Wake Field Hockey Routs Radford, 6-1, in Home Opener
Sept. 12, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - In front of a home crowd, fifth-ranked Wake Forest toppled Radford, 6-1, on Wednesday night in its home opener at Kentner Stadium. The Demon Deacons amassed four goals in the first period and added two more before the game ended.
With the win, Wake improved to 3-2 on the season, while Radford dropped to 2-4.
Radford came out strong to start the game as it took the first shot on frame, but goalkeeper Crystal Duffield was there to make the save.
Minutes later, Wake attacked the Radford defense as Chelsea Cipriani and Kim Romansky took shots, but Highlander goalkeeper Jennifer Wisniewski along with the defense stopped any shots from hitting the back of the net.
Finally, Wake Forest took a 1-0 lead at the 10:41 mark when Cipriani scored off of an Emily Cummings pass. The Deacs received three more goals before the first 35 minutes would end - two of them off of penalty corners.
Assisted by Melissa Martin, this week's conference Player of the Week, and Cipriani, Liz Fries added the home team's second goal of the night at the 14:01 mark. Hilary Moore scored her first career goal to put the Deacs up 3-0 at the 16:30 mark.
The Highlanders got on board late in the first period when Kay Tufts scored the lone visitor goal of the night at the 27:23 mark.
As the first period came to a close, Wake's offense once again pressured in front of the net and after back-to-back-to-back shots, Michelle Kasold tapped in the fourth goal of the half.
Freshman goalkeeper Alex Mann started the second half in goal for Wake, marking her first collegiate appearance in the net.
The Deacs out-shot the Highlanders 10-0 in the second period and added two more goals. Kim Romansky rocketed a shot from the top of the circle to give Wake a four-goal lead at the 51:57 mark. Two minutes later, Melissa Martin took a penalty corner and after receiving the ball back from Minou Gimbrere, knocked in Wake Forest's final goal of the night from the right side of the net.
Wake Forest out-shot its opponent 28-4 and had 12 penalty corners to Radford's one. Duffield recorded 4 saves in the game, all in the first half.
Wake Forest is back on the road and heads to Bloomington, Ind. to take on Ohio on Saturday and Indiana on Sunday.