Tracy, Edwards take Outstanding NCAA Player Honors

Dec. 16, 2007

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CARY, N.C. - Wake Forest men's soccer players Marcus Tracy and Brian Edwards picked up top honors at the NCAA College Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Marcus Tracy (Sandyhook, Conn.), who scored three goals in the Final Four, was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Tracy's two goals in the semifinals against Virginia Tech on Friday evening propelled the Demon Deacons to their first ever NCAA Finals appearance. On Sunday, Tracy's goal in the 66th minute was the equalizer against Ohio State, and his assist led to Zack Schilawski's game-winner in the 78th minute.

Tracy also assisted in Austin da Luz's game-winning overtime goal in the NCAA quarterfinals against Notre Dame on December 8. The junior striker finished 2007 with 10 goals, brining his career total to 16.

Wake Forest goalkeeper Brian Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) had four saves in the first half of the NCAA Finals on Sunday, holding the Buckeyes to just one goal through 13 shots. Edwards posted 12 saves through the entire NCAA Championships, only giving up two goals through five games.

Edwards finished the season with 13 shutouts, bringing his career total 44 through 8610 minutes.

Sam Cronin (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Zack Schilawski (Cary, N.C.) and Cody Arnoux (Wilmington, N.C.) also earned spots in the College Cup All-Tournament team.

Junior co-captain Sam Cronin has started every game for the Demon Deacons since his freshman season. During the 2007 Championship run, Cronin posted two assists, including the penalty kick that led to Marcus Tracy's game-winning header in the semifinals against Virginia Tech.

Zack Schilawski had a satisfying College Cup run, assisting in the second goal vs. Virginia Tech and netting the game-winner vs. Ohio State in the finals. In 2006, Schilawski missed the final penalty kick against UC Santa Barbara. The draw vs. the Gauchos ended the season. This season's incredible performance for the local sophomore showcases his improvement and is likely extra-satisfying considering last year's Final Four ending.

Cody Arnoux is the leading Wake Forest scorer for 2007 with 15 goals, a stunning improvement from his one season goal in 2006. Arnoux notched two goals in the Demon Deacon's NCAA run, both against West Virginia on December 2. The sophomore has played in all 25 games for Wake Forest this season, with 23 starts.

The College Cup title was the Wake Forest soccer program's first national championship and second semifinal appearance. It is the eighth overall national title for Wake Forest, with three field hockey titles (2002, 2003, 2004), three golf titles (1986, 1975, 1974) and one baseball title (1955).

NCAA College Cup
All-Tournament Team

Zack Simmons - GK - UMass
Patrick Nyarko - F - Virginia Tech
Casey Latchem - GK - Ohio State
Roger Espinoza - MF - Ohio State
Eric Brunner - D - Ohio State
Doug Verhoff - D - Ohio State
Marcus Tracy - F- Wake Forest
Sam Cronin - M - Wake Forest
Zack Schilawski - F - Wake Forest
Brian Edwards - GK - Wake Forest
Cody Arnoux - F - Wake Forest

Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Marcus Tracy - Wake Forest

Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Brian Edwards - Wake Forest



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