Deacs Advance to ACC Semifinals with 3-2 Win Over Duke
Nov. 1, 2007
NEWTON, Mass. - The third-seeded Wake Forest field hockey team topped sixth-seeded Duke, 3-2, to advance to the semifinal game of the ACC Championship on Thursday afternoon in Newton Campus Turf Field. With less than five minutes to play and a score knotted at 2-2, Wake's Kim Romansky knocked in the game-winner to send the Demon Deacons to the semifinals.
Wake Forest (13-4) will face No. 2 seed Maryland (17-1) on Friday in a 7 p.m. game. Maryland along with top-seeded North Carolina received byes in the first round. Virginia, which defeated Boston College 3-2 in overtime, faces the Tar Heels in tomorrow's first game at 4 p.m.
"Anytime you can get a win in the ACC Tournament is a huge success, no matter who you're playing," said Wake Forest head coach Jennifer Averill. "I'm really proud of the team for sticking with it and coming out with a win."
Duke (11-8) took the first shot of the game off of a penalty corner in the opening minutes, but Wake goalkeeper Crystal Duffield made her first of two saves. Shortly after, the Deacs held possession and took a 1-0 lead at the 17:43 mark. Melissa Martin sailed the ball over goalkeeper Caitlin Williams' stick for the first goal of the game.
Despite the Blue Devils getting one more shot on goal, Wake Forest regained control taking three consecutive shots and extended its lead to two goals after capitalizing on its second penalty corner. After Aileen Davis' shot was deflected, Hilary Moore got her stick on the ball to knock in number two for the Deacs at the 22:04 mark.
The two-goal lead would not last long as the Blue Devils began to flash a comeback. Shayna McGeehan scored off of a Duke penalty corner at the 28:39 mark to pull within one as the first period ended.
Duke quickly evened the score as Ashley Pultorak broke away from the defense to score the tying goal at the 36:15 mark. In the next 28 minutes, Wake Forest out shot Duke 17-1 and just when it looked as if the game would be decided in overtime, Romansky punched in a loose ball at 65:50.
Denying several Duke efforts to tie the game over the last few minutes, the Demon Deacons held on for the victory - their eighth straight.
Today's game-winning effort by Romansky was not the first time the sophomore stepped up for the win. On Sept. 15, the Malvern, Pa. native scored twice to lead the Demon Deacons past then-No. 12 Ohio 2-1.