Deacs Defeat Bradley Braves 3-0 for WFU Tournament Title
Sept. 9, 2007
Winston-Salem, N.C. - After a scoreless first half, the No. 1 Wake Forest Demon Deacons posted three back-to-back goals to defeat the Bradley Braves 3-0 in the final game of the Wake Forest University tournament Sunday afternoon at Spry Stadium.
The Deacons (4-0-0) took the tournament title with the win, marking the second straight tournament victory for WFU. Last weekend Jay Vidovich's squad defeated Old Dominion and Monmouth to win the Nike Carolina Classic.
The Braves (2-1-1) held the Deacon charge through the first half. The Deacs managed nine shots in the period, but only one shot on goal.
"They were really just a tough team to play against," midfielder Sam Cronin said. "They were playing a lot of man-on-man and kept two guys deep. It took us a while to adapt."
Nick Courtney grabbed his first goal of the season and the game-winner off a pass from Michael Lahoud in the 66th minute. Marcus Tracy followed in the 74th minute, with assists from Evan Brown and Cody Arnoux. Corben Bone notched WFU's final goal of the night just a minute later with assists from Tracy and Brown.
The Deacs tallied 18 shots in the second half to Bradley's four, setting the final shot mark at 27-6.
After fighting injuries through the spring, Michael Lahoud had a solid performance on Sunday. It was just his second outing of 2007 season, and the Reston, Va. Native fired four shots, including 2 shots on goal. He also assisted in Courtney's game-winner.
"Mike is finally recovered from his injuries and he is now capable of being very dangerous on the field," Head Coach Jay Vidovich said. "I see him really having a great year."
Akira Fitzgerald had his first career start and first career win in Sunday's contest. The sophomore keeper posted one save that came in the 69th minute from a shot by Bradley striker Ken Hickman.
"He had the chance to make a great save and he did just that," Vidovich said. "We have a lot of confidence in him."
The Deacs now stand undefeated four games into the season.
"We're a marked team for sure now," Cronin said. "Teams are out to get us, so we have to be ready to play the full 90 minutes. We have to be persistent if we want to keep winning."
The Deacons will continue regular season action with Louisville at Spry Stadium at September 15.
Wake Forest University Tournament All-Tournament Team
Cory Sipos - Akron