NCAA ACCtion: Six @ACCWSoccer Teams Advance to Elite Eight

 

Six ACC Teams Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals


SATURDAY MATCH

Noles Roll Past Colorado

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Nine and counting! Top-seeded Florida State (21-1-3) is headed back to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship for the ninth year in a row, extending the nation's longest active streak, with a 4-0 victory over Colorado (14-7-2) Saturday afternoon inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.

Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored a pair of goals for the second straight match and Michaela Hahn tied a career-high with three points on a goal and an assist as the Seminoles set a school record with their 21st victory of the season following Saturday's win over Colorado.

Florida State scored early and often on Saturday as all three first half goals came within the first 15 minutes of play including two off the head of Brynjarsdottir in the first seven minutes. The two-goal effort for the junior midfielder was her fourth multi-goal game of the season pushing her team leading goal total to 14 on the year. The Icelandic native now has five goals in the last four contests to pace the Seminoles.

While Florida State's offensive attack was clicking on all cylinders in the third round, so was its defense as the Seminoles held the Buffaloes to just four shots including just one shot on goal which came in the 38th minute. The shutout was FSU's 14th of the season and second in the NCAA Tournament. Through the first three postseason games, the Seminoles have outscored the opposition 12-1.

 

SUNDAY MATCHES

W. Soccer Defeats Illinois, 4-1

Lincoln, Neb.-  Senior Gibby Wagner, freshman Hayley Dowd, sophomore McKenzie Meehan, and classmateLauren Bernard all recorded goals to lead Boston College to a 4-1 victory over Illinois on Sunday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb.

The Eagles got on the board first in the sixth minute of the match. Gibby Wagner was on the far post side and one-timed a rebound into the goal off a shot from Dowd for the 1-0 BC lead. Dowd was credited with the assist on the goal.

Dowd doubled the Eagles’ lead in the 39th minute. The rookie forward dribbled into the box, ripped a shot into the left side of the net for the 2-0 lead.

Illinois immediately responded in the 40th minute when sophomore Amy Feher connected on a long pass into the box. She headed the ball between the pipes over BC goalkeeper Alex Johnson’s head.

Just two minutes later, Meehan dribbled down the left side and scored on a deflection into the net to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead into the locker room.

The Eagles concluded the scoring when Bernard found the net in the 76th to triple the Eagles’ lead. Steph McCaffrey assisted on the play.

Boston College returns to action Friday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla., as they take on ACC foe Florida State.

 

Duke Advances to NCAA Quarterfinals in Thriller

DURHAM, N.C.—For the second time in two weeks it all came down to the right foot of Duke junior Kelly Cobb as the Blue Devils upended Arkansas 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout to advance to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. Duke and the Razorbacks finished the game deadlocked at 2-2 to set up the heart-stopping finish.

Duke (9-8-6) advances to the quarterfinal round for the seventh time in program history and for the third straight season. The Blue Devils will take on top-seeded and ACC Tournament runner-up Virginia Tech Friday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va.

“It’s just unbelievable. It’s unbelievable,” said head coach Robbie Church. “There’s not that many people that believed we’d be in the final eight. A lot of people had written us off throughout the course of the year. This team finds ways to fight back. It wasn’t our best game of the year. We left a lot of chances out there. You have to give Arkansas a lot of credit. They fought, hung in there, and did what they do best. They were able to get their two goals, but we’re moving on.”

Senior Kim DeCesare registered both scores in regulation for Duke, while Arkansas (15-8-1) battled back from a goal down twice to force overtime. It marked Duke’s seventh overtime game of the season and eighth for the Razorbacks.

 

Green & Sieloff Lead UNC Past Aggies 2-0 In NCAA 3rd Round

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.  -  Summer Green scored a pair of goals and Anna Sieloff had a stellar game in goal to lead fifth-ranked North Carolina past 13th-ranked Texas A&M 2-0 in the third round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament before 806 fans at chilly Fetzer Field Sunday afternoon.

The Tar Heels' win earns them a home quarterfinal game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.  The defending NCAA champion Tar Heels will play host to either second-ranked UCLA or Stanford next Saturday at 5 p.m. EST in the quarterfinal round at Fetzer Field. The Cardinal and the Bruins meet Sunday night in Los Angeles in the NCAA third round.

The Tar Heels improved to 20-4 with the victory while Texas A&M finished its season with a record of 18-5-2.  This marks Carolina's first 20-win season since the 2009 campaign when that NCAA championship team finished at 23-3-1.

Green scored both of the goals in the game for the Tar Heels.  The sophomore striker from Milford, Mich., has been on fire in the last 10 games, recording five goals and five assists during that span.  She now has nine goals and six assists in 24 games overall this season.

 

Cavaliers Top Wake Forest To Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The top-seeded Virginia women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals with 2-0 victory over Wake Forest on a frigid Sunday night at Klöckner Stadium. Sophomore Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) and junior Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) both scored in the opening minutes of the second half to give the Cavaliers their second elite eight appearance in three seasons.

The Cavaliers (23-1) will host a NCAA quarterfinal for the first time since 1992 when it plays Michigan on Friday. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 7 p.m.

"I don't think people realize how difficult this match was," said head coach Steve Swanson. "Wake is a great team. They are in our conference. They know us. They know our field. They are really organized and very difficult to break down. That was not an easy game. It was one of our best performances of the year, from start to finish. I was happy with how we moved the ball against a quality team that was organized and committed to defending."

Virginia had a majority of the possession throughout the first half and nearly took the lead in the third minute as Doniak hit the post. Although the Cavaliers had all six first-half shots of the game, the contest went to intermission scoreless.

 

No. 4 Hokies topple No. 9 Santa Clara in penalty shootout

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts recorded eight saves in the run of play and then stopped three of four shots in a penalty shootout on Sunday afternoon to lift the Virginia Tech women's soccer team past the Santa Clara Broncos, 3-1 on penalty kicks, and into the NCAA Quarterfinals.

“I think the game could’ve gone either way, it was a difficult match for us for sure,” Head Coach Chugger Adair said. “Santa Clara showed that they have a lot of quality throughout the match. I think Dayle showed her quality and kept us in the game with a number of big saves. The girls kept battling and kept us in the game.”

Santa Clara entered the match with the nation’s second most proficient offense, while the Hokies hadn’t allowed a goal in their first two NCAA Tournament matches.

 

No. 1 Virginia Knocks Wake Forest out of NCAA Tournament

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - After Wake Forest kept No. 1 Virginia's potent offense off the scoresheet in the first half, the Cavaliers broke through at the start of the second period, scoring twice in the first four minutes of the second half to defeat the Demon Deacons 2-0 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.

The Cavaliers' first score was a bit of a fluke as Alexis Shaffer's cross rebounded off the cross bar and dropped in front of goal for Makenzy Doniak to finish from point blank range only 30 seconds after the halftime break. Virginia (23-1) added a second goal less than three minutes later with a passing combination that freed Morgan Brian for a scoring shot from the top of the box.

"I want to congratulate Steve (Swanson) and Virginia on a great performance tonight," said head coach Tony da Luz. "Our kids fought `till the end. We had a really bad start to the second half obviously and from there it was an uphill battle."

The loss ended another successful season for the Demon Deacons (12-7-2), who advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last five seasons. It also marked the end for Wake Forest's 10-player senior class that departs as the most decorated group in program history.

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#23/19 Irish Fall In Heartbreaker At #11 Michigan, 1-0, In NCAA Third Round

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Even being a player down, after a red card issued halfway through the second half, did not quell the spirit of the Notre Dame women's soccer team. The Fighting Irish mounted a handful of late chances with only 10 on their side but were unable to produce the equalizer, and No. 11 Michigan escaped with a 1-0 victory over No. 23/19 Notre Dame Sunday afternoon in the third round of the NCAA Championship at the U-M Soccer Stadium. 

Notre Dame closes its inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference season 13-8-1 after reaching the final 16 of the NCAA tournament for the 13th time since 1997. 

The Wolverines (18-3-1) broke through in the 55th minute, as a cross sent in was inadvertently knocked down by a Notre Dame defender's hand inside the box. Meghan Toohey connected on the ensuing penalty kick past freshman goalkeeper Kaela Little (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley) for the first goal of the match and gave the hosts a 1-0 lead. 

The Fighting Irish entered the 2013 NCAA Championship with only two penalty kick goals allowed in 80 postseason matches in the previous 20 years. Both goals scored in three contests during this season's tournament were taken from the penalty area.