Wake Forest 2, Old Dominion 0


Nov. 22, 2005

NORFOLK, Va. --- The No. 23 Wake Forest men's soccer team used two second-half goals and the outstanding goalkeeping of Brian Edwards to escape No. 10 seed Old Dominion with a 2-1 victory in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. With the victory, the Demon Deacons advance to face No. 7 seed California. Kickoff for the third round match in Berkeley has not been finalized.

Wake Forest (13-7-2) grabbed a two-goal lead in the 83rd minute on senior All-American Justin Moose's sixth goal of the season. Sophomore defender Julian Valentin crossed the ball to a charging Moose. The midfielder re-directed the shot into the back of the net. The goal moved him past Nigel McNamara (1987-90) for seventh place on the Wake Forest all-time scoring list (63 points).

Despite the two-goal deficit, the Monarchs (15-4-2) assaulted the Demon Deacon penalty area. Old Dominion was rewarded with a goal just over a minute later.

Edson Elcock buried his sixth goal of the season from inside the six-yard box. Old Dominion kept the pressure on, but Edwards would keep the match in favor of Wake Forest.

The sophomore made a career-high nine saves, four or five spectacular stops, including a leaping effort just under two minutes from the final whistle. The nine saves are the most for a Demon Deacon goalkeeper in five years. Edwards' previous high was eight against Duke earlier this season.

The Demon Deacons not only battled the Monarchs in the opening half, but strong winds as well. Old Dominion dominated much of the opening half. The Monarchs held a 12-2 advantage in shots. As was the case all evening, Edwards kept the Demon Deacons in the match as he recorded six saves before intermission.

While the Deacons were hindered by the wind in the first half, they immediately benefitted from it early in the second half. Old Dominion defender David Horst misplayed a header just outside the Monarchs penalty area. Thompson raced down the free ball and beat Old Dominion goalkeeper John Connelly inside the far post at 47:06. The goal was Thompson's seventh of the season.

The Win This Evening ... improves the Demon Deacons to 13-7-2 overall... moves the Deacs into the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years... makes the Deacs 9-2-0 all-time against Old Dominion and 3-0-0 against the Monarchs in the NCAA Tournament... improves the Demon Deacons to 23-10-4 all-time against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association and 4-0-1 against the CAA in the NCAA Tournament... gives Wake Forest 13 or more victories for the fifth consecutive season and sixth time in the last seven years... improves the Demon Deacons to 2-4-1 on the road and 6-5-1 away from Spry Stadium this season... gives the Deacons a record of 6-8-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament action... makes the Deacs 5-4-1 in the NCAA Tournament in the Vidovich era... gives Wake Forest a record of 3-3-0 all-time in the second round of the NCAA Tournament... evens Wake Forest to 1-1-0 all-time on the road in the NCAA Tournament... gives 12th-year head coach Jay Vidovich his 147th career victory.

-- Courtesy Wake Forest