Bears Fall To No. 18 Wake Forest
BERKELEY – The California field hockey team once again faced a barrage of shots, 23 in total, as No. 18 Wake Forest came away with a 6-1 win on Sunday at Underhill Field. Sara Stone notched her third goal of the season and keeper Cato Knipping tallied 10 saves on the day for the Golden Bears.
California (1-5) once again had a quiet afternoon offensively. Cal was held to just five shots on the afternoon with only one shot on target, a third-period goal by Stone. Wake Forest (3-2) finished the day with 23 shots, 16 on goal.
"Again, we knew this would be a tough weekend," said the Donna Fong Director of Field Hockey Shellie Onstead. "We've got our sites set on the America East going forward, I feel like we accomplished a lot this weekend. It's difficult to appreciate that with the scoreline, but I'm not going to worry about that too much. We got better from Thursday, our midfield is coming along. That's been the last area to gel for us. I think we got some great minutes from some players who haven't played very much so it's nice to see that."
Unlike Friday's contest against No. 2 North Carolina, the Demon Deacons wasted little time getting on the board. Wake Forest scored in the fourth minute on a goal by Meike Lanckohr, her fifth of the season. Two minutes later, Wake Forest doubled up on the Bears, adding a goal by Grace Delmotte, the first of her two goals on the day.
Cal's defense tightened up in a big way following the early goals. Wake Forest was held to just eight more shots the rest of the half. With only Delmotte's second goal of the day finding its way to the back of the cage.
Knipping was once again brilliant in front of the goal. The senior from Amsterdam finished with 10 saves – giving her 24 for the weekend. It is her fifth career game with 10 or more saves. During the match against Wake Forest, she also tallied her 200th career save.
Entering the second half the Bears once again showed renewed focus. Cal kept Wake Forest off the scoreboard in the period and limited the Demon Deacons to five shots. More impressively, the Bears held Wake Forest to just one penalty corner through three periods of play.
Offensively, the Bears found their rhythm after the break. Cal tallied three shots and four corners. Stone's goal in the 32nd minute came off a corner by the Bears.
In the final period, Wake Forest continued to put on the pressure. The Demon Deacons tallied eight shots in the fourth on seven penalty corners. Insurance goals by Ashley Hart and Sky Caron put the game out of reach.
The Golden Bears will be off next weekend. They will return to action on Friday, Sep. 23 when they begin America East play. Cal will travel to Albany, NY to take on the Great Danes at 10:00 a.m. PT on Friday, before wrapping up the weekend in Providence, RI to take on Bryant on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.