No. 12 Wake Forest Edges No. 2 UVa, 1-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE – No. 12 Wake Forest edged No. 2 Virginia, 1-0, Saturday night at Klöckner Stadium. Demon Deacon forward Andy Lubahn put away the game-winning goal in the 65th minute to give Wake Forest the victory in front of 3,921 fans.
With the loss, Virginia’s record dropped to 3-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in ACC play. Wake Forest improved to 2-2-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. The Demon Deacons snapped a Cavalier streak of 20 unbeaten games and 13 unbeaten games at home in Klöckner Stadium.
“It was a hard-fought game,” UVa head coach George Gelnovatch said. “Every ACC game is like this. Wake Forest capitalized on our mistake. We had a few chances down the stretch, but their goalkeeper was able to make saves.”
Lubahn was assisted on the goal by teammate Luciano Delbono, who fed him a ball from the left side of penalty box area. Lubahn lifted a shot past UVa goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and into the upper right-hand corner of the net.
From there, Virginia had several scoring chances but did not capitalize. Wake Forest goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald saved shots by Felipe Libreros (Oldsmar, Fla.), Greg Monaco (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Ahkeel Rodney (Elmont, N.Y.) during the final 10 minutes of the match. Additionally, Sean Murnane (Centreville, Va.) had a close-range shot miss wide.
Will Bates (Chester, Va.) registered two shots on goal for Virginia, while Brian Ownby (Gel Allen, Va.) finished with four shots.
In goal for Virginia, Restrepo had five saves, while Demon Deacon keeper Fitzgerald finished with seven in the shutout.
Prior to tonight’s match, Virginia’s last loss was on Oct. 2, 2009, a 1-0 double-overtime loss at North Carolina. Virginia’s last home loss prior to tonight was on Sept. 26, 2009 – 1-0 to Clemson.
In the all-time series with Wake Forest, Virginia is now 33-7-6.
Virginia out-shot Wake Forest, 14-10, and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Up next, Virginia hosts non-conference opponent American Tuesday night. Kick-off from Klöckner Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.