No. 13 Wake Forest Escapes With OT Win Over American
Nicola Pluta scored her second overtime game-winner of the season.
Oct. 27, 2017
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeHockey)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 13 Wake Forest field hockey team escaped with a 4-3 overtime win over American in the regular season finale on Friday night at Kentner Stadium.
The Eagles (12-5, 5-1 PL) took the lead with a late first-half goal, but the Demon Deacons (12-6, 3-3 ACC) answered with three goals over an eight-minute span to take control of the game. However, American scored twice in the final 10 minutes to send the game to overtime, where Nicola Pluta netted her second goal of the game and her second overtime game-winner of the season to allow the Deacs to prevail on Senior Night.
The first half was well-played on the defensive end, as the teams combined for just nine total shots. American broke through on Leah DiGiandomenico's goal off a corner to take a 1-0 lead. Wake Forest responded when redshirt-senior Meghan Murphy scored her first career goal on a deflection off a corner. Then, just seconds before the end of the first half, Megan Anderson scored her third of the season when American's goalkeeper batted away a shot from outside the circle that allowed Anderson to score on a rebound.
Coming out of halftime, Pluta scored her first of the night on a breakaway that she finished with a backhanded rocket from just inside the circle that beat the Eagles keeper to the top corner of the net. However, the Eagles rallied, scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to send the game into overtime.
Just over four minutes into the first overtime period, the Deacs converted on their second opportunity of the period, as Pluta beat the goalkeeper to the low corner to give Wake Forest the game.
Overall, the Demon Deacons held a 12-6 shot advantage and a 7-3 edge in penalty corners.
Wake Forest seniors Mackenzie Adams, Brooks Doxey, Shannon Eby, Rachel Hirsch, Meghan Murphy and Karlee Spirit were honored before the game.
Up next, the Demon Deacons will travel to Louisville for the ACC Tournament. The Deacs are the No. 4 seed and will battle fifth-seeded North Carolina on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m.