Newtown's Tracy, Wake Forest one win from College Cup

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Newtown native Marcus Tracy and his Wake Forest men's soccer team are one win away from returning to the NCAA College Cup.

The top-seeded and defending national champion Demon Deacons will take on South Florida in the quarterfinal round at Wake Forest on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on

The eighth-seeded Bulls (15-4-3) won the Big East Conference Tournament and defeated Harvard and UNC-Greensboro to reach the quarterfinals.

The Bulls goalkeeper, Jeff Attinella, is sixth in the country with a goals-against-average of 0.46.

But it seems unlikely even Attinella or the Bulls can stop Tracy and the Demon Deacons from becoming just the 12th team in NCAA history to reach three consecutive College Cups.

Wake (20-1-1) is coming off a 7-0 win over No. 16 Dartmouth in the second round of the NCAA tournament and has outscored its opponents 8-0 in two playoff games.

And Tracy has been highly involved in Wake's postseason success.

The former Newtown star assisted on Cody Arnoux 's game-winning goal in Wake's 1-0 overtime win in the first round over William & Mary.

Tracy then added two assists against Dartmouth.

The former Nighthawk now has 12 goals and 10 assists on the year and is second on the team in scoring with 34 points. Those numbers helped Tracy, along with Arnoux and midfielder Sam Cronin , be named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2008 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy , college soccer's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

Arnoux leads the Demon Deacons with 39 points (17 goals, five assists) and Wake has outscored its opponents 76-16 on the season.

But Tracy, a senior, could be saving his best for last.

Last year, Tracy scored three goals in the College Cup and delivered the assist on the goal that won Wake the national championship.

The performance earned Tracy the College Cup's Most Outstanding Offensive Player honor and helped him earn a selection to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Tracy finished 2007 with 11 goals and nine assists and was one of seven Wake players to play in all 26 games.

He has also played in every game this season.

Should Wake advance Saturday, the College Cup will begin with the national semifinals on Friday, Dec. 12 in Frisco, Texas. The finals are set for Sunday, Dec. 14 also in Frisco.

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