Women's Soccer Opens NCAAs With Oakland Friday
Nov. 10, 2011
The Wake Forest women's soccer team has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time and will host Summit League champions Oakland on Friday at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.
Tickets are seven dollars for adults and three dollars for youths, students and seniors. They can be purchased by calling the Wake Forest ticket office at (336) 758-3322 (Ext. 2) or at the Spry Stadium box office before the game.
Going NCAA Streaking
We're Number One!
Wake Forest is one of only four teams to have earned a national seed in each of the last six NCAA Tournaments, joining Florida State, North Carolina and Florida. The Deacons were a No. 4 seed last year, and prior to this season, had never been seeded higher than No. 3.
Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament
The Deacs found limited success in their first 10 appearances, occasionally breaking through to the second round, until 2006, when the they established themselves as a national power, earning a seed for the first time.
Since that 2006 tournament, Wake Forest has been seeded nationally and advanced out of the first round every season,.The Deacons posted their best-ever NCAA result in 2009 when it topped Kennesaw State, West Virginia and South Carolina to reach the quarterfinals. Overall, Wake Forest has lost in the quarterfinals once, the third round once, the second round seven times and the third round six times.
Deacs Fall Just Short of 2nd Straight ACC Title
Wake Forest's Rachel Nuzzolese and Florida State's Hikaru Murakami each converted their team's first attempts, but Seminole goalkeeper Kelsey Wys stopped penalty kicks from Alisha Woodson, Katie Stengel and India Winford in succession, and FSU's CC Cobb and Marta Bakowska-Mathews got their shots past Deacon keeper Aubrey Bledsoe to give the `Noles their first-ever ACC championship.
Stengel Named ACC Offensive Player of the Year
Last year's ACC Freshman of the Year, Stengel ranks second in the conference with 14 goals and 33 points this season. In only two seasons at Wake Forest, she has already scored 30 goals, the third-most for a Demon Deacon in an entire career.
Five Deacons Earn ACC Yearly Honors
Both in their second year at Wake Forest, Bledsoe and Keppler earned All-ACC honors for the first time in their careers. Bledsoe has played every minute in net for the Deacons this season, setting a new school record with 11 shutouts. Keppler has been a major part of the back line that has helped Wake Forest post a 0.64 goals against average this season - the second-lowest in the ACC.
Ridgik has started every game of her freshman season in the midfield, scoring two goals. Marshall has been a fixture at center back for the Deacons and netted her first-two career goals in the 2011 ACC Tournament.
Scouting the Golden Grizzlies
The November Nine
The ACC led all conferences with six of the tournament's 16 national seeds, marking the fourth straight year that the conference has had six teams seeded. Three of the tournament's four No. 1 seeds belong to ACC teams Wake Forest, Duke and Florida State. The other seeded conference teams are Virginia (No. 2), North Carolina (No. 3) and Boston College (No. 4). Joining them in the field of 64 are Maryland, Virginia Tech and Miami.
NCAA Digital Program
IMG College Publishing is partnering with the NCAA to provide fans free access to selected NCAA championship programs before, during and after the events on smart phones or computers, in an environmentally friendly manner.
The digital game publications, beginning with the preliminary rounds for the Division I men's and women's soccer championships, will be available to all fans via NCAA.com/gameprograms. The digital programs can be downloaded via the Internet to any electronic handheld device for access at any time or place. To view the program, go to
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