Wake Forest Falls to Penn State, 2-0, in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 17, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- The No. 24 Wake Forest women's soccer team fell to No. 10 Penn State, 2-0, in the second round of the NCAA Championship Friday evening at Dick Dlesk Stadium on the campus of West Virginia University.

The loss ended a successful season for the Demon Deacons, who finish with their best record since 2013 at 11-6-4. Wake Forest was competing in its 19th NCAA Championship and first since 2013. The Deacs were in the second round for the 12th time in program history.

"Our kids played well, played hard," said head coach Tony da Luz. "I'm sad for this team because it's a team that I don't want to stop coaching. A group of leaders that have done a fantastic job all year long in leading this team and helping us to climb back into the ACC and back into the NCAA Tournament. I'm really proud of my team. We pushed all the way to the end, we just couldn't score goals tonight. I'm proud of their effort and I look forward to our team, this team, coming back next year and getting a little further."

The Deacons managed to keep the Nittany Lions off the board until the second half when Penn State's Alina Ortega-Jurado found the back of the net in the 59th minute off a header to break the scoreless tie and give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead. Just six minutes later, Laura Freigang fired from 20 yards out to double Penn State's lead.

The Deacs held a 15-7 advantage in shots, with nine of those coming in the second half. Wake Forest also held a 5-3 edge in shots on goal while the teams were tied 2-2 in corners. Hannah Betfort and Peyton Perea each recorded five shots while Perea had two on target. Bayley Feist had three shots, two on goal, while Ryanne Brown had one shot on goal.

Wake Forest's closest chance came in the 52nd minute when Brown managed to get a shot off in a scramble in front of the net. However, Penn State's keeper was there for the last-second save to keep the Deacs off the board.

The Demon Deacons will return to the pitch in the spring to begin preparations for the 2018 season. Wake Forest brings back its top two goal scorers of 2017 in Feist and Betfort while returning 20 players from the 2017 squad.