Wake Forest-North Carolina Battle to 2-2 Tie
Oct. 9, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sam Redmond tallied a goal and assist, while Andy Lubahn added the game-tying goal with nine minutes remaining in the game as No. 6 Wake Forest and No. 2 North Carolina played to a 2-2 tie on Friday night in front of 3,661 fans at Spry Stadium.
The Demon Deacons move to 7-2-2 on the season and 2-1-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while North Carolina is now 8-1-2 and 3-1-1 in league competition.
The game, which featured two of the top teams in the country, was back and forth the whole way. UNC grabbed an early lead with a goal two minutes in, but Wake Forest quickly responded, tying the game in the seventh minute. A penalty kick goal from Michael Farfan gave the Tar Heels a 2-1 lead in the 57th minute, but again the Demon Deacons equalized on Lubahn's goal in the 82nd minute.
Redmond scored a goal and an assist for Wake Forest, tallying his first goal of the season in the seventh minute and then assisting on Lubahn's goal late in the match. Lubahn found the back of the net for the fourth time on the season.
Austin da Luz notched his team-leading seventh assist of the season. The assist was also the 31st of his career, extending his school record assist total.
Farfan had a goal and an assist to lead Carolina. He scored his fifth goal of the season and added his third assist. Alex Dixon gave the Tar Heels an early lead with his second goal of the season exactly two minutes into the contest.
Akira Fitzgerald made seven saves for Wake Forest and allowed two goals. Brooks Haggerty played the first 85:28 of the game and made three saves, while giving up two goals. Haggerty had to exit after suffering an injury in the 86th minute and was replaced by Scott Goodwin, who worked the final 24:32.
North Carolina held a slight shot advantage in the game, taking 17 shots, compared to 15 for Wake Forest. The Tar Heels had nine shots on goal, while the Deacs had five shots on frame. Wake attempted seven corner kicks, while UNC had five corners.
The Tar Heels wasted little time in scoring, taking a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the game. Farfan played a pass to Dixon, who was able to get past the defense. Dixon chipped a shot over a charging Fitzgerald from 17 yards out that found the net to make the score 1-0.
Wake Forest was able to quickly respond as Redmond scored his first goal of 2009 in the seventh minute. Off a corner kick from da Luz, Redmond headed the ball into the goal from six yards out to tie the score at one.
The Demon Deacons had a great chance to grab the lead in the 27th minute. Da Luz played a pass to Corben Bone, who fired a shot from the right side, but Haggerty was able to make a kick save. The deflection came right to Norman, but his shot was also saved by Haggerty to keep the game tied.
Wake Forest continued the pressure as Zack Schilawski narrowly missed a goal in the 29th minute. Norman played a beautiful cross from the right side and found Schilawski making a run to the right post. Schilawski was able to slide and get a touch on it, but his attempt went just wide left of the goal.
Jordan Graye had a scoring chance in the final minute of the first half. Graye's shot from 35 yards out required Fitzgerald to make a leaping save, sending the ball over the crossbar for a corner kick.
The Deacs had the first quality chance in the second half, coming in the 56th minute. Da Luz played a free kick from 30 yards out on the right side of the field that found the head of Redmond. This time Redmond headed the ball high to keep the game tied at one.
North Carolina grabbed its second lead of the game in the 57th minute on a penalty kick goal from Farfan. Farfan dribbled from near midfield into the 18-yard box. A Wake Forest defender was called for a foul inside the box, setting up Farfan's penalty attempt. Farfan deposited the ball into the right side of the net to put UNC up 2-1.
The Tar Heels continued to have the better of the play after the penalty kick. Farfan nearly scored his second goal of the game in the 73rd minute, but Fitzgerald was able to make a diving stop to keep the UNC lead at one.
Fitzgerald was again required to make a save in the 75th minute when Enzo Martinez had an attempt from 20 yards out in the center of the field.
Wake Forest tied the game at two on Lubahn's goal in the 82nd minute. Redmond cross the ball from 12 yards out near the endline on the right side of the field. The cross found Schilawski, who back heeled the ball to Lubahn in front of the goal. Lubahn fired and beat Haggerty to tie the game at two and send the contest into extra time.
The Demon Deacons had the best scoring chance in the first overtime period. North Carolina was called for a foul just outside the 18-yard box. Bone attempted the free kick from 19 yards out in the center of the field, but his shot sailed well high of the goal.
Each team had one shot attempt in the second 10 minute overtime period, but neither shot was on frame as the two ACC rivals finished the game with a 2-2 tie.
The Demon Deacons return to the pitch on Tuesday, October 13, traveling to Charleston, S.C., to meet the College of Charleston. Start time is set for 7 p.m.