No. 17 Deacons Rally to Beat No. 7 Cavaliers 2-1
Oct. 5, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - No. 17 Wake Forest scored two goals in a four-minute span in the second half to snatch a 2-1 come-from-behind win from No. 7 Virginia on Friday night at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
Virginia took an early lead on a first-half goal by Olivia Brannon and looked to be in good shape to earn the win before a Jackie Logue goal off of a free kick in the 70th minute completely turned the momentum in Wake Forest's favor. Three minutes later, Jenai Davidson drew a penalty kick that Kristen Meier converted to put the Deacons in front, and the Wake Forest back line held strong for the final 18 minutes to grind out the win.
The seventh-ranked Cavaliers were the highest-ranked team that the Demon Deacons have ever defeated on the road.
"The first half, we got played off the field," said head coach Tony da Luz. "We turned it around, we got the goal, and I thought the game kind of changed. It was a great finish by Jackie (Logue) off of a great free kick by Marisa (Park), and the penalty was perfect - Kristen did a great job finishing."
With the win, Wake Forest sits at 10-3-1 (4-2-0 ACC) and holds sole possession of third place in the conference with 12 points. The Demon Deacons will take a break from conference play on Sunday when they host Kansas.
"(The win) leaves us in a good position," said Da Luz. "We're still hopefully competing for an ACC regular-season championship. This team has been so good on the road that we're a threat to beat anybody."
Aubrey Bledsoe made three saves, two of them down the stretch after Wake Forest had taken the lead, to earn the victory in goal.
Logue's goal was her first of the season, while Meier's penalty kick moved her into the team lead with four goals.
"(I was thinking) that I was going to make (the penalty kick)," said Meier. "That's what you have to think."
Brannon gave the Cavaliers the 31st minute when Wake Forest failed to clear a corner kick and the ball found her for a shot from 15 yards out.
The Deacons equalized in the 70th minute by scoring as they have all season - on a set piece. Park served the ball into the box from the right and Jackie Logue got her head on it in front, heading the ball past Danielle DeLise to tie the score at 1-1.
The game-winning goal came only three minutes later. Davidson made a long run into the box and the referee pointed to the spot after she was clattered into from behind by a Virginia defender. Meier stepped up to the penalty spot and calmly finished to hand Wake Forest a 2-1 lead.
The Demon Deacons will host Kansas for their Senior Day on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Spry Stadium. Seniors Logue, Meier, Park, Shareen Sutherland, Alisha Woodson and India Winford will be honored on the field before the game.