No. 3 Women's Soccer to Host No. 6 Duke Thursday

Oct. 19, 2011

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The last remaining unbeaten team in ACC play, No. 3 Wake Forest will host on No. 6 Duke on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium in its final home game of the regular season. A video broadcast of the game will be available on ESPN3.com.

Following the match against the Blue Devils, the Deacons will travel to Clemson on Sunday at 1 p.m. for their penultimate game of the ACC campaign.

The Deacons currently occupy fourth place in the ACC standings, one point behind Duke, North Carolina and Virginia which are all tied for first place.

Bledsoe Breaks Wake Forest Shutout Record
Already putting on one of the most impressive goalkeeping displays in school history this season, Aubrey Bledsoe kept her 10th shutout of the season in last Sunday's 0-0 tie with North Carolina, setting a new Wake Forest single-season record. Bledsoe passed Erin Regan, who kept nine clean sheets in 1999, on the Demon Deacon charts.

Last year's ACC Tournament MVP, Bledsoe has shut out four straight ACC opponents and currently leads the conference with a 0.38 goals against average. She has shut out four straight ACC foes. Only a sophomore, she already ranks third on the Wake Forest career shutout charts with 13 clean sheets in her first two seasons.

Deacons are ACC's Last Unbeaten
With a 11-1-3 (4-0-3 ACC) record, Wake Forest is the last team to be unbeaten in ACC play. The Demon Deacons sit in fourth place in the conference standings with 15 points, only one point behind Duke, North Carolina and Virginia which are all tied for first place - though the Deacons, Blue Devils and Tar Heels all have a game in hand on the Cavaliers.

With three games remaining in the regular season, Wake Forest is aiming to make it through the year without an ACC loss for the first time in school history.

NC State, Duke and North Carolina are the only other teams to have made it through an ACC season unscathed. The Blue Devils and Wolfpack each accomplished the feat once, while the Tar Heels have gone unbeaten in the conference a remarkable 17 times. Since the ACC began playing 11 conference games in 2005, only twice has a team ran the league gauntlet without a loss - both times by UNC, in 2006 and 2008.

Wake Forest Ranked No. 1 in the RPI
Wake Forest is ranked first in this week's edition of the all-important RPI rankings. The RPI is used by the NCAA Women's Soccer committee for selection and seeding for the NCAA Tournament. It is the first time that Wake Forest has ever held down the top spot in the RPI rankings.

Bledsoe Up to 443:46 Consecutive Shutout Minutes
Aubrey Bledsoe has kept four consecutive clean sheets and has not allowed a goal in the last 443:46 minutes - the third-longest shutout streak for a goalie in Wake Forest history.

With a shutout against Duke on Thursday, Bledsoe would barely break Laura Morse's school record of 532:46 shutout minutes, which was accumulated over nine games spanning the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Morse split time with another goalkeeper in many of those games.

Bledsoe is just under 50 minutes shy of Wake Forest record for shutout minutes in consecutive games, which is held by Amanda Barasha who kept opponents off of the scoreboard for 493:38 in 2009, earning five shutouts in that time period.

Stengel Still Leads the League in Scoring
Katie Stengel has remained in her familiar place atop the league scoring charts, leading all ACC players with 13 goals and 30 points this season. Stengel has been held without a point in the Deacons' last four contests, but had built up enough of a cushion that she remains the conference's scoring leader.

Stengel ranks in the top 15 nationally in nearly every offensive categories. She is the only ACC player to be averaging more than two points per game.

Deacons Rally Behind Their Defense
A major key to Wake Forest's success this season has been it's staunch defense. The Deacons have allowed only six goals all season and hold a 0.38 goals against average that ranks second in the ACC and sixth in all of Division I.

While Aubrey Bledsoe has been rock solid in net when tested, holding a .878 save percentage that is third-best in the league, she has also been the beneficiary of group of lockdown defenders that have only allowed 46 shots on goal all year - the second-fewest of any ACC team.

The Demon Deacon back line is been anchored by veteran juniors Caralee Keppler, Jackie Logue and Alisha Woodson, with freshman center back Kim Marshall also putting on a strong performance in a starting role.

Series History vs. Duke
Wake Forest holds only a 4-11-2 all-time record against Duke, though the Demon Deacons have earned results in the last two meetings, tying the Blue Devils 0-0 at home in 2009 and scoring a 2-1 victory in Durham last season.

Last year's win was the first time that Wake Forest had ever emerged victorious at Koskinen Stadium, and might not had have taken three points from the match without a tremendous effort by Rachel Nuzzolese. The Deacons were outshot 15-5 in the contest but got two sublime free kick goals from Nuzzolese to steal the 2-1 win.

 

 

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