College Cup Preview: Wake Forest

Photo: Wake Forest Athletics

With the College Cup coming to Texas this weekend, San Antonio Soccer News continues its look at the four teams competing.

Team: Wake Forest

City: Winston-Salem, NC

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

2015 Finish: Quarter-Final (Lost 2-1 to Stanford after extra time)

Ranking: Second

Best Finish: Champions (2007)

Coach: Bobby Muus (Second Season)

Preview:

Wake Forest come to the college cup as the highest ranked team still alive in the NCAA Championships and have a strong chance at winning their second ever title. Coming in with an 18-2-3 record and on strong form having made light work of the NCAA field, although they played all three matches at home.

Three Wake Forest players were named to the All-Region team and all three serve as captains on the team and will be vital to their hopes. In a Championship tournament a goalkeeper is crucial and Alec Ferrell has a goals allowed average of 0.51, close to a program record for the senior.

Also in the all-region first team is Ian Harkes who has managed four goals from defense, while being vital in the Wake Forest defense. Jacori Hayes is leading the team with eight goals on the season after starting all 23 games. Hayes has also won the Senior CLASS award for men’s soccer reflecting his work in the classroom, community, character and his work on the pitch.

It has been another strong season for Wake Forest as they continued their growth under second season head coach Bobby Muus they have gone closer than last season. Muus used to be had coach of Denver who they will face in the semi-final on Friday creating an interesting matchup.

2016 MLS SuperDraft Class:

Jack Harrison – Chicago Fire (1)

Michael Gamble – New England Revolution (30)

Likely 2017 MLS Draftees:

Ian Harkes – Having lead the Wake Forest defense for another season, he has kept Wake Forest’s goals allowed count down and could well be a target for a team that needs a strong defender.

Jacori Hayes – The Senior CLASS award winner has led the scoring for Wake Forest and with so many teams in need of a goal scorer, Hayes would be a good pick up.

Alec Ferrell – A goalkeeper is not a common player taken in the MLS draft but if there is a team in need of a goalkeeper, and there may be in an expansion year, Ferrell would be a good pick up.

Prediction: Runner-up

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