Hunter Guides UNCW To Draw With Wake
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
BLACKSBURG, Virginia - Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter recorded 10 saves to lead UNCW to a 0-0 draw against No. 3 Wake Forest in collegiate women's soccer action at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational Sunday at Thompson Field.
The Seahawks moved to 0-1-1 on the season with the scoreless draw while the Demon Deacons moved to 1-0-1 on the young campaign. Both teams return to action Aug. 26 with road contests. UNCW completes its season-opening road swing with a 2 p.m. contest at No. 7 Virginia while Wake Forest travels to in-state foe Charlotte for a 1 p.m. matchup.
"Today was another tough battle against a quality opponent," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "Wake Forest is an incredibly well-coached team with talented players all over the field. Once they establish a rhythm, they are hard to beat as they maintain possession very well. As the game wore on, however, we grew in confidence and had a few quality chances to score and win it in the second half. We need to build off this result and get better this week as we prepare to compete against a talented Virginia squad."
Wake Forest posted a 15-5 shot advantage during the contest, including an 8-1 edge in the first half, but was unable to solve Hunter, who tallied nine saves in regulation and made more one stop in overtime to keep the Demon Deacons off the board.
The best chance for either team to get on the board came in the 36th minute as a shot from sophomore Riley Ridgik found the post.
Five players - seniors Jen Ludemann and Stephanie Rose and freshmen Lindsey Byrne, Katrina Guillou and Maddie McCormick - all finished with one shot apiece for the Seahawks. Junior Aubrey Bledsoe posted four saves in goal for the Demon Deacons.
"I am amazed at our team's toughness and resilience," said Cairney. "Our attackers have established a great personality and have meshed well thus far. At the back, we are getter better with every game. We hope to get a win in our next game."