Sept. 11, 2010

Courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sophomore Lizzie Rae scored the game winning penalty stroke for the No. 8 Wake Forest field hockey team against No. 10 Duke on Saturday afternoon at Kentner Stadium, as she made the fifth and final penalty stroke to give the Deacs a 3-2 victory. With the win, Wake Forest improves to 5-1 (1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) on the year, while Duke falls to 3-2 (0-1 ACC).

Playing in wet and rainy conditions did not affect either team early on in the match. Duke's Brenna Rescigno scored first, tapping in the ball off a penalty corner from Stefanie Fee and Sarah Schoffstall in the fifth minute.

The Deacons quickly responded, as Rae scored less than six minutes later off a pass from freshman Kari Walkley. The goal was Rae's team-leading fifth one on the season.

Each team had multiple penalty corner opportunities during the remainder of the first half, but neither was able to convert. Junior Adelaide Knott finally pushed the Deacs in front, as she scored her first goal of the season in the 29th minute.

The teams continued to battle in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net. The Deacons were still clinging to their one goal lead, as Rescigno attempted a shot off of a penalty corner in the 66th minute that was saved by Wake Forest goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf.

With 41 seconds remaining in regulation, Duke's Chelsea Amsley tapped in her first goal of the season to tie the match at 2-2 and force overtime.

In the first 15 minute overtime period, Wake created four penalty corner opportunities, but was unable to convert. Play continued into the second 15 minute overtime period, where Duke attempted a shot in the 98th minute, but Ruhf was there to make the save and thereby force penalty strokes as the deciding factor.
 
Junior Kaitlin Piosa shot first for the Deacons, and her shot easily found the back of the net, as did Duke's Tara Jennings. Rae converted the second shot penalty stroke, and Susan Ferger also scored for Duke. Sophomore Jillian Anzalone then missed her shot, and Duke's Emmie Le Marchand converted to give the Devils a 3-2 advantage on penalty strokes.

Junior Lauren Greenwald and Duke's Molly Johnson each converted on their shots, and senior Liza Casella calmly made her penalty stroke, as well. A miss by Duke's Rhian Jones once again knotted the score, this time at 4-4.

Piosa and Johnson each missed their next shots, before Rae scored what would prove to be the game winning goal that gave the Deacs a 5-4 lead in penalty strokes. Jennings missed her shot on the last opportunity to tie the score, and the Deacons were able to secure a 3-2 victory on the day.

The field hockey team will return to action next Friday on the road, as they take on in-state foe Davidson in a 6 p.m. contest.