Wake Forest Men's Soccer Heads to NC State Looking to Leap Over .500 in ACC Play
Oct. 21, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Only four matches now remain in the regular season and the Wake Forest men's soccer team will hit the road for three of them following a disappointing 2-0 non-conference loss to Elon at home on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Starting with Saturday's road contest against ACC rival NC State, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Dail Soccer Field, Wake will be looking to gain its first victory of the season outside of the confines of Spry Stadium. WFU will also have an opportunity to improve on a 3-3 ACC record, which has them sitting fifth in the conference standings.
The Demon Deacons are 4-2-1 in their past seven matches and have won two straight ACC matches at home, including a 4-3 thriller over then-No. 25 Virginia on Friday, Oct. 14. On the road, however, Wake is 0-2-1 and hasn't won a match since a 2-0 result on Nov. 2, 2010 against Davidson.
Junior forward Andy Lubahn has been the top offensive threat for the Deacs with nine points (3g, 3a) and a team-high 35 shots. Classmate Ben Newnam, a midfielder, ranks second on the squad with eight points (3g, 2a) while sophomore forward Luca Gimenez has added five points (2g, 1a) to go along with a team-high 18 shots on frame. Freshman Teddy Mullin leads the team with five assists.
In goal, junior Michael Lisch sports a 1.24 GAA, four shutouts and 45 saves.
Scouting The Wolfpack
NC State is 6-7-2 overall and 2-3 in the ACC under first year head coach Kelly Findley, but has won two-of-three despite coming off a 2-0 loss at South Carolina on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
The Pack has played up to the level of some of the best teams in the country, however, and have a couple signature wins, including a 1-0 overtime win against then-No. 9 SMU on Sept. 2 and a 2-1 regulation result versus then-No. 13 Boston College on Sept. 30.
Reigning ACC Player of the Week Nazmi Albadawi leads a balanced offense with 15 points (6g, 3a) and is joined on the points sheet by 15 teammates. Zabarle Kollie (2g, 3a) and Ollie Kelly (2g, 2a) also have multiple goals for the Pack.
In goal, Fabian Otte has put together five shutouts and a 1.16 GAA while making 48 stops.
Wake controls the all-time series with NC State 21-11-3 and has not lost to the Wolfpack since Oct. 30, 2005. In addition to a six match unbeaten streak, the Deacs have gone 17-1-1 in the two school's past 19 meetings. After outscoring the pack 16-3 in four straight from 2007-09, the teams tied 1-1 in double overtime last season at Spry Stadium. Luca Gimenez scored his third goal of the season in the draw.
Wake Forest will return to Spry Stadium for its regular season home finale, matching up with William & Mary on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Deacs will then hit the road to face the defending national champion Akron Zips on Saturday, Oct. 29. Both matches will kickoff at 7:00 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Wake Forest men's soccer team fell behind early and, despite a flurry of attacks in the second half, could not find a goal, dropping a 2-0 decision to visiting Elon on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Spry Stadium.
Phoenix GK Reed Dillard was credited with his second shutout of the season and made four stops total to keep the Deacons off the board despite a 17-13 final advantage in shots.
The loss snapped a four match winning streak at Spry and dropped the team to 6-6-2 overall this fall. It was also Wake's first-ever loss against Elon in 10 all-time meetings (8-1-1).
Junior Andy Lubahn scored the game-winner in the 88th minute to vanquish No. 25 Virginia on Senior Night at Spry, his third goal of the season, and take over the team lead in points (9). Wake Forest is 3-0 this season when he finds the back of the net.
The striker also had a breakout four point performance (1g, 2a) against Davidson in a 4-1 win on Sept. 28 and tallied for the first time of 2011, nailing the game-winner against Cleveland State on Sept. 14. The forward, rated eighth in the Top Drawer Soccer Conference Top 20 rankings, also recorded his first assist of the season at Duke on Sept. 23. He leads the team in shots (35) and is third in shots on goal (13).
Don't Call Him Theodore
Freshman midfielder Teddy Mullin has made an immediate impact for the Deacs, most recently recording his first career multi-point effort to help defeat No. 25 Virginia on Oct. 14. The Durham-native assisted on both Sam Fink and Ross Tomaselli's first career goals to help Wake to a 4-3 win. He leads Wake Forest with five assists this season.
His five assists are currently tied for sixth-most in the ACC.
Sophomore midfielder Ross Tomaselli notched his first career goal with just four ticks left on the clock before halftime in the Deacons' 4-3 win over Virginia on Friday, Oct. 14.
The tally was the second-latest goal before the break in program history. The latest first half score was buried by Tomy Szczypiorski, who scored with two seconds left in the half in a 2-1 win against George Mason on Sept. 16, 2003.
The Early Goal Gets The `W'
Scoring first has been a sign of good things to come for the Deacs. Since 2003, when scoring the first goal, Wake Forest is 116-7-5 (.926). Conversely, when the opponent draws first blood, the Demon Deacons are 19-36-5 (.358).
In 2011, WFU is 5-0 when getting on the board first.
Wake Forest has compiled an all-time record of 147-82-29 (.626) during the tenth month of the year.
Since 1998, however, Wake Forest has owned October with an 81-13-13 (.818) overall record. The Deacs were unbeaten from Oct. 3, 2001 until Oct. 22, 2005 with a ledger of 28-0-2 (.967) over a 30 match unbeaten streak.
Wake Forest Vs. The ACC
Wake Forest has a losing record all-time against teams from the ACC, recording a 102-127-34 (.452) record against teams from the league. The Deacons are 81-100-24 (.454) all-time in league play. A complete listing of series results against teams from the ACC is included below.
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