Wake Forest Advances On Penalty Kicks Against North Carolina
Nov. 1, 2006
BOYDS, Md. - Second-seeded Wake Forest connected on its sixth chance in the shootout after a Brian Edwards save as the Demon Deacons and the seventh-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels played to a scoreless draw in the first quarterfinal this afternoon.
Wake Forest advances to the semifinals were it will meet either third-seeded Virginia or sixth-seeded Clemson on Friday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m.
The majority of the first half was played in Wake Forest's offensive half of the field as the Demon Deacons fired off eight shots and allowed just one. Wake's best chance at a goal came 20 minutes into the match when Wells Thompson found himself with the ball and open field in front of him. UNC keeper Justin Hughes came out of goal to stop the attack, both players slid for the ball, and Thompson's shot sailed high over the cross bar.
North Carolina's lone shot of the half was a dangerous one as Stephen Bickford was the recipient of a perfect through ball on the right side of the box. Bickford took aim for the goal, but his shot went straight at Edwards who made the save. Edwards allowed a rebound, but the ball deflected harmlessly past the end line as both teams battled for the ball.
With just under six minutes left in the half, the Deacons put together a strong attack, keeping possession around the box, but the result was a Steven Curfman shot that went just wide of the mark.
The momentum shifted after the half as North Carolina put together 10 shots and allowed three. Twenty minutes in, Bill Dworsky found Corey Ashe on the left side and he fired at the goal but his shot went ride to the right.
With four minutes left in regulation, Wake Forest produced a dangerous attack on the Tar Heels' back line, getting the ball in the box. UNC tried to break the attack up, but the ball bounced to Zack Schilawsky, who fired a shot that a Tar Heel defender blocked to end the threat.
With 30 seconds to go in the match, North Carolina tried one more time to put together a score as Dworsky held the ball deep in the right side of the box. He decided to send a soft cross in the box, but his pass ended up in the hands of Edwards to end the first 90 minutes of play.
The two extra sessions played out with neither team creating a dangerous chance. North Carolina controlled the pace of play in the overtime sessions, owning a 6-1 shot advantage in the 20 minutes. Each keeper recorded a save in overtime.
After Michael Harrington and Ted Odgers connected on the Tar Heels' first two penalty kicks, freshman goalkeeper Brooks Haggerty, who came off the bench for the PKs, stopped Ryan Solle's shot toward the lower right-hander corner of the net. Wake Forest keeper Brian Edwards followed with a stop on Garry Lewis' attempt, and WFU freshman Will Clayton followed with a make to even the slate at two.
Alternating makes by Carolina's Bill Dworsky and Ben Hunter and the Deacs' Austin da Luz and Sam Cronin made the score 4-4 before Edwards stopped Scott Campbell on Carolina's sixth attempt. Schilawski followed with a strike to the lower right corner for the winner.
Both Hughes and Edwards finished with four saves in the match. The Tar Heels outshot Wake Forest, 17-12, and held an 8-2 advantage in corners. Carolina has scored just one goal over its last five games but picked up its eighth shutout of the season Wednesday.
A replay of this match/game's Webcast is available online through ACC Select at TheACC.com.