Stengel Breaks Records as No. 13 Deacs Stun No. 4 BC 2-0
Sept. 20, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Katie Stengel scored two goals to break the Wake Forest all-time goals and points records and lead the 13th-ranked Demon Deacons past No. 4 Boston College 2-0 on Thursday at Spry Stadium.
Stengel, who was playing in only the third game of her junior season after recently returning from Japan where she won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with the U.S. team, tallied the 37th and 38th goals and 86th, 87th, 88th and 89th points of her career to jump past Jill Hutchinson (36 goals) and Sarah Kozey (86 points) on the school's scoring charts.
"I think it just says a lot about how good our team is," said Stengel. "The balls that Jackie (Logue) and Ally (Berry) played to me were perfect. Without these great players around me, I wouldn't be able to do this."
The Demon Deacons (8-2-1, 2-1-0 ACC) handed Boston College (7-1-2, 1-1-0 ACC) their first loss of the year and were the first team to shut out high-scoring Eagles, who came into the match averaging 3.44 goals per game.
"We wanted to control the tempo of the game and get it down to a reasonable level," said head coach Tony da Luz. "I thought the back four and Aubrey (Bledsoe) were excellent tonight. They did a really great job."
Wake Forest will host Maryland on Sunday in a match of the top two teams in the ACC standings as the Terrapins lead the league with seven points and the Deacons sit tied for second with six points. The match will take place at 1 p.m. at Spry Stadium and will be streamed live via the Wake Forest All-Access package.
"I know (Maryland is) a very good team and have been for a few years now," said da Luz. "Everybody is good in the ACC, (so) we have to bounce back on Sunday and duplicate our performance."
Aubrey Bledsoe made four saves in net to earn her sixth shutout of the season, extending her school-record career shutout mark to 23.
Stengel gave the Demon Deacons the lead on an impressive individual effort in the 38th minute. Berry fed the junior from Melbourne, Fla. out wide on the right, and Stengel cut back to the center, fighting off two Boston College defenders before turning to goal and firing a shot from 12 yards that left Boston College goalkeeper Alexa Gaul with no chance.
Wake Forest looked to have doubled its lead in the 52nd minute as Marisa Park finished the rebound of a Logue shot but was adjudged offside.
Stengel got her second of the evening in the 63rd minute. Logue slid a through ball past BC's high defensive line that Stengel ran onto down the left. The junior cut into the box from a tough angle and blasted a left-footed shot into the far netting to put the Deacs in front 2-0.