Women's soccer: Wake Forest advances to NCAA second round on penalty kicks
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After playing to a scoreless draw through regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtime periods, No. 24 Wake Forest women's soccer advanced past No. 15 Georgetown on penalty kicks, 2-1, Friday night at Spry Stadium to move on to the second round of the NCAA Championship.
The Demon Deacons are advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship for the 12th time in program history and the first time since their last tournament appearance in 2013, when they fell to Virginia.
Wake Forest (14-3-4) and Georgetown (11-5-4) played through 110 minutes without conceding a goal in a strong defensive battle, leading up to the penalty kicks.
Still dancing pic.twitter.com/jWRtdlEiXt— Wake Women's Soccer (@WakeWSoccer) November 11, 2017
Georgetown started off PKs and Nonie Frishette, who came in off the bench and stepped into goal for penalty kicks, made the diving save. Maddie Husterwent first for the Demon Deacons and easily found the back of the net to give the Deacs a 1-0 advantage.
The Hoyas made their second PK attempt while the Deacs missed theirs, tying the score 1-all.
Georgetown then hit the crossbar on the third attempt and Frishette made back-to-back stops while Bayley Feist hit her shot on the Deacon's fourth attempt to secure the 2-1 win in the shootout.
Leading up to the PKs, the defense was stifling for both teams. The teams combined for four shots in the first half, with both of Wake Forest's attempts coming from Feist. The Hoyas had a near-goal in the 18th minute but Lindsay Preston made the leaping save to keep the game scoreless heading into the break.
After the half, the offense picked up, with Georgetown recording five shots to Wake Forest's four. The Hoyas also held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks in the second half, but the Deacon defense held strong and stopped all scoring opportunities to send the game into overtime.
The sweetest of victory laps! pic.twitter.com/wNOAonjt74— Wake Women's Soccer (@WakeWSoccer) November 11, 2017
In the first overtime period, Feist nearly had the golden goal in the 96th minute but Georgetown's keeper made the diving save at the last second to keep the game knotted at zero.
The Hoyas had a strong offensive performance in the second overtime period, but Preston managed to save one shot, one attempt hit the post and a third was deflected off a defender. Georgetown took a final attempt in the 108th minute, but it sailed high.
By the end of the match, Georgetown held a 12-10 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. Wake Forest held a slight 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Feist led the Deacs with four shots, three of which were on target, while Peyton Perea managed two shots, both on goal. Monreau DeVos, Kate Ravennaand Hannah Betfort also recorded shot attempts.
The Demon Deacons will now face third-seeded Penn State at a site and date to be determined after the conclusion of second-seeded West Virginia/Bucknell and Rutgers/LaSalle matches.