Four Players Score in No. 18 Deacs 4-1 Win at Virginia
Oct. 12, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sean Okoli, Luciano Delbono, Michael Gamble and Ross Tomaselli each scored a goal, as No. 18 Wake Forest earned a 4-1 road victory at Virginia on Friday night at Klockner Stadium.
The win improves Wake Forest's record to 8-2-4 overall and 2-1-3 in the ACC, while Virginia falls to .500 at 6-6-1 overall and 1-4-0 in conference play. The win also means the Demon Deacons finish the road portion of the ACC schedule unbeaten, going 2-0-2 away from home in conference play.
Wake Forest is now 6-5-2 against Virginia in the last 13 meetings and is 4-2-0 in its last six trips to Klockner Stadium. In addition, the three-goal victory is the largest margin for the Demon Deacons over the Cavaliers in the series history.
Okoli and Gamble are now tied with Luca Gimenez for the team lead in goals, as all three players have five on the season. Tomaselli's goal was his second of the year, while Delbono's goal was the first of his four-year career.
Tomaselli, Jared Watts, Collin Martin and Danny Wenzel all dished out assists on the night. For Tomaselli, it was his first-career three-point game, as he needed to play just 29 minutes to achieve the feat. Watts is tied for the team lead with four assists, while Martin and Tomselli each have three and Wenzel has one.
Okoli put Wake Forest up 1-0 in just the sixth minute of the game, collecting a pass from 12 yards out and firing it home. The goal was his second in as many games.
Gamble nearly put Wake Forest up 2-0 in the 23rd minute after receiving a perfectly-placed through ball from Delbono. Under a lot of pressure from the Virginia back line, Gamble pushed the shot just wide.
The game stayed at 1-0 through halftime before the Demon Deacons were able to score back-to-back goals in a span of 1:39. Delbono notched the second goal at 63:26 before Gamble scored at 65:05.
Delbono received a pass from Martin, gathered himself and fired a laser into the bottom left corner of the goal from about 25 yards out. Gamble responded with a quick goal after taking a through ball from Tomaselli and beating the keeper one-on-one for a tap in.
Virginia's leading scorer Will Bates put the Cavaliers on the board in the 79th minute with a wide-open shot, but Tomaselli iced the game in the 89th minute with his goal. Wenzel started the counterattack and dribbled well on the Deacs attacking side of midfield before playing Tomaselli through. Tomaselli then put a move on the keeper and finished the goal into an empty net.
Wake Forest will now play three of its final four games of the regular season at home, beginning with NC State next Friday at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.