Nov. 24, 2008

Courtesy of Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After having a bye in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the top-ranked Wake Forest men's soccer team opens defense of its national championship on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (ET), playing host to William & Mary in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wake Forest (18-1-1, 7-0-1 ACC) is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and is in the postseason for the eighth consecutive year. The Deacons have an all-time record of 14-9-2 in the NCAA Tournament and are unbeaten in their last nine NCAA Tournament matches. Wake Forest captured its first national title in program history last year with a 2-1 win over Ohio State in the national title game.

The Deacons were selected as the No. 1 seed in the tournament for the third time in program history (2002, 2004) and have earned home field advantage through the quarterfinals. Wake has an all-time record of 11-7-1 when playing at home during the NCAA Tournament.

Wake Forest carries a pair of impressive win streaks into the NCAA Tournament. The Deacs are unbeaten in their last 31 games at Spry Stadium, the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history. Wake is also unbeaten in its last 38 games against non-conference opponents.

The Demon Deacons are coming off their first loss of the season, a 3-2 double overtime loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Wake Forest, which spent the entire season as the consensus No. 1 team in the country, has outscored its opponents 68-16 on the season.

William & Mary enters the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 11-6-3 record. The Tribe opened the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory at home over Winthrop in the first round. William & Mary posted a 6-4-1 record in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Tribe is led by Andrew Hoxie, who has scored a team-high 10 goals and also has five assists on the season. Nathaniel Baako and Price Thomas are tied for the team lead in helpers with six apiece.

Andrew McAdams has played every minute in goal this season for William & Mary. McAdams has a 1.38 goals against average on the year, allowing 29 goals. He has six shutouts on the season.

Wake Forest and William & Mary are meeting for the fourth time in series history. The Deacons have won the previous three meetings, including a 1-0 win during the 2006 season.

Tickets for Tuesday's game are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors, students and children. Fans sitting on the hill by Polo Rd. will also be charged admission. All seats are general admission and fans are encouraged to arrive early. Tickets may be purchased by calling the WFU Ticket Office at (336) 758-3322 or at the Spry Stadium ticket office on the day of the game.

Live stats and more information on the second round matchup between Wake Forest and William & Mary are available at Tournament Central.