Demon Deacons Blank Furman, 2-0, in Exhibition
Aug. 18, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Wake Forest scored twice in the first 13 minutes of the game to take an early lead and earn a shutout victory over Furman in the team's final preseason exhibition on Saturday afternoon at Stone Soccer Stadium.
The Demon Deacons end the preseason with a 1-1 record before getting the regular season underway next Saturday.
Freshman Michael Gamble scored the first goal of the game for Wake Forest in the third minute, while sophomore Sam Fink tacked on the second in the 13th minute. Senior Ben Newnam recorded the assist on Fink's goal.
Michael Lisch started in goal and earned the victory by recording two saves in 72:17.
Furman outshot Wake Forest 9-7 and had seven corners compared to just four the Demon Deacons, but it was the Deacs who capitalized on their opportunities.
Gamble struck quickly, putting the Demon Deacons up 1-0 at the 2:20 mark of the first half. The freshman dribble into the box on the right side and had to but several Paladin defenders before beating the keeper far post.
Just over 10 minutes later, Wake Forest went up 2-0 at the 12:59 mark. After a Demon Deacon corner was not cleared by Furman, Newnam collected the ball near the left sideline and sent a cross to the far post. Fink was waiting and headed the ball into the net for the score.
Furman did not take its first shot until the 25th minute of the game but had a few chances down the stretch of the first half. With just about 30 seconds remaining, the Paladins had a nice give-and-go in the box before Fink came over to clear the ball. Furman's ensuing corner kick was then caught by Lisch on the cross to end the half.
The Paladins had an early chance in the second half on a free kick just outside the box. Walker Zimmerman beat the Deacon wall, but a diving save by Lisch to his left kept Furman off the board.
Wake Forest will open up the regular season a week from today when it hosts Wofford next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.