After a week of wins and ties, Wake Women's Soccer look forward to conference clash in Raleigh

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons women’s soccer team (6-0-2) will face North Carolina State University (5-1-3) tonight in their first conference clash of the season. They entered this game still undefeated, earning his sixth win and his second draw last week against Maryland and Loyola Maryland respectively. Both games took a long time to get through, and there was little noteworthy things to do in either game. They had a healthy defensive performance, but Wake still feels like they are finding out who their forwards are and is struggling with the loss of Nikaira Small for the season, who was an integral part of Wake’s attack. But even with these issues, Wake still has a good record and could start the ACC campaign the right way tonight in Raleigh. Let’s look back at

On Thursday, Deeks traveled to College Park for the home and home series away leg against the Maryland Terrapins (2-1-5) that started last year. Just like last year’s contest, the game was very sloppy and he was a hard-fought battle between two teams of very similar styles. In the first half he had a total of three shots for both teams. Wake’s defensive performance shined again, making the game very difficult at home in Maryland. Going forward, however, Wake still looks disconnected and presents a notable and real chance against a Maryland team that has become accustomed to being a very difficult team to score this year. The score remained at 0 when the whistle blew and he moved the two teams into the locker room.

However, in the second half, it got a little more exciting. With Liv Stowell starting to come alive, Wake was able to make some more progress in the second half, especially down the flank. But it was still a slog, as Wake couldn’t quite pass up the chance. . Ultimately, Wake found his reward for their good spell in the 66th minute when Emily Morris sent the ball to Livestwell from the left flank. Stowell got loose and cut inside, aiming for goal but was blocked. However, it soon returned to her and she squared it back to Giovanna DeMarco, who slammed it into the roof of the net, giving Wake the lead. Maryland put a little more pressure on Deeks late in the game, but they didn’t create any real chances and were shut out for the first time this year, so it was the lead they eventually held. , was a gritty team performance. Also notable is her 90-minute performance of Zara Chavoshi in the second half of Liv Stowell. But for me, I think the player in the game is Giovanna DeMarco. DeMarco was a big reason Maryland could do almost nothing throughout the game, and besides, he was able to score a goal to secure an important result for Wake.

The Deeks then ended their road trip with a game in Baltimore, facing the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (4-3-2) in their final non-conference game. This game was much like Wake, but it never seemed to turn a corner. It was a little more back-and-forth game than Thursday night’s game at College Park, but neither team could make much in the first half. was giving trouble but was unable to give the goal too many clean looks. Showing the same lack of connectivity that had plagued them, the Deacs entered Half All Square alongside the Greyhounds. However, unlike the Maryland game, Deeks didn’t quite find the chances he needed to win this game. They were able to get some touches in the box, but were unable to find a shot over the net, especially late in the game. Loyola looked like a threat on the counter as well, but in the end he didn’t score a single one. Both teams were trapped in a deadlock, and the final whistle blew, ending the match in a 0-0 draw. As a team expected to win, it was a game with few positives for Wake, but defense continued to be a bright spot. For me, Zarachaboshi was the game’s man of the match, bolstering the backline that recorded his seventh shutout in eight games.

The Deacs are still undefeated, so tonight they have one of the biggest tests of the season against NC State Wolfpack on the Dail soccer field in Raleigh. The state is off to a strong start to the season, sitting 5-1-3 so far, including draws with No. 5 South Carolina and No. 11 Georgetown (currently receiving votes). It is All of their wins were against teams that were expected to win, including Wake’s 7-0 winning high point where he won 3-1. They sit in a position not too different from last year’s where he finished 9-9-2 and 4-6 in the ACC. With NC State recently winning votes at the United Soccer Coaches Poll on Aug. 30, the national press certainly seems to think this is another Wolfpack team for him this year. This has been a consistently solid program in recent years, making his final five NCAA Tournaments under head coach Tim Santoro. Country. Wake and State are two teams of his that know each other well, having played against each other every year since 2018. Wake has been better in the series during this period, winning three of his last four meetings and drawing in one. Last season, Giovanna DeMarco’s long-range effort led to state keeper María Ecezzaretta’s error, propelling Wake to the top in more surviving games than he dominated. The two teams also played a match in the spring, and the result was a 1-1 draw with him Spry. These two teams are two teams that have had a lot of movies with each other and know how important it is to win games against other teams who are likely sitting in the middle of the meeting. It’s a very important match for both sides and should be an interesting contest.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 and the match will be broadcast on the ACC network.

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