Women's Soccer Tripped Up By Texas
Aug. 19, 2005
Winston-Salem, N.C. - The 21st-ranked Wake Forest women's soccer team lost its final exhibition game to Texas Friday night, by a score of 2-1. The Demon Deacons finished the preseason with a 1-1-0 record.
The Longhorns jumped on the scoreboard quickly when forward Kelsey Carpenter netted a one-on-one goal against Deacon goalkeeper Kaitlyn Doe. A defensive breakdown led to Carpenter's goal just 5:15 into the match.
Just over two minutes later, Carpenter struck again as she scored on a one-time shot following a defensive give-away deep in Deacon territory.
Trailing 2-0, Wake Forest regained its composure and began attacking the Texas defense. Sophomore midfielder Maggie Horne had two golden scoring opportunities thwarted by the Longhorn defense.
With 13 minutes left in the half, freshman Amanda Lebo found a streaking Horne with a crossing pass into the box. Horne made one move and fired off a shot towards the goal. Texas goalkeeper Dana Hall made a diving stop on the play to preserve the 2-0 lead.
Just three minutes later, Horne found herself in front of the goal with the keeper out of position; however, a Texas defender headed the ball away from the net at the last second keeping both Horne and the Deacs off the scoreboard.
The Deacons knocked off six shots in the first half, four of which on goal.
In the second half, the Deacons continued to pressure the Longhorns. Wake Forest held Texas to just one shot in the period, while knocking off 10 shots. Texas goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger followed Hall's path in making spectacular saves one after another.
However, just under the 66 minute mark of the match, Lebo from 18 yards out knocked in a bending shot from the left side of the box into the lower right corner of the goal. Lebo received a pass down the left side from senior forward Sarah Kozey. Junior defender Jayme Leigh Cargnoni also registered an assist on the play.
In the final 24 minutes, the Deacons had a handful of scoring opportunities but could not get the ball into the net. With 10:37 remaining in the contest, Wake Forest was awarded an indirect kick from 12 yards out. Texas made a foul by making a pass back to the keeper, and the Deacons were awarded the kick. With a wall of Longhorns just in front of the goal, Kozey made a quick pass to senior midfielder Melanie Schneider at the top of the box. Schneider fired off a rocket, but Pfenninger blocked the ball over the net and out of bounds.
Texas held Wake Forest off the rest of the half and preserved the 2-1 victory.
"We got off to a bad start," said head coach Tony da Luz. "A couple of shaky plays created their goals, and we dug our way out of it in the second half. I thought in the first half we were good for the last 10 minutes, but we were listless and fatigued at the start. We really were sharp in the second half and controlled the game and created a lot of great chances.
"We learned a lot of things from the game, about players, subs, and rotations. I thought Amanda Lebo showed a lot. She can really dribble, do some things, and be a playmaker for us. It was a good preparation game for our opener."
For the game, the Deacons out shot the Longhorns by a 16-5 total including an 11-3 advantage on shots on goal. Lebo finished the game with three shots on game, while Horne and Schneider each tallied two.
The Demon Deacons will open the season on Friday, August 26 at home against UNC Wilmington. Kickoff against the Seahawks will be at 7 pm at Spry Stadium.
For more information on Wake Forest women's soccer, please visit www.WakeForestSports.com.
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