Tracy's Header Lifts No. 1 Deacs to 2-1 Win

Aug. 29, 2008

Box Score

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 1 ranked Wake Forest men's soccer team opened the 2008 season with a 2-1 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Nike Carolina Classic.

"I congratulated my team for getting a good result against a quality VCU team," head coach Jay Vidovich said. "I'm disappointed in our performance. We have several things to work on as we move forward."

VCU out-shot the Deacons 10-7, with both teams recording four shots on goal. The Deacons took full advantage of their scoring opportunities, scoring twice on their four shots on goal. The Deacs had five corner kicks compared to four for the Rams.

VCU had a great scoring chance in the 21st minute, but was thwarted by a superb save from Akira Fitzgerald. David Rosenbaum fired a shot from seven yards out, but Fitzgerald got his right hand on the ball and deflected it out of bounds.

The Deacons' first shot of the game came in the 24th minute. Senior midfielder Sam Cronin took a shot from in front of the net 25 yards out. The VCU keeper leapt and got a fingertip on the ball to send it over the net.

Wake Forest got on the board first, scoring in the 38th minute. Senior Evan Brown played a beautiful pass from about 28 yards out that found Austin da Luz five yards out. Da Luz headed the ball in the back of the net to give Wake Forest the lead.

VCU evened the game early in the second half. Owusu Sekyere passed the ball from the right side of the field, near the midfield stripe. Sekyere found David Rosenbaum on the right side of the field. Rosenbaum beat Akira Fitzgerald from 10 yards out to tie the game at one.



The Deacons retook the lead in the 58th minute. Sophomore Corben Bone made a perfect pass from 23 yards out that found Marcus Tracy on the right side of the six-yard box. The 2008 Hermann Trophy nominee headed the ball into the upper right hand part of the net to give Wake a 2-1 advantage.

"For the lack of opportunities we had all night, we got two quality services and were able to finish both of them," Vidovich said.

With the victory, Wake Forest improves to 26-2-1 in season openers. The Deacs now lead the all-time series against VCU 4-0-2.

Wake Forest returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m. (ET) against Florida International on the final day of the Nike Carolina Classic. Live stats and a recap of that game will be available on

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