Robinson's Goal Lifts No. 19 Deacs Past Wofford, 1-0
Aug. 25, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshman Jalen Robinson began his career with a game-winning goal as he helped the No. 19 Wake Forest men's soccer team start the season with 1-0 victory over Wofford in front of 3,695 at Spry Stadium on Saturday night. That number is the 19th-largest crowd in Spry Stadium history.
Saturday night marked the opener for both teams, with the Demon Deacons beginning the year 1-0-0 and the Terriers starting 0-1-0. The win also marks the first time Wake Forest has won its season opener since dismissing William & Mary 1-0 to begin the 2009 season.
Robinson, who came into the season as the No. 3 ranked recruit according to College Soccer News, headed in the only goal of the game at the 63:15 mark in the second half. Collin Martin the ball on a corner to the far post where Jared Watts made the initial touch back in front of the box. A Wofford defender was unable to clear the ball with his head and Robinson took advantage by jumping up and heading the ball past Wofford keeper Andrew Drennan.
Michael Lisch earned his sixth-career shutout in goal for the Demon Deacons without needing to make a save, facing just eight shots on the night.
Wake Forest controlled play throughout the night and ended with 19 shots. The Deacs outshot Wofford 10-2 in the first half and 9-6 in the second half. Michael Gamble started and tied with a team-high three shots. Kyle Emerson came off the bench to take three shots, as well.
"We had about nine opportunities that were really mature looks at goal, and I think we did a really good job on the other end," said Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich. "There are a lot of things now to work on, but I'm very happy with the beginning."
The Demon Deacons will be back in action next weekend at Spry Stadium. Wake Forest will first host Boston University on Friday night at 7 p.m. before squaring off against West Virginia on Sunday at 7 p.m.