The Demon Deacons hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Alabama on Friday at 8 p.m. ET, then Samford on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
Aug. 27, 2015
• Wake Forest heads southwest for a pair of games in the state of Alabama. The Demon Deacons take on the Crimson Tide on Friday at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local time) on SEC Network+, before traveling to Samford for a 3 p.m. Sunday game.
• Both opponents enter the weekend with a 1-1 record. Alabama finished last year with a 10-7-3 mark, while Samford went 14-8. The Bulldogs host Memphis on Friday night before Sunday’s Wake Forest-Samford matchup.
• In Friday's game, assistant coach Jason Lowe returns to Tuscaloosa, where he spent five years as an assistant before heading to Wake Forest. On Sunday, Alabama natives Claudia Day and Leigh Haynes head back to their hometown of Birmingham.
Last Time Out
• Wake Forest cruised to a 4-0 victory over SEC foe Georgia, an NCAA Tournament team last year. Katie Dry, Ally Haran, Kahla Seymour and Kendal Robino each scored goals while Maddie Huster tallied her first two career assists.
• Alabama claimed a victory in its home-opener, defeating Troy 1-0 behind a 77th-minute goal from Alexis Mouton.
• Samford gave up a second-half lead to South Alabama, allowing them to score twice in the last 20 minutes to win 3-2. Kelley Malcanisha scored her second and third goals of the season.
• Wake Forest entered the regional rankings following the opening-game victory, checking in at No. 9 in the Southeast.
• All eight schools ahead of Wake Forest are ACC programs, seven of them nationally-ranked. The Deacs leapfrogged No. 10 Florida Gulf Coast, a 2015 opponent, for ninth.
Fountain of Youth
• Wake Forest had an extremely young team a year ago, starting at least seven underclassmen and at least four freshmen in every game.
• That isn’t likely to change much in 2015, with 12 freshmen joining the program. Three freshmen started their first career games, while seven saw action.
• All nine sophomores - Lindsay Preston, Maddie Huster and Sarah Medina, Monreau DeVos, Claudia Day, Casey Brown, Kahla Seymour, Pilar Torres and Ally Haran - started at least once as a freshman.
• The Deacons return a total of 19 players for the 2015 season, including 11 who made at least five starts.
A Challenging Year
• Wake Forest played eight ranked opponents in the regular season last year, all of them consensus top 25 teams in both the NSCAA and Soccer America. That is the most of any ACC team. This year, the Deacons have games scheduled against eight teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago.