Wootten's Early Goal Guides Women's Soccer Past Wright State
Aug. 25, 2014

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By Jay Garneau, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest women's soccer utilized an early goal by Caroline Wootten to defeat Wright State 1-0 in the 2014 season-opener at Spry Stadium on Monday evening.

The Demon Deacons begin the season with a 1-0 record, while Wright State falls to 0-2.

In the ninth minute, Sarah Medina sent a cross into the box which found Wootten open in front of the net. Wootten beat the keeper near post to tally what proved to be the game-winner.

Wake Forest controlled possession throughout the game, out-shooting the Raiders by a 25-3 margin.

In her Wake Forest debut, freshman keeper Lindsay Preston saved all three shots on goal she faced to earn her first career shutout.

"It's a relief. You play your first real game, and with the young kids - we've got a young team, there were a bit of nerves," head coach Tony da Luz said. "There were some good things in the game for sure and we created a lot of chances, but we have to be better in the box."

Riley Ridgik led the Deacs with six shots, while Taylor Waters took four and Wootten added three.

Bryce Huebner took two of Wright State's three shots, both of them on frame. Halle Pyle saved eight shots but took the loss for the Raiders.

• 16: The Demon Deacons took 16 shots in the first half, not allowing Wright State to make an attempt.
• 12: Twelve different Deacs took shots in the game, including eight different players putting at least one shot on goal.
• 7: Wake Forest has now won seven straight season-openers. The Deacs are 14-4-3 all-time in season-opening games.
• 7: A total of seven freshmen made their Wake Forest debuts: Preston, Medina and Maddie Huster started, while Casey Brown, Pilar Torres, Claudia Day and Monreau DeVos saw action off the bench.

• Wake Forest returns home on Friday, taking on James Madison in a 5 p.m. contest at Spry Stadium. The men's soccer squad takes on UCLA at 7:30 p.m., following the women's game.



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