Wake Forest Opens NCAAs Against Georgia Southern
The Demon Deacons will open the 2012 NCAA Championship on Saturday against Georgia Southern

Nov. 9, 2012

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Deacs Open NCAAs against Eagles

  • Wake Forest received a No. 3 seed in this year's NCAA Championship and will open tournament play on Saturday against Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.
  • The Demon Deacons earned an at-large bid to the tournament and are making their 17th-straight NCAA Championship appearance. The Eagles earned the Southern Conference's automatic bid after winning the conference's tournament as the No. 8 seed and are making their first NCAA appearance.

How to Catch the Game

  • The match will be broadcast for free on WakeForestSports.com. Nick Sebesta (play-by-play) and Meghan Cox (analyst) will have the call.
  • Live stats will be available, with a link provided on WakeForestSports.com
  • The Wake Forest women's soccer Twitter account @WakeWSoccer will tweet live updates during the game.

Tournament History

  • Wake Forest extended its NCAA Championship streak to 17-straight appearances, which ranks as the sixth-longest active streak in the country.
  • The Demon Deacons are one of the tournament's 16 national seeds for the seventh year in a row. They join Florida, Florida State and North Carolina as the only teams to be seeded in every edition of the tournament since 2006.
  • Last season, Wake Forest advanced to its first College Cup with wins over Oakland, Boston University, Penn State and UCF before falling to Duke in the semifinals.
  • The Demon Deacons are 10-2-0 in NCAA Championship matches at Spry Stadium.
  • Wake Forest and its first-round opponent Georgia Southern are meeting for the first time.

Top Storylines

  • Wake Forest finished in a tie for second place in the ACC, equalling their previous best finishes that were achieved in 2007 and 2000
  • Katie Stengel (first team) and Aubrey Bledsoe (second team) were named to the 2012 All-ACC Team. Both are repeat honorees. Stengel is the first person in Wake Forest history to earn first-team honors three times.
  • Wake Forest reached the semifinals of the ACC Championship for the third year in a row. The Demon Deacons defeated Duke in overtime in the quarterfinals before falling to Maryland in the semifinals. It was the first time in three seasons that the Deacons did not reach the final.
  • Aubrey Bledsoe was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team.
  • Aubrey Bledsoe, Jackie Logue and Katie Stengel were all named to the Capital One Academic All-District team for the second year in a row. Logue made the team for the third year running.
  • With 66 minutes played against Georgia Southern, goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe will set the Wake Forest record for minutes played by a goalkeeper. Bledsoe has played 6,556 minutes in goal in her career, only 65 minutes shy of Erin Regan's record 6,621 minutes.
  • The ACC had nine schools make the NCAA tournament, tying the record that it set last season. Six ACC schools are among the 16 national seeds.
  • Wake Forest is ranked No. 10 nationally in the NSCAA coaches poll
  • Kristen Meier's and Katie Stengel's 16 career assists are tied for the sixth-most in Wake Forest history.



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