NCAA Women's Soccer: ACC Leads All Conferences With Three Teams in Quarterfinals

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) and junior midfielder Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.) came through for the second time on the weekend, each scoring a goal as No. 1 Virginia (19-1-2) defeated No. 11 USC (15-6-2) by a score of 2-0 on Sunday.

The win advanced the Cavaliers into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia will host Rutgers at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

Doniak and Shaffer each have 14 goals on the season to pace the Cavalier offense. Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) improved to 13-1-2 in goal this season as she helped Virginia post its 14th shutout victory of the season with six saves on the afternoon. 

Virginia got one of its few chances in the 22nd minute when Shaffer poked away a ball at the midfield and the Cavaliers advanced on the counter. With a numbers advantage, Virginia tapped the ball out wide to Veronica Latsko (Venetia, Pa.) for the shot, but it was high.

Another solid opportunity came in the 38th minute when Virginia got a free kick outside the top of the box 25 yards out. The Cavaliers went wide with the kick and after a failed clearance Shaffer fired a shot that was blocked in the box as USC kept the Cavaliers off the board.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Earning its ninth-consecutive shutout in NCAA Tournament play, No. 2 Florida State (17-2-4) took down No. 19 Auburn (16-6-1) by a score of 2-0 on Sunday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. It marks the 11th straight season that the Seminoles will play in the NCAA quarterfinals, the longest active streak in the country.

The nine straight postseason shutouts sets an NCAA record, breaking North Carolina’s stretch of eight clean sheets in 2003-04. That Tar Heel team still holds the record for consecutive scoreless minutes with 829:21, while FSU has not allowed a goal in 810:00, dating back to an overtime goal against UCLA in the 2013 National Championship Game.

The Noles secured goals from Kaycie Tillman in the 25th minute and an Auburn own goal at 27:44 to earn the victory. The win extended FSU’s home unbeaten streak to 23 games.
The Noles nearly got on the board in the 10th minute when Isabella Schmid slipped a ball through to Natalia Kuikka at the top of the box. The freshman from Finland ripped a shot to the left that beat the Auburn keeper, but ricocheted off the post and was cleared away by the Tiger defense.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For the sixth time out of the last nine  years, head coach Robbie Church and the Duke women’s soccer team have advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals as third-seeded and 19th-ranked Duke upset second-seeded and fifth-ranked Florida, 2-1, at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. 
The Blue Devils (13-5-4) move on to next play at No. 1 seed Stanford Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. (PT) in Stanford, Calif.  Florida concluded its season with a 19-4-1 mark. 
Duke controlled most of the first 20 minutes of play and held a 3-1 shot advantage early, but the Blue Devils missed some great opportunities on dangerous runs.Ashton Miller, Kayla McCoy and Taylor Racioppi all attempted shots, but two went wide and one saved.
Florida got on the board first as the Gators connected on a header goal off a corner kick at the 20:03 mark to take a 1-0 advantage.  Sarah Troccoli sent home a three-yard header from Lauren Smith.