Randolph's First Collegiate Goal Lifts No. 3 Wake to 2-1 Win Against No. 7 Indiana
Sept. 6, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman Sean Randolph made his first collegiate goal a memorable one, scoring on a diving header attempt in the 72nd minute to give No. 3 Wake Forest a 2-1 win at No. 7 Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium.
With the win, Wake Forest improves to 2-0-1 on the season, while Indiana drops to 0-1-1.
With the game tied at one in the 72nd minute, Wake Forest grabbed its second lead of the game on a brilliant goal from Austin da Luz to Randolph. Da Luz played a cross from the left side of the 18 and found Randolph making a run down the right side. Randolph's diving header from six yards out beat the keeper on the right side to put the Demon Deacons in front 2-1.
Indiana had a great chance to tie the game off a set piece in the 82nd minute. The Hoosiers had a free kick from 23 yards out in the center field. Andy Adlard was able to get off a couple of shots, but each attempt was blocked and the Hoosiers were unable to score.
The Hoosiers were unable to generate any additional scoring chances as Wake Forest held on for the 2-1 win.
Each team had plenty of shot opportunities in the game with Indiana winning the shot category 19-16. The Hoosiers had nine shot attempts compared to six for the Demon Deacons.
Da Luz was active throughout the game for Wake Forest, generating numerous corner kicks and having a hand in both Wake Forest goals. Along with the assist on the game winner, da Luz also played the corner kick on Wake's first goal of the game, an Indiana own goal.
Senior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald was kept busy in goal, making a career-high eight saves and allowing one goal. Indiana goalkeeper Luis Soffner allowed two goals and made four stops.
Indiana had the first chance of the game, coming in the sixth minute. Rich Balchan attempted a shot from 24 yards out that forced Fitzgerald to make a diving stop and send the ball out for an IU corner kick.
The first shot for Wake Forest came in the eighth minute, an attempt by Corben Bone that was blocked over the end line for a corner kick.
Indiana had a couple of shots on frame in the 11th minute. Will Bruin and Eric Alexander each had good looks at the goal, but Fitzgerald was able to make a diving stop on each attempt.
Wake Forest struck first in the 13th minute. Da Luz played a corner kick that was flicked toward the net. An Indiana defender attempted to clear, but instead his kick went into the top of the goal for an own goal to put the Demon Deacons in front 1-0.
Indiana had a chance to equalize in the 31st minute. Alexander attempted a header shot from outside the six-yard box, but Fitzgerald was able to make the stop.
The Hoosiers continued to attack, nearly scoring in the 33rd minute. Bruin attempted a shot from the top of the 18 that went off the fingertips of Fitzgerald, off the right post and over the endline for a corner.
Alec Purdie had an early look at goal in the second half, attempting a shot in the 46th minute from 18 yards out that went right to Fitzgerald for the save.
Da Luz had Wake Forest's first scoring chance in the second half. His blast from 24 yards out went well high of the goal to keep the score at 1-0.
Indiana equalized in the 62nd minute on a goal from Alexander. Hagedorn played a pass wide to Alexander, who was making an overlapping run. Alexander's shot from 10 yards out on the left side of the 18 curled into the right side of the net to tie the game at one.
The Hoosiers narrowly missed grabbing the lead in the 63rd minute. Hagedorn played a nice pass to Darren Yeagle in the center of the field. Yeagle dribbled in and had a great look at goal from 12 yards out. His shot went off the crossbar and Wake Forest was able to clear to keep the game tied at one.
The win for Wake Forest was its first in program history over the Hoosiers as Indiana still holds a 2-1-0 series advantage.
The Demon Deacons also stretched their unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents to 44 with the win. Wake Forest last lost to a non-ACC foe on November 26, 2005, falling to California in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. During the streak, Wake Forest is 41-0-3 against non-conference opponents.
Wake Forest had three players named to the all-tournament team at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic with da Luz, Fitzgerald and Ike Opara being named to the team. St. John's and Wake Forest each finished the weekend with a 1-0-1 record, but St. John's was awarded the tournament championship due to its +2 goal differential, compared to +1 for Wake Forest.
Wake Forest is back in action on Sunday, September 13, opening Atlantic Coast Conference play at Clemson. Kickoff at Riggs Stadium is set for 5 p.m. (ET).
2009 adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament Team Derby Carrillo - St. John's Ben Clack - St. John's Connor Lade - St. John's David Reed - St. John's Akira Fitzgerald - Wake Forest Ike Opara - Wake Forest Austin da Luz - Wake Forest Rich Balchan - Indiana Eric Alexander - Indiana Michael Thomas - Notre Dame Jeb Brovsky - Notre Dame
Offensive MVP: Sverre Wegge Gundhus - St. John's
Defensive MVP: Joel Gustaffson - St. John's