Luca's Hat Trick Leads Deacs to 4-0 Win over VT
Sept. 28, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior Luca Gimenez notched his first-career hat trick in No. 16 Wake Forest's 4-0 shutout over Virginia Tech on Friday night at Thompson Field.
Gimenez's hat trick is the 26th in school history and the first for Wake Forest since Andy Lubahn scored three times against Boston College on Oct. 30, 2010.
The win propels Wake Forest to 6-1-3 overall on the year and 1-0-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It also marks the Deacs' first win on the road this season. The Hokies dropped to 4-4-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the ACC.
Wake Forest is now unbeaten against Virginia Tech in the last 13 meetings (12-0-1) and owns a 15-2-2 all-time record.
Michael Lisch needed to make three second-half saves in order to earn his sixth clean sheet of the season.
Tonight's win coupled with Tuesday night's 4-0 win over Appalachian State marks the first time that the Demon Deacons have scored four or more goals in consecutive games since doing so in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Wake Forest defeated Dartmouth 7-0 on November 30, 2008 and South Florida 5-0 on December 6, 2008.
Gimenez was a threat early and took three shots in the first seven minutes, with his third one beating keeper Kyle Renfro. Gimenez received the ball just on the attacking side of the field and beat the VT defenders to set up his shot from the left side that went in near post at 7:04.
He captured his second goal in the 41st minute. After Sean Okoli had his shot blocked, Gimenez was right there for the rebound and buried it to put Wake Forest up 2-0 before the half.
Wake Forest controlled the entire first half, outshooting Virginia Tech 14-3 before the break.
Gimenez completed the hat trick in the 56th minute on a penalty kick to put the Demon Deacons up 3-0. Collin Martin found Michael Gamble making a run in the box, and Gamble was taken down by a Hokie defender to set up the penalty kick.
Emerson and Tomaselli capped off the night by contributing to the final score in the 78th minute. Emerson beat a defender to the endline and found a streaking Tomaselli at the far post who was there to tap in the cross.
Wake Forest will next travel on Tuesday to take on Davidson at 7 p.m.