Deacons Down Boston College 3-2 in ACC Quarterfinals
Oct. 30, 2011
NEWTON, Mass. - Rachel Nuzzolese scored the opening goal and assisted on Wake Forest's other two scores as the fifth-seeded Demon Deacons took their first step towards defending their ACC Championship, defeating fourth-seeded Boston College 3-2 on Sunday in Newton, Mass. in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Tournament.
The Deacons (13-3-3) advance to semifinals where they will face top-seeded Duke, which defeated Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals, on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com.
"We had a total team effort out there today,"said head coach Tony da Luz. "We controlled the first half and were passing well, and our back line was terrific all game. Alisha Woodson, Caralee Keppler, Jackie Logue, Kim Marshall and Jessica Mandarich did a great job of defending inside the 18-yard box."
"I'm proud of the way that we regrouped after losing up here to Boston College in our last regular season game on Thursday," said da Luz. "Everyone was disappointed with Thursday's result, so I was happy to see us come out with a renewed sense of commitment to the team and each other and play to the level that we are capable of playing at."
Duke defeated Wake Forest 2-0 in the regular season, though the Demon Deacons were without leading scorer Katie Stengel in that match due to injury.
"We are really happy to draw Duke," said da Luz. "We only have three losses this season, and Duke is one of them. We avenged our loss to BC today, and are looking forward to having another shot at Duke on Friday"
Nuzzolese opened the scoring against the Eagles only 6:23 into the game, beating Boston College keeper Jillian Mastroianni one-on-one after being set up by Katie Stengel. It was the earliest that Wake Forest had scored in a game all season.
The Deacons' other two goals came courtesy of Nuzzolese corner kicks. Kim Marshall notched her first-career goal in the 22nd minute, when she one-timed Nuzzolese's service into the back of the net. Riley Ridgik netted the game-winner in the 70th minute, heading Nuzzolese's corner kick inside the far post.
Nuzzolese's four-point performance pushed her season totals to nine goals and 21 points this season, marks that rank second on the team behind Stengel.
"Rachel was solid today," said da Luz. "She passed the ball pretty well, attacked well and her set pieces were world class. On those corner kicks, she was putting the ball into the box with some serious pace. She had a terrific finish off of a great cross by Katie (Stengel). Every game her confidence gets better and better, which is good for us because it's important to have balance in scoring. Right now we have two great scorers in Rachel and Katie Stengel."
Boston College (11-5-2) tried to rally late, getting a penalty kick goal from Gibby Wagner in the 71st minute and a Kristie Mewis score in the 90th minute, but could not complete the comeback.
Aubrey Bledsoe made six saves in net for the Demon Deacons to earn her 13th win of the season.
Rachel Nuzzolese gave the Deacons the early goal that they had been missing in recent games, beating Mastroianni one-on-one in the seventh minute after an assist from Katie Stengel to put Wake Forest in front 1-0.
Nuzzolese set up Wake Forest's second goal with a corner kick in the 22nd minute. Her service into the box found the feet of Kim Marshall who put a one-timed shot past Mastroianni to push the Wake Forest lead to 2-0.
Boston College hit the post twice in a two-minute span midway through the opening period, the first on a shot by Kristen Mewis and the second off of the foot of Julia Bouchelle. In that time period, Bledsoe also made two saves on Gibby Wagner.
Riley Ridgik headed home the Demon Deacons' third goal in the 70th minute off of another Nuzzolese corner, extending the lead to 3-0.
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