Soccer Gameday: No. 17 Wake Forest at Michigan State
The Demon Deacons hit the road to take on Michigan State for the first time in program history
Sept. 6, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)
• The Demon Deacons hit the road to take on a pair of Big Ten opponents in Michigan State and Michigan.
• Up first, Wake Forest will play at Michigan State on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. The contest will be streamed on BTN+ with a required subscription.
Last Time Out
• The Demon Deacons were handed their first loss of the season against Princeton, 2-0, on Sept. 4. The Tigers held a 10-9 advantage in shots but a 6-2 advantage on shots on goal. Lindsay Preston recorded four saves in goal.
Wake Forest Storylines
• Wake Forest women's soccer is nationally ranked for the first time since 2014 when the team began the season ranked No. 14 by Soccer America and No. 21 by the NSCAA. Currently, the Demon Deacons are ranked No. 7 by Soccer America and No. 17 by both United Soccer Coaches and TopDrawerSoccer.
• Wake Forest finished the 2016 slate with seven shutouts.
• The Deacs are returning their top three scorers from last season in Peyton Perea, Maddie Huster and Bayley Feist. The trio also finished the 2016 campaign with double-digit point totals as Huster recorded five goals and four assists for 14 points, Perea finished with six goals for 12 points and Feist had five goals and two assists for 12 points.
• Wake Forest is returning 19 members from the 2016 roster while welcoming seven freshmen.
Scouting the Spartans
• This will be the first meeting in program history between the Demon Deacons and Spartans.
• The Spartans are on a three-game winning streak and hold a 4-2-0 record. Most recently, Michigan State defeated Oakland, 1-0, while returning nine starting players from last season.
• Jamie Cheslik leads the Spartans with three goals, followed by Kristelle Yewah with two. Cheslik, Michaela Kovacs and Lexy Warner were named to the 2017 Big Ten Women's Soccer Players to Watch list.
Spreading the Wealth
• Wake Forest has had a balanced attack early in the season with multiple student-athletes recording points.
• Sixteen Deacs have recorded one or more points this season while nine have three-plus points.
• Ten Demon Deacons have scored goals while 12 have recorded assists.
• The Deacs' 63 shots have been taken by 16 players while the 34 shots on goal have been by 13 players.
• The Deacs will play Michigan in Ann Arbor on Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. before returning home to open ACC play against Pitt on Sept. 15 in Spry Stadium. That game is set for 7 p.m.