Wake Forest Falls to No. 1 UNC 4-0 in ACC Semifinals
Nov. 2, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Wake Forest fell behind early after three quick goals by No. 1 North Carolina on Friday afternoon at Francis E. Henry Stadium, and the Deacons ultimately fell 4-0 to the tournament hosts in the 2012 ACC Field Hockey Championship Semifinals.
The Tar Heels scored three goals in the first 15 minutes of the game, leaving the Deacs with an uphill battle for the final 55 minutes. Wake Forest did rebound from a two-goal halftime deficit earlier this season against then-No. 9 Duke, but could not find the offensive firepower to mount a comeback on Friday.
Loren Shealy got North Carolina off to a lightning-quick start, scoring just over a minute into the game off an assist by Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany. Radvany executed a well-placed cross to Shealy at the left post, who fired it home to give the Tar Heels a very early 1-0 lead.
Exactly seven minutes later, Charlotte Craddock made the lead 2-0 off a direct shot on a penalty corner with assists by Caitlin Van Sickle and Emily Wold. It was Craddock's 20th goal of the season and her fourth against the Demon Deacons. She scored twice in the first meeting between the two sides on Sept. 16 and tallied one score on Sept. 29 and on Friday.
Katie Plyler completed the early trio of goals with a score at the 14:38 mark, assisted by Kelsey Kolojejchick. Plyler maneuvered herself in front of the cage and received Kolojejchick's pass from the right baseline before sending it past Kaitlyn Ruhf to make it 3-0.
Lizzie Rae had a chance to get a score very late in the half for the Deacs, but Sassi Ammer made the stop as time expired. The teams headed into the locker room with North Carolina holding a three-goal advantage.
Valerie Dahmen replaced Ruhf in goal to begin the second half and was pressed into action almost immediately. The freshman made saves on a pair of shots in her first five minutes between the pipes and weathered 10 shots by the Tar Heels during the half while surrendering just one goal.
The Demon Deacons had several chances on penalty corners throughout the half, but three of the four attempts were blocked by North Carolina defenders and the final try was deflected high over the cage.
North Carolina's final goal came in the 51st minute off the stick of Rachel Magerman with Wold on the assist. Wold passed to Magerman on the right side of the circle, who beat Dahmen on the shot to finalize the 4-0 win.
Rae led all Deacons with three shots, including the only two shots on goal for Wake Forest. Anna Kozniuk had a pair of shots that were blocked by defenders in the first half, and Jess McFadyen, Jillian Anzalone and Kali Vicars each recorded one shot apiece.
North Carolina held advantages on shots (15-8) and shots on goal (7-2), but both sides each had four penalty corners. All of Wake's corners came in the second half, compared to just three for the Tar Heels.