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Nov. 19, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - Redshirt junior Becky Kaplan scored the lone goal in the University of Maryland women's soccer team's 1-0 victory over No. 3 seed Auburn to send the Terrapins to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
However, the joy of the victory did not prevent Maryland head coach Brian Pensky from understanding the significance of playing in Stillwater, Okla., on the campus of Oklahoma State after the Nov. 17 plane crash that killed two Cowboy women's basketball coaches.
"First off, on behalf of our soccer program, we are terribly sorry for the losses suffered here at Oklahoma State," said Pensky. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cowboy family.
"I'm so proud of our kids. This was a difficult game - and really a tale of two halves with the wind. We felt that we'd be in a good position if we could get out of the first half without conceding a goal; and that was the case."
In the first half the Terrapins (12-5-4) had to not only battle the Tigers (15-7-2), but also a 20-plus mph wind going against them. Maryland managed to play small-ball to put together some opportunities, but could not get on the board. But neither could Auburn, which failed to manage the wind to its advantage.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 3-1 upset over the third-seeded Texas A&M Aggies Friday evening at Klockner Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Brittany Popko, Kelly Conheeney and Shannon Mayrose all connect on goals for Tech.
The Hokies improve to 14-7-1 on the season, while the Aggies finished the season with a 16-6-2 record.
This is the second time in program history that the Hokies have advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2009, Tech made it to the Sweet 16 earning its first Tournament victories over Murray State (2-0) and Dayton (3-1).
"It was a tremendous effort tonight for the girls," commented first-year head coach Chugger Adair. "It was a well-deserved win and we controlled a lot of the match and came out strong at the beginning of the game."
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The 19th-ranked University of North Carolina women's soccer team advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament Friday night as the Tar Heels defeated Baylor 5-0 in second round action before a crowd of 1,052 at James G. Pressly Stadium on the University of Florida campus. This marks the 30th consecutive year in which the Tar Heels have won their opening two NCAA Tournament games.
UNC got goals from sophomore midfielder Kelly McFarlane, junior defender Megan Brigman, sophomore forward Elizabeth Burchenal and senior forward Emmalie Pfankuch and also benefitted from their first own goal of the season in putting away the Bears, who finished the season 15-4-3. UNC improved to 13-5-1 on the campaign and will play UCF in the third round of the tournament on Sunday at 1 p.m. at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. The Knights knocked off No. 2 seed and homestanding Florida 3-2 Friday night in the second game of the doubleheader.
Sophomore forward Kealia Ohai recorded assists on two of the first three goals for UNC while sophomore midfielder Crystal Dunn, junior midfielder Ranee Premji and redshirt junior midfielder Maria Lubrano also were credited with helpers for UNC which claimed its 110th all-time NCAA Tournament victory Friday. The Tar Heels are now 110-8-1 in 30 NCAA Tournament appearances.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (seminoles.com) - Florida State ran out to an early 2-0 lead with two goals in the first 16 minutes of the game as the Seminoles (16-6-1) defeated Portland (9-10-2) 3-1 Friday evening in the second round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
"We took control of the game with good attacking play and solid defending," said Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian. "We hoped to come out strong and put some pressure on Portland (early) trying to create some play up front with good attacking chances.
"Obviously, it's always a big help to be able to score early, but when we went and played at Portland, we scored early and they came back to win the game. One goal is not safe against a team of that quality. I thought our group was good and consistent on the attack. Overall, I thought it was a nice match to watch and a good game from top to bottom."
Janice Cayman continued her hot hand in the NCAA Tournament as she led all players with three points on a goal and an assist in leading the Seminoles into the third round for the seventh year in a row and 10th time in 12 all-time NCAA appearances.
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The eighth-ranked Virginia women's soccer team reached the NCAA round of 16 for the seventh consecutive year with a 3-0 victory over Washington State Friday night in a second round match at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (16-4-2) will host in-state rival Virginia Tech in the third round on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"We beat a very good team in Washington State tonight," said head coach Steve Swanson. "They are one of the better defensive teams we have seen all year, so to get three goals on them tells how well we played tonight. We had a really good week of practice and that carried over into the game. Our crosses were sharp, our finishing was good and our possession was excellent."
The Cavaliers took the lead in the 17th minute of play. Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) served a free kick into the box to Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), who flicked on the ball in front of goal. Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) beat the charging keeper to the loose ball inside the 6-yard box to tap in her third goal of the season. Virginia doubled its lead in the 31st minute as Gloria Douglas (Fayetteville, N.C.) knocked in a pass from Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) for her seventh goal of the season.
DURHAM, N.C. - For the fourth time out of the last five years, the No. 1 seeded and third-ranked Duke women's soccer team has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as the Blue Devils downed Georgia, 3-1, on Friday evening at Koskinen Stadium in front of 3,000 fans in Durham, N.C.
The Blue Devils improved to 19-3-1 on the season and will next take on Ohio State (12-8-2) on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1:00 p.m. With the loss, Georgia concluded its season with a 13-7-2 overall record. In the first match on Friday, Ohio State defeated 11th-ranked UW-Milwaukee, 2-0, to advance.
Georgia started the match on the attack as the Bulldogs attempted the first two shots before Duke took its first attempt in the 17th minute off the leg of sophomore Kaitlyn Kerr. The Blue Devils wouldn't look back attempting three more shots before taking a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute on an own goal by Georgia.
Kerr served the ball to redshirt senior Molly Lester on the right side. Lester, who is out of Atlanta, Ga., crossed it into the box where redshirt sophomore Kim DeCesare was there but the ball hit off a Bulldog defender and went in the goal.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Katie Stengel scored a goal and assisted on Jackie Logue's game-winning score to set a new Wake Forest single-season points record as the top-seeded Demon Deacons downed Boston University 2-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Spry Stadium on Friday.
"BU has a lot of maturity in its team and it showed," said Wake Forest head coach Tony da Luz. "They defended well, and it took us a long time to break them down, but we eventually wore them down and scored two great goals. I thought our attacking play and our pressure was very good, so I'm very happy with the performance and very happy to move on."
Wake Forest (16-3-4) advances to face fourth-seeded Penn State in the third round on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Spry Stadium. The Nittany Lions topped Marquette 4-1 in the second round. Tickets are seven dollars for adults and three dollars for students, youths and seniors, and can be purchased at the stadium box office on the day of the game.
Stengel's three-point night pushed her season total to 39 points, breaking the previous school record of 37 points that she set as a freshman last year. Her score, Wake Forest's second of the evening, gives her 16 goals on the year, tying the school-best mark that she set in 2010.
Chestnut Hill, MA - In a dramatic second round match which ended 0-0 through regulation and two overtimes, the Boston College women's soccer team advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament in a 3-1 penalty kick round over California at Cagan Stadium on Friday night.
''I thought it was two great teams. I thought the game went in waves. We sort of had at them in the first 10 minutes. About midway through the first half, the momentum changed onto California's side. Then we came out strong again. Both teams had some great chances. (We had one) off the crossbar (by Gibby Wagner), out wide, etc. I give (California) a lot of credit. I thought they had a really talented midfield and were really active in midfield. They gave us some problems,'' said BC head coach Alison Foley.
Boston College got a boost in the penalty kick round when goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni opened the session with a save on Cal's first attempt by Taylor Comeau. BC's Kristie Mewis placed the ball in the back of the goal to give BC a 1-0 lead in the PK round.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - An 80th-minute goal from No. 21 Long Beach State's Kelsey Wilson ended a historic season for the University of Miami women's soccer team as the Canes fell 1-0 to the 49ers in the NCAA Tournament second round at UCLA's Drake Stadium on Friday night.
Wilson's shot from the deep left side, found the inside of the far post in the 81st minute, breaking a scoreless tie.
Miami had held the 49ers without a shot on goal the entire first half, but the local team fired four shots on frame in the second period, with UM's senior keeper Vikki Alonzo able to save three of those shots.
Sophomore Tara Schwitter recorded a team-best three shots with two on goal in the opening half.
Though the night may have ended in disappointment for the Hurricanes, it was the most successful season since the program's inception in 1998.
Junior forward Kate Howarth, who ended the season with a team-high 11 goals and seven assists, earned Second Team All-ACC honors and was named to numerous national teams of the week after her performance in a pair of wins over Top 10 teams (Boston College and Maryland) in October.