No. 1 Virginia Knocks Wake Forest out of NCAA Tournament
Nov. 24, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - After Wake Forest kept No. 1 Virginia's potent offense off the scoresheet in the first half, the Cavaliers broke through at the start of the second period, scoring twice in the first four minutes of the second half to defeat the Demon Deacons 2-0 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.
The Cavaliers' first score was a bit of a fluke as Alexis Shaffer's cross rebounded off the cross bar and dropped in front of goal for Makenzy Doniak to finish from point blank range only 30 seconds after the halftime break. Virginia (23-1) added a second goal less than three minutes later with a passing combination that freed Morgan Brian for a scoring shot from the top of the box.
"I want to congratulate Steve (Swanson) and Virginia on a great performance tonight," said head coach Tony da Luz. "Our kids fought `till the end. We had a really bad start to the second half obviously and from there it was an uphill battle."
The loss ended another successful season for the Demon Deacons (12-7-2), who advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last five seasons. It also marked the end for Wake Forest's 10-player senior class that departs as the most decorated group in program history.
Among those who have played in their final game are three-time All-American Katie Stengel, who leaves Wake Forest as the program's all-time leading scorer, and two-time All-American and Academic All-American goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, who departs as Wake Forest's all-time leader in shutout, goals against average and starts.
In addition to the numerous individual honors, the group collectively helped lead the Demon Deacons to the greatest successes in the history of the program, including Wake Forest's first ACC Championship in 2010 and first College Cup appearance in 2011.
The Cavaliers advance to the quarterfinals where they will host No. 3 seed Michigan, looking to advance to their first College Cup.