Rae's Hat Trick Keys 8-0 Rout of Appalachian State

Sept. 14, 2012

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By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Lizzie Rae tallied a hat trick and six Deacons scored in total en route to an 8-0 victory over Appalachian State on Friday evening at Kentner Stadium.

The win improves Wake Forest's record to 3-3 on the season, while the Mountaineers drop to 2-4.

Rae opened the scoring early with a goal in the seventh minute, catching a deflection off the goalkeeper and sending it into the back of the cage to give the Deacs a 1-0 lead. Kari Walkley added to the tally just two minutes later following a great pass from Krysta Wangerin, putting Wake Forest up 2-0 after the first 10 minutes.

The Deacons added two more goals in a two minute span starting in the 19th minute. Molly Murphy added her second goal in as many games on an unassisted blast from the right side of the circle, while Jess Newak scored her first collegiate goal thanks to a deflection from Wangerin deep inside the circle.

Wake was not quite done in the half, though. Rae added her second goal of the night just over a minute before halftime on a strong shot from the center of the circle after driving through Appalachian State's defense to give the Deacs a 5-0 lead heading into the locker room.

After the break, it did not take Rae long to complete her hat trick. Her third goal of the night came at the 38:32 mark following a great pass from Newak, which the Christchurch, New Zealand, native buried past Mountaineers goalkeeper Sarah Anderson.

Taylor Rhea joined in the offensive explosion just 27 seconds later after a pass from Anna Kozniuk left her with a wide open angle on the goal. The score gave Rhea goals in back-to-back games and put Wake Forest up by an insurmountable 7-0 margin.

Appalachian State's defense flexed its muscles throughout the remainder of the second half, consistently halting any of Wake's chances on goal and stymying the offense as a whole. The Mountaineers made a switch at goalkeeper with less than 10 minutes remaining in the contest, swapping Cristina Ceppi in for Anderson.

After collecting a pair of assists earlier in the game, Wangerin finally got a goal of her own with less than a minute to play. Tyra Clemmenson found the freshman wide open on a breakaway inside the circle, and Wangerin launched the ball into the back of the cage to seal the 8-0 win for the Demon Deacons.

Kaitlyn Ruhf and Valerie Dahmen combined for the first shutout of the year for Wake Forest, and Dahmen made the lone save of the contest for the Deacs.

Wake Forest outshot Appalachian State by an unbelievable 35-4 margin, and had 26 shots on goal compared to just one for the Mountaineers. The Deacons also logged 13 penalty corners, while Appalachian State had only one at the end of the contest.

The Demon Deacons will be back in action on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as they take on the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at Kentner Stadium. The matchup will not count as an ACC contest, but gives Wake a chance to claim its first victory over the Tar Heels since a 2-1 win on Nov. 7, 2008. A live stream of the game will be provided here once the game has gotten underway.

 

 

 

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