No. 6 Virginia Falls To No. 13 Wake Forest, 2-1
Sept. 14, 2002
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The 13th-ranked Wake Forest men’s soccer teamjumped on sixth-ranked Virginia early, never let up and came away witha 2-1 victory in front of 2,555 fans on a rainy Saturday night at SpryStadium. Brian Carroll finished with a goal and an assist as the DemonDeacons remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0-1 and begin Atlantic CoastConference play with a 1-0 record.
The Wake Forest victory was the program’s first against Virginia since1991 and the first ever win in Winston-Salem. Virginia, which did notallow a regular season goal in six ACC games last season, allowed twoagainst Wake Forest in the first half. The victory was Wake’s firstagainst a ranked opponent since defeating fifth-ranked UNC lastOctober.
“It doesn’t get any bigger in the ACC than Virginia but the historywasn’t really a factor for our guys. The teams are different eachyear. Most of our guys remember last year and how closely we playedthem then,” head coach Jay Vidovich said. “The key for us was to getout on top early and make them play from behind.”
In the 38th minute, Wake Forest got on the board when Brian Carrolland Ryan Alexander perfectly executed a give-and-go, springing Carroll fora breakaway. He fired the ball past the Cavalier keeper to give theDeacons a 1-0 lead.
With time ticking out in the first half, it appeared the teams wouldgointo the lockerroom with the same score but the Deacons struck againwith just 16 seconds showing on the Spry Stadium scoreboard. Intraffic, Vicente Bastidas touched the ball to Carroll. He crossed itinto the penalty area looking for Jeremiah White. With Virginia’skeeper charging hard, White vollied the ball into an open net for acommanding two-goal edge.
It was the first goal of the year for White, who was playing in justhis second game off the bench due to injury. On the play, UVagoalkeeper David Comfort was injured and was taken out of the game. Hereturned to start the second half.
The second half was a physical one, played in a steady rain. In the51th minute, Wiggy Saunders cleared a Virginia shot off the line. TheCavaliers halved the lead in the 59th minute on Ryan Gibbs’ goal. Butthe ‘Hoos could get no closer. Shots were even for the game at nineandDeacon goalkeeper William Hesmer made five saves.
The Deacons hit the road for their next two games. The first isWednesday at the University of Richmond. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.at First Market Stadium.
1 2 - F#6 Virginia (3-2-0) 0 1 - 1#13 Wake Forest (3-0-1) 2 0 - 2
Shots: Wake Forest 9, Virginia 9
Saves: Wake Forest 5 (William Hesmer 4, Team 1), Virginia 3 (David Comfort)
Corner Kicks: Wake Forest 3, Virginia 4
Fouls: Wake Forest 14, Virginia 26
Cautions: Wake Forest 1 (White 1, 59:00), Virginia 3 (LeBlanc 2, 59:00, 71:27; Cole 22:11)
Ejecctions: Virginia 1 (LeBlanc, 71:27)
Weather: 78 degrees and steady rain