No. 22 Deacs Fall 2-1 to Louisville
Oct. 14, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kari Walkley scored in the fifth minute to give No. 22 Wake Forest an early lead, but the Deacs fell 2-1 to Louisville at Kentner Stadium on Sunday afternoon after a late goal by Michelle Amon.
Wake falls to 6-8 following the loss, and the Cardinals improve to 9-7 on the season. The Deacons have just four games remaining in the regular season and will play two of those at home.
Walkley gave Wake Forest the go-ahead goal just over four minutes into the game. The junior picked off a pass in front of the cage inside the circle and buried it past Louisville goalkeeper Erin Conrad for the 1-0 lead. The goal was her fourth of the season and second this week after she also scored against Davidson last Tuesday.
Jess McFadyen, Madi Julius and Krysta Wangerin each peppered Conrad with a shot on goal over the next 10 minutes, but the Deacs could not convert on these opportunities. McFadyen's shot came off a penalty corner in the same manner as several of her goals this season, but she could not find the back of the cage.
Louisville knotted the game at 1-1 at the 16:28 mark with a goal from Amber Thomas. Mallory Mason inserted a penalty corner and Victoria Stratton launched a shot toward the goal, but Thomas picked up the deflection of the shot and beat Kaitlyn Ruhf for the equalizer.
The Deacs tallied five shots on goal in the final 20 minutes of the first half, including a great chance by Anna Kozniuk on another McFadyen penalty corner, but once again could not find their way past Conrad. The teams entered the halftime break tied at 1-1.
Kozniuk nearly netted a second goal for the Deacs in the 42nd minute, firing a laser from the top left side of the circle toward the cage. Conrad was caught out of position for the Cardinals, but Natasha Leickly came up with a defensive save on the play by swatting the ball away just before it could cross the line for a goal.
Lizzie Rae came close to notching a goal in the 56th minute as well with a strong shot from the center of the circle. The try was just a bit too high, however, and struck the top post before continuing over the cage.
The Cardinals grabbed the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute off the stick of Michelle Amon. She collected a pass from Erin Schneidtmiller just to the left of the cage and sent the deflection past Ruhf to make the score 2-1. Louisville held the Wake Forest offense in check for the final nine minutes to seal the final score.
The Demon Deacons will return to action on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. as they square off with the Radford Highlanders (1-12, 1-3 NorPac) at Kentner Stadium. Wake Forest will be looking for its 16th consecutive win in the series, a streak that started with a 3-2 victory on Sept. 21, 1993.