No. 1 Wake Forest Defeats Clemson 5-0 in ACC Opener
Sept. 13, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The top-ranked Wake Forest men's soccer team scored a season-high five goals and easily defeated Clemson 5-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night at Spry Stadium. The Deacons move to 5-0-0 on the year, while the Tigers drop to 1-3-1.
"I thought we showed some very good moments of soccer today," head coach Jay Vidovich said. "We had a lot of different people scoring goals. It was a quality performance. The last 35 minutes of the game was basically a team that will be playing next year. It was great to give that youth a run."
Wake Forest improves to 5-21-3 all-time in conference openers. The victory over Clemson also marked the first time in school history that the team has won back-to-back ACC openers. Wake Forest defeated Clemson 1-0 last season in the conference opener.
The five goals marked a season high for Wake Forest and was the most the team had scored in an ACC game since October 11, 1998, when the Deacons defeated NC State 5-0.
Akira Fitzgerald continued to play well in goal, recording his fourth consecutive shut out. Fitzgerald made two saves in the contest and has not allowed a goal in the last 410:09 played.
It appeared Wake Forest would get on the board in the 17th minute. Senior defender Evan Brown drew a foul inside the 18-yard box, setting up a penalty kick for senior midfielder Sam Cronin. Cronin's kick sailed wide of the left post and kept the game scoreless.
The Deacons got a second penalty kick in the 25th minute. Cody Arnoux drew the foul inside the 18 and Marcus Tracy took the penalty kick. Tracy's kick was saved by the keeper, but Cronin came rushing in on the right side of the box and beat the keeper from 10 yards out to score his first goal of the season.
Corben Bone added a goal just over five minutes later in the 30th minute. Fitzgerald threw a long pass down the left side of the field that found Jamie Franks near midfield. Franks dribbled the ball up the left side and played a ball in the middle of the field to Bone. Bone fired a shot from 16 yards out that beat the keeper on the left side to give the Deacons a 2-0 advantage.
Wake Forest added one more tally before the half as Tracy scored his fifth goal of the year at the 42:03 mark. Tracy split two defenders inside the box and scored from 10 yards out. Franks and Danny Wenzel were credited with assists on the play. The assist for Franks was his sixth of the season, which leads the ACC and also marks the most assists that Franks has had in a season at Wake Forest.
Zack Schilawski scored his first goal of the season in the 71st minute. Sam Redmond played a pass to Schilawski in the middle of the field. Schilawski's shot from 15 yards out grazed off the fingertips of the Clemson goalkeeper and went into the upper right hand part of the net.
Cody Arnoux closed out the scoring in the 84th minute with his first goal of the year. Austin da Luz played a cross from the left side of the field into the right side of the box. Arnoux attempted a shot from seven yards out that beat the keeper to close out the scoring.
Joseph Bendik took the loss in net for the Tigers, allowing five goals and making eight saves.
Wake Forest is back in action on Sunday, September 21, as it makes the cross-country trip to California to meet UC Santa Barbara. Opening kickoff is slated for 9 p.m. (ET).