No. 15 Demon Deacons Fall to No. 23 Zips 1-0
Oct. 15, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
AKRON, Ohio - No. 23 Akron capitalized on a penalty kick in the first half and that proved to be the difference, as the Zips defeated No. 15 Wake Forest 1-0 on Tuesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The loss snaps a seven-match unbeaten streak for the Demon Deacons, as the team falls to 6-3-4 on the year. Wake Forest's last loss was nearly a month ago at Elon on September 17. Akron improves to 9-3-0 on the season.
Matt Foldesy went down in the box in the 42nd minute to draw the foul and give the Zips a penalty kick. Aodhan Quinn converted the attempt to give Akron the only goal of the game just before the halftime whistle.
Akron outshot the Demon Deacons 10-3 in the first half, but Wake Forest had the 6-2 advantage in shots in the second half. Ross Tomaselli came off the bench and led the Deacs with three shots, including two shots on goal.
Alec Ferrell started in goal and made very save that came his way in the run of play. He ended the game with four total saves.
The Deacs had a chance early in the second half in the 49th minute. Luca Gimenez played a low cross through the box from the left side, and the ball was just out of reach of a sliding Andy Lubahn who was making a run at the far post.
Tomaselli called Akron keeper Fernando Pina into action in the 77th minute with a bullet. The save was made and resulted in a corner kick, and Tomaselli had another shot off the restart but sent it a bit high.
The Demon Deacons' final chance came in the 88th minute on a header by Sam Fink. The shot was place toward the upper left corner, but Pina was able to move in front and make the catch to keep the score at 1-0.
Wake Forest will travel to play No. 4 Maryland on Saturday at 7 p.m. in College Park.