Soccer Gameday: Wake Forest vs. Penn State
Nov. 16, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)
Wake Forest continues NCAA Championship play against Penn State in Morgantown, W. Va. on Friday at 4 p.m.
This is the 12th time in program history the Demon Deacons will be competing in the second round of the tournament.
Last Time Out
Wake Forest played Georgetown to a scoreless draw on Friday, Nov. 10 in Spry Stadium. The Demon Deacons advanced on penalty kicks, 2-1.
Nonie Frishette came in off the bench to record a heroic performance in net during PKs. Frishette saved three of the Hoyas' five attempts, missing one while another hit the post. Maddie Huster and Bayley Feist hit their attempts to give the Deacs the 2-1 final.
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. 18 in the TopDrawerSoccer poll.
The Demon Deacon defense is among the best in the ACC. Wake Forest's 0.67 GAA is third in the league while the 14 goals allowed is tied for third. The Deacs' 11 shutouts are third in the league. Lindsay Preston sits fourth in the conference with her .811 save percentage, while her 0.70 goals against average is also fourth in the ACC and 33rd in the country.
The Deacs finished with a 5-3-2 record in conference play, the most victories since 2013 when they also tallied five ACC wins.
The Demon Deacons have 11 total shutouts this season, the most since they tallied 14 in 2011. With the shutout against Georgetown, the Deacs have recorded at least one shutout in seven-straight NCAA Championship appearances, dating back to the 2007 season. The 11 shutouts also stand alone in fourth for single-season team records.
Wake Forest has four ties this season, all scoreless draws. The four ties matches the program record of four set in 2011.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
The Demon Deacons and Nittany Lions last met in second round of the 2013 NCAA Championship, with Wake Forest posting a 1-0 victory in Charlottesville, Va. The two squads also met in the third round of the 2011 tournament, with the Deacs earning a 4-2 win in Spry Stadium. Overall, Wake Forest holds a 3-0-0 record over Penn State.
Laura Freigang leads Penn State with eight goals this season while Megan Schafer follows with five. The Nittany Lions are averaging 1.86 goals per game while holding opponents to just 0.67 goals per game.
Penn State has recorded 12 shutouts this season, with keeper Rose Chandler holding sole possesion of eight of those. The Nittany Lions have a combined .785 save percentage this season while Chandler, who holds a 13-4-3 record, has a .755 save percentage and a 0.65 goals-against average.
The winner of the Wake Forest/Penn State matchup will face the winner of Rutgers/West Virginia in a third round matchup in Morgantown, W. Va. on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.
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