Deacs Down Delaware 3-0 Behind Rhea's Two Goals
Sept. 23, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Taylor Rhea scored a pair of goals and Krysta Wangerin added one of her own as No. 14 Wake Forest downed Delaware 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Kentner Stadium to complete the team's nine-game homestand.
With the win, Wake improves to 4-5 overall, while Delaware drops to 4-7. The Blue Hens were just the second unranked opponent that the Demon Deacons have faced this season, the first being Appalachian State.
The Deacs came out firing early in the first half, peppering Delaware goalkeeper Megane Simons with five shots on goal in the first 12 minutes of the contest. Lizzie Rae had a pair of those shots, and Anna Kozniuk and Molly Murphy each added one as well. The fifth, however, was a goal off the stick of Krysta Wangerin. The freshman collected a rebound following Simons's save of one of Rae's shots and buried it into the back of the cage to put Wake Forest up 1-0. The goal was her fourth of the season and she now has the team lead in total points with 11.
Wake's insurance goal did not take long. Just seven minutes later at the 19:45 mark, Taylor Rhea sent an unassisted blast from the right side of the circle past Simons to give the Deacs a 2-0 advantage that would hold up through halftime.
The offense continued to punish Simons throughout the remainder of the first half, collecting 18 total shots in the half, 13 of which were on goal. Rae had another excellent shot at a goal following a penalty corner from Jess McFadyen in the 29th minute, but her attempt struck the post and sailed just wide.
Early in the second half, Rae had two more shots on goal, but Simons managed to stonewall the New Zealander and did not allow her to add to Wake's lead. Delaware's Toni Popinko got a shot off in the 51st minute, but had it blocked by a Deacon defender.
Another penalty corner from McFadyen set up Rhea's second strike of the day at the 55:30 mark. McFadyen inserted the ball to Rae, whose shot toward the goal would have gone wide had Rhea not been there for the deflection. The goal, Rhea's team-leading fifth of the season, made it 3-0 in favor of Wake Forest.
Wake Forest outshot the Blue Hens by a 23-6 margin and owned the shots on goal margin 18-2. The Deacs also held the advantage in penalty corners 12-6. Popinko and Jackie Coveleski were the only two Delaware players to tally a shot on goal.
The Demon Deacons will be back in action next week as they go on the road for the first time this season. They will be facing No. 1 North Carolina (9-1, 1-0 ACC) at Francis E. Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. in an ACC contest next Saturday, Sept. 29, at 12:00 p.m. The Deacs dropped a 2-1 decision to the Tar Heels at home on Sept. 16, but that was not considered an ACC matchup for scheduling purposes.