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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 26, 2008

Wake 4-2 Maryland: Deacons remain perfect

Top-ranked Wake Forest (8-0-0, 2-0-0 ACC) scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to defeat No. 2 Maryland (6-2-0, 2-1-0 ACC) 4-2 in front of a record crowd of 6500 at Ludwig Field.

Maryland scored first, just 50 seconds into the game, through Jason Herrick who headed home a cross from Rodney Wallace. The Deacons tied the game through Marcus Tracy's team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 6th minute.

Casey Townsend restored Maryland's lead in the 28th minute with a shot from just outside the six-yard box, but the Deacons evened the match once more in the 41st minute. Ike Opara's header tied the game entering the half.

The second half was all Wake Forest, as the Demon Deacons scored twice more though Zack Shilawski and Austin Da Luz.

The victory improves the Deacons to 8-0-0 on the season. The eight wins to open the season marks the best start in school history, besting the 2007 squad that won the first seven games of the season. For the game, Maryland outshot Wake Forest 18-11, and held a 9-7 advantage in shots on goal. Akira Fitzgerald made a career-high five saves for Wake Forest.

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