Wake Forest Men's Soccer Notebook: August 25
Aug. 25, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's soccer team is ranked fifth in the Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25, released on Tuesday morning.
The ranking marks the third top-five selection for the Demon Deacons this preseason. Wake Forest was previously ranked third by CollegeSoccerNews.com and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Wake Forest returns four starters from the 2008 team, led by Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy candidates Corben Bone and Ike Opara. Senior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald, who tied the school record for shutouts in a single season with 13 in 2008, also returns.
Three Atlantic Coast Conference teams were ranked in the top 10 of the Soccer America poll, including 2008 runner-up North Carolina, who is the top-ranked team to start the season. Defending national champion Maryland is picked eighth in the poll.
The Demon Deacons close the 2009 exhibition schedule on Thursday, traveling to Furman for a 7 p.m. game.
2009 Soccer America Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. North Carolina
3. St. John's
5. Wake Forest
10. Notre Dame
15. UC Santa Barbara
16. UC Irvine
17. Loyola (Md.)
18. South Florida
19. George Mason
20. Cal Poly
24. Boston University
Three Wake Forest Players Named Freshmen to Watch by CollegeSoccerNews.com: Anthony Arena, Andy Lubahn and Ben Newnam are among CollegeSoccerNews.com's 100 Freshmen to Watch for the 2009 season.
A midfielder/defender from Kenmore, Wash., Arena was a member of the United States U-18 and U-20 Men's National Teams. He also was the team captain for his club team, Crossfire, since 2005 and won eight state championships with Crossfire from 2000-07.
Lubahn, a forward from Erie, Pa., has seen time with the U-14, U-15, U-18 and U-20 U.S. National Teams. Lubahn trained with Cercle Brugge of the Belgium Jupiler League and was also the leading scorer while playing with Cercle Brugge's amateur team.
Newnam is a midfielder from Kernersville, N.C. He was named North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in 2008-09 and was twice named an NSCAA/adidas High School All-American.