No. 7 Wake Forest blows past Miami
Roundup: Owens’ hat trick leads No. 12 UT by No. 6 Florida
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Katie Stengel and Rachel Nuzzolese each scored twice to lead No. 7 Wake Forest past Miami (Fla.) 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Spry Stadium.
Stengel and Nuzzolese, who lead the Demon Deacons this season with 13 goals and six goals respectively, were the story of the afternoon. Nuzzolese opened the scoring in the eighth minute, firing a one-time volley of a failed clearance into the net and Stengel doubled the lead to 2-0 only eight minutes later, warding off a number of Hurricane defenders before sliding the ball past Miami goalkeeper Vikki Alonzo.
Stengel struck again on a free kick from the top of the box in the waning seconds of the first half. Ali Brennan pulled one back for Miami in the 68th minute, when her free kick deflected off of the wall and past Bledsoe, but Nuzzolese restored the lead to three in the 75th minute, looping a shot over Alonzo after a feed from Kelsey Zalimeni.
Nuzzolese was also credited with an assist on Stengel's first goal, giving her a five-point night -- a new career-high. The two-goal game was the second of her career after scoring twice on free kicks against Duke last season.
Stengel's two scores pushed her ACC-leading mark to 13, leaving her only three goals shy of the Wake Forest single-season record of 16 that she set last year as a freshman. In only a season and a half as a Demon Deacon, Stengel has already tallied 29 goals, tied for third-best on the Wake Forest goal-scoring charts.
Kristin Meier also assisted on Stengel's first goal, her team-leading sixth helper of the year. Aubrey Bledsoe earned the win in net for the Demon Deacons, making one save.
The Demon Deacons controlled all facets of the game, outshooting Miami 20-4 and taking seven corner kicks compared to only two for the Hurricanes. The three-goal margin gave head coach Tony da Luz a chance to delve into his bench as 21 Demon Deacons saw time in the match.
No. 2 Oklahoma State 2, Missouri 0
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State extended its school-record winning streak to 13 games on Sunday as the No. 2 Cowgirls knocked off Missouri 2-0 at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. Abby Akin and Sarah Brown each tallied goals to lead Oklahoma State past the Tigers.
With Sunday’s victory, which marked OSU’s ninth shutout this season, the Cowgirls improved to 13-0-0 and 2-0-0 in Big 12 Conference play. Along with extending its winning streak, OSU tied a program record with its 13th consecutive match without a loss.
“Missouri throws up so many different challenges,” OSU head coach Colin Carmichael said. “The system, they press very well, they’re athletic, very aggressive. We dealt with it very well. From our goalkeeping to our defenders to our midfield, we were great. From the middle third to the front third, we were awesome. We just didn’t bury the chances we created and made it a lot tougher than it needed to be. But (Missouri is) always tough, and we’ll take a 2-0 win any day.”
OSU outshot Mizzou 25-18 in the match, including a 12-5 advantage in the opening half.
No. 4 Duke 2, Clemson 0
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Fourth-ranked Duke topped Clemson by a 2-0 score on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils improve to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in ACC play, while the loss evens the Tigers’ record at 5-5 overall, including an 0-3 mark in conference action.
Duke scored the only goal of the first half at the 12:12 mark. Gilda Doria sent a corner kick from the left side to the far side of the box. Nicole Lipp headed the ball from 10 yards out into the back left corner of the net to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead, which they took into halftime.
Laura Weinberg netted Duke’s second goal of the game at the 74:33 mark. Weinberg chased down a ball near the endline on the right side and dribbled to the top right corner of the 18-yard box, where she launched a shot into the left side of the net.
For the game, Duke took 22 shots and had nine corner kicks, while Clemson took two shots and had three corner kicks. There were eight fouls called on the Tigers and seven on the Blue Devils in the contest. Sophomore keeper Morgan Hert posted six saves in goal for Clemson, while Tara Campbell recorded one for Duke.
No. 16 Virginia 1, North Carolina 0 2OT -- Full Recap --
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Caroline Miller's goal in the 105th minute gave No. 16 Virginia a 1-0 double-overtime victory against No. 5 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,418 fans at Fetzer Field and a nationwide television audience on ESPNU. It was the Cavaliers' first ever win against the Tar Heels in 38 meetings between the teams (1-35-2).
The teams played a scoreless first half, with each side registering four shots. Each team had great chances in the second half but couldn't convert. UNC's Anna Sieloff made a save on a Miller breakaway in the 57th minute, while UVa's Chantel Jones saved a header by Brooke Elby in the 67th minute off the crossbar. Regulation ended scoreless for the second consecutive year between the teams.
The Cavaliers had the first chance in the opening overtime period as Gloria Douglas had a breakaway chance that was saved by Sieloff. Jones answered with a key save later in the first overtime as Emmalie Pfankuch got in behind the defense.
On the first shot of the second overtime, the Cavaliers scored the game-winner. Morgan Brian played a ball behind the defense that found the run of Miller, who fired it into the corner of the net for her team-leading 10th goal of the season.
No. 12 Tennessee 4, No. 6 Florida 2
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Behind the first career hat trick from junior forward Alexis Owens, in her initial start of 2011, 12th-ranked Tennessee (8-2-0, 1-1-0 SEC) powered past No. 6 Florida (8-3-0, 1-1-0 SEC) 4-2 on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,480 fans at the Regal Soccer Stadium.
Tennessee continued its best start in program history at 8-2-0 overall, topping the best previous record after 10 matches of 7-2-1 by the 2007 Lady Vol squad.
The three-goal performance by Owens marked the first hat trick for a Tennessee player since Kayla Lockaby pulled the feat against Murray State on Sept. 8, 2002. Owens entered today's match against UF with just two career goals over 44 matches played during her time as a Volunteer.
Lady Vol senior forward Emily Dowd chipped in her sixth goal of the season to complete the scoring for UT and assisted on Owens' initial tally to record her fourth multiple-point effort in Tennessee's last six contests. Sophomore forward Caroline Brown contributed a pair of assists, improving her team-high point total to 21 on eight goals and five helpers in 2011. Freshman goalkeeper Julie Eckel made two saves between the pipes on the way to her eighth career victory in net.
No. 8 Pepperdine 1, Fresno State 1 2OT
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State picked up its third draw of the year against No. 8 Pepperdine 1-1 on Sunday afternoon in Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs are now 0-2-2 on the year against ranked teams.
"I feel good about the idea of obviously knowing that we can execute a game plan and make sure that we don't concede anything late in these overtime situations," Bulldogs head coach Brian Zwaschka said.
The Waves struck first just over two minutes into the match. Lynn Williams found Anisa Guajardo open at the top of the box. Guajardo sent her eighth goal of the year into the upper left corner.
With less than 18 minutes on the clock, Fresno State sophomore Kayla Kret headed in her third goal of the year on a corner by senior Molly Nizzoli to tie the match at 1-1 and send it into overtime.
After giving up the early goal, the Bulldogs defense held Pepperdine scoreless for the remaining 108 minutes of play to earn the tie as neither team could muster any offense in the overtime periods.
Freshman Katie DeVault knocked down a career-high 11 saves to anchor the Fresno defense.. The Bulldogs were outshot by Pepperdine 27-21 but earned a 10-5 advantage on corner kicks.
No. 9 Memphis 1, Rice 0
HOUSTON -- Christabel Oduro scored in the 66th minute and Elise Kuhar-Pitters came up with seven saves in goal as No. 9 Memphis (10-0-0, 2-0-0 C-USA) earned a 1-0 victory at Rice (5-3-1, 1-1-0 C-USA) on Sunday afternoon.
After 65 minutes of even play on each side, Christabel Oduro provided her fifth goal of the season to give Memphis the 1-0 lead. Melissa Smith served the pass to Oduro, who stood at the top of the keeper's box and drilled the strike past the Rice goalie for the score. It was Smith's third assist of the season.
Following the score by Oduro, Rice stepped up the pressure on the Lady Tigers and had a great scoring chance in the 79th minute. Quinney Troung brought the ball upfield and attempted a cross up the field. Kuhar-Pitters came up to play the ball, but Troung was able to get to the ball and punch the ball towards the net. The strike was high and a Memphis defender headed the ball back in play before it could go over the end line for a corner kick. Hope Ward collected the ball and served it in the box for Troung and she fired a shot, but Kuhar-Pitters made the save to help preserve the victory for the Tigers.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.