Sept. 29, 1997

This Week in Wake Forest Sports

MEN'S SOCCER HOSTS APPALACHIAN STATE, FURMAN IN BUSY WEEK: The Wake Forest men's soccer team continues its five-game homestand this week with non-conference matches against Appalachian State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Furman on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Demon Deacons (5-3, 0-1 ACC) are coming off an impressive 2-0 win over seventh-ranked James Madison that should boost Wake back into the national top 20. The Deacs were dominating in the win over JMU, outshooting the Dukes 25-11 and holding a 12-7 edge in corner kicks.

Senior midfielder Ihor Dotsenko (Kiev, Ukraine) scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another in the win. Dotsenko currently leads the Deacons in scoring (3g, 3a), while sophomore Sean Conner (Georgetown, TX) (.833 sv%, 0.93 GAA, 4 SO) continues to rank among the region's top goalkeepers.

VOLLEYBALL OPENS ACC HOME SEASON: The Wake Forest (6-9, 0-2 ACC) volleyball team will host NC State on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. to open the Atlantic Coast Conference home season.

On Saturday, the North Carolina Tar Heels will visit Reynolds Gym for a match with the Deacs beginning at 7 p.m. Last season, the two teams met for one of the more exciting matches of the season at Reynolds. North Carolina jumped out to a two games to one lead before Wake Forest rallied to tie the match at 2-2. The Tar Heels eventually won the match with a win in the fifth game.

NO. 16 WOMEN'S SOCCER VISITS AUBURN, GEORGIA: Junior midfielder Stefanie Mathews (Tucson, AZ) leads the 16th-ranked Wake Forest women's soccer team as they hit the road this weekend for two non-conference games in the southeast region. The Deacons take on Auburn on Friday at 3 p.m. and then travel to Georgia for a 2 p.m. game on Sunday.

Mathews scored both Wake Forest goals in a 3-2 loss to No. 3 Virginia last weekend. The junior has been on fire of late, scoring six goals in the last three games to take over the team lead in points.

Sophomore Anne Shropshire (Lexington, KY) is second on the squad in scoring with four goals and six assists for a total of 14 points in 1997.

Wake Forest enters this week with a record of 7-2, and 1-2 in the ACC.

FIELD HOCKEY LOOKING TO SNAP SKID: The Wake Forest field hockey team has a tough week ahead of them, as the Deacons will face two top 20 teams in four days. On Wednesday the squad travels to No. 2 North Carolina, followed by a Sunday matchup vs. No. 17 Massachusetts in Chapel Hill.

The Deacons (6-5, 0-1 ACC) are looking to snap a four-game losing streak, after getting off to a promising 6-1 start on the season.

Last Saturday the Deacs were shut out for only the third time all year, falling to undefeated No. 3 Maryland, 3-0. The Terps outshot Wake 22-2 and also held a 22-2 edge in penalty corners. Sophomore Meaghan Nitka (Holmdel, NJ) made 16 saves in goal for the Deacons.

MEN'S GOLF IN ALBEQUERQUE TO COMPETE IN THE PREVIEW: The Wake Forest men's golf team will get a good preview of this year's NCAA Championship course, as well as the potential field of championship teams at the 1997 Ping/GolfWeek Preview Invitational, held Monday and Tuesday at the University of New Mexico in Albequerque.

The Preview features a field of 15 top collegiate golf programs, including 13 teams that are currently ranked in the top 20. All top five teams will be present, including No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 4 UNLV, and No. 5 New Mexico.

The Deacons kicked off their fall season two weeks ago, finishing fifth at the Topy Cup international tournament in Japan.

FOURTH-RANKED WOMEN'S GOLF TO PLAY IN TAR HEEL INVITATIONAL: Senior Alexandra Armas (Las Palmas, Canary Islands) and the fourth ranked Wake Forest golf team will head to Chapel Hill, NC, for the Lady Tar Heel Invitational on October 3-5.

Last weekend, the Deacons finished 12th in the Mercedes-Benz Championships. Armas finished fifth to mark the second consecutive tournament that she has finished among the individual top-five. Armas has been a model of consistency this fall season as she has yet to record a round of over 75 in six rounds of play.

NO. 14 WOMEN'S TENNIS TRAVELS TO CLAY COURTS & GAMECOCK CLASSIC: The 14th-ranked women's tennis team splits into two groups this week, with two players competing at the National Clay Courts in Orlando, FL, while the remainder of the team plays in the Gamecock Classic in Columbia, SC.

Junior Nicola Kaiwai (Wellington, New Zealand), ranked #71 in the latest Rolex rankings, and freshman Dorothee Kurz (Profzheim, Germany) will both compete in the ITA sponsored National Clay Courts, the first leg of the collegiate Grand Slam, on Oct. 2-5. Both players are in the main singles draw and will team together to play doubles.

Senior Lule Aydin (Coopersburg, PA) leads the remainder of the team to the Gamecock Classic on Oct. 3-5. Aydin went undefeated with a 4-0 record in the William & Mary Invitational, her first tournament of the year.

MEN'S TENNIS TRAVELS TO CLEMSON INVITATIONAL: The men's tennis team competes in their second tournament of the year this weekend when they travel to the Clemson Invitational in Clemson, SC, on Oct. 3-5.

Senior Jimmy Chou (Hampton, VA) leads the Deacons after posting a perfect 3-0 record two weeks ago in the William & Mary Invitational, Wake Forest's first event of the season. Freshman Brett Mauro (Atlanta, GA) and sophomore Ogden Phipps (Palm Beach, FL) are also undefeated this year with 3-0 records in 1997.

DEACON HARRIERS CONTINUE EARLY SEASON SUCCESS: Sophomore Janelle Kraus (Shelter Island, NY) and the Deacons won their third cross country race in as many tries in 1997 at the Greensboro Invitational on Saturday. Kraus won her third individual title of the season by setting a new collegiate course record with a time of 17:38.

For the second time this season the Deacons won a meet with a perfect score of 15. Freshman Kelly Brady (Norwich, VT) ran a time of 18:09 to finish second. Brady has finished in the top five of every race this season.

On the men's side, senior Nolan Swanson (Sherman, NY) returned to his home state and finished in eighth place to lead the Wake Forest cross country team to a fourth place team finish at the Iona Meet of Champions in New York City. Swanson finished with a time of 25:03, while senior Eric Dunn (Pisom Beach, CA) placed 11th with a time of 25:11.

The Deacs are off this week and return to action on Oct. 11 in the Pre-NCAA Meet in Greenville, SC.

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