Wake Forest Women's Soccer 2012 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Wake Forest Demon Deacons


Wake Forest, under veteran head coach Tony Da Luz, is looking to follow up last year’s epic run to the 2011 Women’s College Cup with another journey to San Diego for the 2012 Women’s College Cup. It has been an interesting season for the Demon Deacons as they have gotten the opposition’s best shot. This Wake Forest team can no longer fly under the radar as the College Cup has elevated the Demon Deacons to new heights on the national landscape of women’s college soccer. The experience and talent are in place and it will come down to staying consistent in the overall play in the NCAA Tournament if the Demon Deacons are to replicate the success of 2011.

2012 Record: 13-5-3
Coach: Tony da Luz

Good Results: 9/20 Boston College (2-0), 10/5 at Virginia (2-1), 10/21 at North Carolina (2-1)
Bad Results: 8/19 vs UNC Wilmington (0-0), 8/24 UNC Greensboro (0-1), 10/7 Kansas (1-1)

Why They Can Surprise:
Wake Forest has the ability to raise their level of play against the elite competition of the ACC on the road.  They secured wins against Virginia, and North Carolina and played Florida State very tough on the road as well.  Katie Stengel and Kristen Meier have combined for 11 goals so far this season heading into the ACC Semifinals. The Demon Deacons can also surprise because they know what it takes to win in November after last year’s run to the College Cup. The defense for Wake Forest has been very solid and they have only allowed more than one goal to be scored against them on three occasions. This will serve the team well in the postseason as the games tend to trend toward lower scoring type of contests with scoring chances a little more limited than in the regular season when teams are more apt to take more chances.

Why They Can Disappoint:
The Demon Deacons have shown a tendency to be very inconsistent in their overall play at times. On multiple occasions, Wake Forest has followed big road win performances at Virginia and North Carolina with lackluster efforts at home.  They lost to good teams in Kansas and Virginia Tech, but they are both teams that this Demon Deacon squad should have been able to defeat and not lose by three goals to a reeling Hokie team. Any type of lackluster start in the NCAA Tournament that puts Wake Forest behind early and forces them to push forward could lead to a premature exit from the postseason and a chance to defend their national title.  Also, if they struggle to finish scoring chances in the postseason, that could doom this Demon Deacon squad as well.

Key Strikers:
Katie Stengel, Junior, 7 goals, 3 assists
Rachel Nuzzolese, Junior, 4 goals, 3 assists

Key Midfielders:
Kristen Meier, Senior, 4 goals, 5 assists
Ally Berry, Junior, 3 goals, 5 assists
Marisa Park, Senior, 2 goals, 3 assists
Riley Ridgik, Sophomore, 1 goal, 2 assists

Key Defenders:
Kim Marshall, Sophomore, 3 goals, 0 assists
Jackie Logue, Senior, 1 goal, 2 assists
Jackie McSally, Junior, 1 goal, 0 assists

Key Goalkeepers:
Aubrey Bledsoe, Junior, 0.83 goals against average, .760 save percentage, 7 shutouts

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 1.55 (110th in nation, 8th in conference)
Goals-Against Average: 0.774 (38, 4)
Shutout Percentage: 0.400 (75, 6)
Save Percentage: 0.768 (188, 6)

Recent Postseason Appearances:
Wake Forest    2011    First Round        Defeated Oakland
Wake Forest    2011    Second Round    Defeated Boston University
Wake Forest    2011    Third Round        Lost to Penn State
Wake Forest    2010    First Round        Defeated San Diego
Wake Forest    2010    Second Round    Lost to UC Irvine
Wake Forest    2009    First Round        Defeated Kennesaw State
Wake Forest    2009    Second Round    Defeated West Virginia
Wake Forest    2009    Third Round        Defeated South Carolina
Wake Forest    2009    Quarterfinals        Lost to North Carolina
Wake Forest    2008    First Round        Defeated Morehead State
Wake Forest    2008    Second Round    Lost to James Madison
Wake Forest    2007    First Round        Defeated Boston University
Wake Forest    2007    Second Round    Lost to Connecticut

*all team stats through 10/28


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