No. 5 Wake Forest Opens 2018 Training
Aug. 9, 2018

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest men's soccer team held its first training sessions on Wednesday in preparation for the 2018 season.

The Demon Deacons are coming off their third-straight trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals and second-straight ACC Championship. Wake Forest finished 2017 with a 19-2-2 overall record, including a 7-0-1 mark in ACC play.

Wake Forest sent seven into the MLS ranks and will therefore have several new faces. Out of Wake Forest's top six leaders in points from last year, five are now in pro soccer.

The cupboard wasn't left bare, though, as six Deacons return after making at least 10 starts a season ago.

Omir Fernandez is the top returning scorer after totaling 17 points on six goals and five assists off the bench. Logan Gdula, Justin McMaster, Bruno Lapa and Brad Dunwell also combined for five goals and 16 assists.

Wake Forest heads into 2018 ranked No. 5 nationally, marking 21 consecutive polls in the top five dating back to 2016. The Deacs open the season with an exhibition at Furman on Sunday, with the regular-season opener set for Aug. 24 against No. 2 Indiana.