Wake Forest Set to Open 2015 at Ohio State
Sarah Teegarden (pictured) and Kendall Fischlein are team captains.
Aug. 14, 2015

By Jay Garneau, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest women's soccer team gets its 2015 season underway on Saturday, traveling to Ohio State for a 7 p.m. exhibition.

Though live stats and video will be unavailable, a recap will be provided on WakeForestSports.com following the game.

The Demon Deacons and Buckeyes meet in an exhibition contest for the second straight season. Last year, Wake Forest fell by a 1-0 margin despite out-shooting Ohio State, 20-3.

After a down year in 2014, the Demon Deacons have a new-look roster and renewed energy heading into 2015.

"Last year was definitely a disappointment," head coach Tony da Luz said. "We're out to redeem ourselves and we've got a really quality squad with a lot of depth in it."

The 31-player roster features 12 freshmen and nine sophomores, compared to just three seniors.

"We have some really exciting young players. We are a young team and we are going to make some mistakes," da Luz added. "I think we have the depth of a couple players in each spot and I think we'll be able to high-pressure teams a bit more, so I'm just looking forward to the team being able to prove themselves."

The 19 returning players come with a wealth of experience. Sixteen started at least one game last year, with 11 starting six games or more. Sarah Teegarden, Kendall Fischlein, Lindsay Preston, Monreau DeVos, Maddie Huster and Claudia Day started double-digit games.



A year ago as sophomores, Teegarden (three goals) and Fischlein (one goal, four assists) finished tied for third on the team in points. This year, they step into new roles as captains of the young squad.

DeVos and Ally Haran return after spending the second half of the season as the starting center backs, while keeper Lindsay Preston played nearly every minute in goal in her rookie campaign.

Wake Forest was once again strong at home, finishing with a winning record at Spry Stadium, and also beat ranked teams Virginia Tech and Georgetown, while playing to draws against top-25 foes Long Beach State and Clemson.

The team made the trek to Columbus early, spending Thursday doing teambuilding activities before turning the focus to Ohio State.