No. 15 Wake Forest Edges Princeton 2-1
Aug. 31, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
PRINCETON, N.J. - Rachel Nuzzolese capped off a three-point night with a late game-winning goal as No. 15 Wake Forest held off Princeton 2-1 on Friday at Roberts Stadium in Princeton, N.J. as part of the Princeton Invitational.
After both sides had played through a scoreless deadlock for the first 70 minutes, a flurry of late goals decided the match.
Nuzzolese chipped Princeton goalkeeper Kristin Watson from distance in the 81st minute for her second goal of the season, putting the Deacons (3-1-1) in front for good. Riley Ridgik had opened the scoring for Wake Forest in the 72nd minute when she headed home a Nuzzolese free kick from just outside the box before Jen Hoy equalized for the Tigers (0-1-0) minutes later during a scramble in front of net.
Ridgik matched Nuzzolese's three-point night as both players assisted on each other's goals. Ridgik's multi-point game was the first of her career. Nuzzolese led the Deacons with six shots, including three on target.
Aubrey Bledsoe earned the win in net for the Demon Deacons, making one save. Watson made two saves in taking the loss for the Tigers.
Wake Forest outshot Princeton 10-7 and also had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Captain Jackie Logue, a native of nearby Mount Laurel, N.J., started and played the full 90 minutes in front of the crowd of 522 that included a number of her friends and family.
Always a threat in the air, Ridgik got the Deacons on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute. Wake Forest drew a foul just outside the box on the left side and Nuzzolese bent a cross in that Ridgik was able to get a head on, putting it past the keeper.
Only five minutes later, Princeton answered back as Hoy found the ball on a scramble in front of net and managed to get a shot past Bledsoe. Jessica Haley and Gabriella Guzman were credited with assists on the play.
Nuzzolese closed out the scoring in the 81st minute with an ambitious chip from 35 yards that found its way over Watson and into the back of the net. The play was set up by Ridgik, who stole the ball in the midfield and played it to Nuzzolese.
Wake Forest will continue play in the Princeton Invitational on Sunday when it takes on Hofstra at noon. The game will be televised by Verizon FiOS1 for those in the Long Island/New Jersey area.