No. 1 Wake Defeats No. 18 Maryland 2-0
Sept. 29, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The top-ranked Wake Forest men's soccer team defeated No. 18 Maryland 2-0 in ACC action on Saturday night at WFU's Spry Stadium.
A crowd of over 3300 turned out to cheer the Demon Deacons on to their best season opening win-streak in program history, which now stands 7-0-0 and 2-0-0 in the ACC.
Zack Schilawski landed his first goal of the season to set the Deacs ahead in the 40th minute. Marcus Tracy struck at the 10-yard line but the shot was blocked and rebounded by Evan Brown who set Schilawski up for the shot.
Cody Arnoux had WFU's second goal of the night and his fifth goal of the season from 30 yards out, catching Maryland's goalkeeper Thorne Holder outside of the box. Sophomore Austin da Luz had the assist.
Both teams stepped offensive attack in the second half. Through the first 45 minutes, Wake only managed three shots and the Terps fired only two. In the second half, Maryland fired six, while the Deacons registered seven shots.
"We knew they were going to step up their attack in the second half and we were ready for them," Marcus Tracy said. "They really opened up their defense more so we were able to move forward and have more chances as well."
The Deacons showcased the depth of their lineup in the contest, with several subs making big plays, including Zack Schilawski, who scored the game-winner and Austin da Luz who assisted in the final goal.
Senior Julian Valentin subbed in for freshman Ike Opara in the backline, marking his first minutes of the 2007 season. Valentin, the team's co-captain, had been sidelines for injuries sustained during an inter-squad scrimmage before the start of the season.
"It was great to have Julian back in. He's a very vocal leader and really motivates us on the field," Tracy said.
WFU's goalkeeper Brian Edwards improved his record to 5-0-0, picking up four saves in the contest, including a diving catch in the 86th minute to keep the Terps from tying the contest.
The Deacons will be back at Spry Stadium this Tuesday to face local rival Elon at 7 p.m.