No. 2 Deacs and Seahawks Draw, 2-2
Aug. 19, 2017
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A combined four second-half goals were scored as No. 2 Wake Forest and UNCW battled to a 2-2 draw in the exhibition finale at Spry Stadium on Saturday night.
The Demon Deacons now turn their sights to the regular-season opener against Rutgers on Friday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
"We wanted to get a look at a couple of different combinations in different times of the games. We did that, but are we happy overall with the performance? Absolutely not," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "At the same time, we saw some positives for sure...We went down then came back late in the game, and we got some experience and some opportunities for some young guys."
Wake Forest had a dominant first half, out-shooting UNCW by an 8-1 margin, but was unable to find the back of the net.
The Seahawks responded with back-to-back goals in less than seven minutes. At the 63:00 mark, Ben Davidson lofted a free kick upper-90 from 20 yards out for the equalizer.
In the 70th minute, Hjalmar Ekdal finished a header upper-90 off a Phillip Goodrum cross.
Luis Argudo knotted the match at 2-2 with a penalty kick goal in the 81st minute as the game concluded in a draw.
Just minutes later, it looked like UNCW had the go-ahead goal on the way, but Wake Forest substitute keeper Andrew Pannenberg made a diving, full-extension save just under the crossbar.
Wake Forest finished with a 13-8 advantage in shots, while both teams made three saves. The Deacs had a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks, as well.
A total of 22 different Deacons saw action, and senior captain Kevin Politz was the only Deac to play the full 90 minutes.
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