Sept. 2, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The University of Connecticut women's soccer team hit the road for the first time of the 2011 season as they traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Wake Forest Nike Challenge. The Huskies improved to 2-1-0 as they came up on top with a 2-1 victory over the hosting No. 15/17 Demon Deacons.
In front of 2,000 fans for the Deacon home opener, UConn handed Wake Forest (3-1-0) its first loss of the season after a two hour delay due to lightening.
In the 37th minute, the Huskies fell behind when defender Alisha Woodson scored her first goal of the season to give the Deacons a 1-0 advantage. A Wake Forest corner kick would lead to Woodson capitalizing from close range after scrambling for the ball in the box.
UConn senior goalkeeper Jessica Dulski, now 2-1-0, would not let another Deacon ball pass, finishing the evening with 11 saves and eight of those coming in the second half.
Despite being outshot 18 to 10, the Huskies battled back in the second half making their five shots on goal count. Junior forward Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.) was the first to score for UConn as she netted a cross from junior forward Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Pa.) at the 53:24 mark. It was Schulmann's first goal as a Husky and her first goal of the regular season after recording three goals in exhibition action.
The winning goal hit the back of the net at 83:46 from sophomore midfielder Devin Prendergast (Babylon, N.Y.) on a rocket from thirty yards out. Junior mid Linda Ruutu (Espoo, Finland) was awarded the assist on Prendergast's second goal of the season.
The Huskies, who are now 2-0-1 against Wake Forest, silenced Wake Forest's reigning Top Drawer Soccer's National Freshman of the Year and current member of the Herman Trophy Watchlist, Katie Stengel. Stengel, who leads the Deacons with four goals and two assists in three games, had four shots and three shots on goal against Connecticut.
The Huskies return to action at the Wake Forest Nike Challenge on Sunday, September 4, when they take on No. 25 Virginia Tech at 11:30 a.m. at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. Sunday's matchup will mark the Hokies second game in the Nike Challenge as they improved to 5-0 on the season with a 3-2 victory over Campbell on Friday afternoon.