Men's Soccer Quickcap: Deacs Cruise By Davidson 4-0

I'm not sure if this game was scheduled in mind as a breather from the rigors of ACC play, but it certainly proved to be just that. Andy Lubahn scored twice, and Sean Okoli and reserve defender Shane Powell scored once each as the Deacs cruised by the Wildcats Tuesday at Spry Stadium.

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Okoli put the Deacs on the board early in the 9th minute. After receiving a ball out wide from Ross Tomaselli, Okoli turned and fired a shot from about 10 yards at a difficult angle past Davidson goalie Matt Pacifici at the near post. Pacifici should have stopped the ball (goalies are never supposed to be beaten near post on those situations) but was unable to keep the ball from trickling into the far netting.

With the only goal they would need, the Deacs put on a clinic. Davidson managed only 4 shots in the game, all of which were extremely speculative and only 1 of which was on target, which goalie Andrew Harris easily collected. In contrast, Wake had 11 shots in the first half and 25 for the game. So, it was only a matter of if, not when, Wake would score again.

Davidson managed to make into halftime down only 1, but the dam burst early in the second half. Sensing the lack of threat, coach Jay Vidovich shifted his normal 4-3-3 to a 3-4-3 to increase pressure in the midfield and create more chances via more players forward. The move paid immediate dividends as Wake scored in the 48th minute, when Philip Parker beat his man down the left flank and rifled a low ball into the box, where Lubahn met the ball at point blank range for an easy tap-in for 2-0.

Not wanting to miss their chances, the reserve players also got in on the act. In the 78th minute, Ricky Greensfelder (who was impressive in his stint), took a throw-in, juked his man down the flank, and fired a nearly identical ball in to Lubahn, who again was happy claim the prize.

Wake's final goal came off a corner kick in the 84th minute. Powell, who had come on just prior for his first action in a Wake uniform, was the recipient of a flicked header by Rafael Fagundo off the initial ball by Parker, and he made his debut memorable by heading the ball into the empty far post netting for the final margin.

Note: Jared Watts did not play tonight (and indeed, did not dress). He appeared to be healthy when he was on the field in street clothes at halftime. I'm not sure whether this was a tactical decision by Vidovich to get other players some experience, disciplinary for some event of which I'm not aware, or what.

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