A look at how several former Demon Deacons are doing in the professional ranks
Here is a season recap of former Wake Forest soccer players in the MLS
Deacon midfielder is one of 34 players named to the preseason watch list
Arena was drafted in the First Round of the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft
In 2008: Ranked fourth on the team in goals scored with 10 and also added four assists ... Started all 24 games to bring his career total to games played and games started to 98, which ranks as the most career games played and started in school history ... Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner ... M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Finalist ... Named to the All-ACC First Team ... Received first team All-American accolades from the NSCAA, College Soccer News and Soccer America ... Named to Deacon Fall Classic All-Tournament Team after performance against UCLA (9/5) and South Carolina (9/7) ... Scored first goal of the season in ACC opener vs. Clemson (9/13) ... Scored the game-winning goal in Wake's victory at UC Santa Barbara (9/21) ... Scored one goal in four consecutive games from October 25 to November 12 ... Scored a goal in Wake's victories over Dartmouth (11/30) and USF (12/6) in the NCAA Tournament ... Drafted by Toronto FC with the second pick of the MLS Draft.
In 2007: NSCAA Second Team All-American ... Soccer America First Team MVP ... NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team... All-ACC First Team... ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District athlete ... 2007 co-captain ... One of seven Demon Deacons to play in all 26 games during the 2007 season ... Registered game-winning assist in 3-1 win over No. 16 Akron on Sept. 7 ... Posted back-to-back goals at Virginia Tech on Oct. 5 ... Had Wake's only shot-on-goal in 1-0 loss to Boston College on Oct. 27 ... Assisted in Julian Valentin's game-winning goal in the opening round of the ACC Tournament vs. Clemson (Nov. 14) ... Also teamed up with Valentin for the game-winning goal in Wake's opening NCAA tournament performance against Furman on Nov. 28 ... Assisted in Marcus Tracy's game-winning goal in the opening College Cup win over Virginia Tech (Dec. 14).
In 2006: NSCAA Second Team All-South member ... ACC All-Tournament team ... Deacon's 2006 MVP ... The only sophomore to start in all 25 contests, marking 43 consecutive career starts ... Helped Deacons post 13 shutouts ... Registered four goals and four assists ... Helped hold Central Florida to one shot in season opener (Aug. 25) ... Scored WFU's lone goal in spring season match vs. 2006 ACC Co-Champions Duke (March 30).
In 2005: One of only four players to start each of the Deacs' 23 matches ... Recorded 12 shots and added three assists ... Registered a pair of assists in the victory over St. Joseph's on Sept. 20 ... Added assist in the NCAA Tournament win over South Carolina on Nov. 18 ... Along with Michael Lahoud, was first freshman to play in and start 23 matches in one season ... Helped the Deacons log nine shutouts on the season and post a goals against average of 0.98 ... Went a span of 241:45 without surrendering a goal and did not allow St. Joseph's a single shot on Sept. 20... Helped limit opponents to seven or fewer shots on nine separate occasions ... Named to the ACC All-Freshman squad.
Background: Named a 2003 NSCAA Youth adidas All-American ... A hometown product and letter winner from Mount Tabor HS ... Named all-conference, all-region, all-state, all-south and the Metro Conference Player of the Year ... Led the team in goals, assists and points each of his last two seasons ... helped high school team to the 2002 4-A State Championship ... 1986 Region III All-Star ... Two-time adidas ESP participant ... Member of the National Honor Society ... An all-conference kicker in football and Metro Conference Kicker of the Year ... Actually kicked a field goal with each foot in the same game.
Personal: A political science major ... Son of Barry & Laurie Cronin ... Chose Wake Forest over UConn, St. John's, Duke, NC State and UNCG ... Born Dec. 12, 1986 in Atlanta, Ga. ... Brother, McNeil, played soccer at Furman ... Brother, Colin, ran cross country at NC State and another brother, Hugh, is a graduate assistant for the NC State men's soccer team ... Also has a younger sister, Mary Grace (18).