Okoli and Gamble Score in 2-2 Tie at ETSU
Oct. 9, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - No. 18 Wake Forest came from a goal down to take a 2-1 lead in the second half, but ETSU tied the game at 2-2 with just three seconds on the clock, as the Demon Deacons and the Buccaneers tied on Tuesday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
Wake Forest is now 7-2-4 on the season, while ETSU is 6-5-2.
The Buccaneers got on the board first in the 30th minute when David Geno put one home from the center of the box. Blaike Woodruff played the ball in and after it went off a Deacon defender, Geno scored on his first touch.
Wake Forest was able to bounce back relatively quickly when Okoli scored with less than three minutes to go in the first half. The ball traded possession near the 18 a few times before Okoli took control with his back to the goal. He then turned on his defender and scorched a left-footed shot inside the left post.
After the break, Okoli nearly put the Deacs ahead in the 52nd minute. Jared Watts set up the sequence by stepping in front of an ETSU pass just near the midfield circle in the Deacs' attacking half. Watts had numbers and played Okoli through on the right side. Okoli took a few touches and sent a shot past the charging keeper, but the ball hit squarely off the post and right back to the goalkeeper.
Wake Forest finally went ahead in the 57th minute when Gamble found the back of the net. Newnam crossed a ball from the right side and nearly connected with Okoli who was making a run near post. The ball narrowly missed Okoli's head but drew the keeper out of position, and Gamble was able to capitalize with a left-footed strike from the left side of the box.
The Buccaneers nearly tied the game in the 71st minute when Geno took another rip low through the box. Lisch was able to make a nice save in traffic, though, and the Deacs cleared the ball out of danger.
ETSU's equalizer came with just three seconds remaining. The clock had stopped after a yellow card was issued to Wake Forest, setting up a free kick deep in the Buccaneer defensive zone. A long free kick put the ball near the box, and after a couple touches, Emmanuel Wilson netted the game-tying goal.
Wake Forest took a pair of shots on the first overtime, and ETSU took two itself in the second overtime, but neither team could find the game winner in the extra 20 minutes.
The Demon Deacons will return to conference play this weekend when they travel to Virginia on Friday night at 7 p.m.