Deacs Fall in OT to Coastal 2-1 in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 18, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest took a 1-0 lead in just the fourth minute on a goal from Michael Gamble, but Coastal Carolina tied the game in the 65th minute and won it in overtime on Sunday night to advance to the Third Round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.
The Demon Deacons end their season with an 11-4-5 overall record, while the Chanticleers are now 20-2-2.
Robby Joe Daniels took a shot in overtime that was blocked by the Deacon defense, but Jakub Stourac collected the rebound and sent the ball into the net at 98:09 to give Coastal Carolina the victory.
The goal for Gamble was his eighth of the year, as he ends the season with the second-most goals on the team in his inaugural campaign. Luca Gimenez played a ball into the box that was poked away by Coastal goalkeeper Mark Petrus before Gamble gained possession and buried the ball into the empty net.
Wake Forest outshot Coastal Carolina 7-6 in the first half and maintained its 1-0 lead heading into the break, although the Chanticleers took six first-half corner kicks.
CCU tied the game up in the 65th minute on a free kick by Justin Portillo. Ashton Bennett drew a foul just outside the top of the box to set up the opportunity, and Portillo curled it into the top left corner of the goal to even the game.
The Demon Deacons had a couple of chances to take a two-goal lead in the first half. In the 33rd minute, Sean Okoli and Gimenez each had excellent chances, but both of their shots were saved by Petrus. Kyle Emerson then had a chance in the 42nd minute and chipped the ball over the keeper, but the shot went just wide left.
The Deacs had another trio of chances in the 63rd minute to go up 2-0, but Ross Tomaselli's shot was saved, Gimenez had a shot blocked off his foot and Okoli sent one wide left.
Wake Forest ended the game with 16 shots and seven shots on goal compared to 18 shots for the Chanticleers.