UNCG's freshman goalie Simmons shuts out No. 7 Wake Forest 1-0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Despite getting outshot 23-3, UNC-Greensboro got a goal on a counterattack from Chesney White and was able to hold on to upset No. 7 Wake Forest 1-0 in the Demon Deacons’ home opener.
“The one break they had, they found the far post and scored a great goal,” head coach Tony da Luz said. “It’s just one of those nights. Greensboro did a really good job of defending, [keeping] a lot of players back and making it difficult for us to penetrate.”
The Deacons dominated possession throughout the match and held a 15-0 advantage in corner kicks, but despite creating a number of scoring chances, were unable to push a goal across. Much of that was attributable to the efforts of Spartan freshman goalkeeper Jamie Simmons who earned the shutout by making five saves.
“If we play like we did tonight, we’re usually going to win by multiple goals,” da Luz said. “We created some great chances and had some great combinations. It’s just one of those nights that’s just soccer, and that’s the way it is.”
Wake Forest dominated possession in the opening period and was unlucky to head into the half trailing 1-0 after UNCG took advantage of its most dangerous opportunity, catching the Deacons with a counterattack. Cat Barnekow led the attack down the right side in the 35th minute and served a cross to Chesney White who finished with her head at the back post to give the Spartans the lead.
Rachel Nuzzolese had the best chance of the first half for the Deacs in the 26th minute when she tried to curl a shot into the top-right corner but put the ball just over the cross bar.
The Deacons poured on the pressure in the second half, outshooting the UNCG 15-0 as the Spartans bunkered down to try to hold onto their lead.
Simmons shut down Kristen Meier on two scoring opportunities shortly after halftime to keep the Deacons off the board. In the 51st minute, Nuzzolese sent Marisa Park through the Deacon defense, and Park passed up a shot to slide the ball across to Meier, who looked to have an easy goal from point-blank range before Simmons stretched to make the save. Six minutes later, Nuzzolese played Meier through, and the senior turned and hit a shot that looked destined to find the inside of the far post, but Simmons got her fingertips on it to push it just wide.