Duke and UNC Advance to NCAA Women's Soccer Quarterfinals

Bailey’s Goal The Difference As Heels Advance To Quarterfinals

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.  (GoHeels.com)–  Sophomore midfielder Dorian Bailey scored on a long distance shot in the 71st minute as sixth-ranked North Carolina advanced past 12th-ranked Clemson in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship third round before a crowd of 1,732 fans at Fetzer Field Sunday afternoon.

As was expected between these ACC rivals, it was a hard-fought defensive battle with UNC holding an 11-10 edge in shots and Clemson holding a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.

It took a moment of brilliance to separate the two teams and that came from Bailey, a Mission, Kan., sophomore midfielder who struck at the 70:12 mark.  Zoe Redei served a ball into the penalty area from the right side of the pitch.  Madison Schultz got a foot on it before it was sent out by a Clemson defender.  But Bailey gathered the ball in, took a couple of dribbles to her left to create space and she sent an arcing ball from 22 yards out that floated over Clemson goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan and into the back of the net for the game-winning tally.

It was Bailey’s fourth goal of the season and two have been especially significant.  She tallied the game-winner in UNC head coach Anson Dorrance’s 800th career victory on October 9 and then Sunday scored the game-winner to send UNC to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2013.

Stevens’ Game-Winner Sends Blue Devils Past Wildcats

DURHAM, N.C. (GoDuke.com) – On a chilly Sunday afternoon in Durham, N.C., freshman Ella Stevens tallied her 10th goal of the season to send the third-seeded and 14th-ranked Duke women’s soccer team in to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship with a 1-0 win over Northwestern at Koskinen Stadium.  

With the victory, Duke improves to 15-4-3 and will next travel to Morgantown, W.V., to take on top-seeded West Virginia, who advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in penalty kicks, 4-2, over UCLA.  The Blue Devils have now reached the elite eight for the fifth time out of the last six years and the 10th overall time in school history. Duke’s win was also the 15th straight at home in NCAA Tournament play. 

Going up against a squad that had allowed only six goals all season, the Blue Devils tried to attack the Wildcat defense early in the first half.  Northwestern (16-3-4) held strong and packed it in against Duke.  

Although the Blue Devils attempted a total of 15 shots in the first half, Duke didn’t have many excellent scoring chances. 

No. 15 Virginia’s Season Ends In 2-0 Loss At No. 5 Georgetown

WASHINGTON  (VirginiaSports.com)– The season came to an end for the Cavaliers on Sunday (Nov. 20) as No. 15 Virginia (15-5-2) fell at No. 5 Georgetown (19-2-3) by a score of 2-0 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

An own goal and a goal off a free kick proved to be the difference as Virginia out-shot Georgetown 9-to-3 for the match, but the home-standing Hoyas capitalized on the few opportunities allowed to pick up the victory.

“With weather like this you knew it was going to come down to one or two plays, and at the end there it didn’t happen our way,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “I’m proud of our team and thought we played a good second half, it just wasn’t enough today. We were playing our best soccer of the year at the end, and that’s why it was disappointing for both teams that you couldn’t really play soccer on a day like today with the wind like it was.

“Georgetown is a tough team and they finish; they don’t need many chances to convert goals. On a day like this it can be a difference maker and it was today. Credit Georgetown for the way they defended as well. Full marks to them for the way they played, they deserved to win, but I’d have liked to see a game where the weather wasn’t as impactful on both teams as it was today.”

Wolfpack’s Remarkable Season Ends In Palo Alto

PALO ALTO, Calif. (GoPack.com)- The NC State women's soccer team's breakthrough season came to an end Sunday afternoon at Cagan Stadium. The match was much closer than the final score suggested, as Santa Clara advanced to the Elite 8 with a 3-0 win.
NC State concludes its year with an 11-8-2 (4-5-1 ACC) record for its most wins since 1996 and its second-best ACC season in program history. After ending a 20-year NCAA Championship appearance drought, the Pack made an impressive run to the Sweet 16, marking the first third-round appearance since 1996 and only the fourth third-round appearance in school history.

In the Sweet 16 match, Santa Clara capitalized on an awarded penalty in the 21st minute. NC State closed the half with a decisive attacking display, but couldn't find the finishing touch. The Pack held a 9-5 advantage in shots and maintained almost all the possession following the goal. Santa Clara entered halftime with a 1-0 lead.