Stengel Ties Scoring Record as Deacs Down Canes
Sept. 13, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - In her first game back with Wake Forest after winning the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Katie Stengel picked up right where she left off last year, scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win at Miami and in the process tying the Demon Deacons' career goal-scoring record.
Playing in only the first game of her junior season, Stengel scored the 36th goal of her career, evening her with Jill Hutchinson (2006-09) atop the Wake Forest scoring charts.
"Katie is clearly the best (that has played at Wake Forest)," said head coach Tony da Luz. "She did so much for us today - holding the ball under pressure, taking players on, being dangerous. She put in 90 minutes after flying for two days back from Japan after the U-20 World Cup. We can't ask for more from her."
The Demon Deacons move to 7-1-1 (1-0-0 ACC) heading into Sunday's match at No. 1 Florida State, which beat No. 2 Duke Thursday.
"It was a crucial road win," said da Luz. "Road wins are really hard to come by in this conference, especially down here at Miami. This is a really good team and on their home field, they're super dangerous. This game could have gone either way."
The game-winning score came in the 66th minute as Stengel ran onto a through ball from Kristen Meier and slid the ball past the goalkeeper and inside the far post.
"We were patient in the second half," said da Luz. "We knew the opportunity was going to come. I thought Kristen's pass fantastic and the timing of Katie's run was perfect. It was just a bam-bam play and an awesome goal."
Equally important in the Demon Deacons' win was their defensive effort. Aubrey Bledsoe kept her third consecutive shutout in net - her fifth of the season - making three saves, including a few crucial ones as the Hurricanes pushed for an equalizer late.
Wake Forest had the first good chance of the game in the 18th minute. Miami goalkeeper Breanna Robinson badly shanked a clearance, sending the ball only a short distance to Katie Stengel, who had an unimpeded path to goal. But Robinson recovered in time to make the save on Stengel, keeping the score deadlocked at 0-0.
Stengel put the Deacons in front off of a pretty combination in the 66th minute. Kristen Meier deftly slipped a pass through the back line to Stengel, who was making a diagonal run, and the junior All-American made no mistake with the finish, sliding a shot inside the far post.
Stengel had a golden chance to put the game away in the 88th minute when Bledsoe punched away a free kick, sending her free on a breakaway, but Robinsion again up big to make the stop.