No. 2 Irish Defeat No. 12 Deacons 3-1
Luca Gimenez

Nov. 2, 2013

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By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 2 Notre Dame took a 2-1 lead into halftime and added a third goal in the second half to defeat No. 12 Wake Forest 3-1 on Senior Night at Spry Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Demon Deacons are now 8-4-5 overall and 5-1-4 in the ACC after suffering their first conference loss of the season. The Deacs were unbeaten in 12 straight ACC regular season games (8-0-4) and had posted a record of 11-1-8 in the last 20 ACC regular season games prior to tonight.

The Fighting Irish move into a tie for first place in the ACC with Maryland, as both teams have 21 points. Wake Forest has 19 points and is in third place by itself.

Luca Gimenez scored the Demon Deacons' lone goal of the night on a penalty kick. He is now tied with Sean Okoli for the team lead with seven goals and is the team leader with 18 points.

Gimenez's goal came on Senior Night, when he and his six fellow seniors were honored before the start of the game. Chris Duvall, Tolani Ibikunle, Kovi Konowiecki, Andy Lubahn, Ross Tomaselli and Jared Watts were all recognized.

All three of the first-half goals were scored in a 4:17 span near the end of the half. Notre Dame broke through at 35:58 after a corner kick was not cleared. Evan Panken collected the ball just outside the top of the box and put the ball over the head of Alec Ferrell. The shot bounced off the bottom of the cross bar and crossed the line for a 1-0 Irish lead.

At the 39:35 mark, Notre Dame's Max Lachowecki was whistled for a yellow card in the box for a foul on Ian Harkes. Gimenez stepped up and buried the penalty kick to knot the game at 1-1. The goal was the second PK conversion for Gimenez on the season.

Just 40 seconds later, though, Harrison Shipp played a through ball to Vince Cicciarelli, and he beat Ferrell near post to put the Fighting Irish back up 2-1 heading into the break.

Wake Forest controlled play immediately following halftime and outshot Notre Dame 8-1 over the first 14 minutes of the second half. The Deacs were unable to capitalize on the early second-half shot advantage before Notre Dame's Connor Klekota was able to put the Fighting Irish up 3-1 in the 68th minute.

The Demon Deacons were then forced to play with just 10 men for the final 15 minutes after Watts was issued a red card in the 75th minute.

For the game, Wake Forest outshot Notre Dame 18-13 and had 10 corner kicks compared to just three for the Fighting Irish.

The Demon Deacons will wrap up regular season play on Friday when they host Syracuse at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.



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