Oct. 21, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The University of California field hockey team (5-10, 1-3) fell to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-9) for their sixth road loss this season on Sunday morning. Senior midfielder Kendra Bills scored her second goal of the season four minutes into the game, junior Jordan O'Reilly scored her fifth goal of the season, and junior Shannon Elmitt scored her first goal for the Golden Bear tallies.
Still stinging from an overtime loss to Duke on Friday, the Golden Bears came out strong to open the contest. Senior forward Rachelle Comeau fired two shots on goal before Cal was able to convert its second penalty corner opportunity. Senior defender Laura Spellman injected the ball directly to Bills, who knocked in her goal to give the Bears a 1-0 lead just four minutes into the match. Wake Forest tied it up when they converted a penalty corner of their own in the 19th minute to tie up the game. The 1-1 tie was still the score when the halftime horn sounded.
The Bears went on the offensive again early in the second half. Junior forward Jordan O'Reilly scored her fifth goal of the season when sophomore midfielder Lara Kruggel found her open at the top of the circle and the Bears took the lead in the 42nd, 2-1. Wake Forest battled back quickly, and they found their equalizer in the 49th minute, and the score was tied again, 2-2. Only two minutes later, Wake Forest found an opening, and took the lead in the 51st minute, 3-2.
Cal pulled sophomore goalie Courtney Hendrickson in the 58th minute, and Wake Forest pounced on the opportunity. They earned a penalty corner in the 59th minute and converted it for the insurance goal. However, Cal wasn't done fighting, and after Wake Forest was charged with a green card in both the 59th and 61st minute, Cal was able to convert another penalty corner after Elmitt injected to Kruggel, who in turn passed back to Elmitt for the goal, putting the game at 4-3 in the 62nd minute. Cal kept fighting right up to the end, but failed to convert two penalty corners in the 69th minute, and eventually lost.
California will return to the pitch Tuesday, Oct. 23 against NorPac rival Stanford at 7 p.m. for the penultimate game of the regular season.