Deacons crushed by UVA but top ASU
With back-to-back weekend games, No. 14 Wake Forest Demon Deacon field hockey squad lost 4-1 to No. 3 Virginia on Oct. 23, but then dominated ASU 9-1 on the 24th.
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In Charlottesville, Va., the Cavaliers got off to a rapid start when Paige Selenski drove the ball to the center circle, where teammate Tara Puffenberger was there to tip it into the cage from the right side.
The Deacons failed to connect on a penalty corner inserted by junior Faith Adams at 6:17, where sophomore Lizzie Rae’s shot was blocked by Virginia keeper Kim Kastuk.
The Cavaliers were then presented with five penalty corner opportunities in 15 minutes, and Paige Selenski scored her 19th goal of the season by weaving through the cluttered circle to find the cage.
From a long pass from the top of the circle, Cavalier Katie Robinson scored off of a tip-in to conclude the first half with a 3-0 lead.
While freshman Deacon Jess McFayden’s first shot was blocked at 42:24, the forward/midfield found the right opportunity to end Virginia’s shutout seven minutes later with a pass from Adams from the center circle.
Despite the increased momentum of the Wake squad, the Cavaliers were relentless in maintaining their lead. Shots were attempted by Haley Carpenter, Michelle Vittese and Hadley Bell, while Paige Selenski had three shots until she was assisted by Elly Buckley in the final goal of the game at 63:08.
Deacon keeper sophomore Kaitlyn Ruhf clocked 70 minutes of play and made eight impressive saves, while Virginia’s Kim Kastuk made three. Virginia totaled seven penalty corners, whereas Wake only had one.
Prior to the Oct. 24 game in Kentner Stadium, Wake Forest acknowledged the stellar senior leadership from Emily Cummings, Alex Wolfgang-Price and Liza Casella. With a confident start to the match in the first two minutes of play, the Deacons were presented with a penalty corner in which junior Kaitlin Piosa scored her second goal of the season with an assist from Rae.
Senior Alex Wolfgang-Price, junior Kerry Ergen, and Adams all missed their shots. However, teammate Rae hit the upper left part of the goal with an assist from senior Emily Cummings and Adams. Capitalizing on the successful penalty corners, Cummings passed from the right side of the field to freshman Kari Walkley who deflected the ball in the cage.
Less than four minutes later, midfield/back Cummings made her third assist of the game to freshman Jess McFayden with a great pass from the top of the circle. With her fourth goal of the season, junior Lauren Greenwald had a strong unassisted hit from four yards out. To finish the first half, McFayden scored her second goal of the game with an assist from fellow freshman Molly Murphy to lead the Deacons 6-0.
To kick off the second half, Bronwen Gainsford was in the cage for the Demon Deacons. Set on maintaining the impressive lead, junior Kaitlin Piosa scored her second goal of the game with a pass from junior Cristen Atchison on the left side of the field.
With her first goal of the season, senior Wolfgang-Price received a cross-pass from the right by junior Adelaide Knott and nailed the back of the cage.
Ending the potential shutout for the Deacons, ASU’s Nicole Morgan was assisted by Lesley Thomas to score the only goal of the game for the Mountaineers. Scoring her second goal of the game, Wolfgang-Price concluded the half with an assist from freshman Kari Walkley.
The Deacons outshot the Mountaineers 34 to 4, and also received 13 penalty corner opportunities while ASU only had 3. Wake Forest will next take on Boston College in their last regular season match on Friday, Oct. 29 before hosting the ACC Championships, which begins on Thursday, Nov. 4th.