Oct. 17, 2009

Courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics

RALEIGH, N.C. - Senior midfielder Austin da Luz contributed on all four Wake Forest goals, scoring one and assisting on the other three, as the fifth-ranked Demon Deacons defeated No. 14 NC State 4-1 on Saturday night at Dail Soccer Stadium.

With the win, Wake Forest improves to 9-2-2 and 3-1-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. NC State drops to 9-3-1 overall and 2-3-1 in conference play.

The Demon Deacons jumped on the Wolfpack early, as Zack Schilawski scored in the fifth minute. Da Luz doubled the lead with a 39th minute tally. After NC State cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal from Kris Byrd in the 61st minute, Wake Forest responded with goals from Andy Lubahn and Ike Opara in the 69th and 71st minutes to put the game away.

Da Luz continued his stellar senior season, tying a career high with three assists and also scoring his third goal of the season. The five points in a game marked a new career high for da Luz. With the three assists, da Luz now has an ACC-best 11 helpers on the season and 35 in his career.

Schilawski recorded his team-leading sixth goal of the season, while Lubahn scored for the fifth time in his freshman year. Opara added his second goal for the Demon Deacons.

Corben Bone assisted on the goal from da Luz for his fifth assist of the season. The assist was the 30th in Bone's career, moving him into second alone in school history for career assists.

Akira Fitzgerald notched his ninth victory in goal for Wake Forest. Fitzgerald allowed a goal and made three saves. Christopher Widman suffered the loss for NC State, giving up four goals and recording eight saves.

Byrd netted the only goal of the match for NC State. Alan Sanchez and Ronnie Bouemboue assisted on the goal.

Wake Forest finished the game with a 19-15 edge in shots, but the Demon Deacons held a commanding 12-4 advantage in shots on goal. Wake attempted nine corner kicks, compared to three for NC State.

The Demon Deacons struck first with an early goal in the fifth minute. Da Luz had a shot that was saved by Widman. However, the rebound off the save went to Schilawski, who netted his sixth goal of the year to put Wake in front, 1-0.

Wake Forest continued to have the better of the play in the opening minutes of the match. Bone had a shot on frame in both the sixth and 10th minutes, but Widman was able to make the save on both attempts.

NC State had its first shot attempt of the match in the 14th minute, but Sanchez's shot went wide of the goal.

Schilawski nearly doubled the lead in the 31st minute. He had a shot that hit off the post and was cleared away, keeping the Wake Forest lead at 1-0.

The Deacs made the score 2-0 with a goal in the 39th minute. Bone played a pass to da Luz, who was able to beat Widman from inside the 18-yard box for his third goal of the season to give Wake Forest a two-goal advantage.

Fitzgerald was forced into action for the first time in the game in the 39th minute when Tyler Lassiter put a shot on goal, but Fitzgerald was able to make the save.

Lubahn had the first good scoring chance of the second half for the Demon Deacons in the 54th minute, but his shot was saved by Widman to keep the score at 2-0.

The Wolfpack nearly cut the lead to one in the 59th minute. Bouemboue had a shot that hit the post, keeping NC State off the scoreboard.

NC State was able to find the back of the net in the 61st minute to trim the lead to 2-1. Off a quick restart, Byrd scored from the wing for his third goal of the season. Sanchez and Bouemboue were credited with assists on the play.

The Demon Deacons were able to quickly answer the NC State goal as Lubahn scored in the 69th minute. Da Luz played a pass to Lubahn, who scored the fifth goal in his rookie season, to make the score 3-1.

Wake netted its fourth goal two minutes later as Opara headed in a pass from da Luz for his second goal of 2009 to make the score 4-1.

Wake Forest closes its three match road swing on Tuesday, traveling to Columbia, S.C., to face the South Carolina Gamecocks. Start time is set for 7 p.m. (ET).

Notes: Wake Forest improved to 6-0-0 on the road in 2009 ... Austin da Luz tied a career high with three assists and set a new career high with five points in the game ... Da Luz now has 35 assists in his career, which is the most in school history ... Corben Bone notched his 30th career assist, putting him second in school annals ... Zack Schilawski now has 32 goals in his career, which is sixth in school history and one goal shy of tying Cody Arnoux for fifth ... Schilawski also has 81 points (32 goals, 17 assists) in his career, which is seventh in school history ... Wake Forest now leads the all-time series against NC State 21-11-2 and has won the last five against the Wolfpack.