NCAA Women's Soccer ACCtion: Friday, November 11

Nov. 12, 2011

Florida State Blanks Samford 2-0

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( - Florida State (15-6-1) registered two second half goals in defeating Samford (14-6-2) 2-0 Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 28 shots en route to running their current unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1).

"I tell you that was one heck of a first round match," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "I thought our kids played really well. They came out strong in the first half, had pretty good possession and pretty good attacking play, but credit to Samford for their organization, defending and making it very difficult for us to break them down.

FSU dominated possession from the start keeping the offensive pressure on the Bulldogs all night long. Despite out shooting Samford 12-1 in the first half, the Seminoles could not crack goalkeeper Alyssa Whitehead as the senior goalkeeper made six saves and benefited from a team save in the box in the 31st minute off a shot from Tori Huster to keep the game scoreless after the first 45 minutes.

Cavaliers Blank Long Island 2-0 in NCAA First Round

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The eighth-ranked Virginia women's soccer team opened play in the 2011 NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Long Island in a first round match Friday night at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers used first half goals from Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) and Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) to post its school record 13th home win of the season.

Virginia (15-4-2) will meet either Kentucky or Washington State in the second round on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium. Long Island ends its season with a 12-8-1 record.

"It was a good win to open the tournament," said head coach Steve Swanson. "I thought we moved the ball quite well and obviously getting that first goal was important. I thought we had chances to break the game open and it didn't happen. I didn't think there was a time, maybe other than the last minute or so, when we weren't in control of the game. I thought Long Island put up a good fight and they were organized defensively."

The Cavaliers took the early lead in the fourth minute. After a foul just outside the box, Roberts curled a shot over the wall and into the net for her sixth goal of the season, her third coming off a direct free kick. Brian doubled the lead in the 44th minute, placing a cross from Amber Fry (Northfield, Ill.) just inside the post for her ninth goal of the season.

Top-Seeded Deacons Down Oakland 2-0 in NCAA Opener

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest's top scorers Katie Stengel and Rachel Nuzzolese both found the back of the net as the top-seeded Demon Deacons took care of Summit League champion Oakland 2-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Spry Stadium on Friday.

The Deacons (15-4-3) advance to face the winner of tomorrow's fixture between Boston University and Harvard in a second round match next Friday, Nov. 18 at Spry Stadium.

Stengel also assisted on Nuzzolese's goal to notch her sixth multi-point game of the season. Alisha Woodson picked up her second assist of the year on Stengel's goal.

The Deacons dominated possession for the entire match, outshooting the Golden Grizzlies 27-2, and the score line could have been much more lopsided if not for a Herculean effort by Oakland goalkeeper Anne Berschbach who made a career-high 13 saves. The Demon Deacons' 27 shots and 15 shots on goal were their highest totals of the season.

No. 18 Terps Power Past La Salle, 5-1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Hayley Brock scored twice and added an assist to lead the No. 18 University of Maryland to a 5-1 victory over La Salle in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night at Ludwig Field.

The Terrapins improve to 11-5-4 on the season, while the Explorers finish up with a mark of 15-2-3.

Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute of play on a successful penalty kick by senior Ashley Grove. Junior Danielle Hubka was fouled inside the La Salle 18-yard box to give the Terrapins the PK opportunity.

The lead didn't hold long as the Explorer's Renee Washington tied the match at 1-1 three minutes later, capitalizing on a Maryland turnover in its defensive third of the field.

The game remained tied through halftime, but not much longer as Maryland was awarded another penalty kick when senior Jasmyne Spencer was taken down inside the Explorer box. Junior Olivia Wagner took the kick this time and converted to put the Terrapins up 2-1 in the 50th minute.