Five ACC Women's Soccer Teams Advance to the NCAA Third Round

The ACC has five of the remaining 16 teams in the NCAA field. They will compete in four different matches in the third round on Sunday as league foes Clemson and North Carolina will face off.

WASHINGTON – The Cavaliers continued to advance in NCAA Tournament play on Friday (Nov. 18), using a first-minute goal to take the lead as Virginia (15-4-2) defeated Penn State (14-5-4) by a score of 3-0 at Georgetown’s Shaw Field.

With the win, Virginia will now advance to the Round of 16 on Sunday (Nov. 20) and play No. 5 Georgetown. Georgetown is hosting the games and is the second-seeded team in the region, while Virginia is the third seed. Kick for the Round of 16 game is set for noon.

“First, congrats to Penn State on a tremendous season,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “They have an exceptional team and when you consider how many players they have lost to the U-20 World Cup, it is even more impressive. I think it’s great they support their players' efforts to compete at the international level, especially when it obviously affects their college team. Having said that, we are very proud of our team and how they performed today. That was some of our best soccer all year on both sides of the ball.”

The clean sheet is the 11th of the season for the Cavaliers as senior goalkeeper Morgan Stearns and the back line limited chances for a Nittany Lion offense that scored 37 goals on the season and had only been shut out twice.

The Cavaliers out-shot the Nittany Lions 20-to-4 on the afternoon. Virginia allowed only one shot in the first half and three shots in the second half from an offense that scored

DURHAM, N.C. – Senior Toni Payne scored two second half goals to propel the third-seeded Duke women’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Illinois State (14-6-3) Friday evening in the second round of the NCAA Championship from Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The 14th-ranked Blue Devils (14-4-3) moved on to face Northwestern (16-2-4) Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m., in the third round, after the Wildcats downed SIUE, 1-0, earlier Friday.  The third round match will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.   

“I was very, very happy,” Duke head coach Robbie Church commented about the win.  “This team wants to win. You can see the hunger. You can see it in their play.  I really like the place our team is in now. I like the passion. We are still growing, still coming together. This is not the end. We have bought ourselves at least two more days.”

The Blue Devils moved their streak to 14 matches in a row without a loss at home in NCAA Tournament play.  

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The NC State women's soccer team continued its historic year and sealed its spot in the NCAA Sweet 16 Friday night with a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 19 Pepperdine. It's the Pack's second straight shutout, as the team improves to 11-8-2 with the win.
The team has advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship only four times in program history with the previous three coming in 1995, 1989 and 1988. The victory is also the team's seventh win over a team ranked or receiving votes this season. 
The Pack's 11 wins are the most wins since 1996. NC State has now knocked out the Big 10 and West Coast Conference Champions in consecutive matches.
San Diego, Calif., native Taylor Porter buried the match-winning-goal in the 65th minute off a header inside the six-yard box. Kristina Schuster earned the assist after crossing the ball into the box. NC State held the possession advantage and outshot Pepperdine 8-4. 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Kailen Sheridan made two huge saves and also made her own penalty kick attempt to send the 12th-ranked Tigers to the NCAA Sweet 16 on Friday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C. Clemson and No. 17 Arkansas tied 0-0 in 110 minutes and the Tigers (14-4-4) then advanced 4-2 on penalty kicks to make the final 16 of the national tournament for the first time in 10 years.

The Tigers dictated play for the majority of play, outshooting the Razorbacks 19-13 overall, and 5-3 in shots on goal. Clemson also earned nine corner kicks to Arkansas’s two in the contest. In the 80th minute of regulation, a handball in the box gave Clemson a chance at a penalty kick, but Katie Sprouse’s attempt was saved on a beautiful diving stop by Arkansas goalkeeper Cameron Carter. Five minutes later, Jenna Polonsky launched a shot that hit the crossbar, perhaps the best two chances of the match.

After the scoreless 110 minutes, the match went to penalty kicks. It was a familiar situation for the Tigers, who advanced 5-4 in PKs over Miami in the ACC Quarterfinals earlier this season. Arkansas shot first, making its first two attempts, as did Catrina Atanda and Polonsky.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –  The sixth-ranked University of North Carolina women’s soccer team held the Kansas Jayhawks without a shot for the last 64:26 of the match and got second half goals from Madison Schultz and Maya Worth in recording a 2-0 victory in the second round of the NCAA Championship at Fetzer Field before a crowd of 1,917 fans.
UNC outshot the Jayhawks 19-5 in the match while Kansas had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.  Kansas actually took five of the first eight shots in the match before UNC ran off 16 shots in a row, including a 12-0 margin in the second half.  The possession advantage eventually resulted in goals by Madison Schultz in the 53rd minute and Maya Worth in the 79th minute.
Kansas took the first two shots of the game with UNC goalkeeper Lindsey Harris making saves on Lois Heuchan in the second minute and Katie McClure in the fifth minute.  In the 14th minute, UNC’s Abby Elinsky had a great chance to break the game open but her shot was saved at the last second by Kansas’ goalkeeper Regan Gibbs.
At 25:34 of the match, Katie McClure took the last shot the Jayhawks would have all night.  It came off a corner kick and Harris grabbed it out of the air to earn her third and final save of the night.  Over the last 20 minutes of the first half, UNC controlled the ball in Kansas’ end, taking four shots.  But the game went to halftime tied at 0-0.
Tar Heel head coach Anson Dorrance started the second half with three freshmen in the lineup at the forward spots – Bridgette Andrzejewski, Madison Schultz and Zoe Redei.  The move paid off as Carolina’s energy was off the charts in the opening minutes of the second half.  Megan Buckingham and Annie Kingman both had good looks on goal before the Tar Heels broke through for the lead in the 53rd minute.
Annie Kingman fed Megan Buckingham who sent a ball across the box that found Madison Schultz.  The Washington state freshman found enough room to blast a shot from 18 yards out that hit the underside of the cross bar and found the back of the net on the right side.  Schultz has scored four goals this season, all in the last six games.  All four of her goals have been game-winning tallies.  She scored game-winners against Florida State in the regular-season finale, against Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals and against Liberty and Kansas in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

In the 79th minute, the Tar Heels broke through for an insurance goal against the Jayhawks.  Bridgette Andrzejewski dribbled into the box on the right side after getting behind the Kansas defense and sent a shot that Regan Gibbs made a point blank save on.  The ball bounced fortuitously for the Tar Heels as Megan Buckingham gathered it in and sent a nifty pass across the penalty area where Maya Worth was there for an open net put away. 

LOS ANGELES – Nearly tying the match in the final seconds, No. 10 Florida State (14-4-4) ended its season on Friday afternoon, falling by a score of 2-1 to No. 23 Utah (13-3-5) in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship at McAlister Field on the campus of USC.

A corner attempt by FSU in the 90th minute was sent back into the six-yard box by Kaycie Tillman, finding Megan Connolly to strike the ball into the net, but she was judged to be offside, allowing Utah to tick off the final 10 seconds of the match and secure the victory.

It is just the second time that Florida State lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, matching the 2001 season that ended in a 1-0 defeat at Clemson. The Noles are now 14-2-0 all-time in the second round of the NCAA postseason.

“Obviously, we are disappointed,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We came out here with the hope and the intent of winning, but credit to Utah. They battled hard and took advantage of mistakes that we made and scored a couple of goals. We weren’t good enough today and will have to go back and reevaluate and see what we can do to be better in the future.