No. 13 Deacs Take Down South Carolina 3-1 on Senior Night
Oct. 27, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Three unanswered goals helped No. 13 Wake Forest celebrate Senior Night properly, as the Demon Deacons defeated South Carolina 3-1 on Saturday evening at Spry Stadium.
The win propels Wake Forest's record to 10-3-4 on the season, while South Carolina is now 4-11-2. For head coach Jay Vidovich, this marks the 17th time in his 19-year career that the Demon Deacons have won at least 10 games in a season. In addition, Wake Forest will end the regular season with a 7-2-1 record against non-conference opponents.
Prior to the contest, Anthony Arena, Luciano Delbono, Michael Lisch, Andy Lubahn, Ben Newnam, Andrew Powell, Jake Schemper and Danny Wenzel were all honored for their contributions to the Wake Forest program in a Senior Night ceremony.
On a night dedicated to the seniors, though, it was a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen who tallied all the points. Luca Gimenez, Sean Okoli and Michael Gamble - the top three goal scorers on the team - each scored a goal, while Collin Martin recorded his first-career two-assist game.
Okoli leads the team with nine goals on the year, and Gimenez and Gamble each have six. Martin is now the team leader with five assists on the year.
South Carolina tried to spoil the festivities by jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute on Mike Mangotic's first goal of the season.
It took very little time for the Deacs to respond, as Gimenez tied the game just over six minutes later in the 33rd minute, and Okoli scored the game winner in the 38th minute.
Gimenez controlled a ball near the outside of the box on the left side after a Deacon corner kick. He dribbled to the center of the field and converted a spectacular shot through several South Carolina defenders and into the top right corner of the goal.
Martin then helped Okoli by playing him through on the right side of the box. With a defender trying to knock him out of rhythm, Okoli was able to get free himself enough to beat the keeper.
Gamble the punctuated the game with a goal in the 58th minute. In less than a five-minute span, Wake Forest took six corner kicks to keep the pressure on the Gamecock defenders. Less than a minute after the final corner, and after a flurry of action in the box, Martin chipped the ball from the right side over several players to Gamble who buried the shot.
On the night, Wake Forest outshot South Carolina 21-12 and took 12 corner kicks compared to just two for the Gamecocks.
Wake Forest will be back in action for its final regular season match of the year against undefeated and top-ranked Maryland at Spry Stadium at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The game will be televised on ESPN3.