No. 21 Wake Forest Clinches Spot in ACC Tournament
The Demon Deacons defeated Miami, 3-0, Thursday night to earn their first ACC Tournament bid since 2012
Oct. 26, 2017
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 21-ranked Wake Forest women's soccer team clinched a spot in the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2012 with a 3-0 victory over Miami Thursday night.
The victory, combined with other ACC results, gives the Demon Deacons the No. 5 seed in the tournament and they will face the No. 4 seed Virginia in Charlottesville on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Entering the contest, the Demon Deacons (11-4-3, 5-3-2 ACC) needed a tie or a win against the Hurricanes (5-11-0, 1-9-0 ACC) to earn a spot in the eight-team tournament.
The victory was the fifth conference win of the season for the Deacs, the most since 2013 when they also had five ACC wins.
Bayley Feist put the Deacs on the board in the 33rd minute off an eight-yard pass from Kahla Seymour. The goal was the team-leading seventh of the season for the junior while the assist was Seymour's second of the season.
Entering the second half with a 1-0 lead, Hannah Betfort doubled the Deacs' advantage in the 49th minute when Feist fed Betfort the cross which she headed in to the goal. It was Betfort's fifth goal of the season.
Estelle Laurier wrapped up the scoring for Wake Forest when a one-timer from 10 yards out found the back of the net, assisted by Betfort.
Both Feist and Betfort finished the night with three points on one goal and one assist.
The Deacs kept the Hurricanes without a shot until the 29th minute, building up a 5-0 advantage during that time. Wake Forest finished the night with advantages in shots (17-8), shots on goal (6-4) and corner kicks (8-1).
The 3-0 victory was the Deacs' 10th shutout of the season, the most since they tallied 14 in 2011. Lindsay Preston recorded four saves in goal for her seventh clean sheet of the year.
Up next, the Demon Deacons head to Charlottesville, Va. to face the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The game is set for Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.