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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history with a 3-2 win over Alabama Saturday in the game's second sudden victory period.
On a windy day at Cobb Stadium, it was visiting Alabama who seized early momentum. Strong play from the Hurricane backline and goalkeeper Vikki Alonzo, however, kept the scoreboard locked at zeroes in the opening minutes of the contest.
The Canes would see a build in their own momentum with impressive passing sequences in the midfield. With tempo in their favor, the Hurricanes began to attack the net; an eighth-minute shot by Jordan Roseboro went just wide, and a wild scramble in the box in the tenth minute was steered clear by an Alabama defender.
The teams traded possession as the first half moved forward. Freshman Ashley Flinn, delivering strong service throughout the day, had a cross deflected wide by an Alabama defender that nearly ended up in the back of the net in the 18th minute.
Alabama broke the deadlock against the run of play, however, as a beautiful cross from Ashley Willis in the game's 20th minute landed squarely on the head of Kendall Khana. The goal, which sailed past Alonzo's outstretched arms, was Khana's fifth tally of the year.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team defeated BIG EAST Champion West Virginia, 1-0, in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament Saturday night at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kelly Conheeney connected on her 13th career game-winner in the 17th minute.
This is the second time in program history that the Hokies have advanced in the NCAA Tournament. In 2009, Tech made it all the way to the Sweet 16 where it earned its first-ever Tournament victories.
“It was a great win for us,” commented first-year head coach Chugger Adair. “The first half was a lot better for us as far as controlling the rhythm and tempo, but it was a playoff atmosphere with two very good teams going at it. The game got a little more physical as the game went on and the intensity picked up and it was a just overall a very good soccer game.”
The Mountaineers fall to 17-5-0 on the season as they where on a ten-game winning streak at home, while Tech improved to 13-7-1 overall. This is only the fourth time in 12 tries that WVU has not advanced in the NCAA Tournament.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Senior reserve midfielder Rebecca Crabb scored on a header in the 67th minute to give 19th-ranked North Carolina the lead for good and the Tar Heels went on to beat 25th-ranked William and Mary Saturday afternoon before 717 fans at sun-drenched Fetzer Field.
The win ended a historic three-match losing streak for the Tar Heels who improved to 12-5-1 on the season and 109-8-1 in NCAA Tournament matches. William and Mary, the Colonial Athletic Association champion, saw its season end at 17-3-2. UNC improved to 7-0 all-time against the Tribe in the NCAA Tournament.
Carolina advances to the NCAA second round where it will meet the winner of a first round match between Texas State and Baylor being played later tonight in Waco, Texas. The second round match will be played next Friday at a site to be determined.
Carolina's four-goal explosion was its top offensive output since it beat Miami 4-1 on October 2. The UNC defense limited the Tribe to only four shots and it shut down one of the most explosive offenses in the NCAA. The Tribe came into the match ranked 14th in scoring offense out of 319 NCAA Division I teams with 2.48 goals per match.