NCAA ACCtion: @ACCWSoccer Advances All Eight Teams to Second Round


All eight ACC teams in the 2013 NCAA Championship advanced out of the first round. The league's teams posted a 7-0-1 record and outscored opponents 25-2 in the first round.


Top-Seeded Cavaliers Blank Saint Francis 5-0 in NCAA First Round

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-seeded Virginia women's soccer team opened play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament with a 5-0 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) Friday night in front of 1,611 fans at Klöckner Stadium.

Sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) recorded her first career hat trick to lead the Cavaliers (21-1) into the second round, while the Red Flash ends its season at 13-8-1.

Junior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) and sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe (Williamstown, N.J.) also scored for the Cavaliers, who tallied a season-high 37 shots. Junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) added a pair of assists.

Virginia controlled play from the opening whistle and took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute of play. Senior >midfielder Kate Norbo (Roanoke, Va.) delivered a pass to Doniak, who fired a shot from the middle of the box for the opening goal of the night. Two minutes later, Doniak struck again to double the advantage. She stole a poor back-pass to the keeper and fired a shot past her for the second goal of the night. The lead >was extended to 3-0 in the 31st minute as Brian headed in a corner kick from Colaprico for her 13th goal of the season. The Cavaliers took that advantage into the break.

Doniak completed her hat trick in the 63rd minute as she headed in a cross from Colaprico. It was the 14th hat trick in program history and the fourth by a Cavalier in the NCAA Tournament. She joins Angela Hucles (1997 vs. James Madison), Lindsay Gusick (2001 vs. Cincinnati) and Kelly Hammond (2004 vs. James Madison) as the only Virginia players to tally three goals in a postseason game. Her three goals gives her 18 for the season, which places her in a second place tie on the Virginia single-season scoring list with Hucles (1997) and is just two shy of Caroline Miller's school-record 20 goals last season.

Noles Roll In NCAA First Round

Behind two goals from Carson Pickett and a four-point performance from Megan Campbell, top-seeded Florida State (19-1-3) rolled to a 5-0 victory over South Alabama (14-6-3) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.

The Seminoles scored three first half goals, all in the first 21 minutes, to advance out of the first round of the tournament for the ninth consecutive season.

Pickett put Florida State on top early scoring the first of her two goals on the night in the ninth minute one-timing a cross from Berglind Thorvaldsdottir from about six yards out to give the Seminoles a 1-0 advantage. Her second goal came just a minute and nine seconds into the second half when a cross from Thorvaldsdottir was deflected back toward the top of the box by South Alabama keeper Melissa Drish. Pickett was there for the rebound one-timing a low-liner inside the right post for her first career multi-goal game.

Hokies cruise past UMBC in first round of NCAA Tournament

The Virginia Tech women's soccer team outshot the UMBC Retrievers 20-1 on Friday evening, as the Hokies earned a 2-0 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Thompson Field.

From the onset, the Hokies asserted their dominance on the offensive end, tallying three shots in the opening 10 minutes.For much of the first half, the Retrievers played a heavily defensive scheme, often putting eight and nine players behind the ball as the Hokies tried to unlock the UMBC defense.

The breakthrough finally came in the 40th minute on a cross from Taylor Antolino. The senior defender swung a cross in from the right wing that found junior Shannon Mayrose at the near post. Mayrose flicked a header toward goal that beat UMBC goalkeeper Lauren Kadet to put the Hokies up 1-0.

In the 61st minute, senior Ashley Manning completed the scoring with a fancy bit of play in the box. After receiving a pass from Danielle King, Manning took a touch to the left side of the area and ripped a shot across frame that tucked itself just inside the far post and gave Tech a 2-0 lead.

Boston College Defeats Northeastern, 2-0

Sophomores McKenzie Meehan and Lauren Bernard each scored as the Boston College women's soccer team defeated Northeastern, 2-0 on Friday night at the Newton Soccer Field. The Eagles improved to 11-9-1 on the year and are now 9-0-1 against the Huskies since 1998.

Meehan scored her 18th goal of the season at 8:30 in the first half when she kicked in her own rebound on a shot from just inside the box that hit the crossbar and bounced right on the goal line. The goal tied the BC school record for goals in a single season. Mary Guarino '00 also had 18 goals in her senior season.

Bernard gave BC a comfortable 2-0 lead 38 seconds into the second half. The Colchester, VT native took a shot from the corner of the box that she curved into the far end of the net at 45:38.

The Eagles had control of the game most of the first half and only allowed Northeastern to attempt one shot, a redirect that went well wide of the net. BC had great ball possession and kept it in Northeastern's side of the field for the majority of the first 45 minutes.

Irish Storm Past Iowa, 4-1, In NCAA Championship Opener

Throughout its storied women's soccer history, Notre Dame has been virtually unbeatable at home in the NCAA Championship. Freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews (Milford, N.H./Milford) made sure history wasn't going to change on Friday.
Playing in her first career NCAA postseason match, Andrews scored a pair of goals late in the first half to help propel No. 23/19 Notre Dame past No. RV/25 Iowa, 4-1 in an NCAA Championship first-round contest on a chilly Friday night before a crowd of 1,154 fans at Alumni Stadium.

With the victory, the Fighting Irish improves to 46-3 all-time at home in NCAA tournament play (7-0 at Alumni Stadium) and advances to the second round of the NCAA Championship on Nov. 22, where they will face Western Michigan, a 1-0 winner at No. 8/6 (and second-seeded) Marquette on Friday night. Notre Dame and WMU will play at a time and place to be determined following the completion of this weekend's first-round matches.

Senior defender/tri-captain Elizabeth Tucker (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) added a goal and an assist, while a pair of sophomore defenders connected on the final Fighting Irish goal -- tri-captain Katie Naughton (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) heading in a corner kick from Brittany Von Rueden (Mequon, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) -- as Notre Dame posted its highest goal output and largest margin of victory in an NCAA tournament match since 2010, when it earned a similar 4-1 win at North Carolina in the third round.

Freshman goalkeeper Kaela Little (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley) didn't seen much action in the Notre Dame net on Friday, but did make one save to record the victory in her NCAA postseason debut. Her Iowa counterpart, Hannah Clark, kept the margin from being even greater with nine saves.



North Carolina Dominates Flames 4-0 In NCAA First Round Matchup

Fifth-ranked North Carolina turned in one of its most impressive performances of the season Saturday afternoon as it defeated Big South Conference champion Liberty 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament at Fetzer Field.

With the victory, North Carolina (18-4) will now host NCAA second and third round games at Fetzer Field next Friday and Saturday. Texas Tech and Texas A&M will play in the first game Friday at 3:30 p.m. followed by a matchup between North Carolina and the winner of the Indiana-DePaul first round game at 6 p.m. The winners of Friday's matches will advance to the NCAA third round next Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field.

Offensive heroes were aplenty for Carolina in their win over the Flames (16-6-1) as senior Kealia Ohai scored a pair of goals and senior Megan Brigman and sophomore Summer Green each recorded two assists. Paige Nielsen came off the bench to add a goal and an assist for the Tar Heels and Cameron Castleberry added her second goal of the season to finish off the scoring.

The Tar Heel defense clamped down from the start and never gave the Flames a great look at goal. UNC outshot Liberty 23-3 and had a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. UNC senior Anna Sieloff made her first career NCAA Tournament game start and posted a clean sheet, being forced to make only one save. It was Sieloff's second solo shutout of the season. Holly Van Noord made eight saves for the Flames. Carolina placed 12 of their 23 shots on goal and matched its season high for goals scored in a game (also scored four goals VCU and Miami).

Wake Forest Shuts Out Morehead State in NCAA Opener

Senior Courtney Owen scored the first goal of her career in her first NCAA Championship start as Wake Forest breezed by Morehead State 2-0 in the first round of the tournament Saturday at Spry Stadium.

Owen's goal in the 19th minute was followed up only 34 seconds later by a score by Riley Ridgik, giving the Demon Deacons (11-6-2) a 2-0 stranglehold on the game that stood up as the final score. The Deacons limited the Eagles (10-11-1) to only four shots en route to the shutout win.

In what could have been her last game at Spry Stadium, Owen ran onto a Jackie McSally cross at the far post, heading a shot home to get her name on the scoresheet for the first time. Owen was making only the fourth start of her career after playing her way into the lineup with strong performances in practice.

The second goal came almost immediately afterwards. Surrounded by defenders on the touchline, McSally slipped a pass through them that sent Ridgik behind the defense. The junior from Ventura, Calif. ran confidently towards goal, drawing goalkeeper Elizabeth Floyd off her line before dribbling around her and slotting a shot into the vacated net.

Duke Advances to NCAA Second Round on Penalty Kicks, 4-3

The Duke women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round on Saturday as the Blue Devils (8-8-5) posted a 4-3 win on penalty kicks at 24th-ranked Colorado College in front of a capacity crowd of 1,739 at Stewart Field in Colorado Springs, Colo.

After the two squads played 110 minutes with a score of 1-1, the contest went to penalty kicks.

Colorado College (15-4-3) stepped up and nailed its first two attempts, while Duke senior Mollie Pathman connected on the first kick for the Blue Devils. Junior Katie Trees had her attempt stopped to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage heading into the third round.

Both Colorado College and Duke drained the next attempts as freshman Christina Gibbons placed in her shot and the Tigers continued to lead 3-2. Entering the match in goal just for penalty kicks for Duke was redshirt sophomore Ali Kershner. A product of Palo Alto, Calif., Kershner made a diving stop to her left on a shot by Rachel Herron in round four followed by senior Laura Weinberg hitting the back of the net.

Entering round five, the match was all square, 3-3. Kershner made a second straight diving stop, but this time to her right and then junior Kelly Cobb calmly stepped up and sank the game-winner to lift the Blue Devils into the second round by a 4-3 ledger.