No. 17 Wake Forest upsets No. 7 Virginia with a late penalty kick
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 17 Wake Forest scored two goals in four minutes to snatch a 2-1 come-from-behind win from No. 7 Virginia on Friday at Klockner Stadium.
Virginia took an early lead on a first-half goal by Olivia Brannon, but a Jackie Logue goal off of a free kick in the 70th minute turned the momentum in Wake Forest's favor. Three minutes later, Jenai Davidson drew a penalty kick that Kristen Meier converted to put the Deacons in front, and the Wake Forest back line held strong for the final 18 minutes to grind out the win.
The seventh-ranked Cavaliers were the highest-ranked team that the Demon Deacons have ever defeated on the road.
"The first half, we got played off the field," head coach Tony da Luz said. "We turned it around, we got the goal, and I thought the game kind of changed. It was a great finish by Jackie [Logue] off of a great free kick by Marisa (Park), and the penalty was perfect - Kristen did a great job finishing."
With the win, Wake Forest sits at 10-3-1 and holds third place in the conference with 12 points.
"[The win] leaves us in a good position," Da Luz said. "We're still hopefully competing for an ACC regular-season championship. This team has been so good on the road that we're a threat to beat anybody."
Aubrey Bledsoe made three saves, two of them after Wake Forest had taken the lead, to earn the victory in goal. Logue's goal was her first of the season, while Meier's penalty kick moved her into the team lead with four goals.
"[I was thinking] that I was going to make [the penalty kick]," Meier said. "That's what you have to think."
The Deacons tied the score at one in the 70th minute. Park served the ball into the box from the right and Jackie Logue got her head on it in front, heading the ball past Danielle DeLise.
The game-winning goal came only three minutes later when Meier scored on a penalty to give Wake Forest a 2-1 lead.