Arnoux Nets Hat Trick in Wake's 8-2 Win over Virginia Tech
Oct. 4, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Cody Arnoux recorded the first hat trick of his career and Ike Opara scored two first-half goals as No. 1 Wake Forest (10-0-0, 3-0-0 ACC) pounded Virginia Tech (3-6-1, 0-4-0 ACC) 8-2 on Saturday night at Spry Stadium.
The eight goals scored by Wake Forest equals the most the team has ever scored against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. The Deacons also scored eight against NC State in an ACC Tournament game during the 1997 season.
Wake Forest dominated the game from start to finish, holding a 25-6 advantage in shots, including a 14-1 edge in the first half. The Deacons had 18 shots on goal in the contest, while four of Virginia Tech's shots were on frame.
The victory by Wake extends their home unbeaten streak to 27 games, which equals Indiana for the eighth longest home unbeaten streak in NCAA history. The Deacons have also now won their last 15 games, a school-record winning streak.
Opara and Arnoux were the goal-scoring stars on the night for the Deacs. Opara scored two first half goals, while Arnoux added three goals in just under 10 minutes late in the second half. Corben Bone also scored a goal and added two assists.
Akira Fitzgerald picked up his 10th victory of the season, playing the first 74 minutes of the game and making one save. Austin Chelko made his first appearance of the 2008 season, playing the final 16 minutes of the game and allowing two goals and making one save.
Wake Forest got on the board first in the fourth minute. Bone crossed the ball from the right side of the field and found Austin da Luz coming across the six-yard box. Da Luz sent a shot from five yards out into the left side of the net to give Wake a 1-0 advantage. The goal for da Luz was his third of the season.
Opara added his first goal of the night 21:54 into the game. Off a corner kick from Evan Brown, the Virginia Tech goalkeeper attempted to make a save, but the ball came free. The ball found Opara's foot and he scored from four yards out.
Opara added his second goal of the game about three minutes later, again off a corner kick. Brown's corner found the head of Opara from seven yards out and went into the left side of the net for his fourth goal of the year.
Wake Forest's fourth goal of the game came in the 70th minute. A Virginia Tech player was called for a hand ball inside the six-yard box, setting up a penalty kick for Bone. The midfielder beat the Hokie goalkeeper to extend the lead to 4-0.
Marcus Tracy scored his eighth goal of the year in the 72nd minute. Bone played a pass to Tracy on the right side of the box. Tracy's shot snuck inside the right post to give Wake a 5-0 advantage.
Virginia Tech scored its first goal of the game in the 75th minute. After a Wake Forest foul inside the 18-yard box, James Gilson beat Chelko on a penalty kick to cut the lead to 5-1.
It didn't take long for the Deacons to respond as Arnoux scored his first goal of the game just under a minute later. Arnoux attempted a shot from 12 yards out that beat the keeper on the right side. Freshman Sam Redmond was credited with the assist.
The Hokies scored their second goal of the contest 81:41 into the game. Gilson attempted a shot and Chelko made a great diving save. The deflection off the save went straight to Emmanuel Akogyeram, who scored from four yards out.
Arnoux added his second tally of the game and fourth of the season in the 85th minute. Arnoux fired a shot from 10 yards out that found the right side of the net. Nick Millington had the assist on the play.
Arnoux closed out the scoring in the game in the 87th minute. Luke Norman crossed the ball to Arnoux in the middle of the field. Arnoux's shot from seven yards out beat the keeper to make the lead 8-2. Nick Courtney was also credited with an assist on the play.
Wake Forest is back in action on Tuesday night as it faces 2007 College Cup participant Massachusetts. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be aired live on the web by ACC Select.