ACC Women's Soccer in NCAA First-Round Action

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ACC Women's Soccer opens NCAA action with 5-0-1 record in first round.


Hokies Score Four In First Half To Blank Dayton 4-0 In NCAA Tournament

BLACKSBURG - A huge first half for the 14th-ranked Virginia Tech women’s soccer team propels the Hokies to a 4-0 win over Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night. With the win, Tech advances to the second round of the tournament for the fourth time in six years.

The Hokies (15-5) set the tone early in the game, putting a heavy amount of pressure on the Dayton (12-9-2) defense immediately. In the first five minutes, the Hokies tallied three shots and controlled most of the possession.

Sophomore Murielle Tiernan earned the first goal for the Hokies in the 15th minute, using her powerful frame to jumble her way through two Dayton defenders deep onto the Flyers’ side of the field. Once free, Tiernan buried the shot to the right side of the goal past the diving Dayton keeper to put Tech up 1-0.
In the 21st minute, senior Katie Yensen added to the Tech total after Tiernan headed a ball to the slashing Yensen. The senior took two touches and shot a well-placed ball to the left side netting to give Tech the 2-0 lead.


Second Half Surge Paces Noles Past Jaguars 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (19-1-1) broke open a one-goal halftime lead scoring four second half goals en route to a 5-0 victory over South Alabama (19-3-1) in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Friday evening inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.

Dagny Brynjarsdottir registered her team leading fifth multi-point performance with a goal and an assist, while Megan Campbell and Emma Koivisto each tallied three assists to tie a school record. 


No. 4 Virginia Rolls To 8-0 Win Over High Point In NCAA First Round

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The fourth-ranked Virginia women's soccer team opened play in the 2014 NCAA Tournament with an 8-0 victory over High Point in a first round match Friday at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (19-2) advanced to next week's second round, while the Panthers saw their season come to an end with a 12-5-4 record.

Senior midfielder Morgan Brian tied an NCAA Tournament single-game record with five assists in the contest, while sophomore forward Morgan Reuther recorded her first collegiate hat trick. Brian also scored a goal, tying the Virginia single-game points record with seven, to go along with her school-record five assists. Sophomore Kristen McNabb , juniors Makenzy Doniak and Brittany Ratcliffe and redshirt freshman Tori Hanway also scored for the Cavaliers.


Olmsted Breaks Through, #12/11 Irish Advance With Dramatic 1-0 NCAA Win Over Valparaiso

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Against one of the best statistical defenses in the NCAA, the University of Notre Dame women's soccer team was able to post 24 shots in the first 89 minutes without breaking through on the scoreboard. Sophomore forward Kaleigh Olmsted changed all that in one swift move, volleying a perfect cross from junior forward Anna Maria Gilbertson into the back of the net with 50 seconds remaining to power the Fighting Irish to a gritty 1-0 win over Valparaiso on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Championship at Alumni Stadium.

No. 12/11 Notre Dame (13-5-2) improved to 7-0 all-time in home NCAA Championship matches at Alumni Stadium. The Fighting Irish are now 14-2 (.875) in matches contested on their home field in NCAA play since 1993.

Notre Dame finished the contest with a dominant 25-1 shots edge over upset-minded Valparaiso (14-2-4), handing the Horizon League champion Crusaders their first loss in 19 matches. The Fighting Irish held a 9-0 shots on goal advantage, and attempted three corner kicks to just one for Valparaiso. 


North Carolina Downs South Dakota State In NCAA First Round

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –  The sixth-ranked University of North Carolina women’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament Friday evening with a 2-0 victory over Summit League champion South Dakota State at Fetzer Field.

In securing North Carolina’s 119th all-time win in NCAA Tournament play, the Tar Heels struck for two first-half goals by Amber Munerlyn and Paige Nielsen and then kept the Jackrabbits at bay, outshooting them 19-2 on the evening.

UNC, an NCAA Tournament #2 seed, improves to 13-3-2 on the season.  The Tar Heels are now 12-1-1 in their last 14 games.  South Dakota State saw its season end with a record of 10-8-2.  Carolina has now earned the right to host an NCAA Tournament second round game next week in Chapel Hill.  It will face the winner of the BYU-Colorado first round match which will be played Saturday in Boulder, Colo.  The date and time of next week’s second round game will be announced over the weekend.


Tigers and Gamecocks Tie In NCAA First Round, Gamecocks Advance On Penalty Kicks

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 22nd-ranked Clemson women’s soccer team played 18th-ranked and No. 3-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks to a scoreless double overtime tie in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on a cold Friday night at Stone Stadium in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks advanced after winning the penalty kick round by a score of 4-3.

With the tie, Clemson finishes the 2014 season at 13-3-3. It was an impressive season for the Tigers, who made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 and won 13 games for the first time since 2002. South Carolina moves to 13-5-4 and faces the winner of Washington State and Seattle on Friday, Nov. 21 in the NCAA Second Round in Chapel Hill, N.C.


 14th-ranked Hokies set to battle Dayton in First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday