The road to the College Cup continues. In a fight against in-state rival Duke, the Deacs beat the Blue Devils, 4-2, at Spry Stadium. Zach Schilawski dominated, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Wake really controlled the match, netting three goals in the first half. Austin da Luz and Sam Redmond rounded out the scoring. Duke outshot the Deacs, but Wake got three saves out of Akira Fitzgerald. Wake moves on to play UCLA on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Spry.
The women's team ended a terrific season with a loss at the hands of UNC on Friday, 5-2. UNC, which has only lost to Wake Forest once all-time, moved to 21-3-1 on the year. Tar Heel Casey Noguiera scored three goals in the win and the Heels went out to an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the first half. Kaley Fountain and Sarah Winslow provided the Demon Deacons' two goals of the match. Despite the loss, Wake went to the quarterfinals for the first time and saw a spectacular season out of Jill Hutchinson, who has been nominated for the Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the year.
The Lady Deacs continue to roll, notching two wins and improving their record to 6-0. On Wednesday, Wake beat High Point with a 14 point victory as freshman Sandra Garcia continued a terrific start to her Wake Forest career with 27 points and 16 rebounds. The Demon Deacons then set their sights on Presbyterian and won 66-25. Brittany Waters paced the Deacs with 14. The Blue Hose made only 5 shots from the field and turned the ball over 38 times. Wake will participate in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, hosting Illinois at 7 p.m. in the Joel.
Wake's seniors finished their careers as the winningest class in Demon Deacon history with their win over Duke, 45-34. Riley Skinner, who made his first start against Duke, had a record-setting final game, finishing as the Wake Forest career leader in passing yards and TDs and recording 372 yards and 5 TDs (both career highs). His 9,762 are fourth most in ACC history. He only needed one more completed pass to pass Matt Schaub for the all-time best completion percentage in the ACC.
Wake's receivers ended their spectacular season in style as Marshall Williams snagged 8 for 119, Devon Brown caught two TDs and Chris Givens added a touchdown of his own. Williams ended the season with 60 catches for 867 yards and 6 TDs. Givens led the team with 8 scores.
After a sloppy win over Winston-Salem State on Tuesday, Wake was shocked by William & Mary in front of a home crowd, losing 78-68. Wake shot 36 threes, only shooting 27.8%. They were an abysmal 25% from the floor in the first half. The Tribe shot 7-17 from beyond the arc and shot 23 more FTs than the Deacs.
Al-Farouq Aminu had his worst offensive game of the year, shooting just 4-18 and turning the ball over 5 times. He did pull down 20 rebounds. CJ Harris hit 5 threes and led the team with 17 points. Wake's bigs continued to disappear, scoring just 11 points overall and attempting 7 shots. Ish Smith had a double-double, scoring 12 with 11 assists.
Wake has to have a short memory as they travel to West Lafayette to play Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Purdue showed their ranking with a win over top-ten Tennessee last week and is a possible Final Four-caliber team. The game is at 7 p.m. on ESPN.