WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The University of Delaware field hockey squad held No. 14 ranked Wake Forest to a single goal over the final 50 minutes of the game, but the Hens could not generate a score and dropped a 3-0 non-league verdict Sunday afternoon at Kentner Stadium.
The Blue Hens, who had won three of their previous four games, fell to 4-7 and ended their two-game trip to North Carolina with a 1-1 mark after defeating Appalachian State 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Wake Forest, the sixth Top 20 opponent on Delaware’s grueling schedule this season, improved to 4-5 as the Demon Deacons got two goals from Taylor Rhea and a shutout performance from goalkeepers Kaitlyn Ruhf and Valerie Dahmen.
Wake Forest outshot the Blue Hens 23-6 and held a 12-6 advantage in penalty corners as UD freshman goalkeeper Megane Simons (at right) kept Delaware in the game with a season-high 15 saves in just her second career start. Toni Popinko got off five of the Hens’ six shots with Jackie Coveleski attempting the other.
The Deamon Deacons got all the offense they would need 12 minutes into the game when Krysta Wangerin scored her fourth goal of the season off a deflection after a save by Simons. Rhea scored her first goal of the game seven minutes later to give Wake a 2-0 lead as she knocked in a shot from the right side of the circle.
Rhea then scored the only goal of the second half as she took a feed from Lizzie Rae with 14:30 left to play for her fifth goal of the season.
Delaware will return to action this Friday, Sept. 28 when the Blue Hens begin Colonial Athletic Association play at No. 20 ranked William & Mary. The Hens will then close out the CAA weekend with a Sunday clash at No. 9 ranked Old Dominion.