No. 13 Deacons Drop 5-2 Decision to No. 10 Northwestern
Sept. 11, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 13 Wake Forest started strong with an early goal from Molly Murphy, but ultimately fell 5-2 to No. 10 Northwestern at Kentner Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The loss drops the Deacs to 2-3 on the season, while the Wildcats improve to 7-1 with four victories over top-20 teams.
Junior Molly Murphy got Wake Forest on the board midway through the first half thanks to a well-placed pass from Anna Kozniuk. Jess McFadyen inserted a penalty corner to Kozniuk at the 20:16 mark, who then slipped a pass across the circle to Murphy for the wide-open goal to give the Demon Deacons a 1-0 advantage.
Northwestern roared back in the final 15 minutes of the first half, however, behind three impressive goals from Chelsea Armstrong. The first, which knotted the matchup at 1-1, came on an unassisted run to the middle of the circle before the senior sent it past Kaitlyn Ruhf for the score.
Armstrong's second and third scores came in the final 2:09 of the half. The second was a well-executed play off a penalty corner with assists from Lisa McCarthy and Julia Retzky, while the third was set up by a great pass from Carolin Troncelliti to the front of the cage. On the strength of Armstrong's hat trick, the Wildcats led 3-1 at halftime.
For the second time this season, Wake Forest made a change at goalkeeper to begin the second half, placing freshman Valerie Dahmen between the pipes to close out the game. Taylor Rhea cut into Northwestern's lead in the 50th minute on an unassisted blast from the top of the circle to make it 3-2, giving the Deacs hope for a comeback similar to the one that they had against Duke last Saturday.
Unfortunately, a fourth goal from Armstrong five minutes later with assists from McCarthy and Retzky made it 4-2, and a blistering shot from Maria Kovalchuk off an assist from Armstrong made it 5-2 in the 58th minute.
Rhea and Jess Newak had a pair of shots on goal in the 62nd minute, but were stonewalled by Northwestern goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter.
Wake Forest will be back in action on Friday evening as the Deacs take on Appalachian State at 7:00 p.m. at Kentner Stadium. Wake leads the all-time series 29-16-1 and took the last meeting on Oct. 24, 2010, by a 9-1 margin in Winston-Salem.