Virginia Commonwealth 2, Wake Forest 2



VCU Advances on Penalty Kicks, 7-6

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Senior goalkeeper Saul Montero (San Jose, Costa Rica/Universidad Tidelidas) made a diving stop on the eighth penalty kick, as 16th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth defeated the #1-seeded Wake Forest University 2-2, 7-6 in penalty kicks, to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

On a cold and wet evening at Spry Stadium, the Rams squeaked out the victory by knocking in seven of eight PKs after the two teams remained tied at two at the end of the second overtime. Montero made two saves during the penalty-kick round as he also stopped Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year Scott Sealys shot on the first round of kicks.

Both overtime periods favored the Deacons as they took six shots, while allowing the Rams none. At the very end of the second overtime, junior Stephen Shirley (Carollton, Texas/University of Mobile) took back-to-back corner kicks, but the Rams could not put the ball into the goal as the game went to penalty kicks.

During the second half, junior Dominic Oduro (Accra, Ghana/University of Ghana) tied the game at two with his second goal of the night. The Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year received a well-placed ball from freshman Pat Viray (Reston, Va./South Lakes), ran pass Wake defender Julian Valentin, and scooted the ball into the goal just out of the reach of keeper Brian Edwards.

The first half was evenly matched as both teams had their opportunities to score. The Rams got off to a quick start as Oduro headed a beautiful cross from freshman Chris Chaves (Leesburg, Va./Loudon County) just inside the left post during the seventh minute.

The Demon Deacons notched the score at 1-1 just inside the 16th minute with a ten-yard shot from sophomore midfielder Steven Curfman that went in on the right side of the goal. Junior Justin Moose and sophomore Wells Thompson contributed the assists.

Wake Forest took the lead in the 24th minute off of a corner kick from Curfman. Freshman defender Julian Valentin headed the well-placed ball into the back of the net to give the Deacons a 2-1 lead.

--Courtesy VCU