Da Luz Gets 200th Win at Wake as Deacs Top Tigers
Jenai Davidson celebrates with Riley Ridgik after scoring against Clemson

Sept. 30, 2012

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By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshman Jenai Davidson scored the first two goals of her career in her first start in a Wake Forest uniform to lead the 15th-ranked Demon Deacons to a 4-0 win over Clemson on Sunday at Spry Stadium. The victory was Tony da Luz's 200th as head coach at Wake Forest.

Da Luz is only the 10th coach in school history across all sports to win 200 games at Wake Forest and is the second to do so in a women's sport. He joins head men's soccer coach Jay Vidovich and head field hockey coach Jennifer Averill as active coaches in the 200-win club.

"We've been super consistent as a program since I've been here, making the NCAA Tournament every year, and getting a good number of wins every year," said da Luz. "It's a great reflection of the team culture and the expectations that we put on ourselves."

The Deacons improved to 9-3-1 (3-2-0 ACC) and will sit in fourth place in the conference with nine points heading into Friday's road match at No. 7 Virginia. Clemson fell to 5-6-2 (0-5-0 ACC).

Davidson scored the opening goal, that turned out to be the game-winner, in the 28th minute on a well-placed header and then netted the Deacons' fourth goal in the 81st minute after a strong individual effort that took her through the center of the Clemson defense.

"When I first got on the field, I was definitely nervous (making my first career start), but the girls on the field made sure that I was doing well," said Davidson. "After (I scored) the first goal from a great cross from Ally (Berry), I got more comfortable and was more willing to attack."

Kim Marshall and Kristen Meier also found the back of the net for the Deacons, with Ally Berry, Jessica Mandarich, Katie Stengel and Annick McBryar all picking up assists.

Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe made five saves in 85 minutes of action, including a stop on a penalty kick, before making way for freshman Sara Small who made her first-career appearance in net for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest has now shut out Clemson for 463 consecutive minutes, dating back to 2007.

With Wake Forest holding a 3-0 first-half lead, da Luz was able to empty his bench, giving all available players a chance to taste ACC competition. Chelsea DeLiberto, Lindsey Ervin and Small all saw their first playing time of the season.

Davidson opened her account at Wake Forest with a headed goal in the 28th minute to put the Demon Deacons in front 1-0. Berry had set up the play with a long cross from the left that Davidson got a head on from about eight yards out and directed the shot into the side netting.

Marshall doubled the lead in the 32nd minute off of a corner kick. Mandarich played the corner into the box, and Marshall volleyed it at the near post, smashing a shot that hit the inside of the near post and found its way into the net.

Meier notched the Deacons' third goal in an eight-minute span in the 35th minute. Meier ran free on a breakaway after a pretty passing combination between McBryar and Stengel and put a low shot past a sliding Rittgers to make the Wake Forest advantage 3-0.

Bledsoe did her part to maintain the clean sheet, saving a Maddy Elder penalty kick on the 65th minute. Opponents are now only 2-of-4 against Bledsoe on in-game penalty kicks in her career.

Davidson used some tenacious work in the midfield, winning the ball and then dribbling through the heart of the Clemson defense, creating her own breakaway that she finished to make the score 4-0 in Wake Forest's favor.

Wake Forest will face Virginia on Friday at 7 p.m. in Charlottesville before returning home to host Kansas next Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. The match against the Jayhawks will be the Demon Deacons' Senior Day. Seniors Jackie Logue, Meier, Marisa Park, Shareen Sutherland, India Winford and Alisha Woodson will be honored on the field before the game.



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