ECU's Falls Short Against No. 10 Wake Forest, 2-1
Aug. 27, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Kimmy Cummings netted her first goal of the season for East Carolina, but it wasn't enough as No. 10 Wake Forest walked out of town with a 2-1 win Friday night at the North Campus Recreation Complex.
Wake Forest (2-1) opened the scoring in the seventh minute of play when a long through ball from Kristen Meier put Casey Luckhurst one-on-one with Christiane Cordero, and the forward slid the ball past the goalie to put the Deacons ahead 1-0.
In the 51st minute, Marisa Park got free on a breakaway after a defensive mishap, but her shot was saved by Cordero. Jackie Logue appeared to have scored on the rebound, but she was ruled offside.
The Pirates (1-2) had a scoring chance in the 57th minute when Aubrey Bledsoe was caught out of her goal, but the Deacon defense recovered and snuffed out the opportunity.
Rachel Nuzzolese put Wake Forest ahead for good on the 69th minute when she took a short pass from Bianca D'Agostino at the top of the box and placed it into the top right corner of the goal. With her game-winning goal, Nuzzolese became the first player in school history to score in each of her first three games at Wake Forest.
The Pirates cut the Wake Forest lead to 2-1 in the 76th minute when the Deacons failed to clear a corner kick and Kimmy Cummings put the ball in the net from close range. Sophomore Hali Oughton was credited with her first assist of the 2010 season.
ECU almost tied the game in the 78th minute when Chrissy Gratz got past the Deacon defense and unleashed a shot but Bledsoe was able to deflect it wide right of the goal.
The Demon Deacons outshot the Pirates 10-7 and held a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Wake's Luckhurst led all players with four shots, while Kristen Meier and Bianca D'Agostino picked up assists for Wake Forest. Gratz led the Pirates in shots for the second-straight game with three on the night.
Bledsoe made one save en route to earning the win, while Cordero logged four saves in net for ECU.
ECU will be back on the field Friday, Sept. 3 when they travel to Norfolk, Va. to face former Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) foe Old Dominion. Game time is set for 7 p.m. (EST).