Wake Forest Opens ACC Field Hockey Championship With 2-1 Overtime Victory Over Boston College
Nov. 4, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest freshman forward Kari Walkley scored on a rebound with three seconds left in overtime to give the fifth-seeded Demon Deacons a 2-1 win over fourth-seeded Boston College in the first game of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Demon Deacons will meet top-seeded Maryland in the semifinal round on Friday.
With time winding down in the first overtime period and the score knotted at one, Wake Forest was awarded a penalty corner. Junior back/midfielder Lauren Greenwald took a shot, but it was stopped by Boston College senior goalkeeper Kristine Stigas. Walkley chipped it into the goal as time ran out. It was her seventh goal of the season.
Wake Forest improves to 10-8 on the season, while Boston College falls to 12-7. The two teams met just six days ago in their regular season finale with the Eagles claiming a 3-2 victory.
The Demon Deacons held a tight advantage on shots in the game, tallying 11 to the Eagles' 10.
Stigas registered eight saves for Boston College while Wake Forest sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf had five.
Wake Forest took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute on a goal by sophomore forward/midfielder Lizzie Rae. Junior forward Kerry Ergen sent a pass from the right side, which Rae collected and knocked in off the front left corner of the goal for her ninth goal of the season.
Rae recorded a game-high five shots, four of which were on goal. Sophomore midfielder/back Jacqui Moorfield had a team-high four shots for the Eagles, with two coming on goal.
Facing a 1-0 deficit with less than 10 minutes to go, Boston College pulled its goalkeeper to add another offensive player.
With the second half winding down it appeared that Rae's score would be the only one of the game, but with less than four minutes to go Boston College took advantage of a 2-on-1 with the goalkeeper. Senior midfielder/forward Janna Anctil evened the score off a pass from junior midfielder/forward Courtney Tavener. It marked Anctil's 15th goal of the year.
The Eagles were awarded seven penalty corners in the game, while the Demon Deacons had four.
Wake Forest advances to the semifinals and will face top-seeded Maryland on Friday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. at Kentner Stadium. The winner will advance to the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m.
More information on ACC field hockey can be accessed by visiting theACC.com. All 2010 ACC Field Hockey Championship information can be found on the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-field-hockey-championship.html