No. 16 Deacs Upset by Ohio 3-2 in Double OT
Oct. 3, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jess McFadyen tallied a pair of goals for No. 16 Wake Forest, but Jessica Jue's game-winner gave Ohio a 3-2 upset win over the Deacs in double overtime on Wednesday evening at Kentner Stadium.
Wake Forest drops to 4-7 overall on the season following the loss, and the Bobcats improve to 6-5.
Ohio started the scoring early, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute behind a goal from Ashley Cureton. Taylor Brown fired a shot into the circle, and Cureton picked up the deflection to give the Bobcats the early lead.
Less than one minute later, Jessica Jue recovered a turnover by Wake's back line inside the circle and launched in another score for Ohio to give them a surprising 2-0 lead less than halfway through the first half.
The Deacs did not allow the two-goal lead to linger, though. McFadyen hooked up with Jillian Anzalone on a penalty corner at the 21:31 mark, inserting the ball to Anzalone who kicked it straight back to McFadyen on the side of the cage for the score. The goal cut the lead to 2-1, and neither side was able to tally another score through halftime.
In the second half, the Demon Deacons had 10 shots and five penalty corners, but the stout defense of the Bobcats held strong through the first 25 minutes. Krysta Wangerin had three shots on goal in less than three minutes around the 54:00 mark, but Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker managed a save on each attempt.
McFadyen finally helped Wake's offense break through with just 5:14 remaining in the game, scoring on another penalty corner. The play was a near mirror image of the scoring play in the first half, with Anna Kozniuk taking Anzalone's place with the assist. The goal knotted the game at 2-2 and the two sides headed into overtime.
Despite earning five penalty corners in the first overtime period, the Deacs could not capitalize. Christine Conroe provided the insertions, but each time the Bobcats managed to strengthen their defense.
Three minutes into the second extra period, Jue netted the game-winner for the Bobcats on their first penalty corner of the contest. Brown acted as the stopper and fired a shot toward the cage, but Jue barely managed to get a stick on the shot, redirecting it into the back of the cage for the victory.
Wake Forest will return to action next Tuesday evening as the Deacs travel to face Davidson. The non-conference matchup is currently scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start.