WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Highlighted by an international trip to Spain in March, the Wake Forest women’s soccer program officially released its 2023 spring slate Wednesday evening.
“We’ve put together another challenging spring schedule to help us develop our young team,” said head coach Tony da Luz. “We’re excited to get going again this spring. We had a lot of great moments last season and we’re looking forward to building on that success heading into 2023.”
The Demon Deacons will open the spring with a home match against 2022 College Cup runner-up North Carolina on Feb. 25, before embarking on the voyage to Spain from March 3-12. While abroad, the Deacs will be making stops in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona and will be training and playing some friendly matches while also exploring all these international cities have to offer.
The Deacs will then return to Winston-Salem for consecutive home matches against SEC foe Tennessee and Big Four opponent Duke on March 25 and March 30, respectively. A week later, Wake Forest will make a short trip to Charlotte to face the 49ers on April 6.
The Demon Deacons will conclude spring action with a rematch of last season’s NCAA Tournament clash with South Carolina on April 15 at Bryan Park in Greensboro.
Of note, four of the five opponents Wake Forest is slated to compete against this spring reached the NCAA Tournament last season.
Additional details on the Demon Deacons’ voyage to Spain will be released in the coming weeks.
2022 Season Highlights
- Caiya Hanks became the 17th player in Wake Forest history to earn ACC All-Freshman Team honors. Hanks finished the season with three assists and a goal, including the game-winning assist against Georgia.
- The Demon Deacons claimed a dominant 4-1 win over the No. 14 Clemson Tigers and earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw with No. 16 Auburn.
- Liv Stowell led the team in total points last season with 14.
- The junior forward collected five goals and four assists and was one of just three outfield players to start all 18 matches. (Meena, Hanks)
- Freshman Alex Wood finished tied for the team lead with five goals.
- The forward netted a brace against Rhode Island in just 36 minutes of game time.
- Center back Laurel Ansbrow led all field players with 1,579 minutes played on the backline.
- The sophomore started 16 of the 18…