Offense Explodes in 4-2 Win over NC State
Oct. 18, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Rachel Nuzzolese scored two goals, including the game-winner, and Kristen Meier set up three Wake Forest scores as the 13th-ranked Demon Deacons took down NC State 4-2 on Thursday at Spry Stadium.
The rain storm that forced a 19-minute lighting delay in the second half could not cool down the Wake Forest (11-3-3, 5-2-1 ACC) offense as the Demon Deacons scored on the first shot of the game to take the lead in the 4th minute and never relinquished it despite two attempts to rally by the Wolfpack (5-12-0, 0-8-0 ACC).
Katie Stengel scored the fourth-minute opener after a through ball by Meier, and Nuzzolese made it 2-0 in the 18th minute when she slid onto the end of a Meier cross and pushed it past NC State goalkeeper Victoria Hopkins.
After Jennie Krauser pulled the Wolfpack within a goal, Meier set up Wake Forest's third score in the 27th minute, drawing a penalty kick that Nuzzolese finished to make the score 3-1. Shannon Colligan tacked on another NC State goal in the 53rd minute before Ally Berry finally put the comeback hopes to bed in the 90th minute, deflecting a Jackie Logue cross from the end line into the side of the net.
"We're happy to come away with a win," said senior captain Jackie Logue. "We all know that we can do better (than) giving up two goals, but I think we're happy to come out with four goals and show that our offense going forward has improved."
The game was a special won for Logue who earned the 85th start of her career, tying Liz McDowell (1999-02) for the Wake Forest program record.
"If you would have asked me that four years ago, I would have never thought that that was going to happen," said Logue. "It's just been great to play with such great girls from freshman year to senior year. It's an amazing experience that I would never change."
With the win, Wake Forest remains tied with North Carolina for fourth place in the ACC. The Demon Deacons will head to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels on Sunday at 1 p.m. as the two teams battle to maintain a top-four spot that would allow them to host the opening round of the 2012 ACC Championship. After it's match against UNC, Wake Forest will close out the regular season next Wednesday, Oct. 24 at home against Virginia Tech.
Nuzzolese, who has missed significant time this season with a leg injury, scored for the first time since Aug. 31 against Princeton to notch the fourth multi-goal game of her career.
Meier's two assists in the match tied her career high, which was set last season against Campbell.
The Demon Deacons wasted no time taking the lead as Stengel scored on the first shot of the game in the fourth minute. Meier threaded a ball through the defense and Stengel made a cut before blasting the ball into the net to put Wake Forest in front 1-0.
Nuzzolese doubled the lead in the 18th minute. Meier played a cross on the ground from the left side and Nuzzolese slid onto the ball inside the six-yard box, pushing it past Victoria Hopkins to extend the lead to 2-1.
NC State pulled a goal back in the 21st minute off of a defensive misplay by Wake Forest. The Wolfpack played a long ball out of the back and no Demon Deacon defenders could effectively clear it. Krauser took advantage, looping a shot over Aubrey Bledsoe, who was off her line, to make the score 2-1.
Six minutes later, Wake Forest regained its two-goal lead. Meier stole the ball near the midfield line and made a long run into the box before she was shoved down from behind, leading to a penalty kick. Nuzzolese scored from the spot for her second of the day to push the score to 3-1.
The Wolfpack again drew within a goal in the 53rd minute as Colligan ran onto a through ball by Sharon Wojcik and chipped a shot over Bledsoe.
Berry put the game away for Wake Forest in the 90th minute, deflecting a Logue end line cross past Hopkins for her third goal of the year.
Sunday's in-state rivalry match against North Carolina at Fetzer Field will kick off at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3.