Oct. 6, 1997

This Week in Wake Forest Sports

NO. 24 WOMEN'S SOCCER VISITS NC STATE AND HOSTS NO. 10 FLORIDA
Junior midfielder Stefanie Mathews (Tucson, AZ) leads the 24th-ranked Wake Forest women's soccer team as they travel to NC State for an important Atlantic Coast Conference match on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then host No. 10 Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Spry Stadium in a key regional matchup.

Mathews leads Wake Forest (8-2-1) in both goals and scorind, with eight goals and 19 points through 11 games this season. The junior has been on fire of late, scoring seven goals in the last five 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.

Last week, the Deacons defeated Auburn, 2-0, and tied Georgia, 2-2, in two road matches.

MEN'S SOCCER HOSTS NC STATE IN ACC MATCHUP
After an up-and-down week, the Wake Forest men's soccer team has a week to prepare for an important ACC matchup. Next up for the Demon Deacons is first-place NC State (7-1, 3-0 ACC), who visits Spry Stadium this Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Deacs (6-4, 0-1) could use a big win over a conference team to keep their postseason hopes alive after a 1-1 week. Last Tuesday, Wake Forest was dominating in a 9-0 rout of Appalachian State, as seven different Deacs found the back of the net. Freshman forwards Ben Stafford (Signal Mountain, TN) and Jaron Barbee (Hinckley, OH) led Wake Forest with two goals and one assist each, while sophomore goalkeeper Sean Conner (Georgetown, TX) posted his fifth solo shutout of the year.

On Saturday, however, the Deacons slipped up with a sloppy 2-0 loss to Furman, despite outshooting the Paladins 15-7.

NO. 14 WOMEN'S TENNIS HOSTS WAKE FOREST INVITATIONAL THIS WEEKEND
The 14th-ranked women's tennis team plays at home for the first time this season when they host the annual Wake Forest Invitational this weekend at the Leighton Tennis Stadium. Other teams to participate include No. 4 Duke, No. 18 South Alabama and No. 42 Northwestern.

Junior Nicola Kaiwai (Wellington, New Zealand), ranked #71 in the ITA/Rolex rankings, and freshman Dorothee Kurz (Profzheim, Germany) lead the Demon Deacons. Last week at the ITA Clay Court Championships, the first leg of the ITA Grand Slam, the two put together a three match winning streak to reach the semifinals of the doubles championship before the event was halted due to rain.

Senior Lule Aydin (Coopersburg, PA) has been impressive in singles play this season for the Deacs, posting a 6-2 record in two tournament events.

The Wake Forest Invitational will consist of two 16 player singles flights and two doubles flights of eight teams. Play begins on Friday, Oct. 10 and concludes on Sunday, Oct. 12.

This year's tournament features six individuals ranked in the ITA/Rolex Top 100. In addition to Kaiwai, No. 3 Vanessa Webb (Duke), No. 22 Megan Miller (Duke), No. 32 Karen Goldstein (Duke), No. 65 Kristen Sanderson (Duke) and No. 87 Katherine Nasser (Northwestern) will all participate.

VOLLEYBALL TO HOST DAVIDSON ON WEDNESDAY
The Wake Forest (7-10 overall, 1-3 ACC) volleyball team will host Davidson on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Gym. The Deacs will travel to Maryland on Friday at 7 p.m. and Virginia on Saturday at 7 p.m. to resume the ACC schedule.

Last Friday night, Wake Forest defeated NC State, 3-2, in Reynolds Gym for its first ACC win in 11 years. The win broke a 24-match losing streak in ACC contests including tournament matches. Ironically, the streak was broken 11 years to the day of Wake Forest's last ACC win. That win came on October 3, 1986 when the Deacs defeated Georgia Tech 3-0.

FIELD HOCKEY SET FOR REMATCH WITH BLUE DEVILS
The Wake Forest field hockey team will be looking for a little revenge this week as the Demon Deacons (7-6, 0-3 ACC) travel to Durham for a rematch with No. 12 Duke. Duke escaped with a 2-1 win over the Deacs in Winston-Salem earlier this fall, despite being outplayed for much of the game.

Wake Forest is coming off a 1-1 week, dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 3 North Carolina on Wednesday and rebounding to defeat Massachusetts 4-1 on Sunday. The win over UMass snapped a five-game losing streak for the Deacons. Junior forward Amanda Janney (Fort Worth, TX) led Wake Forest through the week, scoring Wake's lone goal vs. UNC and adding a goal and an assist vs. UMass.

HARRIERS RUN IN IMPORTANT PRE-NCAA MEET AT FURMAN
Both the men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the Pre-NCAA Meet at Furman on Saturday. Furman is the host site of both the NCAA Regional Championships as well as the NCAA Championships to be held November 24.

The 13th ranked men will be led by Nolan Swanson (Sherman, NY). The women, who have won three races so far this season, will be led by Janelle Kraus (Shelter Island, NY). The sophomore Kraus is off to a terrific start in 1997 as she has won the individual title in all three races that Wake Forest has entered.

MEN'S TENNIS TRAVELS TO SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE
The men's tennis team competes in their third tournament of the year this weekend when they travel to the Southern Collegiate in Athens, GA, on Oct. 10-12.

Senior Jimmy Chou (Hampton, VA) leads the Deacons after posting a perfect 3-0 record three 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) have both provided consistent play in Wake Forest's two fall tournaments.

MEN'S GOLF REGROUPING AFTER 13TH PLACE FINISH AT THE PREVIEW
After a disappointing 13th place finish at the Ping/GolfWeek Preview Invitational in Albequerque, NM, last week, the Wake Forest men's golf team has a week off to regroup and prepare for the next tournament of the fall season.

The third-ranked Deacons are back in action on Sept. 20-21, when they compete in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, AL.

WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES SECOND AT LADY TAR HEEL
Senior Alexandra Armas (Las Palmas, Canary Islands) continues to pace the Wake Forest women's golf team as she led the Demon Deacons to a second place finish in the Lady Tar Heel Invitational over the weekend.

Armas finished the tournament in second place and pushed her streak of rounds of 75 or better to nine. She has finished among the top-five in all three tournaments Wake Forest has been a part of in the fall.

The Deacons next tournament will be the Lady Paladin Invitational, October 17-19 in Greenville, SC.

Wake Forest This Week:

Women's Soccer

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, at NC State, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 12, FLORIDA, 1 p.m.

    Men's Soccer

  • Saturday, Oct. 11, NC STATE, 7 p.m.

    Women's Tennis

  • Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12, WAKE FOREST INVITATIONAL

    Women's Volleyball

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, DAVIDSON, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 10, at Maryland, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 11, at Virginia, 7 p.m.

    Women's Field Hockey

  • Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Duke, 7 p.m.

    Men's Tennis

  • Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12, Southern Collegiate, Athens, GA

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