Wet Winners: No. 18 Wake Upsets No. 10 FSU After Rain Delay
Oct. 25, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Fiction authors would be hard pressed to write a better senior night story for the No. 18 Wake Forest women's soccer team, who upset No. 10 Florida State 3-2 with a goal in the last minute of regulation on Thursday night at Spry Stadium.
Torrential downpours halted the 2-2 tied match with 2:30 left on the clock. When the teams returned to the field 45 minutes later Wake scored on their second possession when Ashley Burney sent a cross to Jill Hutchinson who fired, grabbed the rebound and fired again for the game-winner.
The Demon Deacons are now 9-5-3 and 4-2-2 in ACC play. Florida State, who ranks second in the ACC behind North Carolina, is now 10-4-2, 5-2-1.
The match marks the first time since 2002 the Deacons have pulled out a win over the Seminoles.
The Seminoles struck first in the 16th minute when Amanda DeCosta caught Wake Forest goalkeeper Amanda Barasha off guard and fired a quick shot from 10 yards out.
The Deacons wasted no time, literally, and scored within the next minute to knot the contest. Amy Smerdzinski landed her third goal of the season when she recovered a rebound from a shot by Sarah Winslow.
In the 33rd minute the Seminoles pulled ahead with another close-range bullet, this time from Kirsten va de Ven. The Deacs were trailing 2-1 headed into the halftime break.
A series of rapid firing in the 61st minute led to the second Wake goal of the night. Allie Sadow shot from the right corner of the box, Smerdzinski recovered the rebound and took a shot before Hutchinson landed the goal.
Then the rain came.
Then more rain came.
After a 45 minute rain delay the match resumed with 2:30 left on the clock. Hutchinson teamed up with Burney to net the game-winner with 43 seconds left in regulation and the rest is WFU senior night history.
The Demon Deacons will be back in action next Thursday when they travel to capital city to face NC State at 4 p.m.