Deacs Surge in Second Half to Beat San Diego, 2-1
Aug. 19, 2016

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest women's soccer team battled back from a 1-0 deficit, scoring twice in the second half to defeat San Diego, 2-1, in the season-opener at Spry Stadium on Friday night in the Wake Forest Invitational presented by The Loop Pizza Grill.

In her first collegiate game, Madison Hammond tallied a 51st-minute equalizer for the Demon Deacons (1-0-0), as Sarah Teegarden's shot deflected to Hammond, who headed it in for the goal.

Bayley Feist tallied the game-winner in the 65th-minute, lofting a shot over the keeper's head via a Kendall Fischlein assist.

Lindsay Preston was solid in goal, saving six of the seven shots on goal she faced. With the score tied at 1-1 in the 63rd minute, Summer Mason got behind the defense for a breakaway attempt, but Preston made the kick save from 10 yards out to keep Toreros (0-1-0) at bay just moments before the game-winning goal.

Hammond nearly added an insurance goal in the 77th minute, but another header attempt deflected off the crossbar. Then, with USD's offense pressing forward, Reci Smith had a 1v1 against a defender in the 86th minute and her shot was blocked away at the last moment.

San Diego's goal came courtesy of Ally Ocon, who floated a one-timer over Preston's head from a Jacqueline Altschuld cross. Amber Michel made five saves for the Toreros.

Caroline Wootten led the Deacs' offensive attack, taking six shots, including two on target. Wake Forest outshot San Diego by a 19-11 margin, and also led in corners, 11-7.

Wake Forest head coach Tony da Luz kicked off his 20th season at Wake Forest with the victory, coming against his alma mater, San Diego, where he also was the first head women's soccer coach in the program's history from 1992-96.

In the other game of the invitational, NC State defeated La Salle by a 6-1 margin. Wake Forest takes on La Salle on Sunday at 2 p.m., following NCSU vs. USD at 11:30 a.m.



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