Defense Lifts Deacs to 2-1 Win at No. 21 William & Mary
Oct. 12, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Molly Murphy and Jess Newak each scored for No. 22 Wake Forest on Friday evening as the Deacs downed No. 21 William and Mary 2-1 at Busch Field in Williamsburg, Va., in the first meeting between the schools since 2000.
The win, Wake's third of the season against a ranked opponent after also defeating No. 10 Michigan and No. 9 Duke, moves the Deacs to 6-7. The Tribe falls to 10-5 following the loss.
William and Mary came prepared to play in the first half, racking up three shots on goal in just over 10 minutes. Jess McFadyen earned her second defensive save of the season on the first shot, and Kaitlyn Ruhf held strong on the final two to halt the early attack.
The Deacs broke through at the 18:24 mark on Molly Murphy's third goal of the season. McFadyen inserted a penalty corner to Kari Walkley, who notched an assist on the play by sending it in to Murphy in the center of the circle. The junior fired past Tribe goalkeeper Elizabeth Frey into the center of the cage to put Wake Forest up 1-0 midway through the half.
Ruhf was forced to make one more save with under five minutes remaining in the first, and her four saves in the first half moved her into fifth place on Wake Forest's all-time career saves list. After logging nine saves in today's contest, the senior from Bethlehem, Pa., has 286 for her career and has a shot to pass Kelle McPeters (295) for fourth place by the end of the season.
The Tribe's offense came out strong once again to begin the second half, but could not fire any of their shots on target. Brittany Hopkins and Ashley Kyle each sent shots wide in the first 10 minutes, and William and Mary also could not convert on a penalty corner in the 47th minute thanks to the stout Demon Deacon defense.
Jess Newak netted the insurance goal for Wake Forest at 55:08 in style. Taylor Rhea found the freshman with a perfect pass to the left post, and Newak lofted the ball over Catherine Johnson and into the back of the cage to give Wake Forest a 2-0 advantage. The goal was also her second in as many games after tallying a score against Davidson on Tuesday.
After falling into a two-goal hole, William and Mary attempted to rally in the final 10 minutes. Pip Saunders closed the gap by beating Ruhf in the 61st minute to make it 2-1, but Wake Forest's defense buckled down following the goal and put together its best closing performance of the season. Ruhf made four saves in the final five minutes and the Deacons preserved the 2-1 lead to emerge with a hard-fought victory.
The Tribe both outshot (14-7) and outcornered (4-2) the Deacs, but Wake Forest made the most of its opportunities in the matchup while the defense frustrated William and Mary for the entire 70 minutes.
Wake Forest will be back in action on Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. against the Louisville Cardinals (8-7, 1-3 Big East) at Kentner Stadium. The Deacs will be seeking their ninth consecutive win in that series after defeating Louisville 3-2 on Anna Kozniuk's overtime game-winner in Winston-Salem last season.