No. 12 Wake Forest tops No. 4 Duke in ACC Opener
Madi Julius scored the first goal of the game for Wake Forest.
Sept. 11, 2015

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeHockey)

DURHAM, N.C. - The 12th-ranked Wake Forest field hockey team beat No. 4 Duke, 2-1, to open ACC play on Friday at Jack Katz Stadium. Madi Julius and Shannon Eby scored for the Demon Deacons.

After a scoreless first half the Demon Deacons took a 2-0 lead in the second half. Duke (3-2, 0-1 ACC) was able to put one goal on the board and keep up the offensive pressure late in the game but Wake Forest (4-1, 1-0 ACC) held on for the road win.

"It wasn't the prettiest game but we had some people really step up," said head coach Jennifer Averill. "Valerie Dahmen, Veerle Bos and Kali Vicars all played really well tonight. It was a great rebound from last weekend. We got two wins last weekend but I didn't feel like the effort and the passion were at the level they needed to be. Anytime you can get two goals on a really good Duke team with such a good goalkeeper it is huge. We are thrilled with the victory."

The first half was evenly matched with both team's registering one shot on goal. The Demon Deacons held a 4-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Duke opened the second half with two shots on cage. Eby made a defensive save on the first and Valerie Dahmen cleared away the second. After the initial flurry of Blue Devil offense the Demon Deacons called timeout to regroup.

The break paid off as Wake Forest went on the offensive and took a 1-0 lead. The Demon Deacons earned a penalty corner and Jule Grashoff found Madi Julius to the right of the goal where she tipped the ball in for a goal. The goal was the second of the season for Julius.

Wake Forest added an insurance goal in the 55th minute on another corner. Eby cleaned up a loose ball in front of the cage with a low tip in past the goalie to give the Deacons a 2-0 lead. Megan Anderson was credited with the assist.

The goal proved to be the different maker as Duke got on the board in the 63rd minute. Hunter Bracale scored from seven yards out on a pass back from Ashley Kristen to make it a 2-1 game. Duke continued to look for the equalizer and pulled the goalie with just over a minute to play but the Wake Forest defense held strong for the win.

Valerie Dahmen made seven saves including six in the second half for Wake Forest.

The Demon Deacons return home to host Richmond on Sunday at noon at Kentner Stadium.


 

 

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