NCAA ACCtion: @ACCWSoccer Wins All Eight Second-Round Matches


All eight ACC teams win their second-round matches -- Advancing to make up half of the Sweet 16. ACC Teams outscore their opponents 16-2 in the second round, 41-4 in 2013 NCAA matches.



FSU Downs Ole Miss In NCAA Second Round

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-seeded Florida State (20-1-3) registered two goals from Dagny Brynjarsdottir and a pair of assists from Jamia Fields as the Seminoles defeated No. 22 Ole Miss (16-6-2) 3-1 Thursday night inside the Seminole Soccer Complex in second round action of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.

The Seminoles maintained a two-goal advantage after the first 45 minutes of play thanks to goals by Brynjarsdottir and Isabella Schmid.  An Ole Miss goal by Gretchen Harknett in the 70th minute cut the deficit in half but Brynjarsdottir sealed the victory for Florida State in the 78th minute on her second goal of the evening to push FSU’s lead back to two.

Brynjarsdottir gave the Seminoles a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute putting away a loose ball off a deflected shot from Fields. Fields blasted a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that caromed off a Rebel defender. The ball went right to a wide open Brynjarsdottir, who one-timed the deflection inside the right post from about 12 yards out for the goal.



No. 1 Cavaliers Down Georgetown to Reach NCAA Sweet 16

The top-seeded Virginia women’s soccer team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Georgetown Friday night in front of a postseason record crowd of 1,988 fans at Klöckner Stadium. Junior midfielder Morgan Brian’s (St. Simons Island. Ga.) goal in the 33rd minute was all the Cavaliers needed to reach the round of the 16 for the ninth consecutive season.

Virginia controlled play from the outset, but didn’t take the lead until the 33rd minute of play. Brian threaded a ball behind the defense to first-year midfielder Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.). Shaffer got to the ball just before the end line and sent a ball back to the top of the box to Brian, who one-timed in her 14th goal of the season. The Cavaliers took the 1-0 lead into halftime having outshot the Hoyas 7-0.

The Cavaliers continued to pressure the Georgetown defense the remainder of the night and almost doubled the lead when junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) rifled a shot off the crossbar in the 60th minute. The second goal didn’t come, but Brian’s strike was enough as the Virginia defense posted its 15th shutout of the season, tying the school record set in 2007.

Deacs Knock Off No. 4 Seed Penn State in NCAA Tourney

Freshman Sarah Teegarden scored on a 30-yard thunderbolt in the 81st minute to lead Wake Forest to a 1-0 win over fourth-seeded Penn State on Friday at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.

Teegarden burst out of the midfield to find a short clearance and ripped a first-time half-volley that Penn State goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom could only get fingertips on as it sailed inside the right post to give the freshman the first goal of her career and Wake Forest a spot in the third round.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Demon Deacons took over the game after halftime, outshooting the Nittany Lions 8-2 in the final period.

Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe kept her eighth shutout of the season and the 33rd of her career, tied for the seventh-most for any player in ACC history.


Irish Drop Western Michigan, 1-0, In NCAA Second Round

In a highly competitive contest, sometimes all it takes is one bounce to tip the advantage in one's favor. For the Notre Dame women's soccer team and sophomore forward/midfielder/defender Cari Roccaro (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip), that one bounce was all it took.

Roccaro, a finalist for the U.S Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year award, scored the second NCAA postseason goal of her collegiate career in the 69th minute, lifting No. 23/19 Notre Dame to a 1-0 win over Western Michigan Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Championship at the U-M Soccer Stadium.

Notre Dame outshot Western Michigan 24-4 (15-1 in the second half) for the match, and held an 8-2 edge in shots on goal. The Fighting Irish also attempted three corner kicks to the one corner attempt for the Broncos.

Dunn’s Return Fuels Carolina’s 4-0 NCAA Win Over The Hoosiers

Crystal Dunn and Paige Nielsen each scored a goal and assisted on another and Satara Murray assisted on a pair of tallies to power fifth-ranked North Carolina to a 4-0 victory over Indiana Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament before 2,019 fans at Fetzer Field.

Dunn, the 2012 Hermann Trophy winner, returned to the Tar Heel lineup for the first time since she suffered a hamstring injury in practice on November 5.  She had missed Carolina’s ACC Tournament semifinal loss to Florida State and the Tar Heels’ NCAA first round win over Liberty.

Against the Hoosiers, she made her presence felt virtually immediately.  In the first 33 minutes of the match, the Tar Heels peppered the Hoosiers’ net with 11 shots but were unable to get anything past IU goalkeeper Shannon Flower.  The best of those 11 opportunities came off the foot of Brooke Elby who rifled a shot from 20 yards off the left post at 32:13 of the match.

Dunn replaced Joanna Boyles in the lineup at 33:59 and just a little over three minutes later it was 1-0 Carolina.  Paige Nielsen flicked a ball on to Tar Heel freshman Cameron Castleberry on the right side.  Dunn made a run down the center of the pitch and one-timed Castleberry’s brilliant cross into the right side of the goal at 37:41.  It was her 14th goal of the campaign, the most by a Tar Heel since Kealia Ohai had 14 goals in 2010.

No. 4 Hokies advance to Sweet 16 with 1-0 win over No. 12 West Virginia

The Virginia Tech women's soccer team used a goal from freshman Murielle Tiernan in the 60th minute to get the best of the West Virginia Mountaineers 1-0 at Thompson Field on Friday night. With the win Tech advances to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Tech limited a West Virginia offense that produced 17 shots per game coming into this match to only 5 shots throughout the entire game.

Senior Taylor Antolino got the assist on the Tiernan goal after she beet a defender on the right side of the box. Antolino hit a low cross to a sprinting Tiernan who put it away for the 1-0 lead and her fifth game-winning goal of the season.

Duke Upends No. 6 Florida, 1-0, to Advance to NCAA Third Round

Led by a first half goal by two-time All-America Natasha Anasi, the Duke women’s soccer team upset second-seeded and sixth-ranked Florida on Friday evening at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C., as the Blue Devils posted a 1-0 victory to advance to the NCAA Tournament Third Round. 

Florida came in with the second-leading scorer in the nation in Savannah Jordan, who had totaled 22 goals on the year.  Jordan got the match started in the 17th minute as she headed in an excellent attempt, but Duke redshirt junior goalkeeper Meghan Thomas made a diving stop to her left to keep the score, 0-0. 

Less than four minutes later, the Blue Devils would strike.  Senior Mollie Pathman served a corner kick from the right side where redshirt senior Kim DeCesare was there to head it back to in front of the box.  Anasi, a senior from Arlington, Texas, one-timed her second goal of the season to put the Blue Devils ahead 1-0.  It marked her first career NCAA Tournament goal and the fourth tally of her career. 

Boston College Tops No. 10 Nebraska, 4-1

Sophomore McKenzie Meehan scored her 19th goal of the season while freshman Hayley Dowd, senior Gibby Wagner and sophomore Lauren Bernard all recorded goals to lead Boston College to a 4-1 victory over No. 10 Nebraska on Friday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Dowd started the scoring off in the 25th minute with an unassisted goal into the far top left corner of the net.

Meehan doubled the Eagles' lead in the 73rd minute with a cross from the middle of the field that she buried into the lower right corner of the net. Lauren Bernard assisted on the goal. Meehan's goal broke the single-season goal scoring record, previously held by Mary Guarino '00, who scored 18 goals in 1999.