WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 7 Virginia women’s soccer team concluded a four-game road trip Sunday with a 2-0 loss to No. 6 Wake Forest at Spry Stadium. The Cavaliers fall to 8-3-2 overall (2-2-1 ACC) with the loss, while the Demon Deacons improve to 11-1-1 (4-0-1 ACC).
“It was a frustrating game for us today,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “I thought we created chances but couldn’t take advantage of them. The way they scored their goals, both off corners, was disappointing. We didn’t take advantage of an opportunity today, but we have plenty more opportunities coming up. We need to take the lessons of this game and use them to improve, and I am confident that we can.”
In the first half, Wake Forest nearly took the lead in the 11th minute as Katie Stengel’s tap-in of a cross was disallowed on an offsides call. The Demon Deacons took the 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute as Ally Berry headed in a Riley Ridgik corner kick. The Cavaliers nearly drew even in the 44th minute as Shasta Fisher (Saugus, Calif.) rattled a shot off the near post as Wake took the 1-0 lead into halftime. It marked the first time this season Virginia trailed at the half.
In the second half, the Demon Deacons doubled their lead in the 63rd minute off another corner kick. Caralee Keppler’s initial shot was saved, but Jackie Logue buried the rebound to give Wake a 2-0 lead. Virginia had its best chance of the second half in the 76th minute as Aubrey Bledsoe made a diving save to keep out a one-timer from Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.).
Virginia outshot Wake Forest 15-8 for the game, and had an 8-5 corner kick edge. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made three saves for the Cavaliers, while Bledsoe made four saves to record the shutout for the Demon Deacons.
“We just haven’t finished as many chances against quality teams like this,” said Swanson. “On this four-game road trip, we scored one goal. We have some work to do, but this team has battled hard and worked hard all year and I am confident we can make the adjustments.”
The Cavaliers return home on Saturday as they host No. 10 Florida State in their first home game in over three weeks. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
#6 Wake Forest 2, #7 Virginia 0
#7 Virginia (8-3-2, 2-2-1) 0 0 – 0
#6 Wake Forest (11-1-1, 4-0-1) 1 1 – 2
1. WF. Ally Berry 2 (Riley Ridgik 3) 22′
2. WF. Jackie Logue 1 (Caralee Keppler 1) 63′
Shots: UVa 15, WF 8
Corners: UVa 8, WF 5
Saves: UVa 3 (Chantel Jones 3), WF 4 (Aubrey Bledsoe 4)
Fouls: UVa 3, WF 4