Nov. 30, 2008

Courtesy of Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Top-seed Wake Forest scored early and often, recording a 7-0 shutout win over No. 16 seed Dartmouth in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon at Spry Stadium.

The Deacons advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year and will face eighth-seed South Florida on Saturday, December 6, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) at Spry Stadium. The game will be shown live on the web on

A steady rain that fell overnight and into the morning hours in Winston-Salem made it questionable as to whether or not the game would even be played on Sunday. However, the Wake Forest groundscrew was able to get the field in playable condition, allowing for the contest to start at 1 p.m. as planned.

With the seven goals scored in the game, the Deacons broke the school record for most goals in a single season. Wake Forest has scored 76 goals in the 2008 season, besting the previous mark of 70 set in the 1983 season.

Despite field conditions that made it difficult for players to keep their footing, Wake Forest had no trouble finding the back of the net, scoring seven goals, a new school record for most goals in an NCAA Tournament game.

Wake Forest also set a new school record for most points in an NCAA Tournament game with 21 and equaled the school record with seven assists in an NCAA Tournament contest.

The Deacons extended their home unbeaten streak to 33 games, the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history. Wake Forest is also now unbeaten in its last 40 contests against non-ACC foes.

Wake Forest improves to 16-9-2 in the NCAA Tournament with the victory. The Deacons are now 3-2-1 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Junior forwards Cody Arnoux and Zack Schilawski each scored two goals in the game. Arnoux notched his fourth multi-goal game of the season, scoring his 16th and 17th goals of the year. Schilawski tallied two goals in a game for the third time this season. Schilawski also notched an assist to give him a career-high five points in the game. Senior forward Marcus Tracy assisted on two goals in the contest.



Junior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald recorded his 12th shutout of the season, bringing him within one clean sheet of tying the record for must shutouts in a season held by Brian Edwards with 13 in the 2007 season. Fitzgerald made three saves in the game.

After not scoring a goal in 94 minutes in the second round win over William & Mary, Wake Forest wasted no time getting on the board on Sunday, scoring in the seventh minute. Sophomore midfielder Corben Bone fired a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box that got past the diving Dartmouth keeper, hit off the inside of the right post and went into the net. Jamie Franks was credited with an assist on the play.

Wake Forest added its second goal of the contest in the final minute of the first half. Sam Cronin fired a long shot into the 18-yard box that found the hand of Dartmouth's Pumi Maqubela, setting up a penalty kick attempt. Cronin converted on the penalty kick, sending a soft shot into the right side of the net to give Wake Forest a 2-0 advantage at the half.

The Deacons notched goal number three of the game in the 50th minute. Tracy played a cross that found Arnoux in front of the goal, near the left post. Arnoux tapped the ball into the net to extend the lead to 3-0.

Schilawski found the back of the net for the first time in the game in the 62nd minute. Evan Brown played a pass to Tracy in the middle of the field. Tracy sent a beautiful pass to Schilawski, who finished from inside the six-yard box to give Wake Forest a 4-0 lead.

Arnoux scored his second goal of the game in the 68th minute. Schilawski crossed the ball to Arnoux near the left post. Arnoux sent the ball into the upper right hand side of the net for the fifth Wake Forest goal.

Luke Norman and Schilawski added the final two goals of the game, only 44 seconds apart. Norman scored his third goal of the season at the 83:26 mark of the game to make the score 6-0, while Schilawski closed the scoring 84:10 into the game with his second tally of the game.