Soccer Gameday: Wake Forest vs. Georgetown
Nov. 9, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)
Wake Forest opens NCAA Championship play against Georgetown at Spry Stadium on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
This is the 19th NCAA Championship appearance for the Demon Deacons, the first since 2013, while the Hoyas will be making their sixth-straight and eighth total appearance.
Last Time Out
The fifth-seeded Demon Deacons fell to No. 4 seed Virginia, 2-1, in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals on Oct. 29. It was the first conference tournament appearance for the Deacs since 2012.
Bayley Feist recorded her team-leading eighth goal of the season to put the Deacons up early. However, the Deacs could not respond to two second-half goals from the Cavaliers.
Wake Forest Storylines
Wake Forest women's soccer debuted in the national rankings for the first time since 2014 the week of Aug. 28 after starting the season 4-0-0. Currently, the Demon Deacons are ranked No. 24 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, No. 23 in the Soccer America poll and No. 19 in the TopDrawerSoccer poll.
The Demon Deacon defense is among the best in the ACC. Wake Forest's 0.71 GAA is fourth in the league while the 14 goals allowed is tied for fourth. The Deacs' 10 shutouts are tied for second in the league. Lindsay Preston sits fourth in the conference with her .800 save percentage, while her 0.74 goals against average is also fourth in the ACC.
The Deacs finished with a 5-3-2 record in conference play, the most victories since 2013 when they also tallied five ACC wins.
Wake Forest finished the 2016 slate with seven regular-season shutout victories, just three shy of the program record of 10 set in 2006 and 2009. The Demon Deacons have seven shutout victories this season through 19 games and have recorded 10 total shutouts this season, the most since they tallied 14 in 2011.
Scouting the Hoyas
Georgetown won its second-consecutive Big East Championship with a victory over Butler. The Hoyas went 14-3-3 this season and earned a 6-1-2 mark in conference play, giving them the Big East regular season title as well.
Rachel Corboz leads the Hoyas with nine goals and 12 assists. Her 44 career assists sit atop the NCAA's active career leaders list while her 12 assists this year are tied for the top spot in the nation.
Arielle Schechtman has played every minute in goal for the Hoyas, recording 32 saves and a 0.33 goals against average. Her 16 shutouts lead the nation. The Hoyas have allowed seven goals this season, tied for sixth-fewest in the nation, while their 47 goals scored is also good for sixth in the nation.
Last season, the Hoyas advanced to the College Cup for the first time in program history. The team fell to USC, 1-0, in the national semifinal.
The winner of the Wake Forest/Georgetown matchup will face the winner of Penn State/Stony Brook at a site to be determined.
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