Sept. 12, 2009

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke came alive in the second half, scoring two goals in an eight minute span, but it wasn't enough as they lost to No. 3 Wake Forest, 3-2, on Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium this afternoon. Senior forward Amie Survilla continued her strong play up top, as she scored both goals for the 11th-ranked Blue Devils.

"We need to shoot a little more. We missed such great opportunities," head coach Beth Bozman said. "We had numbers up in the attacking circle, with shots just going wide. We are probably the youngest team I've ever coached and we had an opportunity to take this game today."

Trailing the Demon Deacons 2-0 in the second half, Survilla scored the first Duke goal on a breakaway. Junior forward Susan Ferger slotted a nice pass across the arc that Survilla dove at to knock it past Wake Forest goalie Kaitlyn Ruhf at the 60:43 mark. Wake Forest answered immediately with a goal by senior forward Kim Romansky off an assist from senior midfielder Aileen Davis in the 63rd minute that kept the Deacons ahead for the rest of the game.

Just when it seemed the game was out of reach, the Blue Devils gave themselves a chance at a late victory with another Survilla goal in the 69th minute, with the assist coming from freshman midfielder Mary Nielsen. Survilla has eight goals on the year, which leads the team.

Wake Forest got on the scoreboard first with a goal in the 29th minute by senior midfielder Raisa Schiller on an unassisted effort. She ripped a shot from the top of the circle that found the left side of the cage, which was nearly tipped in by her teammate, senior forward Hilary Moore.

The Demon Deacons increased their lead early in the second half with a goal by freshman forward Lizzie Rae, assisted by Romansky in the 53rd minute. It was Rae's team-leading fourth goal of the season.

Several scoring opportunities for Duke were stymied by the Demon Deacon's defense. Survilla nearly had a third goal in the 57th minute, as she lofted a shot over a diving Ruhf, who somehow got her glove on the ball. It was one of many close chances that the Blue Devils had, but were not able to convert.

Duke had nine shots to Wake Forest's 12. Junior goalie Samantha Nelson had five saves on the day while Ruhf had three. Duke took five penalty corners while the Deacons had only two.

"We are going to get better every game, that's just the kind of the season it is. We just have to keep fighting and clawing for everything and our youth will start to mature," coach Bozman said.

Duke will be back on the turf next weekend as they take on Longwood (Sept. 19) and No. 9 Old Dominion (Sept. 20) at 1 p.m. on Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.