Wake Forest Downs Duke 3-2 on Day One of ACC Field Hockey Tournament
Nov. 1, 2007
NEWTON, Mass. - In Thursday's second game of the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship at the Newton Campus Turf Field in Newton, Mass., third-ranked Wake Forest defeated No.12 Duke by a score of 3-2 to advance to Friday's semifinals. The Deacons, who outshot Duke 26-6 in the game, took advantage of a late goal by sophomore forward Kim Romansky to put away a tough Duke squad.
"Anytime you can get a win in the ACC Tournament is a huge success, not matter who you're playing," said Wake Forest head coach Jennifer Averill. "I'm really proud of the team for sticking with it and coming out with a win."
For the game's first score, Wake Forest's Melissa Martin, a sophomore midfielder from Lancaster, Pa., knocked in a deflected pass across the net at 14:43 in the first half, popping the loose ball over diving Duke goalie Caitlin Williams to make the score 1-0. Just five minutes later, the Deacons' Hilary Moore would double the Wake Forest lead, scoring on a corner at the 22:04 mark.
To pull within one as halftime neared, Duke senior Shayna McGeehan scored on an unassisted goal at 28:39, making good on a rebound off a corner to make the score 2-1.
In the second half, the Blue Devils came out motivated to put pressure on the Deacons defense, pulling even at 36:15 when junior Ashley Pultorak scored on a pass from All-ACC selection Laura Suchoski.
For the game's deciding score, Wake Forest's Romansky punched in a loose ball at 65:50. Denying several Duke efforts to tie the game over the last few minutes, the Deacons would hold on for their 13th of the season.
In the game, Wake Forest recorded 18 shots on goal, including four by each Emily Cummings and Hilary Moore. The Blue Devils would total six shots, including four on goal.
Wake Forest will now face No.2 seed Maryland in Friday's second semifinal scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The winner of that contest will play for the league title in Sunday's 1:00 p.m. championship game against either North Carolina or Virginia.