No. 15 Deacs Fall to Louisville, 3-2, in Double OT
Sept. 11, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Second-half goals from Sean Okoli and Anthony Arena helped No. 15 Wake Forest force overtime after a 2-0 halftime deficit to Louisville, but the Cardinals scored in the 105th minute to defeat the Demon Deacons 3-2 on Tuesday night at Cardinal Park.
The loss is the first this season for Wake Forest, dropping the Demon Deacons record to 3-1-1 overall. Louisville improves to 3-2-0 with the win.
The goal for Okoli is his second of the season and his second in as many games, as he scored Wake Forest's only goal in a 1-1 tie at Clemson on Friday night. Arena's goal was his first of the year.
Louisville took control of the game early by taking a 2-0 lead less than 16 minutes into the game. Greg Cochrane got the Cardinals on the board at 11:13 before Andrew Farrell added the second goal at 15:29.
The 2-0 lead would remain until Okoli scored the Deacs first goal at 64:54. Watts worked hard to gain control of the ball and delivered a heel pass inside the six where Okoli was there to cut the deficit in half.
Just over 12 minutes later, Wake Forest tied the score at 2-2 on a set piece. Tomaselli served the ball into the box on a corner kick where Arena headed the ball into the net at 77:15.
Wake Forest outshot Louisville 3-0 in the first overtime and took the first shot of the second overtime before Ryan Smith scored on a cross in the box from Marlon Hairston at 104:39 to give the Cardinals the win.
The Demon Deacons will be back in action on Friday when they continue ACC play at No. 1 North Carolina at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill at Fetzer Field.