September 9, 2012
FALLING IN THEIR WAKE
Illini drop 1-0 decision to Demon Deacons
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest scored in the 72nd minute, and that was all they needed to get past Illinois 1-0 at Spry Soccer Stadium on Sunday.
Illinois drops to 3-3-1 as they close out the non-conference portion of their schedule.The Demon Deacons jump to 6-1-1.
The tale of the first half weighed slightly in Wake Forest's favor as it was mostly a midfield possession battle for the two squads. The Illini produced one scoring chance in the half when Marissa Holden's blast in the ninth minute soared over the crossbar.
The Demon Deacons recorded seven shots in the half, forcing Illini goalkeeper Steph Panozzo to make two saves.
The Demon Deacons scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute. Wake Forest earned a corner kick taken by Jessica Mandarich. Her strike found Ally Berry's head in the Illini box, which then found the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
The Orange and Blue produced some goal scoring opportunities in the final four minutes of the match. Megan Pawloski's shot was blocked by a Wake Forest defender to earn a corner kick for the Illini. Next, Nicole Breece found Kassidy Brown on the ensuing play, but Brown's shot went wide right.
Illinois finished with four shots compared to Wake Forest's 14, as the Ilini could not register a shot on goal. In addition, Panozzo made three saves in the matchup. The Deacs' Aubrey Bledsoe did not need to make a save to post the shutout.
Junior defender Christina Farrell and s Panozzo were named to the all-tournament team. Farrell and Panozzo competed in all 180 minutes of both matches. The defensive duo allowed just two goals combined to the No. 11 and No. 17 teams in the nation, as Panozzo compiled four saves in the process.
The Orange and Blue return home next weekend to kick off Big Ten conference play when they host the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium. The game will kickoff and air live on Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. CT.
Head coach Janet Rayfield, along with junior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, will be returning to Champaign this week as well after capturing the U-20 World Cup Title in Japan with the U-20 U.S. Women's National Team.