SCOUTING WAKE FOREST
• Wake Forest is coming off of a 4-0 win over Appalachian State on Tuesday night in Winston Salem, N.C.
• The Demon Deacons are on an four-match unbeaten streak with a pair of draws and a pair of wins coming during the stretch that started on Sept. 14 at North Carolina.
• At 5-1-3, Wake Forest’s only loss of the season came on the road at Louisville with a 3-2 double overtime defeat on Sept. 11.
• The Demon Deacons scored one goal through three games in ACC play, earning draws in against Clemson, then-No. 1 North Carolina and Duke.
•Michael Gamble and Sean Okoli each lead Wake Forest in scoring with three goals while Gamble leads the team in points with eight.
• Goalkeeper Michael Lisch is second in the ACC in both goals against average (0.61) and shutouts (5).
• Wake Forest leads the all-time series with a 14-2-2 record.
• Tech’s two wins in the series came in 1982, a 2-1 result on the road and in 1997, a 2-0 result at home.
• In 2007, the two nationally-ranked sides tied 3-3 during the regular season in Blacksburg, Va., but Wake Forest earned a 2-0 win the second time around when the two met in the semifinals at the College Cup.
• Last year’s match nearly ended in a draw, but Wake Forest’s Jared Watts scored on a header with 18 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give his team a 1-0 win at Spry Stadium.
HOKIES IN YOUR HOME
For fans looking to catch a game live, but can’t attend, nine Hokie matches will broadcast live either online or on TV throughout the 2012 season.
• Hokies All-Access (http://www.hokiesports.com/allaccess)
• Aug. 26 vs. Richmond, 2:30 p.m.
• Sept. 14 vs. Boston College, 7:00 p.m.
• Sept. 28 vs. Wake Forest, 7:00 p.m.
• Oct 23 vs. Radford, 7:00 p.m.
• Sept. 8 at North Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
• Now. 1 at Clemson, 7:00 p.m.
• ACCDN on YouTube
• Sept. 21 at Maryland, 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 12 vs. NC State, 7:00 p.m.
• Oct. 19 at Virginia, 6:30 p.m.
HOLDING OPPONENTS IN CHECK
• Despite allowing 120 shots through eight games, Tech’s defense has allowed only eight shots to find the back of the net.
• Opponents have tallied 13 or more shots against Tech in six of the team’s eight matches.
• Only one team, SIU-Edwardsville has scored more than three goals on the Hokie defense this year.
• Against one of the country’s most potent attacks, the Hokies held No. 1 Maryland to two goals on Sept. 21. To that point, it marked only the second time that Maryland had been held to less than three goals.
JUST GIVE THEM THE LEAD
• In all four Hokies wins this season, they’ve scored first.
• Three of the four games resulted in shutouts.
• Goalkeeper Kyle Renfro is right where he left off last year. After leading the ACC with 100 saves in 2011, the junior currently leads the conference in saves (40) and saves per game (5.00). He is also fourth in the league in save percentage (.816) and is tied for fifth in shutouts (2).
• His nine saves in a 1-1 draw versus Boston College on Sept. 14 tied his career high which was set on Sept. 10, 2011 in a 1-0 double-overtime win over No. 1 North Carolina.
• The nine saves is also the most by a keeper this season in the ACC.
• At No. 1 Maryland on Sept. 21, Renfro was one save shy of his high, recording eight stops against a relentless Terrapin attack.
• Currently, his career goals against average of 1.17 is 0.05 behind the school record set by current Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Chase Harrison.
• His seven career shutouts is three away from cracking the school’s top five.
• The Hokies have scored in six of their eight matches, with six players combining for the teams 11 goals.
• David Clemens and Daniel Lauretano are the only Hokies to record more than one goal. Clemens leads the team with five which is tied for second in the ACC, while his 10 points is tied for fourth-most in the league.
• Lauretano tallied his first collegiate goal in the season opener against SIU-Edwardsville. Two days later, Clemens earned his first of the season in a 1-0 win over Richmond to give Tech its first victory of the season.
• Jed Prater notched his first goal of the season, and third of his career, after converting a penalty kick in a 1-0 game versus Temple.
• Drew Hartell and Connor Pompilio tallied their first goals of the season and first of their careers on Sept. 2 versus St. Bonaventure as Clemens and Lauretano scored their second goals of the year in the 4-0 victory.
• The last time Tech defeated a team by four goals or more was nearly two years ago in a 7-2 win over Howard on Sept. 14, 2010.
• Through four games, Clemens had equaled his scoring output from a year ago when he played in 10 games.
• After coming in as a substitute in the first game, Lauretano recorded his first goal as a Hokie against SIU-Edwardsville. Three starts later, the freshmen tallied his second goal on the year.
• Six games into his final season, midfielder David Fiorello tallied the first goal of his career in dramatic fashion with a 35-yard high-arching shot that looped over the BC keeper Justin Luthy for a game-tying goal in the 83rd minute while playing his team was playing a man down.
• On Sept. 25 against VMI, David Clemens had a breakout game, notching his first-career hat trick in a 3-1 win.
• For the second-straight season, Tech faced multiple top-ranked opponents.
• Last year, the Hokies upset North Carolina 1-0 in double overtime before falling to Maryland two weeks later, 2-0. Both matches were played at Thompson Field.
• This season, Tech hit the road for both matches as the squad fell 2-0 to North Carolina and Maryland.
WHO NEEDS TO PLAY AT FULL STRENGTH
• The Hokies had a gutsy performance in a 1-1 draw against Boston College on Sept. 14. After going down a goal in the 46th minute, Tech was forced to play down a man after a red card was issued to DeVante DuBose. The Hokies fought back to tie the game on an 83rd minute goal by captain David Fiorello.
• After going down a man, Tech equaled its first half shot total of three during the final 40 minutes of regulation before adding another three during the 20 minutes of extra time.
• During the final 60 minutes of play, Boston College took 10 shots, two less than the first 50 minutes.
• David Clemens, David Fiorello, Jed Prater, Drew Ranahan, Kyle Renfro and Ben Strong have each eclipsed the 650-minute mark this season for the Hokies through eight games, while DeVante DuBose (591) and Austin Stewart (571) are closing in on 600 minutes.
• Fiorello leads the team, playing every minute thus far.
• Prater, Ranahan, Renfro and Strong led Tech in minutes logged a season ago. The four amassed 6,969 minutes in 19 games.
LEARNING ON THE FLY
• Tech has 16 players this season who have been in the program for less than two years. With David Fiorello being the lone senior on the 2012 squad, and only seven upperclassmen in all.
• Six underclassmen have logged more than 350 minutes this season.
• Sophomore Ben Strong leads all underclassmen with 696 minutes played while freshman Daniel Lauretano leads all freshmen with 542 minutes.
• The Hokies are amid a grueling conference test in which the team will take on the top five teams in the conference according to the latest NSCAA rankings.
• Tech opened the ACC season with 2-0 defeat at No. 1 North Carolina on Sept. 8. The Hokies followed that up with a 1-1 double overtime draw against Boston College at Thompson Field on Sept. 14. The Eagles were receiving votes after opening the season ranked No. 14.
• On Sept. 21, the Hokies fell to 2-0 to No. 1 Maryland. Tech hosts No. 16 Wake Forest a week later.
• Tech will step out of conference play the following week before it hosts NC State, which is currently receiving votes, on Oct. 12. The match will stream live on the ACC Digital Network on YouTube.
AMONG THE BEST
• The Atlantic Coast Conference has traditionally been one of the nation’s top conferences in men’s soccer and this year is no different. Currently three schools (North Carolina, Maryland and Wake Forest) are ranked in the NSCAA’s top 25, which is the second-most of any conference behind the BIG EAST.
• The league began the season with three teams ranked in the NSCAA’s top 25 preseason poll which was second behind the BIG EAST’s four.
• The Hokies kept their opposition from finding the net for a total of 445:02 minutes during the first five games of the season.
• All five goals allowed during this time were surrendered during two stretches that total less than five minutes. The Hokies allowed SIUE to score three goals in span of three minutes and eight seconds in the season opener while North Carolina’s Martin Murphy scored twice one minute and 52 seconds.
• Senior David Fiorello will finish out his Tech career as a three-time team captain for the Hokies, while junior Jed Prater will join him for his first time in the role.
DON’T I KNOW YOU
• The center back pairing of DeVante DuBose and Drew Ranahan played high school soccer at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif.
• Redshirt freshmen Hunter Byrnes and Drew Hartell were high school teammates at F.W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach. They also both played club soccer for Beach FC.
• Freshmen Kai Marshall and Shane Rose played for Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Va., while also playing club soccer for SOCA Lightning.
• Despite going to high schools more than 300 miles apart, freshmen Hunter Jecius and Deven Mason played club soccer together for New Mexico Rush Nike Argonauts ‘94 which is located in Albuquerque, N.M.
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