Wake Forest Releases 2014 Men's Soccer Schedule
May 29, 2014
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest released its 2014 men's soccer schedule today, which features 13 home matches and four contests against teams that finished last season ranked in the top 10.
There will be no easing into the season for the Demon Deacons, who finished last season ranked 11th nationally, as they open with three consecutive home matches against top 10 teams from last year. Wake Forest will take the field for the first time on Aug. 29 against UCLA, an NCAA Championship quarterfinalist last fall, before facing another quarterfinalist in California on Aug. 31.
The following weekend the Deacs will complete one of the most difficult opening stretches in the country when they host Connecticut, also a quarterfinalist in last year's tournament, on Sept. 5.
For the first time in conference history, the ACC will not play a full round robin conference schedule in 2014, with each team scheduled to play eight matches against the conference's 12 schools that sponsor men's soccer. As part of the schedule rotation, Wake Forest will miss defending national champions Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and North Carolina, though the Demon Deacons will play a preseason exhibition against the Tar Heels on Aug. 23 at Spry Stadium.
Wake Forest will open ACC play at home on Sept. 12 against NC State before road matches at Virginia Tech (Sept. 19) and Clemson (Sept. 26). The Demon Deacons will return home to host rival Duke on Oct. 3 before taking their first-ever trip to Syracuse for a match on Oct. 10.
The Deacs will host Boston College on Oct. 17 and travel to Virginia, a College Cup team from a year ago, on Oct. 25. Wake Forest will close the regular season at home on Nov. 1 against new ACC member Louisville.
In addition to its season-opening matches, Wake Forest will play home non-conference games against Cleveland State (Sept. 7), VMI (Sept. 23), Akron (Sept. 30), Hofstra (Oct. 6), Howard (Oct. 21) and Charlotte (Oct. 28) while play its lone road non-conference contest at Davidson on Sept. 16.
Wake Forest will play the first of two exhibitions on Aug. 19 against Gardner Webb at Spry Stadium before its scrimmage against North Carolina on Aug. 23.
The ACC Championship will expand to include all teams this season. The first round and quarterfinals will be held at campus sites on Nov. 5 and No. 9, respectively, with the semifinals and final set for WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Nov. 14 and Nov. 16.