Wake Forest Stops St. John's, 3-1

Winston-Salem, N.C. - Senior All-American Jeremiah White scored twice to lead the fourth-ranked Wake Forest men's soccer team past fifth-ranked St. John's on Saturday night 3-1. The Deacons notched two wins over top ten teams during the Wake Forest adidas Classic.

St. John's got on the board first in the 33rd minute on Simone Salinno's first of the season. He one-timed a cross from Matt Groenwald that was delivered from the right corner.

But Wake Forest responded less than four minutes later. At the 36:35 mark, freshman midfielder Ryan Solle sailed into the penalty area and was violently hauled down by St. John's Ryan Kelly. The Deacons were awarded the penalty kick and White made no mistake evening the game at one.

Fifeen minutes after halftime, Wake Forest broke the deadlock. During a scramble in the penalty area, Scott Sealy's shot from point blank range was stopped but the ball found Tomy Szczypiorski directly in front of the goal. The junior from Colchester, Vt., buried what proved to be the game-winning goal at the 60:19 mark.

Less than nine minutes later, White sealed the victory with his second of the night. The play started with a throw-in from the midfield after Justin Moose substituted into the game. As Moose checked in, none of the Red Storm defenders accounted for him. The throw-in went to Moose who made a long run into the attacking third. He found White who gave Wake Forest a 3-1 pad. It was White's fifth career multi-goal game.

The Deacons easily outshot St. John's 14-3 and had the lion's share of scoring chances. In the combined two games against Connecticut and St. John's, two teams ranked in the top ten, the Deacons outshot their Big East opponents 35-4.

A crowd of 3,413 was on-hand to see the Deacons improve to 2-0 on the season. The two-day attendance total was 6,645.

First team Preseason All-American goalkeeper William Hesmer made just one save in the winning effort.

The Deacons extended their regular season home winning streak to 22 games stretching back to September 2001. After Saturday's victory over St. John's Wake Forest is 6-0-1 against ranked teams at Spry Stadium.

In other Saturday action at the Wake Forest adidas Classic, 19th-ranked North Carolina defeated 10th-ranked Connecticut 3-0. The Tar Heel combination of Marcus Storey, Jamie Watson and Ty Allison combined for all three goals Storey getting two of the goals. Wake Forest and North Carolina won both of their tiebreakers and despite an elaborate set of tiebreakers, the teams shared the tournament title.

Wake Forest and North Carolina each placed four players on the All-Tournament team while St. John's had two and UConn had one. The Deacons were represented by William Hesmer, Wiggy Saunders, Tomy Szczypiorski and Jeremiah White. The Tar Heels were represented by Justin Hughes, Sean McGinty, Marcus Storey and Jamie Watson. St. John's had Matt Groenwald and Simone Salinno. Moshe Shalcon was on the squad for Connecticut.

The Deacons will hit the road for five of their next six games beginning next Friday at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

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