Six ACC Women's Soccer Teams Advance to NCAA Second Round

Six of the seven ACC teams in the field have advanced into the NCAA second round. Virginia won on Friday, while all four teams advanced in Saturday matches. Clemson won on Sunday.


CLEMSON, S.C. – One goal by junior Shannon Horgan was all the 12th-ranked Tigers needed to advance in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon, as Clemson picked up a 1-0 victory over Northeastern at Historic Riggs Field in the first round of the national tournament. With the win, the Tigers improved to 14-4-3 overall, and remained unbeaten at Riggs with a 10-0-2 record in home matches, while the Huskies’ season ended at 14-7-1.

Clemson controlled possession in the first half, outshooting the Huskies 9-5 and earning five corner kicks to Northeastern’s zero. The Tigers continued the pressure in the second half, and finally broke through in the 61st minute of play. Senior Emily Byorth dribbled the ball along the left side of the field, sending a pass backwards to junior Shannon Horgan. Horgan settled the ball and launched a shot from 28 yards over the head of the Huskies’ diving keeper, scoring her fourth goal of the year.

The Tigers generated a few more chances in the final 30 minutes of the second half, but Horgan’s shot was the only one to find the back of the net. Defensively, sophomore Sam Staab and seniors Claire Wagner, Emily Byorth and Gabby Byorth, kept the Huskies from being able to create any solid chances. Senior Kailen Sheridan tallied two saves, the win and the clean sheet, her fifth solo shutout of the season.

This is the second consecutive NCAA Second Round berth for the Tigers under sixth-year Head Coach Eddie Radwanski. Clemson is now 2-0-2 in the national tournament under Radwanski, and the program is now 8-6-3 in NCAA first-round matches.

With the win, the Tigers will now head to Chapel Hill, N.C., where the Tar Heels host the NCAA Second and Third Rounds on Nov. 18-20. Clemson faces Arkansas in the Second Round. The Razorbacks (18-5) defeated Memphis 2-1 in their first-round contest.


SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The NC State women's soccer team continued its historic season after advancing 4-2 on penalty kicks to down No. 8 Minnesota. It marks the first time the Pack has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships since 1995 and sets the Pack up for a trip to Palo Alto, Calif., next weekend to face Pepperdine in the second round.

NC State moves to 10-8-2 on the season. It was the Pack's first time advancing on penalty kicks since 1994 when the team defeated Clemson in the opening round of the tournament.
In the penalty shootout, goalkeeper Sydney Wootten made two saves, while the Pack converted all four of its attempts.

The Pack made the most of its opportunity despite playing in windy, cold conditions. The team was also without the services of All-ACC forward Kia Rankin who is out with a day-to-day injury and is expecting to join the team in later rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Blue Devils Advance to NCAA Second Round with 3-0 Win Over Charlotte
DURHAM, N.C. – Fueled by a goal and two assists from senior Toni Payne and freshman Ella Stevens, the third-seeded and 14th-ranked Duke women’s soccer team downed Charlotte, 3-0, Saturday, Nov. 12 to advance to the second round of the NCAA Championships. 
The Blue Devils (13-4-3) are fortunate enough to be able to host the second and third rounds of the NCAA Championships Friday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 20.  Times and opponents are still yet to be determined. 
The Blue Devils started on the attack from the opening kickoff and never looked back.  In the fourth minute, senior Christina Gibbons took a couple of touches around the nine-year mark in front of the goal, but her shot sailed over the crossbar for the first shot of the match.
Freshman Olivia Erlbeck passed to a streaking senior Toni Payne, who then found an open freshman Ella Stevens. Stevens then took advantage of the opportunity and finished into the right corner to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 advantage in the 11th minute.
Duke came out in the second half and stretched its lead to 2-0 quickly as junior Morgan Reid found Stevens, who played a through ball to a streaking Payne.  After taking a couple of touches, Payne flicked the ball over Charlotte goalkeeper, Anna Shelden’s head and into the back of the net.
The Blue Devils would put the match away in the 69th minute as Payne and Stevens found freshman Mia Gyau at the top of the box where she connected on her first collegiate goal to give Duke a 3-0 lead. 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming away with a victory for the 40th time in 41 home NCAA Tournament matches at the Seminole Soccer Complex, No. 10 Florida State (14-3-4) posted a 4-0 win over Samford (15-4-2) on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.
FSU scored quickly and took the lead on a Malia Berkely’s first career goal in the third minute, while sophomore defender Natalia Kuikka matched a Florida State record and posted three assists to become the 10th Seminole to have three assists in a single match.
The shutout marked FSU’s 15th of the season and the 11th consecutive home shutout in NCAA Tournament play. The Noles have not surrendered a goal in the last 1010:02 of postseason play at the Seminole Soccer Complex, dating back to a November 21, 2013 match against Ole Miss.
The Seminoles attacked from the opening whistle and earned the first of nine corner kicks in the third minute. Shortly after the set piece, Kuikka drove a ball into the box from the right side and found Berkely near the penalty spot, allowing the freshman to redirect the ball into the net to give FSU a 1-0 lead at 2:41.
Kuikka was able to get a head on it and beat Maddox to extend the Seminole lead to 2-0 for her seventh goal of the season.
Freshman Kristen McFarland nearly made it 3-0 before intermission, working her way into space as Kaycie Tillman slipped a ball into her on the right side, but her shot in the 40th minute rolled just left of the far post.
Florida State advances to the second round of the NCAA Championship for the 16th time in program history and will play Utah (12-3-5) on November 18. Location and specific game time will be determined after all 32 NCAA first round matches are completed on Sunday, November 13.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –  Freshman Madison Schultz scored her third game-winning goal in the past five games to lead sixth-ranked North Carolina to a 3-0 victory over Liberty in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament first round Saturday at Fetzer Field.  UNC advances to the second round of the tournament where it will play either Kansas or Missouri next Friday in Chapel Hill.  The Jayhawks and the Tigers play in the first round Sunday in Lawrence, Kan.
As has been the pattern of late, the Tar Heels got great contributions from their bench with two goals and an assist.  Starting forward Abby Elinsky scored her first career goal as a Tar Heel to provide another boost to the Tar Heel effort in the win.
Carolina took the lead at 40:41 of the game after a series of five nifty passes resulted in Schultz’s goal.  Alex Kimball reversed the field from right to left, finding Hanna Gardner.  The senior defender pushed the ball forward to Megan Buckingham who sent a perfect cross to the far post to Sarah Ashley Firstenberg.  The senior forward headed the ball down towards the left post where Schultz ran on to it to finish into the unguarded net.
The Tar Heels increased their lead to 2-0 on an unassisted goal by Dorian Bailey, her third of the campaign.  Megan Buckingham sent a cross into the penalty area from the left side where Bailey’s initial shot was blocked by a defender.  The rebound went directly to Bailey who drove the ball into the back of the net from 10 yards away at the 58:24 mark.
Carolina finished off the scoring at 69:49 on a give-and-go between Annie Kingman and Abby Elinsky.  After a corner kick by Kingman was initially redirected out by the Liberty defense, Elinsky sent the ball to Kingman on the right side.  Kingman returned the favor and found Elinsky’s head at the six-yard line for the put away.  Although Elinsky scored in her freshman year at the University of Illinois in 2014, this was her first goal as a Tar Heel in her two seasons in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina will host NCAA second and third round games at Fetzer Field on Friday, November 18 and Sunday, November 20, respectively.  On Friday, Arkansas will play the winner of Sunday’s first round game between Clemson and Northeastern.  That same day, UNC will play the winner of Sunday’s first round match between Kansas and Missouri.  Game times Friday are TBA.  The two winners from Friday will play Sunday in the third round at Fetzer Field with a tentative game time of 1 p.m.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 15 Virginia (14-4-2) women's soccer team advanced in the NCAA Tournament, posting a 4-1 win over Monmouth (14-5-2) on Friday night at Klöckner Stadium.
Kristen McNabb (Montville, N.J.) scored the first goal of the match, while Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.) notched two goals and Morgan Reuther (Chantilly, Va.) capped the scoring for Virginia on the way to the victory.
Virginia led 2-0 at the half and never trailed in the match. With the win, the Cavaliers will now face Penn State in the second round of action next Friday (Nov. 18).
Virginia struck first, scoring in the 25th minute off a header from McNabb. Junior defender Megan Reid (Orinda, Calif.) sent a serve into the box from just outside the midfield circle on the Hawks' half of the field. McNabb leaped at the penalty marker and headed the ball over the keeper and into the net for the 1-0 lead.
A minute later, Veronica Latsko (Venetia, Pa.) was taken down in the box, setting up a penalty kick for the Cavaliers. Shaffer took the penalty kick, firing it past the keeper for the 2-0 lead.
Virginia extended the lead with a second goal from Shaffer in the 57th minute. Ayan Adu (Ashburn, Va.) sent in a service from the near sideline to Shaffer at the top of the box. The junior midfielder fired the shot on goal, slipping it past the keeper and the near post for the score.
Monmouth got on the board in the 72nd minute. The Hawks took a corner kick that the Cavaliers didn't fully clear. Alexis McTamney sent the ball in from the far side of the box to Rachael Ivanicki who put it in from three yards out by the near post to cut the lead to 3-1.
Virginia got its fourth goal of the night in the 85th minute when Reuther put one in off the top of the crossbar and over the line. Hana Kerner (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) served a ball into the box where Megan McCool (Glenside, Pa.) tapped it forward to Reuther for the goal and the 4-1 lead.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The 2016 University of Notre Dame women's soccer team was one that had defied expectations all season. Picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Irish were a team that used a methodical defensive strategy to fuel their attack, to the detriment of nearly all of their opponents en route to the regular-season ACC title.
Even Friday, in the first round of the NCAA Championship against SIU Edwardsville, the Irish did not surrender a goal in 110 minutes of play. But in their inability to find the back of the net themselves, the Irish found themselves on the wrong end of a penalty kick decision, with the Cougars (10-7-5) advancing after stunning the Irish 5-4 in the shootout.
It wasn't for lack of trying. Notre Dame (13-3-5) was dominant by every indicator, owning a 21-3 edge in shots and an 8-2 advantage on shots on goal. The Irish also snared an 11-1 margin in corner kicks.
The Irish got their first scoring opportunity in the 17th minute as Jennifer Westendorf, Meghan Doyle and Karin Muya all got off shots from within the goal box, two of which were saved while Doyle's found a blocker.
The next biggest opportunity for the Irish came in the second overtime, when the Irish fired five shots. In the 103rd minute, Doyle streaked down the left flank and sent a cross into the box for Kaitlin Klawunder, whose header found Rossi. The rebound bounced to Taylor Klawunder right in front of the net, but her header attempt went high.
Two minutes later, Sandra Yu sent a bender on frame, but Rossi laid out for the save and to keep the game scoreless.
In the shootout, the Irish converted their first two attempts, made by Taylor Klawunder and Kaleigh Olmsted, but were matched by SIUE's Cory Levels and Peyton Roehnelt. Notre Dame's next attempt by Katie Uhler was saved by Rossi, while the Cougars took a lead on Becca Jostes' shot, which got by Irish netminder Kaela Little. Emily Geyer evened things for the Irish while Little saved the next SIUE attempt, and Ginny McGowan also converted for Notre Dame. SIUE's Avery Anderson made her shot next to make it 4-4 in PKs after five shooters apiece.
Cindy Pineda nearly slotted her shot on Notre Dame's next attempt, but it pinged off the post and trickled along the goal line and ultimately out of bounds. Cougar Mariah Vollmer made the next attempt, sending SIU into the second round.