On a chilly night in Winston-Salem, the No. 14 Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated Navy 2-1 in front of a strong crowd at Spry Stadium to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. This was Wake Forest's first NCAA Tournament win since they defeated South Carolina on penalty kicks in 2011.
Sean Okoli got the action started when he scored his ninth goal of the season in the 26th minute of play. The goal came off a cross from Ricky Greensfielder on the counterattack. Navy quickly recovered and Jamie Dubyoski scored a goal in the 31st minute. In the 53rd minute Greensfielder scored a goal of his own off a gorgeous cross from Chris Duvall.
Wake Forest truly controlled this game from the opening kickoff until the final whistle. The Deacs outshot the Midshipmen 18-8, including 12 shots on goal to just two for Navy. This was indicative of just how much they controlled possession.
Michael Gamble played a very solid game all-around. He recorded an assist on Sean Okoli's goal in the 26th minute and had four shots in addition to that, all of which were on goal. In addition to those statistics, I felt that he helped control the game and had very good touch all evening.
Wake Forest will take on No. 3 Notre Dame on Sunday, December 1st in South Bend, Indiana.