Deacs Ground Highlanders 4-0
Oct. 17, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Taylor Rhea scored just three minutes into the contest and No. 25 Wake Forest added three more goals to come away with a 4-0 victory over Radford on Wednesday evening at Kentner Stadium.
Wake's record improves to 7-8 overall with the win, while the Highlanders drop to 1-14 on the season.
Rhea's opening goal at the 2:34 mark was her eighth of the season, tying her for the team lead with Jess McFadyen. Lizzie Rae pulled down the ball inside the circle and tapped it over to Rhea, who sent it past Radford goalkeeper Sidney Encarnacion to give the Deacs an early 1-0 lead. The goal also marked the second straight game in which Wake Forest has scored a goal within the first five minutes.
The Deacs added to their lead in the 22nd minute with a strong play off a penalty corner. McFadyen inserted the ball to Kari Walkley, who acted as the stopper for Molly Murphy. Murphy buried the shot into the back of the cage on a direct strike, earning assists for both McFadyen and Walkley on the play and making it 2-0 in Wake Forest's favor.
Just over two minutes later, Tyra Clemmenson and Jess Newak hooked up to give the Demon Deacons a three-goal lead. Clemmenson sent a great pass into the center of the circle in front of the cage, and Newak took advantage of the excellent placement to tally her fourth goal of the season and third in the last four games.
Wake had a couple more chances as the first half drew to a close, but the two sides entered the halftime break with the score 3-0.
Valerie Dahmen opened the second half in goal for the Deacons, but ultimately saw little action as her defensive line applied strong pressure to Radford's offense. The Highlanders managed to get off just two shots in total in the second half and both sailed wide of the goal.
Both teams settled in throughout the first part of the half, but Krysta Wangerin broke the second half stalemate with a blast from the top of the circle in the 58th minute. The freshman maneuvered her way through Radford's defense nearly untouched and launched the shot, easily beating Encarnacion on the attempt for her fifth goal of the year. Wangerin is the leader among the team's freshmen in goals (five), assists (three) and total points (13) this season.
The defense played strong in the final 10 minutes, allowing the Highlanders just one shot over that period to seal the 4-0 victory.
The Demon Deacons outshot Radford 18-3 in the contest and earned four penalty corners to three for the Highlanders. Out of Wake's 18 shots, 11 found their target on goal.
Wake Forest will be back in action for a doubleheader this weekend as the team will travel to Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. to face No. 5 Virginia before returning home to Kentner Stadium to face California on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the Wake Forest Game of the Week.