Wake Continues in NCAAs with 3-2 Michigan State Win
Nov. 10, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The second-seeded Wake Forest field hockey team defeated Michigan State for the second time this season to continue on in early round action of the NCAA tournament at the University of Michigan.
The 3-2 win set the Demon Deacons at 15-5, while the Michigan State Spartans will finish the year with a final mark of 16-6.
Wake Forest sophomore Regina Shannon put the first point up for the Deacons when she capitalized on a penalty kick 25 minutes into the contest. The Deacons held the 1-0 lead going into the halftime break.
State's Angela Pagura knotted the match in the 47th minute when her unassisted shot tapped the right post and penetrated the wake goal. Just 90 seconds later the Demon Deacons regained the lead when Emily Cummings took control in a scramble at the Spartan net and sent the ball past goalkeeper Allisa Unger for the 2-1 lead.
With just over five minutes left in regulation Michigan State rallied to tie the match once again. Spartan Jantine Steinmetz made a charge for the net and lifted the ball past waiting Wake goalkeeper Crystal Duffield to set the match at 2-2.
Junior Michelle Kasold saved the Deacons from overtime when she netted her eighth goal of the season in the 67th minute. The low missile from the middle of the circle was just what Wake needed to pull out a 3-2 win.
Wake keeper Crystal Duffield posted seven saves in the post-season contest, her second highest mark of the season. When then Deacons defeated the Spartans 2-0 on September 30, Duffield also hit the seven saves mark, just three shy of her season-high 10 saves set during Wake's 3-2 loss to Maryland in College Park.
Wake will face the winner of the Michigan/Ohio University match which is set for Saturday afternoon. Wake leads the all-time Michigan series 10-2, including a 3-2 win in Ann Arbor during this year's season opening weekend. Wake also leads the Ohio series with a 4-1-1 mark. When the teams met earlier this season the Demon Deacons notched a 2-1 win in Bloomington, Ind.
The second round of the NCAA tournament is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. in Ann Arbor.