Virginia Downs Wake Forest 2-1 In ACC Semifinals
Nov. 12, 2004
CARY, N.C. - The Virginia Cavaliers advanced to their sixth straight conference championship Friday evening as they posted a 2-1 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a game that featured torrential rain fall for a good portion of the match. The Cavaliers' Mike Littlefield scored the game-winner on a second half header to send Virginia to the ACC Championship finals for the 15th time in 18 chances.
The Cavaliers struck early off a header from Adam Cristman at the 7:57 mark for his eighth goal of the season. Off a free kick, Virginia's Hunter Freeman delivered the ball into the box finding Cristman from four yards out for the goal. The assist from Freeman was his 21st of the season which currently leads the nation.
Wake Forest evened the match at 1-1 in the 24th minute as Virginia's attempt to clear the ball from the box deflected off the Demon Deacons' Scott Sealy for the score. Freeman's clear from inside the Cavalier goal box caromed off Sealy's knee and into the back of the net for Wake Forest's first goal of the evening.
Virginia grabbed the lead once again in the 52nd minute as Littlefield connected for his second goal of the tournament and third goal of the season. Virginia's Will Hall was credited with the assist as Littlefield headed the ball home for a 2-1 Cavalier advantage.
Heavy rain persisted throughout a majority of the game, hindering the offensive play of both teams. Virginia would hang on for the win and will next face the winner of the Maryland/North Carolina match on Sunday, November 14 at 1:00 pm.
Due to the inclement weather and unplayable field conditions, the match between the Terrapins and Tar Heels was postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, November 13 at 11:00 am.
With the win Virginia moves to 16-4-2 on the season, while Wake Forest fell to 13-5-1 on the year.
Shots: Wake Forest 11, Virginia 5