No. 15 Deacs Down Hofstra to Close Out Princeton Invite
Sept. 2, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
PRINCETON, N.J. - Senior Marisa Park totaled a goal and an assist as No. 15 Wake Forest came from behind to defeat Hofstra 2-1 on Sunday in its final game at the Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J., finishing the tournament with a 2-0-0 record.
Hofstra took an early lead thanks to a Sam Scolarici strike in the 15th minute, but Kristen Meier headed in a Park cross to equalize 10 minutes later, leaving the score tied 1-1 at the half. Park netted the game-winner in the 57th minute, taking a pass from Alisha Woodson and blasting a shot past the goalkeeper from 20 yards out.
Park's multi-point game was the second of her career, matching a three-point effort against Virginia Tech in 2010.
Aubrey Bledsoe earned the win in goal for Wake Forest (4-1-1), making four saves while allowing only one goal. Emily Morphitis took the loss for Hofstra (2-3-0), allowing both Demon Deacon goals and also making four saves.
Sam Scolarici put Hofstra on the board only 15 minutes in on a low shot from the right side, with Jeannine Molleda earning an assist on the play.
The Demon Deacons answered less than 10 minutes later. Park played a cross into the box, and Meier outjumped Morphitis, the Pride goalkeeper, getting her head on the ball and putting it into the vacated net to tie the game.
Wake Forest's game-winning goal came in the 57th minute. Woodson came forward from her left back position and played the ball to Park who rocketed a shot from 20 yards past Morphitis to put the Deacons in front for good.
Wake Forest will return home to host its own tournament next weekend that will feature Illinois, Massachusetts and Virginia Tech. The Demon Deacons will take on the Minutewomen on Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and the Fighting Illini on Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.
Other games in the tournament will see the Hokies face the Fighting Illini on Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. and the Minutewomen on Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. All contests will take place at Spry Stadium.