[WAKE FOREST-UCF] Led by 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Katie Stengel, Wake Forest advanced to the Women's College Cup for the first time with convincing 3-0 win over UCF.
“It’s a reward to have the opportunity with a weekend to win the national championship,” said Demon Deacons coach Tony da Luz. “We’ve done everything that we had to do to control our destiny and honor our No. 1 seeding. Now it’s just two games, and we’re not done yet.”
The Demon Deacons will meet Duke with which they have split in two meetings this season.
Duke prevailed 2-0 in the regular season and Wake Forest won, 2-1, in the semifinals of the ACC Championships.
The Deacons beat UCF with goals from Stengel, Kristen Meier and Marisa Park.
Stengel’s goal was her 19th of the season, extending her single-season record and putting her only one goal shy of the Wake Forest career goal-scoring mark of 36 that is held by Jill Hutchinson.
Fellow sophomore Aubrey Bledsoe made five saves in goal to extend her school record to 14 shutouts this season.
Nov. 25 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Wake Forest 3 UCF 0.
WFU: Katie Stengel 19 (Kristen Meier; Alisha Woodson) 28
WFU: Kristen Meier 2 (Jordan Feger; Jackie McSally) 41
WFU: Marisa Park 2 (Rachel Nuzzolese) 75
Wake Forest -- Bledsoe, Marshall, Woodson, Keppler, Logue, Ridgik, Berry, Meier, Nuzzolese, Stengel, Park. Subs: Howell, McSally, Mandarich, Feger, Allen, Winford, McBryer.
UCF -- Reis, Nicol, Joswiak, Goodall, Diggs, Rodrigues, Jackson, Hubbard, Barney, Jewell, Radovic. Subs: Williams, Trujic, Grider, Howard, Darden.
Referee: Tony Baumert.