Wake Forest Downs North Carolina 1-0 In ACC Championship Semifinals
Nov. 16, 2007
CARY, N.C. - In Friday's second ACC Men's Soccer Championship semifinal, the No. 1-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated North Carolina 1-0 at the SAS Soccer Complex in Cary, N.C. With his eighth goal of the season in the last minute of overtime, Deacons' junior forward Marcus Tracy clinched Wake Forest's 17th win of the season.
"Carolina threw everything at us but the kitchen sink," said Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich. "I think it was a fantastic game. They played their hearts out."
After being defeated 2-0 in a game in which they were able to post only two shots just 13 days ago against the Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Tar Heels came out playing their best in tonight's game, firing six shots to the Deacons' three in the game's first half. Wake Forest was able to weather the early storm, however, thanks largely to several outstanding saves by senior keeper Brian Edwards in the game's early stages.
In the second half, the Deacons came out looking more like their top rank would indicate, creating several chances near the North Carolina goal, and outshooting the Tar Heels 5-2. With less than one minute remaining, a shot on a breakaway by Wake Forest sophomore Zack Schilawski rolled just inches wide of the goal, leaving the score deadlocked at zero and sending the match into overtime.
In the extra period neither team was able to mount much offense, and a second overtime looked likely until the period's last minute. Chasing down a pass from sophomore forward Cody Arnoux, Wake Forest's Marcus Tracy beat the North Carolina defense and rounding the charging Tar Heels goalkeeper, sending the ball into the back of the net from 15 yards out for the game's decisive score.
For North Carolina, who falls to 7-8-5 with the loss, tonight's hard-fought defeat caps a disappointing season.
"I think we earned a lot of respect today from everybody," Tar Heel head coach Elmar Bolowich said. "We played a heck of a tournament...We tried our hardest, and that's all we can ask for."
The Deacons now advance to Sunday's championship game, where they will face the tournament's top-seed, Boston College. The Eagles, who currently are ranked sixth in the nation, handed Wake Forest their only loss of the season with a 1-0 victory at Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Oct. 27.
Sunday's championship game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net. The ACC men's soccer awards ceremony will be immediately following the title game.
For complete results, please visit TheACC.com and make sure to check out the 2007 ACC Men's Soccer Championship page.
Junior Forward Marcus Tracy
Head Coach Jay Vidovich
Head Coach Elmar Bolowich
Junior Midfielder Garry Lewis