Deacs Stay atop ACC with 1-1 Tie to Clemson
Oct. 11, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 15 Wake Forest and No. 17 Clemson each scored a goal within the first 37 minutes of the game, as the Demon Deacons and Tigers would go on to tie 1-1 on Friday night at Spry Stadium.
With the tie, Wake Forest (6-2-4, 4-0-3 ACC) extends its unbeaten streak to seven games, posting a 3-0-4 record during that stretch. The Deacs also remain in a tie for first place in the ACC standings with 15 points, along with Maryland and Notre Dame. Clemson is now 8-2-2 overall and 3-2-2 in the ACC.
Luca Gimenez scored the Demon Deacons' only goal of the game, finding the back of the net in the 16th minute to put Wake Forest up 1-0. Clemson answered in the 37th minute on a goal by T.J. Casner.
Andrew Harris got the start in goal and made a career-high seven saves for Wake Forest, three of which came in the first 16 minutes of the game before Gimenez could put the Deacs on top.
Gimenez gave the Deacons the first lead of the game on his goal in the 16th minute. The goal began at the defensive end when Harris made a great diving save, starting the Wake Forest counter. Ross Tomaselli had the ball down the right side and made a great cross to Gimenez, whose initial shot was blocked by the Clemson defense. The ball came right back to him, and he was able to settle it and slot it into the top right corner for his third goal of the season.
Clemson tied the game in the 37th minute. The Deacons were called for a foul in their defensive end, and Thomas McNamara restarted quickly, sending a ball behind the defense. Casner then chipped it up and in for his first goal of the year.
After Wake Forest led Clemson 10-9 on shots in the first half, the chances were sparse in the second half and both overtime periods. The Deacs outshot the Tigers 7-3 after the halftime break. Gimenez led all played with nine shots in the game, four of which went on frame.
Wake Forest will play two top-25 teams on the road next week. The Demon Deacons will be at No. 20 Akron on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and at No. 5 Maryland on Saturday at 7 p.m.