The Wake Forest women’s soccer team matched the program record with its fifth straight shutout, taking down New Hampshire 4-0 in the final game of the Deacon Challenge on Sunday.
After heading into the break with a scoreless tie, the Demon Deacons offense tallied four goals in a span of less than 30 minutes in the second half to knock off the Wildcats (2-2-2).
The shutout streak marks the third time Wake Forest (6-0-0) has posted five straight shutouts (2009, 2006), and just the second time with five consecutive shutout victories (2006).
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In Sunday’s win, a pair of seniors, Jenna Romano and Maddie Brock, found the back of the net for the first time of their careers to put Wake Forest in front.
Peyton Perea closed out the scoring in the 78th minute, sneaking a free kick inside the near post from 20 yards out.
Lindsay Preston and Nonie Frishette combined for the Deacons shutout.
By starting the year 6-0-0, the Deacs are off to their best start since beginning the 2009 season 7-0-0. Wake Forest has also already surpassed its 2014 (5-9-3) and 2015 (5-12-2) win totals.
Wake Forest will host Old Dominion on Friday at 7 p.m. and Davidson on Sunday at 1 p.m.
UNC: The women’s soccer team got late goals from Annie Kingman and Zoe Redei to lift it past Villanova 2-0 in the Duke Nike Classic at Koskinen Stadium in Durham. With the victory the team improved to 4-0-1 on the season while the Wildcats fell to 1-4 on the campaign. The Tar Heels will travel to the West Coast next weekend where they will play two nationally-ranked teams from the Pacific 12 Conference. Carolina plays at UCLA Friday at 10 p.m. EDT and then at USC Sunday at 4 p.m. EDT. Both games will be nationally televised on the Pac 12 Network.
N.C. State: The women’s soccer team picked up its third win in a row with a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten UNC-Wilmington. Goals from Jackie Stengel and Tziarra King sealed the win. The Wolfpack earned its first shutout of the year from a complete defensive effort behind goalie Sydney Wootten and the Wolfpack backline.
The Pack improves to 4-2-0 with the win, while UNCW, who is currently receiving 28 votes in the NSCAA national coaches poll, falls to 4-1-1 with its first defeat of the year. The team will shift its focus to a Thursday match against ECU. The Wolfpack and Pirates will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Stewart Johnson Soccer Stadium in Greenville.
Mount Olive: The Trojans picked up their first win of the season with a 1-0 defeat of Francis Marion in nonconference women’s soccer Sunday. The team opens up at Amon Field on Sept. 7, by hosting UNC Pembroke at 7 p.m.
Duke: Junior Alyssa Chillano tallied two goals, including the winner in overtime, to lift the fourth-ranked Blue Devils over No. 16 Northwestern, 3-2, Sunday at the B1G/ACC Cup. With the overtime victory, the team moved to 4-0 on the season and went unbeaten at the four-team tournament for the second consecutive season. The Blue Devils open ACC play next weekend, hosting Virginia on Friday at 6 p.m. at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium before welcoming nonconference opponent James Madison to Durham Sunday at 1 p.m.
UNC: Senior Kristy Bernatchez scored twice to lead UNC to a 6-2 win at Pennsylvania on Sunday. The Tar Heels improved to 3-1 on the season with their highest scoring total of the fall.
Next up is the home opener, which is also the Atlantic Coast Conference opener. The Tar Heels host Wake Forest on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Francis E. Henry Stadium.
Wake Forest: The team finished the weekend with a 2-1 win over the Indiana Hoosiers in its final game of the Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The Demon Deacons finished 2-0 in Buckeye Invitational. They will face ACC opponent North Carolina before returning home to Kentner Stadium to take on Davidson Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack came up just short in the championship match of the Rebel Invitational as Ole Miss rallied for a 3-2 (26-24, 25-13, 15-26, 23-25, 15-17) victory to claim the title. The Wolfpack won the first two sets but could not hold off a furious comeback by the Rebels on their home court. The Pack falls to 4-3, while Ole Miss remains unbeaten at 6-0.
Sophomore Teni Sopitan tallies a career-best 21 kills to lead all players. The team returns to action next weekend when it hosts the Wolfpack Invitational inside the newly renovated Reynolds Coliseum. The Pack takes on Delaware in its home opener Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.
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