Tracy Scores Two Goals to Lead No. 1 Wake Forest to 4-1 Victory
Oct. 11, 2008
RALEIGH, N.C. - Marcus Tracy notched the fourth multi-goal game of his career and Austin da Luz added two assists to lead Wake Forest (12-0-0, 4-0-0 ACC) to a 4-1 victory over NC State (3-7-1, 0-4-0 ACC) on a cloudy and chilly Saturday evening.
With the victory, Wake Forest improved to 4-0 in conference play for the first time in school history. The previous best start came in 2002, when the Deacons opened ACC play with a 3-0 record.
The win also brought head coach Jay Vidovich to within one victory of win number 200 in his coaching career. Vidovich's record stands at 199-81-27.
The Deacons controlled play for most of the game. Wake Forest outshot NC State 20-6, including a 12-3 edge in shots on goal.
Wake Forest got on the board in the 14th minute. Corben Bone played a cross from the right side of the field, which found Tracy. Tracy was able to deflect the ball in the net for his ninth goal of the year to give the Deacons a 1-0 edge.
The Deacons added on a goal with 24:41 remaining in the first half. Da Luz took a free kick, which was batted away by the keeper. The ball found Bone, who put the ball in the upper right hand part of the net to give Wake a 2-0 lead.
Wake Forest nearly scored its third goal of the first half with 18:40 left in the game. Da Luz played a cross that found Tracy inside the six-yard box. Tracy wasn't able to get a good strike on the ball and an NC State player cleared the ball away from the line.
The Wolfpack had a good chance with just less than 14 minutes remaining. Off a free kick from about 23 yards out in the center of the field, Ronnie Bouemboue sent a shot well high over the net.
NC State had another quality scoring chance with 36:40 left in the game. Chrystel Bakong's left-footed shot was punched up in the air and eventually caught by Fitzgerald.
On the ensuing possession, the Deacons got their third goal of the night. Da Luz played a pass to the center of the field that found a streaking Cody Arnoux. Arnoux's shot from inside the 18-yard box beat the Wolfpack keeper to make the score 3-0.
Wake Forest got its fourth goal of the game with 16:30 remaining. Evan Brown's corner kick found Tracy, who headed the ball into the net near the left post for his second goal of the game and 10th of the season.
The Wolfpack got its first goal of the game with 8:33 left in the second half on a penalty kick. Alan Sanchez's shot found the right side of the net to cut the lead to 4-1.
The Deacons return to action on Tuesday as they face UNC-Greensboro in their final non-conference home game of the 2008 season. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET).