McSally Helps Deacs Past No. 9 Florida State
Nov. 3, 2010
Courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics
CARY, N.C. - Jackie McSally scored the first two goals of her career and Katie Stengel broke the Wake Forest single-season points record as the Demon Deacons topped No. 9 Florida State 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2010 ACC Championship held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Wednesday.
Win the win, Wake Forest improves to 12-7-1 and will face top-seeded and third-ranked North Carolina in the semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m. It is the Deacons' first trip to the ACC Championship semifinals since 2007, and Wake will be looking to advance to the championship match for the second time, and the first since 1999.
"I'm just excited to get the win," said head coach Tony da Luz. "The last two years we had a couple of overtime losses in the ACC tournament, so I'm glad we got over the hump and will be playing on Friday."
Bianca D'Agostino opened the scoring for Wake Forest in the ninth minute, and McSally scored her first of two goals in the 49th minute to give the Deacons a 2-0 lead. After Katya Gokhman pulled a goal back for Florida State, McSally completed her brace in the 61st minute to set the final 3-1 scoreline.
"McSally showed some really good instincts getting into the box," said da Luz. "We know she can head the ball. It was a great headed goal, and she made some good runs for us."
Stengel earned her 33rd point of the season with an assist on McSally's first goal, setting a new school record for points in season. She had previously been in a four-way tie for the record with Jill Hutchinson (2009), Kaley Fountain (2009) and Anne Shropshire (1998)
Marisa Park, Jackie Logue and Jordan Feger also had assists for the Deacs in the match. Aubrey Bledsoe earned the win in goal for Wake Forest, making two saves. Amanda Barasha played the final 21 minutes of the match in net without allowing a goal.
In her first start of the season, Madison Winter took the loss for the Seminoles.
Wake Forest dominated possession in the match and outshot Florida State 9-7.
The Seminoles had the first chance of the game in the sixth minute when Niki Mercier forced Bledsoe to make a good save.
D'Agostino scored on Wake Forest's first shot of the game in the ninth minute, taking a pass from Marisa Park and weaving through the FSU defenders at the top of the box before unleashing a rocket from 19 yards that beat Winter for the first goal of the match.
The Seminoles' Tifany Mullen had a good opportunity in the 36th minute, but Bledsoe was there to tip the ball over the cross bar, leaving the halftime score 1-0 in favor of Wake Forest.
Wake Forest struck again in the 49th minute, when a nice combination play between Feger and Stengel gave McSally the ball in the center of the penalty area. Winter got a hand on McSally's hard shot but could not keep it out of the net, extending the Deacon lead to 2-0.
The Seminoles got their only goal in the 52nd minute, when Breezy Hupp's free kick from midfield was headed by Ella Stephan to Gokhman, who put the ball into the net from close range.
The Deacons' final goal came in the 61st minute when Logue put a perfect cross into the box that McSally headed into the net at the back post.
Wake Forest's semifinal match against North Carolina will be streamed live on theACC.com. For complete tournament information, including ticket prices and directions to WakeMed Soccer Park, please visit the ACC Championship home page.