No. 1 Virginia Shuts Down No. 14 Wake Forest 2-0
Oct. 13, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 1 Virginia struck twice in the first half and put on a strong defensive performance to defeat No. 14 Wake Forest 2-0 on Sunday at Spry Stadium.
The Cavaliers improved to 14-0-0 (8-0-0 ACC) while the Demon Deacons dropped to 8-3-2 (3-2-2 ACC).
After a methodical start to the game that saw the teams combine for only one shot through the first 26 minutes, Brittany Radcliffe put Virginia on the board in the 36th minute, heading home a Shasta Fisher cross from point-blank range.
The Cavaliers added to their lead just before the halftime break on a goal by Alexis Shaffer. Aubrey Bledsoe made seven saves in net to keep Wake Forest in the game, but Virginia's defense limited the Demon Deacons to only three shots, none of them on target.
It was the Deacons' first game without star forward Katie Stengel, who was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in her leg that will sideline her indefinitely.
The Demon Deacons held their Senior Day Sunday, honoring their 10-person senior class before the game. Wake Forest wore pink jerseys which were auctioned off to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Wake Forest will return to action on Thursday when it travels to Blacksburg, Va. to take on a red-hot Virginia Tech side at 7 p.m.