Deacs and Tar Heels Play to 0-0 Tie
Sept. 14, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 15 Wake Forest played its third-consecutive double overtime game, as the Demon Deacons tied No. 1 North Carolina 0-0 on the road at Fetzer Field on Friday night.
Wake Forest is now 3-1-2 overall on the year and 0-0-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina is now 4-1-1 on the year and 1-0-1 in ACC play.
Junior goalkeeper Michael Lisch earned his third shutout of the year by making a season-high four saves. Anthony Arena, Jalen Robinson, Chris Duvall and Ben Newnam all started on the backline and played all 110 minutes, helping contribute to the shutout.
Wake Forest began with most of the offensive pressure in the first half. Luciano Delbono took the first shot of the game in the third minute, but it was saved by North Carolina keeper Scott Goodwin.
The Tar Heels then had the next few good chances with perhaps its best chance coming in the 13th minute. Andy Craven fired a rocket from the right side of the box, but Lisch was able to make the diving save to his left near post.
The Demon Deacons had about a 40-second stretch in the 27th minute where they got off three shots. The first shot by Michael Gamble was blocked and ended up right at the feet of Tomaselli who fired a shot that was saved by Goodwin. Kyle Emerson took another shot just a few seconds later, but it cleared the crossbar.
The defense came up big on a corner in the 55th minute when Tomaselli made a defensive save on the initial header in the box. After the ball was not initially cleared and trickled toward the goal, Robinson found himself in position to finally the clear the ball and keep the game scoreless.
After going to overtime, the Demon Deacons outshot the Tar Heels 3-0 in the first extra period, forcing Goodwin to save one shot. Neither team took a shot in double overtime to take the game to a final.
Wake Forest will be back in action on Tuesday to host Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.