WINSTON-SALEM---The reigning ACC champion and 17th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons played a strong second half to defeat the Campbell Fighting Camels 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Spry Stadium on the WFU campus. The Deacons received a tremendous effort from All-America® candidate Katie Stengel (Melbourne, Fla.), who recorded the first Wake Forest hat trick since the 2006 season.
The two clubs played a scoreless first half that didn't see many good scoring opportunities for either team. The Demon Deacons outshot the Camels 5-1 in the period, but put only one shot on goal. Campbell had a great chance in the 21st minute when Annabelle Gibney (Melbourne, Australia) fed a cross to Ashley Clark (Cary, N.C.) on the left side of the six-yard box. Clark fired a shot that went wide right of the goal.
Wake Forest wasted no time coming out much more aggressively in the second half, scoring 25 seconds into the period. Kristen Meier (Alpharetta, Ga.) took a touch from Jackie Logue (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) and drew CU keeper Ryann Torrero (Burbank, Calif.) off her line. Meier then crossed the ball to Stengel who chipped the ball into a wide-open goal.
Stengel, a SoccerAmerica Rookie-of-the-Year honoree in 2010, would strike again eleven minutes later in similar fashion, again on a touch pass from Meier. Stengel finished with ten shots in addition to her hat trick to lead the Deacon offensive. The sophomore forward now has seven goals on the season after scoring 16 goals in 2010 during her award-winning freshman season.
The Camels had an opportunity to get on the scoreboard in the closing minutes when freshman speedster Gia Casaburo (Fort Wayne, Ind.) got in behind the defense and put a shot on goal that was saved by Deacon keeper Aubrey Bledsoe (Cincinnati, Ohio).
CU falls to 3-2 overall and will return to action on Friday night when they host South Carolina State at 7 p.m. Wake Forest improves to 4-1 and will return to the pitch on Friday when they travel face off against Loyola (Md.) in Blacksburg, Va.