No. 16 Demon Deacons Beat Georgia Southern, 3-1
Sept. 18, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Behind goals from Jalen Robinson, Michael Gamble and Luca Gimenez, No. 16 Wake Forest remained perfect at home this season with a 3-1 victory over Georgia Southern on Tuesday night at Spry Stadium.
The Demon Deacons are now 4-1-2 overall on the season, while the Eagles fall to 2-5-0.
"Georgia Southern was a quality team tonight. They were very organized and they came out to play, so I'm happy with the result," said Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich. "I know we got two goals in the first half, but I was very happy with our second half performance. We got a lot of players on the field, so hopefully our legs will be ready for Duke (on Friday)."
Gamble now owns sole possession of the team lead in goals scored with three on the year, while Robinson is just behind him with two on the season. Gamble also added his first-career assist on the night and leads the team with seven points.
For Gimenez, the goal was his first of the season, while Ross Tomaselli, Jared Watts and Collin Martin all recorded assists. Tomaselli and Watts now each have two assists, as Martin picked up the first assist of his career.
Robinson got Wake Forest on the board in the 13th minute. Georgia Southern was called for a foul just outside the box on the right endline, setting up a free kick for the Demon Deacons. Tomaselli chipped the free kick far post to Robinson who headed it home at 12:09.
"(The goal) definitely made a huge impact on my game. I was able to feel a lot more comfortable, step up and relax a little bit," said Robinson.
Just over eight minutes later the Demon Deacons tacked on their second goal of the game. Watts gained control deep in the Deacs' attacking zone and put Gamble through on the left side of the box. Gamble settled the ball and beat the keeper far post.
Georgia Southern did not have many opportunities before taking its first corner kick of the game at 39:50. Wake Forest then committed a foul outside the top of the box before Drew Ruggles scored on the free kick, beating Michael Lisch in the top left corner.
Coming out of the half with a 2-1 lead, Wake Forest wasted no time in building a two-goal advantage when Gimenez scored at 48:38. Martin and Gamble worked the ball back and forth in the box in close proximity before Martin finally laid the ball off to Gimenez at the top of the box for the strike.
Wake Forest dominated possession throughout the night, outshooting Georgia Southern 15-5 and taking eight corner kicks compared to just two for the Eagles.
The Demon Deacons will resume ACC play on Friday when Duke visits Spry Stadium at 7 p.m. Wake Forest currently has two points in league play with a record of 0-0-2.