No. 15 Deacons Blank Davidson 2-0
Oct. 2, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
DAVIDSON, N.C. - A pair of second-half goals from Luca Gimenez and Jared Watts and a shutout performance by Michael Lisch in goal helped No. 15 Wake Forest blank Davidson 2-0 on Tuesday night at Alumni Stadium.
The Demon Deacons are now unbeaten in their last six games and have won three straight to move to 7-1-3 on the season. The Wildcats are now 4-5-1.
The shutout is the fourth consecutive for Wake Forest and the fifth in the last six games. The Demon Deacons last shut out four straight opponents from August 31 - September 13 of the 2008 season.
Lisch made three saves on the night, all of which came in critical moments, to earn his seventh shutout of the season. By earning the shutout over Davidson, Lisch has now moved into a tie for ninth all-time at Wake Forest for shutouts in a season. Entering the game, he was ranked 11th in the nation with a 0.55 goals against average, and he saw that number fall to 0.51 after the game.
For Gimenez, his game-winning goal marked his fourth score in the last two games and his fifth of the season after netting his first-career hat trick at Virginia Tech on Friday night. He put the Demon Deacons on the board in the 68th minute on a feed from Michael Gamble, who now leads the team with four assists. Gamble played Gimenez through on the right side of the box, and after Gimenez made one move on the Davidson keeper, he had the ball on his right foot and fired into an empty net.
Watts added the insurance goal in the almost 10 minutes later in the 78th minute for his second goal of the year. Sam Fink beat a defender down to the corner on the right sideline and crossed a ball to the near post where Watts was there for the finish. The assist was the first one of Fink's career.
Wake Forest outshot Davidson in the first half 7-5, but the Wildcats created several good chances, including three in about an eight minute stretch. A header by Brian McGue went wide, a rocket off the foot of Peter Paras was saved by Lisch and a shot by Luke Blades from outside the 18 went wide left.
The Demon Deacons had a great opportunity in the 38th minute. Teddy Mullin dribbled down the right side and sent a ball to the six where Ross Tomaselli was waiting for the shot, but his attempt was saved by Matt Pacifici.
Wake Forest had another couple of chances in the final 20 seconds. Chris Duvall began the threat by taking the ball to the right side of the box and firing a shot that went out of bounds off of a Wildcat. That set up a quick corner with just over 10 seconds to go in the half, and Tomaselli took a shot with time expiring that went just wide left.
Davidson again had a good chance just a few minutes into the second half when McGue was 1-on-1 with Lisch, but the Demon Deacon keeper made a huge save to keep the game scoreless.
Wake Forest nearly took the lead in the 58th minute with a couple of nice chances back-to- back. Watts played the ball through to Gimenez who had his shot saved. The rebound went to Sean Okoli who had a go, but his shot was blocked near the goal by the Davidson defense.
The Demon Deacons will be back in action on Saturday to take on Boston College in an ACC matchup. The game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Spry Stadium and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports South and other ACC market affiliates.