ACC Women's Soccer Teams Go 7-1 in NCAA First Round

ACC teams go 7-1 in NCAA First Round


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia (17-1-2) women's soccer team jumped out to an early lead Friday night and exploded for five goals in the second half as the Cavaliers defeated Howard (13-8-2) by a score of 7-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) scored the two goals in the first half for Virginia as the Cavaliers held the Bison without a shot in the first half. 

Virginia got on the board in the eighth minute when Doniak chased down a pass on the left side of the box and dribbled in toward the goal along the end line. The Cavalier senior took the shot and put it in past the far post to give the home team the 1-0 lead. 

Doniak scored her second goal of the night in the 17th minute. Veronica Latsko (Venetia, Pa.) dribbled the ball in on the left side and tapped it over to Torres who passed it in to Doniak in the middle of the box. The senior fired the shot past the keeper and Virginia led 2-0.

Virginia held the Bison without a shot in the first half after taking 15 shots of their own on the way to the two goals.



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –  After a scoreless first half, eighth-ranked North Carolina exploded for three second half goals to defeat Liberty 3-0 in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament First Round before 1,152 fans at Fetzer Field.

Playing with a depleted roster, the Tar Heels struggled in the first half putting shots on frame, but 10 of their 14 second shots were on target and Jessie Scarpa, Megan Buckingham and Alexa Newfield found the back of the net.  The Tar Heels will now meet Texas A&M in the NCAA second round next Friday.  The Aggies, 2014 NCAA semifinalists, defeated Washington 2-1 Friday night in College Station, Texas.

The Tar Heels improved to 15-4-1 with the victory while Liberty saw its season end with a record of 13-8-1.

Carolina had eight first half shots but none were on frame while the Tar Heel defense took care of business in the first half, limiting the Big South Conference champion Flames to a single shot.



NOTRE DAME, Ind. — When you’re on, you’re on. The No. 10/7 University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team has played its fair share of one- and two-goal contests this season. It’s to be expected in a loaded Atlantic Coast Conference, a league in which so much parity exists that eight of 14 teams have earned bids to this season’s NCAA Championship.

But as the Irish exhibited in their final regular-season game in a 3-0 win over then-No. 5/4 Virginia Tech on October 30, they are more than capable of putting together strong offensive performances. That momentum carried into Friday’s NCAA Championship opener at Alumni Stadium, as third-seeded Notre Dame (14-4-1) cruised to a 5-0 win over Oakland (8-6-7).

The Irish saw four different players bury goals, as Notre Dame took control right away and seized a 4-0 lead by halftime. In total, the Irish outshot the Golden Grizzlies 34-4, including 13-2 in shots on goal.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Opening the 2015 postseason much like they ended in 2014, No. 2 Florida State (15-2-4) recorded a 3-0 shutout of Evansville (6-11-3) on Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. It is the seventh consecutive shutout for the Noles in the NCAA postseason and they have not allowed a goal since the 2013 College Cup.

Berglind Thorvaldsdottir scored two goals for her first multi-goal game in the NCAA tournament and the seventh of her career. Fellow Iceland native Elin Jensen assisted on both Thorvaldsdottir goals to increase her season total to four.

The Noles put Evansville under pressure from the first whistle, but the defense of the Purple Aces made it difficult for FSU to find quality scoring chances early on as many shots were blocked or went wide of the goal.

Megan Connolly’s first shot of the game nearly became the first goal of the game as her strike from the top of the penalty box in the 15th minute deflected off an Evansville defender and ricocheted off the post and into the hands of UE goalkeeper Whitney Biggs.



DURHAM, N.C. -- Five different Blue Devils tallied goals to lead Duke to a 5-0 win over James Madison in NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship First Round action tonight at Koskinen Stadium. Duke advances to play the winner between South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast.

The Blue Devils improve to 11-5-4 overall and moves to 27-18-8 in NCAA Tournament action. The five goals scored by the Blue Devils are tied for the second most by a Duke team in NCAA Tournament action.

Scoring goals for the Blue Devils were Imani Dorsey,Taylor Racioppi, Christina Gibbons, Kayla McCoy and Toni Payne. Racioppi, McCoy and Payne all finished with a goal and an assist in the win.

Duke, controlling the run of play early, got on the board just 6:16 into the game when Racioppi found Dorsey wide open on the left flank. With an abundance of time with the ball at her feet, Dorsey took a few dribbles and froze the James Madison goalie in her tracks with a shot to the right side netting.


BLACKSBURG, Va. - The No. 4 seed Virginia Tech women’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship after an impressive 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats at Thompson Field.

The Hokies, only leading 1-0 at halftime, got two goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half to take control. Alani Johnson scored two goals while Candace Cephers and Murielle Tiernan each added one in the win.

Tech improves to 15-3-2 on the year while Cincinnati’s season ends with a record of 13-6-5.

Holding a one goal lead, Murielle Tiernan hit a shot just inside the penalty box that was pushed away by Cincinnati goalkeeper Sam Pavlika only to end up in the path of Johnson who put the ball into the empty net to make it 2-0. Just over four minutes later, Johnson scored again, this time on a shot from 10-yards out that took a deflection off a Cincinnati defender before ending up in the goal.

The Hokies would conclude the scoring on the evening in the 69th minute as Candace Cephers put a header in at the near post off a Kallie Peurifoy corner kick.


CLEMSON, S.C. – Three different players scored in the No. 7 Tigers’ 3-0 shutout of Furman (17-5-1) in the NCAA First Round on Saturday night at Historic Riggs Field. Clemson improved to 14-4-1 with the win, which was the first NCAA Tournament victory for the program since Nov. 16, 2007, when the Tigers defeated Charlotte, 4-2, in the NCAA First Round in Knoxville, Tenn. It was also the programs first NCAA win under head coachEddie Radwanski in his fifth year with the team.

Sophomore forward Shannon Horgan got the scoring started for the Tigers at the 11:19 mark off an assist from Paige Reckert. Reckert’s pass into the box bounced around before Horgan was able to get a knee on it and knock into the back of the net. The goal was Horgan’s third of the season and brought Reckert’s assist total to three.

Just 18 seconds later Abby Jones slipped a ball past the Paladin back line and found Miranda Weslake who struck the ball past the keeper for her second goal of 2015. The 18 seconds between the two goals set the Clemson women’s soccer record for the shortest time between goals, and tied the current Clemson men’s soccer record.

At the half the Tigers entered the locker room up 2-0 on the Paladins, not allowing Furman a shot or corner kick in the half. Clemson accumulated 13 shots in the half and registered three corner kicks.



PRINCETON, N.J. - The Princeton Tigers used three first-half goals and added another in the 49th minute as they defeated Boston College by a score of 4-2 Saturday evening at Princeton's Roberts Stadium. Boston College's leading goal scorer, redshirt junior McKenzie Meehan, tallied a goal in the 36th minute, which at the time cut the deficit in half, while sophomore midfielder Lauren Berman added the Eagles second goal in the 88th minute of the NCAA first round game.