NCAA Quarterfinals ACCtion: @ACCWSoccer Claims Three Spots in 2013 College Cup


Three ACC teams punched tickets to the 2013 College Cup. Advancing to Cary are Virginia, Florida State and Virginia Tech. On Saturday, North Carolina fell to No. 2 UCLA in double overtime.



FSU Headed Back to College Cup

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Top-seeded Florida State (22-1-3) broke open a one-goal first half lead scoring three times in the second half to defeat Boston College (13-10-1) 4-0 Friday afternoon in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.

With the win, the Seminoles advance to their third straight College Cup and seventh all-time. Florida State will now face Virginia Tech in the national semifinals on Friday, December 6 at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C. The Hokies defeated Duke 3-0 on Friday in Blacksburg. It will mark the third meeting between the two schools this year as the Seminoles have won both contests including a 1-0 victory in the ACC championship game back on November 10 in Cary.

In Friday's quarterfinal, Marta Bakowska-Mathews had a career afternoon as she led all players with five points on two goals and an assist. The junior midfielder assisted on the game's first goal in the first half before scoring the third and fourth goals of the match to seal the victory. It marked Bakowska-Mathews' second two-goal effort of the season with her first coming against Notre Dame in the regular season finale back on October 31.

The Seminoles put forth a tremendous defensive effort on Friday holding the Eagles to just four shots including two on goal. Boston College entered the NCAA Quarterfinals outscoring the opposition 10-2 through the first three rounds.

FSU's backline of Kassey Kallman, Kristin Grubka, Isabella Schmid, Megan Campbell and Kirsten Crowley held BC's forward trio of McKenzie Meehan, Hayley Dowd and Stephanie McCaffrey to just one shot. And that lone shot didn't come until the 88th minute when McCaffrey's shot from just outside the 18-yard box was blocked.

Kelsey Wys made both saves, one in each half, in 90 minutes of play as the senior goalkeeper collected her 15th shutout of the season.


Hokies advance to 2013 NCAA College Cup for first time after shutting out Duke 3-0

BLACKSBURG, Va. - After defeating Duke 3-0 at Thompson Field on Friday night, the Virginia Tech women's soccer team advances to the 2013 NCAA College Cup for the first time in school history.

Junior Katie Yensen started the scoring for Tech in the 45th minute. Sophomore Morgan Conklin whipped in a ball from the right side of the box to the head of Yensen, who placed it past Duke's keeper for the 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Hokies continued their quality play in the 65th minute when senior Shannon Mayrose connected on a Taylor Antolino pass to make the score 2-0.

Tech would put away one more insurance goal in the 82nd minute after senior Jazmine Reeves used her speed to blow by the Duke defense and slot home a breakaway for the 3-0 lead.

Senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts made five saves in the match to preserve the shutout for Tech.

The Hokies will travel to Cary, N.C. on Friday Dec. 6 to take on Florida State for the third time this season in the semifinal of the 2013 NCAA College Cup.


Cavaliers Reach College Cup with 2-1 Win Over Michigan

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's soccer team will make its first trip to the NCAA Women's College Cup in 22 years after a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Michigan Friday night in front of 1,882 fans at Klöckner Stadium. The top-seeded Cavaliers (24-1) will make their second overall appearance in the sport's showcase event next week, while the Wolverines (18-4-1) saw their record-setting season come to an end.

Junior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) and senior defender Molly Menchel (Alexandria, Va.) scored for the Cavaliers, who became the first team to score multiple goals on the Wolverines this season.

Virginia controlled play from the start and took the lead in the 24th minute of play. Sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) slipped a through ball to Brian, who one-timed a shot to inside the post for her 16th goal of the season. Brian, who scored her school-record eighth career NCAA Tournament goal, has scored in each of Virginia's postseason victories this year.

The lead was short-lived as the Wolverines answered just four minutes later. Nkem Ezurike sent a cross into the box that Meghan Toohey collected and fired into the next for her sixth goal of the season. Despite Virginia outshooting Michigan 15-2 over the first 45 minutes, the game went into halftime tied at 1-1.

The Cavaliers continued to pressure the Wolverine end in the second half and finally retook the lead in the 68th minute. Junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) delivered a ball to the back post that Menchel tried to collect, but her trap attempt beat the Michigan keeper and went off the post. From the ground, Menchel was able to tap the ball over the line on the rebound for her sixth goal of the season. That proved to be the game-winner, as the Virginia defense held strong the rest of the way to preserve the 2-1 victory.

Overall, Virginia outshot Michigan 22-4 and had a 7-2 corner kick advantage. First-year goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) made one save in goal for Virginia, posting her school-record 19th victory of the season. Taylor Bucklin made four saves at the other end for Michigan.



Smith’s Overtime Goal Sends #2 Bruins Past North Carolina To NCAA College Cup

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The NCAA quarterfinal matchup between second-ranked UCLA and fifth-ranked North Carolina lived up to its billing Saturday night as the Bruins advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the first time since 2009, beating the Tar Heels 1-0 in double overtime at Fetzer Field.

UNC saw its season end at 20-5 as it lost an NCAA quarterfinal game for the first time in history (26-1-1 in quarterfinal contests). The Bruins, whose only loss was a 1-0 setback to UNC on September 6, improved to 21-1-2 with their first ever victory over the Tar Heels in nine meetings between the two teams.

It was an evenly played game between the two teams. Both squads had 11 shots and UCLA had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Katelyn Rowland made four saves while recording the clean sheet for the Bruins. Anna Sieloff made a career high seven saves in her final game in the Tar Heel uniform.

Taylor Smith scored the game-winning goal for the Bruins on a breakaway in the 102nd minute. A ball was sent from the midfield line that found Smith in stride behind the UNC defense. Smith's initial shot from inside the penalty area was knocked down by Sieloff but the ball pinged directly back to Smith her to poked it inside the right post at 101:31 of the match.

Carolina had to make a defensive adjustment heading into the second overtime as starting defender Katie Bowen was taken off the field in an ambulance with an undisclosed injury with 49 seconds left in the first overtime. Bowen was conscious and alert when she the field to be taken to UNC Hospitals for further evaluation.

The Bruins flighted their through ball to Smith past the area where Bowen normally patrols the middle of the 4-2-3-1 defensive shape.

Sieloff's seven saves were two more than she had ever had in a Carolina uniform. After UNC outshot the Bruins 7-3 in the first half, UCLA had an 8-4 edge in shots after halftime, including a 4-1 edge in overtime.

Carolina's best chances to score came in the last minute of the first half when Crystal Dunn's shot from 15 yards was blocked by the Bruin defense, which has allowed only seven goals in 24 games this season. Kealia Ohai's shots off a corner kick at 80:39 was the next best chance the Tar Heels had but it just missed the right post. Dunn, who suffered a high ankle sprain 10 minutes into last Sunday's match against Texas A&M, was limited to 27 minutes due to the injury.

The College Cup matchups next weekend in Cary, N.C., will feature four teams seeking their first ever NCAA Championships in the sport - Virginia vs. UCLA in one semifinal and Florida State and Virginia Tech in the other semifinal. Carolina has won 21 of the previous 31 championships and the Cavaliers, Hokies and Seminoles will all be seeking to become the first ACC other than Carolina to win the title.
Carolina will look to rebound in 2014 with a much younger squad, but one expected to still be very athletic. Saturday night marked the final games for six UNC starters - forward Kealia Ohai, midfielders Crystal Dunn, Meg Morris and Kelly McFarlane, defender Megan Brigman and goalkeeper Anna Sieloff.