No. 1 Wake Forest Shuts Out Florida International 3-0
Aug. 31, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Senior forward Marcus Tracy scored his second game-winning goal in as many games as the top-ranked Wake Forest men's soccer team recorded its first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Florida International (0-2). Evan Brown and Lyle Adams also scored for the Deacons.
"We came out very strong in the first half," head coach Jay Vidovich said. "You could see that we had a game under our belts. We had a couple of great opportunities in the first half that the Florida International goalie came up big on. We thought if we could pick the tempo of the game up in the second half, we'd be in good shape. "
Wake Forest (2-0) dominated many of the offensive stat categories. The Deacs out-shot Florida International 16-4 and had nine shots on goal compared to three for the Golden Panthers. Wake had 10 corner kicks while FIU took only two.
"The way the whole team defended was much superior to what we did the other day," Vidovich said. "Every member of the team is to be credited for the defensive performance today."
Junior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald notched his first clean sheet of the season for the Deacs. Fitzgerald made three saves en route to the shutout. On the offensive side of the ball, Jamie Franks added two assists, while Brown scored a goal and also recorded an assist.
Wake Forest and Florida International played a scoreless first half. The Deacons had several scoring opportunities in the opening 45 minutes, but were unable to get a shot past the FIU goalkeeper. The Wake Forest defense held FIU without a shot in the opening half.
The Deacons got on the board first in the 57th minute. Brown played a cross into the six-yard box. The cross found Hermann Trophy candidate Tracy, who headed the ball into the lower left hand part of the net.
With Wake Forest up 1-0, the match was delayed for 73 minutes due to inclement conditions in the Chapel Hill area.
It didn't take long for the Deacons to get back on the scoreboard after the delay as Brown extended Wake Forest's lead to 2-0 in the 60th minute. Junior midfielder Austin da Luz played a cross that found Brown's foot eight yards out. Brown fired a shot that found the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Wake Forest closed out the scoring at the 78:45 mark. A corner kick from Franks found Lyle Adams at the far post. Adams converted the beautiful corner kick into his first goal of the year.
The Deacons are back in action on Friday as they host the Deacon Fall Classic Presented by NewBridge Bank. Wake Forest faces No. 11 UCLA on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The Deacons close the tournament on Sunday against South Carolina at 3:30 p.m.
2008 Nike Carolina Classic All-Tournament Team Cory Kendall, Florida International Phillip Fisher, Florida International Eddie Ababio, North Carolina Brian Shriver, North Carolina Jacob Wescoe, North Carolina Sheanon Williams, North Carolina Andrew Dykstra, VCU Owusu Sekyere, VCU Austin da Luz, Wake Forest Akira Fitzgerald, Wake Forest Marcus Tracy, Wake Forest