Deacs Selected as No. 15 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Nov. 12, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest has been selected as the No. 15 seed in the 2012 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship and will receive a bye in the First Round of tournament play. The Demon Deacons will host the winner of Elon and Coastal Carolina on Sunday night at 5 p.m. at Spry Stadium.
"We're excited for the new season to begin," said head coach Jay Vidovich. "The team's body of work was recognized by getting a seed, and we are looking forward to the opportunity that was given to us by the committee."
The selection marks the 16th time in school history that the Demon Deacons will participate in the NCAA Tournament. Wake Forest won the 2007 National Championship during a stretch that the Demon Deacons competed in four consecutive College Cups (2006-09).
Tickets for Sunday night's game will be $7 for adults and $3 for youth, seniors and Wake Forest students. Children three and under will be admitted into the game for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Wake Forest ticket off at (336) 758-3322 and will also be available at the Spry Stadium box office on the day of the game.
Wake Forest enters the NCAA Tournament with an 11-3-5 overall record after finishing the ACC season in third place with a 4-1-3 record. The Deacs capped off the regular season with a 4-2 win over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Maryland.
"We are very grateful for this opportunity. The guys are growing up and maturing, and we are looking forward to our first match," said Vidovich. "We have learned a lot of lessons throughout this season, particularly in the ACC Tournament."
Wake Forest is 20-12-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and has scored 63 goals compared to just 42 for its opponents.
Last season, the Demon Deacons advanced on the road past South Carolina on penalty kicks before falling at James Madison 2-0.
No. 2 Maryland will play the winner of Brown and Drexel on Sunday as well. If they advance, the Demon Deacons will play the winner of that game. The other two seeded teams on Wake Forest's path to its fifth college cup are No. 7 Marquette and No. 10 Louisville.
The 2012 College Cup will be on December 7 and 9 in Hoover, Alabama, at Regions Park.