Men's Soccer Ranked 4th in Preseason

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- The Wake Forest men's soccer team is ranked fourth in the preseason, according to College Soccer News. The Deacons return ten starters from last year's 15-2-4 team that completed an undefeated regular season and was ranked number one for six weeks.

Among those ten starters are two senior All-Americans, goalkeeper William Hesmer and forward Jeremiah White, and two additional All-ACC selections including sophomore defender Michael Parkhurst and the reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, midfielder Justin Moose.

Wake Forest, led by 2002 ACC Coach of the Year Jay Vidovich, will open its regular season with the Wake Forest adidas Classic at Spry Stadium, a round-robin event that features perennial national powers Connecticut, St. John's and North Carolina. The Huskies and Red Storm are both ranked in the top 15.

Maryland is the publication's preseason number one. The Terrapins are followed by defending national champion UCLA, St. John's, Wake Forest and Stanford in the top five. SMU, Penn State, Creighton, Furman and Indiana round out the top ten.

Other Atlantic Coast Conference schools in the top 30 include Clemson (13), Virginia (21) and Duke (24).

The College Soccer News Preseason Top 30:
1. Maryland
3. St. John's
4. Wake Forest
5. Stanford
6. SMU
7. Penn State
8. Creighton
9. Furman
10. Indiana
11. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
12. Notre Dame
13. Clemson
14. Boston College
15. Connecticut
16. St. Louis
17. Pennsylvania
18. California
19. UC-Santa Barbara
20. New Mexico
21. Virginia
22. Coastal Carolina
23. Washington
24. Duke
25. Portland
26. Northeastern
27. San Diego
28. UAB
29. Michigan
30. Bradley

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