Arnoux's Two Goals Propel Wake Forest to Victory in NCAA Tournament
Dec. 2, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Cody Arnoux's two second-half goals sparked Wake Forest to a 3-1 win over West Virginia in the third round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament Sunday at Spry Stadium.
The Demon Deacons advance to the quarterfinals where they will host Notre Dame Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Wake Forest was faced with adversity early in the second half when a penalty kick from West Virginia's Andy Wright found the back left corner of the net with 40:27 remaining, giving the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
Entering the match, West Virginia held a 14-0 record when scoring the first goal.
Wake Forest knotted the game minutes later when the Deacs put together a string of passes that resulted the tying goal.
Wake's Patrick Phelan found Austin da Luz streaking down the left side of the field with one defender to beat. Da Luz moved around the Mountaineer defense, dribbled towards the back line and hit Zack Schilawski who tied the game with a five-yard shot. It was Schilawski's eighth goal of the season.
With 25:27 remaining, Arnoux gave Wake Forest its first lead with the go-ahead goal.
Corben Bone fed Arnoux with the ball left of the goal, forcing a one-on-one opportunity between Arnoux and West Virginia goalkeeper Zach Johnson. Arnoux's shot sailed over Johnson and into the right corner of the net, giving the Deacs a 2-1 lead.
The Deacs ended the scoring with 3:16 remaining on Arnoux's second goal, his team-leading 15th of the year. A two-on-one forced Johnson out of the net as da Luz ran down the left side and made a soft touch pass to Arnoux, whose shot again found the right corner of the net. The assist from da Luz was his second of the match.
Wake outshot West Virginia 10-3 in the first half and had several scoring opportunities that came up empty, including a shot from Marcus Tracy that eluded Johnson and had to be saved by a Mountaineer defender. The Deacs outshot West Virginia 21-7 for the match.
Goalkeeper Brian Edwards only needed to make one save on the seven Mountaineer shots in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Wake Forest (19-2-2) broke the all-time record for wins in a season with the victory.
West Virginia ended its season with a record of 15-6-2.