No. 1 Wake Forest Defeats Appalachian State 1-0
Sept. 24, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshman Luke Norman's goal in the 23rd minute lifted No. 1 Wake Forest (7-0-0, 1-0-0 ACC) to a 1-0 victory over Appalachian State (5-2-0, 0-0-0 Southern Conference) on a chilly Wednesday night at Spry Stadium.
"I'm happy we got the result we were looking for," head coach Jay Vidovich said. "We got to play a lot of people, so hopefully we'll be ready for our next match. We're in a tremendous stretch right now going from California to playing a good Appalachian State team and now heading off to Maryland."
The Deacons out-shot Appalachian State 21-7 in the game, including a 9-2 shots on goal advantage. Wake had nine corner kicks compared to two for the Mountaineers.
The victory for Wake Forest extended the team's current winning streak to a school-record 12 games. The 2003 team won 11 consecutive games from October 4 to November 12.
The win also improved the team to 7-0-0, which equals the best start in school history. The 2007 team also won its first seven games of the year before a tie against Elon. Wake Forest is the only team in the country without a loss or tie on the season.
The Deacons are now unbeaten in their last 34 non-conference games and have not lost a game in Spry Stadium in the last 26 contests. The home unbeaten streak ranks as the ninth longest in NCAA history.
Wake Forest scored the only goal of the game at the 22:51 mark as Norman scored a goal for the second consecutive game. The Rochester, Mich., native shot the ball from the far right side of the six-yard box, and found the left side of the net to put the Deacons up 1-0.
"That's two games in a row where Luke has stepped up and taken a shot on goal and got it done," Vidovich added. "I'm very happy for him. It was an exciting moment in the game."
The Deacons had several quality scoring chances in the second half, attempting 11 shots in the final 45 minutes. In the 68th minute, Cody Arnoux played a pass to Alfredo Rodriguez-Allen. Rodriguez-Allen sent a right-footed shot from the right side of the box just high over the cross bar to keep the score 1-0.
Senior Michael Lahoud nearly scored his first goal of the season in the 71st minute. Lahoud attempted a shot from 30 yards out toward the left post and the Appalachian State goalkeeper made a diving save.
Appalachian State had a good scoring chance in the 88th minute. J.T. LaBruyere fired a shot from the left side of the box, but Akira Fitzgerald was there to make the save.
Fitzgerald made two saves in the game en route to recording his fifth shut out of the season.
Wake Forest returns to the pitch on Friday night, traveling to Maryland to meet the second-ranked Terrapins. First touch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (ET) and the game will be carried live on Fox Soccer Channel (channel 141 on Time Warner digital cable in Winston-Salem).