The women's soccer team lost 2-0 to #1 Virginia this afternoon. I will post a recap of the game later today. In the meantime, a brief update:
- Katie Stengel might be done for the rest of the season. The senior all-American and short-list candidate for the Hermann Trophy complained of pain during recent practices, which was diagnosed as blood clots. The Wake sports page lists Katie's absence as "indefinite" in duration, but I heard 4 weeks to 3 months as possible return dates - the Women's College Cup is about 2 months away. I am sure that Katie will push hard to get back on the field as soon as possible, but her health and safety obviously take top priority. Selfishly, I hope Katie is able to make it back on to the field soon, as she deserves a chance to play in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments one more time before she graduates.
- Stengel's projected partner-in-crime at forward coming in to the year was senior Rachel Nuzzolese. Rachel has had injuries in previous years, and hurt her knee in the Florida State game. I'm not sure on the official diagnosis, but Rachel had successful knee surgery and is finished for the year (and for her career, as she is set to graduate in the spring). Obviously, we hope for a quick and speedy recovery for Rachel from this injury.
- Another projected forward - sophomore Jenai Davidson - has not played this year after seeing extensive action towards the end of last season. Jenai was on crutches at today's game, and I think there's a possibility that she might redshirt.
- The result of the injuries is that coach Tony da Luz elected for the "throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks" approach to offense in today's Virginia game. Ally Berry, Caroline Wootten, Kendall Fischlein, and Riley Ridgik all saw time at striker today, and while Wake didn't score, the ladies did have some moderate success in the second half breaking forward on quick counterattacks. With another big game on Thursday (at #10 Virginia Tech), it'll be interesting to see what da Luz decides to do. Given this year's performance, Wootten projects as the starter (she didn't start today on account of Senior Day festivities), but Ridgik is an intriguing option as well.