Deacs Beat Navy and Advance to NCAA Third Round
Nov. 24, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Ricky Greensfelder scored his first-career goal in the 54th minute and it proved to be the game winner, as 14th-seeded Wake Forest defeated Navy 2-1 in the Second Round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship on Sunday night at Spry Stadium.
The Demon Deacons are now 10-5-5 on the year and will advance to the Third Round for the first time since 2009 and the eighth time in school history. Wake Forest is now 21-13-3 all-time in the NCAA Championship and 20-9-3 under head coach Jay Vidovich.
The Deacs will travel to play No. 3-seed Notre Dame next Sunday in the Third Round. The Fighting Irish defeated Wisconsin 4-0.
Navy had their 15-game win streak snapped with the loss and end the year with a 16-4-2 record. This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Not only did Greensfelder score his first-career goal in the game, but he also dished out an assist on Wake Forest's first goal for his first-career three-point game. Sean Okoli was the recipient on the first score, as he tallied his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
Nav's Nick Dubee had a chance in the 21st minute after he maneuvered around a Wake Forest defender on the left side. His strike was powerful and on frame, but Harris was able to make the great diving save toward the near post and keep the score at 0-0.
Not long after, Okoli put Wake Forest on top for the first time in the 27th minute. Gamble played Greensfelder through on the left side, and Greensfelder played a beautiful cross to Okoli who just needed to tap the ball into an empty net for the goal.
The Midshipmen struck back quickly, when Jamie Dubyoski got behind the defense and blasted a shot from distance into the back of the net just 4:41 after Okoli scored.
Each team had a chance in the first few minutes of the second half, but they were both turned away. Gamble had a shot saved for the Deacs, and Dubyoski was called offside instead of being able to take an open shot all in the first three minutes.
Greensfelder then provided the game winner in the 54th minute for the Demon Deacons. This time, Gimenez played Duvall through on the right side, and Duvall's cross was met by a left-footed strike from Greensfelder into the net.
Navy pressed forward and had a few chances at the end of the game, but the Deacon defense held strong and did not allow a shot on goal.