#4 Seed Virginia Upsets #1 Seed Wake Forest in the ACC Championship Semifinals, 1-0
Nov. 15, 2002
Cary, N.C. – The #4 seeded University of Virginia men’s soccer team defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons by the score of 1-0 in the semifinals of the 2002 ACC Soccer Championship at the SAS Soccer Stadium. The Cavaliers handed the Demon Deacons their first loss of the season and came away with the victory after an own goal by Wake Forest in the first period. Virginia will now advance to face Maryland in the ACC Championship Finals.
UVa was awarded the only goal of the game when forward Alecko Eskandarian (Montvale, N.J./Bergen Catholic) sent a cross into the Demon Deacons’ box that was deflected into the goal by a Wake Forest defender. The goal occurred at the 29:55 mark and was the only score of the match.
UVa goalkeeper David Comfort (Richmond, Va./Monacan) made two saves and helped preserves the Cavaliers’ seventh shutout of the year. WFU’s goalkeeper William Hesmer allowed one goal and did not record a save in the contest.
With the victory, Virginia improves to 15-5-0 overall, while the loss drops Wake Forest to 14-1-4 on the year. UVa is now 25-8-3 in the ACC Championship and will advance to the ACC Finals for the fourth consecutive season.
UVa will return to action on Sunday, November 17th when Virginia faces the #2 seeded Maryland Terrapins in the ACC Championship Finals. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM and will be played at the SAS Soccer Stadium.
Scoring 1 2 F#4 Virginia (15-5-1) 1 0 1#1 Wake Forest (14-1-4) 0 0 0
Goals: Virginia 1 – Wake Forest own goal at 29:55. Wake Forest – none.Shots: Virginia 6, Wake Forest 5.Corner Kicks: Wake Forest 2, Virginia 1.Saves: Virginia 2, Wake Forest 0.Fouls: Virginia 24, Wake Forest 15.Cautions: Virginia 3 – Freeman, Kelley, Cole. Wake Forest 2 – Riley, Lowery.Offsides: Wake Forest 12, Virginia 7.Attendance: N/A.
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