No. 4 Wake Forest Downs No. 5 Michigan State 2-0
Sept. 30, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Michelle Kasold scored late in the first half and Chelsea Cipriani added an insurance goal as regulation ended to push the fourth-ranked Wake Forest field hockey team past fifth-ranked Michigan State, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon in Kentner Stadium rebounding from a tough 5-0 loss to North Carolina just one day earlier.
Freshman goalkeeper Alex Mann recorded her first career shutout and totaled seven saves, including two one-on-one challenges with a hungry Michigan State Becky Manning.
The Demon Deacons improved to 6-4 on the season and handed the Spartans its third loss of the season as they dropped to 10-3 overall.
Wake opened the game looking composed as it connected on passes and penalty corners to pressure the Spartan defense midway through the first half. Aileen Davis and Melissa Martin fired shots, but Michigan State goalkeeper Elissa Unger saved both balls.
After their third straight penalty corner, Minou Gimbrere knocked the ball to Kasold, who rocketed the ball to put Wake Forest up 1-0 at the 33:36 mark. As the half came to a close Michigan State received its own penalty corner and looked to knot the score at 1-all, but Mann saved Geraldine Raynor's shot as time expired.
Wake Forest dominated the opening minutes of the second half and held the Spartans without a shot for almost 10 minutes. Eager for a goal, Michigan State hammered the Deacs in the circle, but Davis, Gimbrere, Raisa Schiller and Liza Casella kept the visiting team waiting.
With only a one-goal cushion, Wake Forest found a hole and quickly made its way into Spartan territory where Cipriani took control of the ball, hitting it past Unger from the left side to give the Deacs a 2-0 lead at the 67:35 mark and secure the Deacs shutout victory.
"I'm really proud of our girls for coming out and competing the way they did today," said Averill. "It was a hard loss yesterday, but we just had to move forward and put it past us. Splitting this weekend was good, but obviously we wanted to do better than split."
Wake Forest closes out its three-game homestand on Wednesday, Oct. 3 when it hosts Appalachian State at 7 p.m.