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Wake Forest 3, Syracuse 2 (2OT): Deacs just squeeze past Orange

A late double-overtime penalty on Syracuse proved costly, setting up the game-winning shot for Wake.

The Syracuse Women’s soccer team warms up before facing Wake on Thursday evening.
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In order to keep their outside shot at making the ACC Tournament alive, the Syracuse Women’s Soccer team (8-6-3, 1-7-1 ACC) needed to come out of Winston-Salem, N.C. with a victory. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. SU was defeated, 3-2 in double overtime.

Wake Forest (10-6-0, 2-6-0 ACC) saw several chances early on in the match, but they were unable to follow through. Junior goalkeeper made three of her seven total saves during the first half. Senior Stephanie Skilton broke through for the Orange in the 27th minute on a header off of a Maddie Iozzi corner kick. The Deacs saw a few more opportunities to score before the break but again came up empty.

At the beginning of the second half, Wake finally capitalized on sophomore midfielder Peyton Perea’s sixth goal of the season. She corralled sophomore forward Reci Smith’s pass, took the shot from 15 yards out and put it inside the left post in the 47th minute.

Sophomore midfielder Bayley Feist gave the Deacs their first lead of the game on a header, from junior forward Sarah Medina’s cross, in the 83rd minute of play. It looked as if Wake was going to hold off Syracuse the rest of the way, but Skilton had other plans.

The senior scored her second goal of the game in the 89th minute on an 18-yard shot put into the left post to send it into overtime.

Brosan stopped both shots she faced in the first extra period, guaranteeing a second. The Orange controlled the front end of double-overtime, but an untimely foul gave the Deacs a penalty shot inside the box. Senior midfielder Sarah Teegarden tee-ed up and fired the ball into the back of the net for the win.

Players of the Match

  • Stephanie Skilton, Senior, Forward: 2 shots, 2 shots-on-goal, 2 goals
  • Courtney Brosnan, Junior, Goalkeeper: 7 saves, 3 goals allowed
  • Bayley Feist, Sophomore, Midfielder: 8 shots, 5 shots-on-goal, 1 goal
  • Peyton Perea, Sophomore, Midfielder: 5 shots, 1 shot-on-goal, 1 goal
  • Sarah Teegarden, Senior, Midfielder: 2 shots, 2 shots-on-goal, 1 goalBrosan stopped both shots she faced in the first extra period, guaranteeing

Up Next

The Orange will travel back to Syracuse, N.Y. for their final home game of the season on Sunday versus No. 11 UNC (9-3-3, 3-3-3 ACC). Kickoff is slated for 1:00 pm ET, but the seniors will be recognized prior to that. If you’re in the area, help send off backup goalkeeper Sierra Shafer, defender Maddie Iozzi, midfielder Rebecca Pongetti, and the star of this game Stephanie Skilton at the SU Soccer Stadium!