Wake Forest defeated Clemson 3-1 in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday, Nov. 13, to claim the 2016 ACC Tournament title.
Honors and Awards
New York Red Bulls Homegrown Signee
CoSIDA Division I Men's Soccer Academic All-America of the Year
CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America
ACC Defensive Player of the Year
United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-American
United Soccer Coaches First Team Scholar All-American
Senior CLASS Award Candidate
Second Team All-ACC
Third Team All-ACC
First Team Scholar All-Region
Kevin Politz wrapped up his career at Wake Forest as a four-year starter, starting 71 of the 72 games he played in at center back ... He totaled three goals, an assist and seven points in his career ... Helped the Deacs to a 65-15-9 record in his four seasons, as well as a top-10 defense in goals-against average his final three years.
Started 14 games but missed the end of the year with an injury ... Scored the game-winning goal against No. 12 Providence (Aug. 27) ... Played the full 90 minutes or more 10 times ... Helped the Demon Deacons to shutouts in seven of the 14 games he played in ... Anchored a back line during two shutout streaks of at least three games each ... Took nine total shots, three of them on target.
Started all 25 games Wake Forest played in 2016, anchoring one of the best defensive units in the nation that finished the season with an 0.46 goals against average and set a program-record with nearly 856 minutes of scoreless soccer in September while posting seven-straight shutouts ... After the end of the regular season, was named Third Team All-ACC for his contributions throughout the season and picked up ACC All-Tournament honors after Wake Forest's first ACC Tournament championship in 27 years ... Had one assist on the season, tallying an assist on Wake Forest's only goal against Syracuse (Oct. 28) which helped the Deacs clinch the 2016 ACC Atlantic Division title ... Earned First Team NSCAA Scholar All-South Region for the first time in his career.
Started each of the first 14 games at central defense before missing the rest of the season due to injury ... Scored his first two career goals in wins over Florida International (8/30) and Boston College (10/2) ... Only took three shots on the season ... Notched the go-ahead goal in the 40th minute against Florida International ... Helped Wake Forest to nine shutouts in the first 14 games, including a run that tied the program record with five-straight shutouts from Oct. 2 to Oct. 20.
Made an immediate impact on defense ... Started 18 games and played in all 19 games during the season ... Played all 90 minutes and made his collegiate debut against No. 4 UCLA (8/29) ... Started and played all 93 minutes in the overtime win over No. 21 UConn (9/5) ... Totaled three shots on goal during the season.
Member of the United States Under-17 National Team ... Ranked as the 24th best player in his class and the fourth-best defender by Top Drawer Soccer ... Named to the 2013 NSCAA Youth Boys All-America Team ... Played at the New York Red Bulls Academy under coach Paul O'Donnell ... With the Red Bulls, won the U.S. Soccer Academy National Championships in 2012 and 2013 ... Has played in six matches with the New York Red Bulls reserve team ... Named to the U.S. Soccer Academy Eastern Conference Starting XI in 2012 ... While a member of the United States Under-17 Residency Program from 2001-12, played in tournaments in Spain, France and Costa Rica.
Born March 22, 1996 in New Haven, Conn. ... Son of Mary and Ken Politz ... Ranked third in his high school class of 476 students