Wake Forest Cruises to 3-0 Win Over Virginia
Oct. 20, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Backed by a stout defense and an aggressive attack, the third-ranked Wake Forest field hockey team shutout No. 19 Virginia, 3-0, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday afternoon, picking up its sixth consecutive win.
The Demon Deacons improved to 11-4 on the season and 2-2 in conference play, while the Cavaliers dropped to 9-8 overall and remain winless in the ACC at 0-4.
Both teams played back and forth to open the game until a shot by Regina Shannon sparked the Wake offense. Chelsea Cipriani added another shot, but both were saved by Cavalier goalkeeper Devon Burnley.
On its second penalty corner, Minou Gimbrere fired a shot toward goal which ricocheted off Burnley, but Cipriani was there to knock in the loose ball at the 20:15 mark to put Wake Forest up 1-0.
Minutes later Virginia had a chance to tie the score on its own penalty corner, but Crystal Duffield was there to make the save. Virginia was able to take one more shot before the Deacs took over on offense. As the Deacs entered Cavalier territory it seemed only a matter a time before Wake would build its lead.
Liz Fries launched a shot from a Melissa Martin penalty corner that sailed just wide and Shannon's goal was blocked on the next penalty corner. At the 32:06 mark, Martin was left wide open on the left side and rocketed the ball into the net for Wake's second goal.
The Deacs held a 12-5 advantage on shots in the first half and opened the second half with just as much drive taking two shots in the opening minutes. As the Deacs crowded inside the circle, freshman Emily Cummings tapped the third goal at the 39:36 mark to extend the Deacs' lead 3-0.
Virginia attempted to get on board, but the home team's defense stayed tight to help Duffield pick up her first shutout of the season.
Cipriani and Gimbrere led Wake with 5 shots apiece with a combined eight shots on goal. Duffield recorded three saves in the victory.
Wake Forest concludes its regular season at home with an Atlantic Coast Conference game against Boston College on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.