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Oct. 30, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The top two seeded teams in the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Championship are headed to the semifinals, and two lower seeded teams also advanced as the tournament got under way on Sunday.
Sunday's quarterfinal action at the campus sites of the higher seeded teams found No. 1 Duke edging No. 8 Virginia Tech 1-0, No. 2 Virginia blanking No. 7 Maryland 2-0, No. 6 Florida State topping third-seeded North Carolina 1-0 in double-overtime, and No. 5 Wake Forest defeating No. 4 Boston College 3-2.
The loss by North Carolina was its first ever in the 24-year history of the ACC Championship. The Tar Heels own a 58-1-4 all-time record in the event.
The tournament now moves to WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., which will be hosting the semifinals and finals for the fourth straight year and the eighth time in nine years.
Friday's first semifinal matchup finds Duke (17-2-1) facing Wake Forest (13-3-3) at 5:30 p.m. The second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. finds Virginia (14-3-2) matched against Florida State (13-6). Both games will be broadcast by ESPN3.
The winners advance to next Sunday's 1 p.m. championship match, which will be broadcast nationally by ESPNU.
Defending champion Wake Forest and Virginia are both going after their second ACC Championship titles, while Duke and Florida State seek to win the tournament for the first time. Duke earned the top seed for this year's Championship by placing atop the conference standings with an 8-1-1 league record. The regular-season title was the second in Duke women's soccer history and the Blue Devils' first since 2004.
Duke used two second-half goals by sophomore Laura Weinberg to top Wake Forest 2-0 in the regular-season meeting between the teams on Oct. 20. Florida State and Virginia played a high-scoring shootout at Charlottesville, Va., on Oct. 8, with Caroline Miller's goal in the 93rd minute lifting the Cavaliers to a 4-3 win.
Each of the four teams in the semifinal field boasts an impressive national ranking. Duke enters Friday's games ranked as high as fourth nationally, Virginia as high as fifth, Wake Forest as high as seventh and Florida State as high as 12th.
A capsule look at Sunday's quarterfinal action:
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (seminoles.com) - A golden goal by Jessica Price in double overtime gave No. 12 Florida State (13-6-0) a 1-0 victory over No. 8 North Carolina (11-5-1) in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at Fetzer Field Sunday afternoon.
The Seminoles dominated the Tar Heels in extra time and were rewarded for their efforts in the 105th minute as Price found the back of the net putting away a loose ball in the box following a Florida State corner. The game-winner was Price's second of the season and 11th of her career, while it marked her second career golden goal.
The play was set up when Tiffany McCarty won the corner kick. Tiana Brockway took the corner and sent the ball to the far post where Ella Stephan put a header on goal. UNC keeper Anna Sieloff was there for the initial save as she tipped the ball off the crossbar, but Price made a great read and one-timed the rebound over the goal line for the game-winner.
"This was a big win for our program," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "Everyone knows that success in women's soccer goes through UNC, so to come in here, be on the road and to win in overtime is a credit to our players' hard work and resilient behavior.
"Ella got up and won it and the goalie tipped it," said Price on the goal sequence. "The ball went off the post and I poked it in. It was kind of a big scrum (in the box), but it went in the goal and that is all that matters. We will certainly take it."
NEWTON, Mass. - Rachel Nuzzolese scored the opening goal and assisted on Wake Forest's other two scores as the fifth-seeded Demon Deacons took their first step towards defending their ACC Championship, defeating fourth-seeded Boston College 3-2 on Sunday in Newton, Mass. in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Tournament.
The Deacons (13-3-3) advance to semifinals where they will face top-seeded Duke, which defeated Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals, on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com.
"We had a total team effort out there today,"said head coach Tony da Luz. "We controlled the first half and were passing well, and our back line was terrific all game. Alisha Woodson, Caralee Keppler, Jackie Logue, Kim Marshall and Jessica Mandarich did a great job of defending inside the 18-yard box."
"I'm proud of the way that we regrouped after losing up here to Boston College in our last regular season game on Thursday," said da Luz. "Everyone was disappointed with Thursday's result, so I was happy to see us come out with a renewed sense of commitment to the team and each other and play to the level that we are capable of playing at."
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The No. 5 Virginia women's soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament with a 2-0 victory over No. 16 Maryland in a quarterfinal match Sunday at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers won its sixth straight game to improve to 14-3-2, while the Terrapins fell to 10-5-4.
"I am pleased with the result, as our team did what they needed to do today," said head coach Steve Swanson. "We pressed the ball well, took advantage of our depth and moved the ball well at times. That first goal was important as it gave us some confidence and allowed us to dictate the tempo of the game. It would have been nice to get the second one a little earlier, but I thought we had command of the game most of the second half. Overall, it was a good performance."
Virginia will meet Florida State in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday night in Cary, N.C. Game time at WakeMed Soccer Park is set for 7:30 p.m., and game will be broadcast online by ESPN3.
The Cavaliers took the lead in 29th minute of play. Amanda Fancher's (The Colony, Texas) cross fell to Molly Menchel (Alexandria, Va) at the top of the box, where she fired a shot into the upper left corner for her third goal of the season. Virginia took that 1-0 lead into halftime.
DURHAM, N.C. - For the first time since 2005, the Duke women's soccer team has won an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship match as the fourth-ranked and top-seeded Blue Devils blanked eighth-seeded Virginia Tech, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke advances to the semifinals of the ACC Championship, which will take place on Friday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m., against fifth-seeded and seventh-ranked Wake Forest at 5:30 p.m., on ESPN3. It will be played at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The Demon Deacons downed fourth-seeded and 14th-ranked Boston College on Sunday afternoon.
"Overall, this is one of our best wins of the year, because I knew this was going to be a really tough game," said Duke Head Coach Robbie Church. "Virginia Tech is a really good team -- RPI 22 in the country. We had such a short turnaround. To win the game is such a huge accomplishment for the girls with the type of turnaround and what we accomplished. This is the first time through this with this program and everyone is coming out and shooting for us as we could see in that game."
With the victory, the Blue Devils improved to 17-2-1 on the year and matches a school record with 17 wins. Duke also set a new school record with its 14th shutout of the season.