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DURHAM, N.C. - Playing only its second match over the last 20 days, the 15th-ranked and third-seeded Duke women's soccer team showed no rust on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the Blue Devils cruised to a 6-0 victory over Loyola University of Maryland at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Duke junior Kaitlyn Kerr tied a school record in the match with three goals and she moved her career goals scored mark in the NCAA Tournament to nine, which is also a school record. A product of Bensalem, Pa., Kerr became the first Blue Devil to register a hat trick in the NCAA Tournament. Duke's six goals was also a new NCAA Tournament record for the Blue Devils.
With the victory, Duke improved to 13-5-2 and will next play the winner of the Miami (Ohio) at Tennessee match on Friday, Nov. 16 in Charlottesville, Va. Loyola (Md.) concludes its season with a 12-6-4 record under the direction of 1996 Duke alum Katherine Remy Vettori.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest exploded for four second-half goals, two from leading scorer Katie Stengel, to dispatch Southern Conference champions Georgia Southern 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday at Spry Stadium.
Stengel opened the scoring in the 60th minute, and Marisa Park and Rachel Nuzzolese followed soon after to give the Deacons three goals in a 5:13 span. Stengel notched her second goal in the 79th minute to seal the win.
"The first half we had a lot of possession but we weren't really dangerous," said head coach Tony da Luz. "I wanted more combinations up the middle and better one-on-one attacking. We turned it around on some beautiful goals."
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Second-half goals by Amber Brooks and Crystal Dunn powered 14th-ranked North Carolina to a 2-0 victory over Big South Conference champion Radford Saturday night at Fetzer Field in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament.
With the win the Tar Heels will now host a regional next weekend in Chapel Hill. Second round games will be Friday at 4 p.m. (Baylor versus winner of Sunday's Virginia Tech-Georgetown game) and at 6:30 p.m. (North Carolina versus winner of Saturday night's Missouri-Illinois game).
The Tar Heels, seeded #2 in the lower left quadrant of the bracket, improved to 11-5-2 on the season with the victory. Radford's season ended at 14-3-4. The Highlanders' 17-match unbeaten streak was ended by the Tar Heels Saturday. They had not lost since August 26 when they fell 1-0 at East Tennessee State.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Becky Kaplan and junior Hayley Brock each scored in the final five minutes of the game to propel the fourth-seeded University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night at Ludwig Field.
The win gives the Terps a 14-6-2 record on the season, while the Seawolves, who were making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament finish their season with a 12-7-3 mark.
Despite dominating the run of play throughout the match, Maryland was tied at 0-0 with Stony Brook until the 85th minute. That's when Kaplan turned a Stony Brook turnover in its defensive third into the first goal of the game. Kaplan picked the ball clean from a Stony Brook defender and drove toward the box. She didn't get inside the 18, but that didn't matter as she lace a shot into the lower left corner from 22 yards out to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.
ORLANDO - The Miami Hurricanes ended their postseason campaign in heartbreaking fashion Saturday night, dropping their Women's Soccer Championship opener to homestanding No. 18 UCF in penalty kicks.
After both teams converted their first three opportunities from the spot, Knights' senior Nicolette Radovcic's shot snuck its way past Miami goalkeeper Emily Lillard in the fourth round. Miami freshman Ally Andreini struck the ball well, but her attempt hit off the crossbar, giving UCF a late advantage. Next to the line, Knights' freshman Allie Gerry calmly put her shot past Lillard, sending her team into the second round.
It was UCF who opened the game with an early chance. Knights' forward Nicolette Radovcic snuck past the Miami (9-7-4) defense and made her way in for a threatening scoring opportunity in the fifth minute. Sophomore keeper Emily Lillard was up to the challenge, however, holding her ground and calmly stopping the senior's effort for the first save of the night.