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Clemson wins on Friday, Syracuse wins on Saturday; Boston College and Wake Forest see seasons end.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Top-seeded Wake Forest men's soccer dropped a heartbreaker in overtime on Saturday night against eighth-seeded Stanford, falling 2-1 in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship at Spry Stadium.
The Demon Deacons finish the 2015 campaign with a record of 17-3-2, posting the most wins in a season since the 2009 campaign. Stanford moves on to its fourth College Cup in program history and first since 2002 with a 17-2-2 record on the season. The Cardinal will take on Akron in the Final Four on Friday night in Kansas City.
After Stanford forward Jordan Morris scored in the 18th minute, Wake Forest responded with the game-tying goal in the 70th minute on a penalty kick by Ian Harkes. The attempt was setup after Hayden Partain was taken down on the left side of the box by Ty Thompson. Harkes stepped up and buried his PK just inside the left post toward Walt Chyzowych Alumni Hill to knot the game at 1-1. The goal was Harkes' first of the season.
Foster Langsdorf tallied the game-winning goal in the 97th minute for the Cardinal on a header he flicked in from the middle of the penalty area that slipped under the crossbar. The tally is his seventh of the season. The chance was set up by Corey Baird, who sent a free kick toward goal after the Demon Deacons were whistled for a foul 35 yards out.
Wake Forest and Stanford were evenly matched in the first half, but the Demon Deacons took over in the second half as they scored the equalizer and were pushing hard for the game-winner. Overall, Wake Forest outshot Stanford 14-12, but the Cardinal had an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal.
Stanford nearly won the match in the 94th minute when it was awarded a penalty kick. Brandon Vincent stepped up to take the kick and sent it off the crossbar and high to keep the game 1-1. In scoring twice in the contest, the Cardinal is the only the third team to score more than once against Wake Forest in 2015. Florida International tallied two goals in the Deacs' 3-2 win on Aug. 30 and Louisville scored twice in Wake Forest's ACC regular season title-clinching 4-2 win in Kentucky.
-In 15 games against teams in the NCAA RPI Top 30, Wake Forest went 11-3-1 on the season, including a 4-1-1 record against team Nos. 2-7. Overall, Wake Forest outscored those opponents 28-13.
-Wake Forest played all four teams that are participating in next weekend's College Cup. The Deacs went 2-1-1 against them, beating Syracuse and Akron while tying Clemson and losing to Stanford.
-The Deacs finish the season with the country's highest total attendance at 46,248. Creighton finishes second at 46,171 for the season.
-Wake Forest ends the campaign with 48 goals scored while only allowing 13. As a team, the Deacs finish with a 0.58 goals against average, falling just short of the 0.52 program record in 2007.
-Freshman Jack Harrison finished a record-breaking season with eight goals and 11 assists. He ended the campaign tied with Jon Bakero for the team-high in goals while his 11 assists and 27 points led the Deacs.
-The Demon Deacons did not start a senior in the Elite Eight matchup. Of the two seniors on the team -- Michael Gamble and Philip Parker -- Gamble was the only one to record any minutes with 30. It was his first action since the Oct. 20 win against Georgia State.
-Gamble and Parker leave Wake Forest with 48 wins, never winning less than 10 games in a single season.