, 3:30 pm

Mercer vs. Wofford/VMI, 6 p.m.

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COLLEGE WEEKEND REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

Oregon State 3, San Diego State 2

Washington 1, UCLA 0

FRIDAY

Memphis vs. Tulsa, Friday, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Cincinnati vs. UCF, Saturday, 12 p.m.

Charleston vs. UNCW, 6 p.m.

SMU vs. UConn, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Temple vs. USF, Saturday, 7 p.m.

William & Mary vs. Elon, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY

Pacific vs. Portland, 1 p.m.

Oregon State vs. UCLA, 1 p.m.

San Diego State vs. Washington, 5 p.m.

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