Deacs and Heels Tie 1-1 in Front of Record Crowd
Sept. 28, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jalen Robinson headed home the game-tying goal with just 57 seconds remaining in regulation in front of a regular-season record crowd of 4,587 at Spry Stadium, as No. 24 Wake Forest tied No. 1 North Carolina 1-1 on Saturday night.
In addition to being the largest regular-season crowd in Spry Stadium history, it was the fourth-largest crowd of all-time at Spry. This came on a night when Wake Forest dedicated Walt Chyzowych Alumni Hill in honor of the Demon Deacons' former head coach and American soccer pioneer who passed away just before the 1994 season.
The win keeps Wake Forest (5-2-1) undefeated in the ACC with a 3-0-1 record, while the 10 points keep the Deacs in a tie for first place with Maryland. North Carolina (3-1-4) is still winless in conference play with a record of 0-0-4.
The Demon Deacons generated several chances in the final 10 minutes, the best of which seemed to be at the 82:16 mark. After a North Carolina foul in the box, Luca Gimenez lined up a penalty kick, but Tar Heel keeper Brendan Moore made the diving save to keep the score at 1-0.
In the 89th minute, Andy Lubahn sent a shot from about 35 yards out that Moore was also forced to make a nice save on, setting up a corner kick. Michael Gamble played the ensuing corner into the center of the box, and Robinson headed it to the far post to tie the game with 57 seconds on the clock. The goal was his first of the season.
Alec Ferrell started in goal for the Demon Deacons and proved up to the challenge on several occasions, making a career-high seven saves.
North Carolina got on the board in the 26th minute when Josh Rice curled one into the top right corner from the top of the box. The Heels had two more shots on frame after the goal in the first half, but Ferrell made both saves.
After Robinson's goal to end regulation, Wake Forest continued to look for the winner in overtime and outshot North Carolina 5-1 in the extra periods. Gimenez led the way with three shots in the first overtime. Rice had a chance with 34 seconds left, but Ferrell corralled it to force a second overtime.
Jared Watts took the only shot for either team in the second overtime. He brought a cross down in the box, and on his second touch, turned and fired the ball right into the Moore's arms.
Wake Forest will have a quick turnaround and will be back in action on Tuesday at Charlotte at 7 p.m.