Sept. 9, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The 18th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team, 3-0, on Friday evening in the first game of the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.
Loyola played a strong defensive game and remained very organized in the back, forcing seven offside calls in the contest against the Demon Deacons.
Greyhound keeper Didi Haracic anchored the defense and by playing an outstanding game in net, tying a career high with 10 saves. Haracic made several difficult stops, including one from point-blank range on ACC-leading scorer Katie Stengel early in the contest to keep the game scoreless.
“Didi Haracic was phenomenal in goal for us,” said head coach Katherine Remy Vettori. “She made some plays that kept us in the game. Her play lately has been outstanding.”
Stengel did breakthrough once in the first half for Wake Forest, taking a shot from 12-yards out on the right side of the box that beat Haracic into the left corner of the net to put the Demon Deacons on top 1-0 in the 22nd minute.
Gigi Mangione came close to equalizing for the Greyhounds (1-6-0) moments later, when she cracked a shot from 22-yards out with her left foot that forced keeper Aubrey Bledsoe to make a diving save to her right to keep the score at 1-0 at halftime.
Chantal Celestin generated another great opportunity for the Greyhounds 10 minutes into the second half. Celestin took the ball from the left sideline and dribbled into the middle of the field to get free for a shot from 25-yards away that beat Bledsoe but hit the top of the crossbar and went out of bounds.
The Demon Deacons (5-1-0) added a second goal in the 58th minute to go up 2-0, as Haracic made a sliding save on a shot by Kristen Meier but Lee Page was there to put home the rebound from six yards out.
Following the goal, turned up the pressure on the nation’s 18th-ranked team, taking four shots and earning a corner kick over the next four minutes. The Greyhounds finished the second half with five shots.
The first quality look came from Melissa Lookingland, who came inches away from putting the Greyhounds on the board in the 68th minute after chipping a shot from just inside the box that floated over the top right-hand corner of the net.
Minutes later, Mangione delivered a corner kick from the right side that swung into the box and found the head of Bryant but Bledsoe was able to cradle the shot.
Jordan Feger rounded out the scoring for Wake Forest, scoring on a breakaway in the 84th minute.
“I was disappointed with the goals we allowed in the second half only because we worked so hard defensively,” said Vettori. “We also did a great job generating chances offensively. Wake Forest is a fantastic team and we really played well against them today. This was another good step and should help us gain confidence as we move forward. I don’t feel the 3-0 score was really indicative of how well we played today.”
The Greyhounds will play host Virginia Tech on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the final game of the tournament.