No. 23 Deacons Down Morehead State 2-0 in NCAA Tournament First Round

Wake Forest faces James Madison at 1 p.m. (ET) on Sunday in second round


Jill Hutchinson celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against Morehead State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Nov. 14, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jill Hutchinson and Bess Harrington scored goals as No. 23 Wake Forest (13-7-0, 5-5-0 ACC) downed Morehead State (9-9-3, 4-2-2 OVC) 2-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at Spry Stadium.

The Deacons advance to face James Madison at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Dukes defeated Georgia 1-0 in the other first round game on Friday.

With the win, Wake Forest improves to 6-10-1 in the NCAA Tournament and 5-6-0 in the first round of the tournament. The Deacs have advanced to the second round each of the last three years.

The Deacons outshot Morehead State 22-8, including a 7-5 shots on goal advantage. Wake Forest had eight corner kicks, while the Eagles had five corners.

Hutchinson was the offensive star of the night for Wake Forest, scoring her 10th goal of the season and assisting on the other goal.

Morehead State had a few quality scoring chances in the opening minutes of the game. In the 17th minute, Bethany Davidson had a shot that was blocked by Laura Morse. Kimmie Beiting collected the rebound, but her shot was blocked by a Wake Forest defender.

Wake Forest struck first, scoring in the 32nd minute. Eleanor Davidson played a long pass, which Hutchinson ran under. Hutchinson chipped a shot from 12 yards out past the Morehead State keeper and found the left side of the net to take a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles had another good chance with just over 37 minutes left in the second half. Laura Morse was pulled far out of her net. Erin Adams attempted a shot, but Morse got a foot on the ball to send it over the endline.

 

 

The Deacs added an insurance goal in the 79th minute. Hutchinson played a cross into the box that found the foot of Harrington. Harrington collected the ball and scored from six yards out to give Wake Forest a 2-0 lead.

Morse notched her seventh shutout of the season, making five saves in the game. Lily Meisner also made five saves, while surrendering two goals in the game.

Fans can follow all of the action from the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament by logging onto to Tournament Central.

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