No. 4 Wake Forest Earns Top Seed at ACC Tournament
Austin da Luz led the ACC with 11 assists in the regular season.
Austin da Luz led the ACC with 11 assists in the regular season.

Nov. 9, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 4 Wake Forest earned the top seed for the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Tournament and will face either Clemson or Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

The Demon Deacons shared the regular season championship with North Carolina. However, since the two teams played to a 2-2 tie in the regular season, Wake earned the top seed due to scoring 18 goals in conference matches, compared to 12 goals scored in league games by UNC.

Virginia Tech, the eight seed, and ninth-seeded Clemson will play in a first round match on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Deacs will meet the winner of the match in a quarterfinal at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The first round game, along with every game of the quarterfinal and semifinal round will be available for free on ACC Select, the conference's online broadband network. For more information, visit

Wake Forest finished the regular season with a 13-3-2 overall record and a 5-2-1 mark in ACC play. The Demon Deacons earned their second consecutive ACC regular season title and fifth in program history.

Offensively, Wake is led by the league's leading scorer, senior forward Zack Schilawski. Schilawski scored 11 goals and 26 points during the regular season. Fellow senior Austin da Luz paced the league with 11 assists on the season and also added four goals to rank second on the team with 19 points.

In net, senior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald has recorded a 0.69 goals against average, tying for second in the league. Fitzgerald has a 13-3-2 record with five shutouts on the season.

Virginia Tech closed the regular season with a 5-11-2 record and a 2-6 record in conference matches. The Hokies dropped a 2-0 decision at Boston College in the regular season finale.

The Hokies are led offensively by Emmanuel Akogyeram and Charlie Campbell, who each have 10 points. Akogyeram has scored four goals and two assists, while Campbell has added three goals and four assists.

In goal, Brendan Dunn has played the majority of minutes for Virginia Tech, but Stefan Caulfield started near the end of the regular season. Dunn has a 1.56 goals against average with 42 saves, while Caulfield has a 1.93 goals against average with 32 stops.

Clemson enters the postseason with a 5-11-1 overall record and a 2-6 ACC mark. The Tigers closed the regular season with wins in three of their last four games, but dropped a 3-1 decision at home to North Carolina in the regular season finale.

Nathan Thornton and Austin Savage pace Clemson offensively with 14 points apiece. Thornton and Savage have each tallied six goals and two assists on the season. Nick Burton has a team-best four assists in 2009.

Joseph Bendik has played 16 games in goal for the Tigers, including 15 starts. Bendik has a 1.38 goals against average on the season, allowing 22 goals and making an ACC-best 75 saves. J.D. Spearman has seen limited time in net for Clemson, compiling a 0.78 goals against average in 114 minutes of work.

Wake Forest defeated both Virginia Tech and Clemson earlier in the season. The Deacs downed the Hokies 5-1 in Blacksburg and claimed a 3-1 win at Clemson in the regular season.

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