Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy of Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The 14th-ranked Wake Forest women's soccer team scored three goals in the first half and cruised to a 3-0 win against West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at Spry Stadium.

With the win, the Demon Deacons improve to 15-5-2, while the Mountaineers close the season with a 10-7-6 record.

Wake Forest advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history and first since 1999. The Deacs will be on the road next weekend to face South Carolina in the third round. The Gamecocks defeated Rutgers 1-0 on Sunday. A time and date of the game will be announced Monday.

The Demon Deacons jumped on West Virginia early, scoring the only three goals of the game in the first 35 minutes of the match. Senior Jill Hutchinson gave Wake a lead with a goal in the 21st minute and junior Casey Luckhurst scored exactly 25 minutes into the game. Freshman Ally Berry closed the scoring with a goal in the 35th minute.

Hutchinson scored her team-leading 14th goal of the season and the 36th goal of her career. She also moved into a tie for second in career points with 84, tying Sarah Kozey, and is now one shy of Anne Shropshire's record of 85.

Luckhurst and Berry also scored goals for the Demon Deacons. Luckhurst scored for the third time in the last two games, while Berry scored for the second time in her freshman season.

Kaley Fountain had a pair of assists in the win. With her two assists, Fountain now has 11 assists on the season, tying the single season Wake Forest record. Fountain is also tied with Hutchinson for the team lead in points with 31.

Jackie Logue also added an assist. The assist for Logue was her second of the season.

Amanda Barasha and Laura Morse combined on the shutout for the second straight game. Barasha started and played the first 76 minutes, making one save. Morse closed out the game, playing the final 14 minutes and also making one stop.

With the clean sheet, Wake Forest extended its school record for shutouts in a single season to 14.

Kerri Butler suffered the loss in goal for West Virginia. Butler made three saves and allowed three goals in the defeat. Mallory Beck played the final 11 minutes and made one save.

Wake Forest had a commanding advantage in shots, out-shooting West Virginia 16-6. The Deacs had seven shots on goal, compared to two for the Mountaineers. Wake attempted four corner kicks, while West Virginia had two corners.

The Demon Deacons grabbed the lead on Hutchinson's goal in the 21st minute. Fountain played a cross from the left and found a sliding Hutchinson, who finished from in front for her 14th goal of the season.

West Virginia had its first shot of the game in the 24th minute. Carolyn Blank attempted a shot that was saved by Barasha.

Wake Forest doubled its advantage with a goal four minutes later. Jackie Logue played a free kick from 40 yards out on the left side. The kick found Luckhurst on the right side of the six and she headed the ball into the goal to make the score 2-0.

Berry gave the Deacs a three-goal edge with a score in the 35th minute. Fountain played a beautiful cross from the left and Berry headed the ball inside the left post to make the score 3-0.

Wake Forest had the first chance of the second half when Berry headed a shot that was saved by Butler. Butler was unable to control the shot as the rebound came out in front of the goal. However, West Virginia was able to clear the ball away before any more trouble.

Feger nearly gave the Demon Deacons their fourth goal of the game in the 66th minute. Feger's headed from six yards out went just over the cross bar.

The Mountaineers had their best chance of the game in the 71st minute. Blake Miller had a free kick from 23 yards out on the right side that hit off the cross bar and bounced over the goal.

Miller led West Virginia with three shots in the game, including a shot on goal. Carolyn Blank had two shots, with one shot on frame.