Stengel's Record-Breaking Night Sparks Deacs Past BU in NCAAs
Nov. 18, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Katie Stengel scored a goal and assisted on Jackie Logue's game-winning score to set a new Wake Forest single-season points record as the top-seeded Demon Deacons downed Boston University 2-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spry Stadium on Friday.
"BU has a lot of maturity in its team and it showed," said Wake Forest head coach Tony da Luz. "They defended well, and it took us a long time to break them down, but we eventually wore them down and scored two great goals. I thought our attacking play and our pressure was very good, so I'm very happy with the performance and very happy to move on."
Wake Forest (16-3-4) advances to face fourth-seeded Penn State in the third round on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Spry Stadium. The Nittany Lions topped Marquette 4-1 in the second round. Tickets are seven dollars for adults and three dollars for students, youths and seniors, and can be purchased at the stadium box office on the day of the game.
Stengel's three-point night pushed her season total to 39 points, breaking the previous school record of 37 points that she set as a freshman last year. Her score, Wake Forest's second of the evening, gives her 16 goals on the year, tying the school-best mark that she set in 2010.
"Whatever I can do to help the team get a win," said Stengel. "If (breaking records) happens, then it happens, but I'm more focused on winning an NCAA title"
Nuzzolese assisted on Stengel's goal, her 14th point in the Demon Deacons' last seven games.
Wake Forest controlled the game from the outset, but the Terrier defense held strong, keeping the Deacons off the board for 74 minutes before Logue scored the eventual game-winner, taking a through ball from Stengel on the right side of the box and blasting a shot inside the far post. It was Logue's second goal of the season and the fourth of her career. Two of her four career goals have been game-winners.
"I was making that run a couple times during the game, and Katie found me through," said Logue. "All I remember is that (my shot) ricocheted off the goalie and went in on the other side. (I would say) that it is the biggest goal I've ever scored."
The Deacons outshot the Terriers 22-8 and Aubrey Bledsoe had a comfortable day in net to earn her 13th shutout of the year, making three saves including a stop on a rocketed shot by Kylie Strom in the 87th minute. Wake Forest scored both of its goals before Boston University even managed a shot on frame.
Wake Forest's 16 wins this season tie a school record that was last reached in 2009. The Deacs are already assured of finishing the year with their best-ever winning percentage.
The Demon Deacons brought pressure for most of the first half, but were unable to find the game's opening goal. In the 14th minute, Rachel Nuzzolese made a run before slipping a through ball to Jackie Logue who drove to the end line and then played a low cross. Stengel slid hard to get a tough on the shot and pushed a shot that went just wide of the left post.
Stengel came inches away again in the 25th minute, running onto a through ball from Marisa Park on the left side of the box and placing a shot that curled around the right post.
The Deacons had five corner kicks in the opening period and won a number of balls in the air, but were unable to find the finishing strike.
Wake almost went ahead in the 65th minute. Park came clear of the defense on the right side and played a low cross through the goal mouth that Stengel slid onto but pushed a shot wide left from point-blank range.
Logue notched the game-winner in the 75th minute, sliding past the defense and collecting a through ball from Stengel that she finished inside the far post.
Stengel grabbed an insurance goal in the 83rd minute. Nuzzolese played a long through ball out of the midfield and Stengel dashed past the BU defense that had been pushed high as the Terriers searched for an equalizer. Left one-on-one with the keeper, Stengel took her time before blasting a shot into the back of the net.