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Coach Bobby Muuss will start his fifth season at Wake Forest this fall. The Deacons are the four-time defending Atlantic Division champions in the ACC.

The Spry Stadium tradition means something, and that’s why more than 32,000 people showed up during Wake Forest’s 15 men’s soccer home games last season.

The Deacons and Coach Bobby Muuss, one of the most dominant ACC teams over the last four seasons, are hoping for another good season this fall. Muuss, who will enter his fifth season as head coach, announced the team’s schedule late last month.

The Deacons — who were 13-2 last season at Spry Stadium, a record that included ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament games — finished 18-3 overall as they won their fourth straight Atlantic Division title.

In those 15 home games, the Deacons averaged a respectable 2,160 fans.

This season, they will play several quality opponents thanks to being in one of the best soccer conferences in the country. Last season the schedule was tilted to more home games early but this season, Wake Forest will play four of its last five regular season games at home against William & Mary, North Carolina, Loyola (Md.) and Notre Dame before ending the year with a trip to Louisville on Nov. 1.

“I’m thrilled to release our 2019 schedule,” said Muuss, who is an incredible 73-11-7 in his four seasons at Wake Forest. “We’re excited to host 11 matches here at Spry, a place I consider to be one of the best college soccer venues in the country. My goal in this year’s schedule is to challenge ourselves outside of an ACC schedule which might be the most difficult we’ve had, in an effort to prepare our guys for postseason play.”

The Deacons will play 11 regular-season home games and overall they will play eight opponents who made it into the NCAA Tournament last season.

ACC opponents include NCAA Tournament qualifiers Syracuse (Sept. 21), N.C. State (Oct. 11), North Carolina (Oct. 18), Notre Dame (Oct. 26) and Louisville (Nov. 1), as well as Pitt (Sept. 13), Clemson (Sept. 28) and Boston College (Oct. 4).

The regular season opens on Aug. 30 against last year’s No. 14 seed Central Florida at Spry Stadium, followed by another home game against traditional power Creighton on Sept. 1.

Other tough non-conference competition includes a trip to James Madison (Sept. 17), an Elite Eight qualifier last year, and a home game against NCAA Tournament foe High Point (Oct. 8).

The preseason will get underway with a pair of exhibitions, traveling to Furman on Aug. 18 and at home against Army West Point on Aug. 24.

The schedule: Aug. 18 — at Furman (Exhibition), 7 p.m.; 24 — Army (Exhibition), 8 p.m.; 30 — Central Florida, 7 p.m.; Sept. 1 — Creighton, 7 p.m.; 6 — Dartmouth, 7 p.m.; 9 — Houston Baptist, 7 p.m.; 13 — at Pitt, 7 p.m.; 17 — at James Madison, 7 p.m.; 21 — Syracuse, 7:30; 24 — at Davidson, 7 p.m.; 28 — Clemson, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4 — at Boston College, 7 p.m.; 8 — High Point, 7 p.m.; 11 — at N.C. State, 7 p.m.; 15 — William & Mary, 7 p.m.; 18 — North Carolina, 7 p.m.; 22 — Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m.; 26 — Notre Dame, 7 p.m.; Nov. 1 — at Louisville, 7 p.m.

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