WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Searching for the equalizer and taking the final five shots of the match, No. 16 Florida State (10-4-0, 4-3-0 ACC) came up just short against No. 22 Wake Forest (10-3-2, 4-2-1 ACC) on Sunday, falling by a score of 2-1 at Spry Stadium.
“This was a really good game between two good teams, so credit to Wake Forest,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “They created enough chances and scored their goals. I thought our kids competed very well, but we weren’t quite good enough in the penalty box. And at the end of the day, the game is won and lost in the penalty box and they were better at it today than we were. We’ll go back and get prepared for Notre Dame on Thursday.”
The Seminoles put on early pressure, getting a trio of corners in the second and third minutes, along with two shots by Clara Robbins, but were unable to find the back of the net.
Wake Forest returned the favor with three corners of its own in the 19th and 20th minutes, with a shot by Madison Hammond that was saved by FSU’s Cassie Miller and another from Hannah Betfort that was wide.
The Demon Deacons took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute as Estelle Laurier started a counterattack on the right side near midfield. The forward slipped the ball into Bayley Feist at the top of the box, giving her a one-on-one opportunity with Miller and the junior was able to score her fifth goal of the season.
It marked the first goal scored by Wake Forest against Florida State in 358:36 of match time, dating back to Katie Stengel’s goal in the 64th minute of the 2011 ACC Championship game.
Wake Forest continued to pressure and had quality chances on crosses from in the 28th and 42nd minutes, but the first shot by Ryanne Brown was saved by Miller and Bri Carney’s shot from near the penalty spot was wide.
FSU’s Bella Dorosy entered the match in the 33rd minute and quickly made her presence known as Deyna Castellanos sent a ball into the box for the freshman just 15 seconds later. Dorosy beat her defender to the ball and directed a shot past the Wake Forest goalkeeper, but it rolled into the post and was cleared away.
A Seminole foul near the sideline on the left gave the Demon Deacons a free kick in the 51st minute about 25 yards from the goal. WF’s Kate Ravenna’s service found Feist near the back post and she was able to head it into the net for her second goal of the game as Wake Forest made it a 2-0 game.
Freshman Gabby Carle created a pair of chances on the left in the 55th and 59th minute, but her first centering pass was unable to find a teammate, while her second was blocked by the Wake Forest defense.
The Noles got on the board in the 61st minute, as Robbins sent a through ball down the left side for Castellanos, who beat the keeper to the right for her 12th goal of the season, cutting the Demon Deacon lead to 2-1.
A foul by WF on Kaycie Tillman set up a Seminole free kick from 25 yards on the right side in the 69th minute. After the ball was sent into the box, it eventually found Tillman on the left side of the six-yard box, and the shot by the junior midfielder went off the crossbar.
Another quality chance by the Noles came in the 77th minute as Gloriana Villalobos slipped a ball in behind the WF backline for Castellanos in front of the keeper. Deyna’s first touch was a bit too strong as she tried to dribble around goalkeeper Lindsay Preston, and went over the endline.
Castellanos combined with Adrienne Richardson in the 81st minute, as the freshman received a chip pass at the top of the box and her shot required a diving save to keep Wake Forest in front.
As the Noles continued to press to tie the match, shots by Emily Madril and Robbins were just wide of the goal as Wake Forest held on to win 2-1.
Overall for the match, FSU outshot the Deacs 9-7, with a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Seminoles continued their struggles on the road at Wake Forest, and fall to 1-8-2 all-time at Spry Stadium, with the lone victory coming in 2006 by a score of 3-2.
The Seminoles return home for their final home series this week, beginning with a match on Thursday, October 19 against Notre Dame (7-5-3, 3-3-1 ACC) at 7:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and live stats will be available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all regular season home matches at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
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