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Quick Soccer Updates: 11/18

- The women's soccer team travels to face #4 seeded Penn State Friday at 4 p.m. in Charlottesville, Va., with the winner likely facing #1 seed Virginia on Sunday. Penn State went to the College Cup Final last year (losing to UNC 4-1), but has disappointed after starting out the year in the top 10 nationally. The Nittany Lions have already played in Charlottesville once this season, getting thumped by Virginia 5-1 in August. The Deacs lost to Virginia 2-0 in October in Winston. Obviously getting past the Cavaliers is a bit of a longshot, but soccer can be weird sometimes, and tournament soccer can be especially weird thanks to the looming threat of penalties to decide the game.

- The men's soccer team earned the #14 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which means they receive a first round bye (it's weird I know... just work with me here). The Deacs will face the winner of the first round game between Navy and VCU Sunday at 5 p.m. at Spry Stadium. Wake beat VCU 2-1 during the regular season despite playing a man down for 60 minutes. A win against either the Rams or Midshipmen would likely set up a Sweet Sixteen date with fellow ACC member Notre Dame, the #3 seed. The Irish beat the Deacs 3-1 in Winston earlier this month, but the actual game was much closer, with Wake actually having more shots.

- Speaking of the men's team: junior Sean Okoli and seniors Luca Gimenez and Jared Watts earned first-team all-ACC honors, while sophomore Jalen Robinson garnered a place on the second-team all-conference list. Freshmen Jacori Hayes and Ian Harkes also made the all-freshman team. Watts became the second Wake player to earn three first-team selections, joining Jeremiah White (2001-2003).

Nomenclature Note: The men's tournament consists of 48 teams, with the 16 seeded teams being ranked 1-16 and having first round byes. The women's tournament consists of 64 teams, with the 16 seeded teams being seeded 1-4 in the 4 separate regions. Guessing the reason for this discrepancy is more women's teams, likely for Title IX reasons.

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