Tracy's Fourth Goal of Season Lifts Deacs to 1-0 Win over South Carolina
Sept. 7, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior forward Marcus Tracy scored his fourth goal of the season in the 75th minute to lead No. 1 Wake Forest (4-0-0) to a 1-0 win over South Carolina (1-2-1) on Sunday afternoon at Spry Stadium.
"I thought our performance was good enough to get the result we wamted," head coach Jay Vidovich said. "Our guys played good enough to get the win."
Wake Forest controlled the game statistically, out-shooting South Carolina 12-4, including a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. Wake had four corner kicks, while the Gamecocks did not take a corner.
Junior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald recorded his third straight shut out, making one save in the game. Fitzgerald has not allowed a goal in the last 310:09 played.
With the game knotted at zero in the 75th minute, freshman Luke Norman dribbled around several defenders and drew a free kick at the top of the 18-yard box. Sam Cronin took the free kick, sending a short ball to Jamie Franks. Franks sent the ball back to Tracy, who fired from 21 yards out. The ball deflected off a South Carolina player and went into the left side of the net, past the diving South Carolina keeper to give Wake Forest a 1-0 advantage.
"Luke (Norman) did a good job of finding a goal-scoring chance for us by getting fouled near the box," Vidovich said. "Tracy had a great finish to score the goal."
South Carolina had its best scoring chance of the game in the 86th minute. Schuyler Reardon of South Carolina threw the ball into the 18-yard box. Fitzgerald lost control of the ball. Stephen Morrissey got a head on the ball from five yards out to what appeared to be an open net. Senior Lyle Adams was able to stop the ball from going into the net, clearing the ball off the line and sending it away from the net. The Gamecocks would not threaten for the rest of the contest.
Wake Forest had several good scoring chances in the first 45 minutes. Freshman Corben Bone barely missed two goals, with one shot hitting the post and the other just going wide of the left side of the net.
Four Wake Forest players were named to the all-tournament team. Lyle Adams, Cronin, Fitzgerald and Tracy represented the Deacs on the all-tournament squad.
In the first game of the afternoon, North Carolina and UCLA played to a 1-1 tie.
Wake Forest is back in action on Saturday, September 13, as the team opens the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of its schedule. The Deacons face Clemson at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.
Deacon Fall Classic Presented by NewBridge Bank All-Tournament Team Eddie Ababio - North Carolina Lyle Adams - Wake Forest Ryan Adeleye - North Carolina Sam Cronin - Wake Forest Akira Fitzgerald - Wake Forest Jason Leopoldo - UCLA Jimmy Maurer - South Carolina Steve Morrissey - South Carolina Brad Rusin - UCLA Michael Stevens - UCLA Marcus Tracy - Wake Forest Kirk Urso - North Carolina