No. 15 Deacons Earn Road Tie with No. 6 Duke
Oct. 14, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
DURHAM, N.C. -Katie Stengel scored on a penalty kick to help No. 15 Wake Forest earn an important point on the road as the Demon Deacons tied No. 6 Duke 1-1 on Sunday at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Stengel put the Deacons in front just before halftime as she was pulled back trying to run onto a ball in the box, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. The junior from Melbourne, Fla. took the kick herself and calmly put it past Duke goalkeeper Tara Campbell to hand Wake Forest a 1-0 lead.
The Demon Deacons held onto their lead until the 75th minute when Kim DeCesare headed in a Laura Weinberg cross to tie the score at 1-1. Wake Forest turned up the intensity in overtime, outshooting Duke 7-2, including a strike by Rachel Nuzzolese to start the second overtime period that just missed finding the inside of the left post, but neither team could push a goal across, leaving the match to end in a draw.
"We're satisfied with the tie in this game," said head coach Tony da Luz. "Duke is a very good team. They're one of the best teams in the country, so to come in here and get a tie, we're ok with it. We'd have loved to get three points, but we have three games to go and we feel like if we perform well in those three games, we have a good chance of finishing in the top four (in the ACC)."
Stengel's goal was her fifth of the season, moving her into the team lead in goals and points. The Demon Deacons' last three goals have all come via penalty kicks, dating back to the game-winning goal at No. 7 Virginia on Oct. 5.
Wake Forest moved to 2-1-1 against teams ranked in the top 10 of the NSCAA poll this season.
DeCesare came close to giving the Blue Devils a lead in the 20th minute when a low cross from Weinberg found her inside the six-yard box but she put the ensuing shot off of the right post.
The Deacons took the lead just before the half on a penalty kick. Stengel broke free of the defense and looked to be headed to goal before she was tugged back by Libby Jandl and the referee pointed to the spot. Stengel stepped up to take the kick herself and buried it past Tara Campbell to hand Wake Forest a halftime lead.
DeCesare equalized for the Blue Devils in the 75th minute, heading in a Weinberg cross at the back post to tie the game at 1-1.
Jackie Logue game inches away from restoring the lead only minutes later when she headed a corner kick on frame but her shot was headed off the line by a Duke defender.
Nuzzolese came close to winning the game to start the second overtime as the Deacons broke off the restart and Nuzzolese's shot from 30 yards whistled just wide of the left post.
The Demon Deacons will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 18, when they host NC State at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.
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