Rae's Pair of Goals Downs California 4-3 on Senior Day
Oct. 21, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Lizzie Rae fired the seventh game-winning goal of her career on Senior Day, propelling No. 25 Wake Forest to a thrilling 4-3 victory over California on Sunday afternoon at Kentner Stadium.
The Demon Deacons improve to 8-9 on the season following the win, and the Golden Bears fall to 5-10. The game was Wake's final home game of the season as they will play their final regular season game on the road next Friday.
California grabbed an early 1-0 lead after a dominant start that included two penalty corners and three shots on goal in the first five minutes. Caroline Struijk beat Kaitlyn Ruhf on the second penalty corner, and Laura Spellman was credited with the assist as the inserter.
After settling down, Wake Forest began to see some chances. The squad got its first shot on goal at the 13:33 mark with a great chance from Rae, but she could not beat Courtney Hendrickson on the attempt. The Deacs got even closer just four minutes later when a shot by Jillian Anzalone struck the post, but still the offense could not find the back of the cage.
Finally Kari Walkley struck with the breakthrough goal in the 19th minute. Coming off a penalty corner by Jess McFadyen, Walkley acted as the stopper and fooled the defense with a fake shot before burying the actual attempt for her fifth score of the season to knot the game at 1-1.
The Deacs had a couple of chances before the end of the half, but the score remained 1-1 heading into the halftime break. The offensive explosion for both teams came following the intermission, with five of the game's seven goals coming after the break.
The Golden Bears struck first in the 43rd minute with a score from Jordan O'Reilly. Lara Kruggel, the NorPac's leading scorer, set up the shot from the top right side of the circle that found its mark to give California a 2-1 lead.
Rae and the Deacon offense would have none of it, however. The senior from Christchurch, New Zealand, made a pair of fantastic plays in the 49th and 52nd minutes and managed to score on both shots. In each, she made her way into the circle and through the California defenders before launching blistering shots from nearly the same location to beat Hendrickson. Behind Rae's Senior Day heroics, Wake Forest suddenly held a 3-2 advantage with less than 20 minutes to play.
Knowing that they needed a goal just to play for overtime, the Golden Bears pulled their goalkeeper with 12:55 to play in order to gain an extra attacker. Unfortunately for them, Anna Kozniuk took advantage of the empty net and scored off a penalty corner in the 59th minute to extend the lead to 4-2. McFadyen notched her second assist of the day on the goal as well.
Shannon Elmitt managed to cut the lead to 4-3 for California on a penalty corner of their own, but ultimately the defense was able to hold and preserve the victory for the Demon Deacons.
The Deacs outshot California 15-7 and held a slight 7-6 advantage in penalty corners as well. Kaitlyn Ruhf finished with three saves, leaving her just two short of 300 for her career.
Wake Forest will return to action next Friday evening in Chestnut Hill, Mass., for its final regular season game against No. 16 Boston College. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start time.