No. 1 Wake Forest Impressive in 3-0 Shutout of No. 14 UCLA
Sept. 5, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The top-ranked Wake Forest (3-0-0) men's soccer team used an impressive showing to shutout No. 14 UCLA (1-2-0) 3-0 on a rainy Friday night at Spry Stadium. The shut-out was the second straight clean sheet for the Deacs.
"It was a great run for us at this time of the year playing against a very quality UCLA team," head coach Jay Vidovich said. "We also carried that over into the second half."
Playing in intermittent showers courtesy of Tropical Storm Hanna, the Deacons out-shot UCLA 17-12, but held a dominating 7-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Akira Fitzgerald recorded his second straight shutout for Wake Forest, making three saves. The Baltimore, Md., native has not allowed a goal in the 220:09, with shutouts against both Florida International and UCLA.
Wake Forest got on the board early, scoring at the 2:04 mark of the first half. Evan Brown attempted a shot that deflected off a UCLA player and went high into the air. Lyle Adams jumped and got a head on the ball from seven yards out to find the back of the net and put the Deacons on top.
Marcus Tracy scored his third goal of the season in the 26th minute. After a nice pass from sophomore Corben Bone, Tracy fired a shot from just inside the 18-yard box. The ball found the left side of the net to give Wake a 2-0 lead after the first 45 minutes.
UCLA had a couple of quality scoring opportunities in the first part of the second half, both by Maxwell Griffin. One of the best opportunities came at the 30:55 mark of the second half. Griffin sent a shot that went just wide of the right post and would have cut the lead to 2-1.
Wake Forest closed out the scoring in the 73rd minute as freshman Nick Millington scored the first goal of his career. Cody Arnoux sent a pass across the box that found Millington on the left-hand side. Millington had a wide open net to shoot at and found the center.
In the opening game of the tournament, North Carolina scored three second half goals to defeat South Carolina 3-1.
The Deacons return to the field on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (ET) in the final game of the Deacon Fall Classic as Wake Forest hosts South Carolina. North Carolina and UCLA will battle in the first game of the day at 1 p.m. (ET). Live stats for both games will be available at wakeforestsports.com.
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