Schilawski Scores Twice as No. 1 Wake Defeats Elon 3-0
Oct. 1, 2008
ELON, N.C. - Junior forward Zack Schilawski registered the fourth multi-goal game of his career and junior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald recorded his sixth shutout of the season as No. 1 Wake Forest (9-0-0, 2-0-0 ACC) defeated Elon (2-7-1, 1-0-0 Southern Conference) 3-0 on Wednesday night at Rhodes Stadium.
The Deacons controlled the game from start to finish, out-shooting the Phoenix 21-5, including an 11-1 advantage in the first half. Wake had 10 shots on goal, compared to just three for Elon.
Akira Fitzgerald recorded his sixth shut out of the season, making three saves in the game. Elon goalkeeper Clint Irwin made seven saves in the contest.
With just under 31 minutes remaining in the first half, Corben Bone attempted a shot from 25 yards out in the center of the field, but the Elon goalkeeper was able to make the save.
The Deacons got on the board with 29:44 left in the first half. Jamie Franks played a cross from the left side of the field. Schilawski headed the ball in from just outside the six-yard box to give Wake Forest a 1-0 advantage.
Arnoux nearly extended the lead to two goals with 21 minutes left in the first half. Arnoux attempted a shot from 18-yards out toward the right post, but the Elon keeper dove and deflected the ball out of bounds.
Elon had its best scoring chance of the first half with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Aaron Parker was one-on-one with Fitzgerald, but his first touch was too hard, allowing Fitzgerald to corral the ball before Parker could get a shot off.
With 4:30 minutes left in the first half, Arnoux was one-on-one with Irwin from just inside the 18. The keeper was able to block Arnoux's shot. Evan Brown had a shot attempt from the far right side of the box, but his attempt went wide, keeping the score at 1-0.
Schilawski had another quality scoring chance with 40 minutes remaining in the game. Austin da Luz played a pass to Schilawski in the center of the box. Schilawski fired a shot from just outside the six-yard box, but the Elon keeper was able to deflect the ball out of bounds.
The Deacons had another golden scoring chance with just over 35 minutes remaining in the game. Lyle Adams played a cross from the left side of the 18-yard box. Schilawski got a foot on the ball near the right post, but sent the ball just wide.
Elon had a good scoring opportunity with 32 minutes left in the games. James Carroll attempted to loft a shot over Fitzgerald, but the Wake keeper was able to make the stop.
The Deacons added on to their lead with 31:30 remaining in the game. Marcus Tracy played a pass to Schilawski. Schilawski fired from just outside the six-yard box, beating the keeper on the right side to give Wake a 2-0 lead.
The Deacs nearly made the lead three goals just over a minute later. Tracy attempted a shot from the right side of the box, but the keeper made the save. Off the deflection, Schilawski had a chance for a hat trick, but sent the shot high.
Arnoux gave Wake Forest a 3-0 advantage with 25:23 left in the game. Tracy played a pass to Arnoux, who sent the ball inside the left post for his second goal of the season. The assist was the second of the night for Tracy.
Elon nearly scored a late goal with just over five minutes remaining. Clint Collins fired a shot from 17 yards out in the center of the field but Fitzgerald made the save.
The Deacons return home on Saturday to face Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. (ET). The game will be the first meeting between the two teams since the semifinals of the 2007 College Cup. The game will be aired live on the web by ACC Select.