Virginia, Florida State Advance to NCAA Women's Soccer Quarterfinals


Seminoles and Cavaliers post shutout wins in NCAA Third Round 

No. 4 Virginia Downs No. 14 Kentucky 7-0 to Reach NCAA Quarterfinals

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The fourth-ranked Virginia women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the third time in four years with a 7-0 victory over No. 14 Kentucky Sunday evening at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (21-2) will meet top-seed UCLA in the quarterfinals, while Kentucky ends its season with a 16-7-1 record.

Junior Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) set the school record for points in a game with eight, recording three goals and two assists. Senior Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) added two goals and two assists in her final game at Klöckner Stadium, while junior Kaili Torres (Fleming Island, Fla.) and sophomore Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.) also scored for the Cavaliers.

The result was the most lopsided NCAA Tournament Round of 16 game since 2003, when North Carolina defeated Purdue 7-0.

Virginia took the lead in the 17th minute as Doniak dribbled to the end line and delivered a cross that found Brian wide open in the middle of the area. Brian collected the ball and slotted home her first goal of the evening. She doubled the advantage in the 30th minute, scoring on a diving header off a cross from Doniak. The goals were the eighth and ninth of the season for Brian, who reached the 40-goal mark for her career and became the 45th player in NCAA Division I women's soccer history to accumulate at least 40 career goals and 40 career assists.

Grubka’s Goal Leads FSU Past UCF

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Kristin Grubka goal in the 60th minute was all that was needed Sunday night as second-ranked Florida State (21-1-1) defeated No. 21 UCF (18-5-0) 1-0 in the third round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.

The Seminoles took advantage of a UCF foul deep in their attacking third when Jamia Fields was taken down from behind by Tatiana Coleman to set up the only goal of the game. Michaela Hahn faked like she was going to send the free kick across the box to the far post but instead slid the ball to the end line to a streaking Isabella Schmid. 

Schmid out raced everyone to the ball before sending a cross inside the six-yard box where Grubka one-timed the shot from close range right between Knights’ keeper Connie Organ and the near post for the goal. The score was Grubka’s third of the season and fourth career goal in the NCAA Tournament. 

With the win, Florida State advances to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship for the 10th year in a row, continuing the longest active streak in the nation. The Noles will face South Carolina on Friday, November 28 at 2 pm in Tallahassee. 

#12/11 Irish Dominate Second Half, Fall in 2-1 Heartbreaker To #5 Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After allowing an early goal to top seed Texas A&M, it was not a surprise that the University of Notre Dame women's soccer team had an uphill battle to fight. The Fighting Irish responded over the match's final 83 minutes, dominating the Aggies at both ends of the field. A comeback win was not to be, as Kelley Monogue scored her second goal of the day on a counter attack in the 82nd minute to lead No. 5 Texas A&M to a stunning 2-1 win over Notre Dame on Sunday at Ellis Field in the third round of the NCAA Championship.

No. 12/11 Notre Dame (14-6-2) fell to 66-19-1 (.773) all-time in NCAA Championship matches dating back to the 1993 season. The Fighting Irish were defeated for the second consecutive year in the NCAA's third round in what was their 22nd consecutive appearance in the national tournament.

Notre Dame easily held the advantage in the final shot count 19-12, including a dominant 19-7 cushion after Texas A&M (21-2-2) took the lead in the seventh minute. The Fighting Irish also had an 8-5 corner kick edge, while shots on goal were even at 6-6.

Texas A&M struck early after pouring the pressure on from the outset. Monogue curled a corner kick from the right flag dangerously into the box, where the ball caromed into the net to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead at 6:38.

North Carolina Falls in Defensive Battle in NCAA Third Round

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –  Third-seeded South Carolina got a first half goal from Raina Johnson to prevail against second-seeded North Carolina 1-0 in NCAA Tournament third round action Sunday at rainy Fetzer Field.
With the victory, the Gamecocks advance to the NCAA quarterfinals where they will face either Florida State or Central Florida next weekend.  South Carolina improved to 14-5-5 on the season with the victory while the Tar Heels saw their season end at 14-4-2.

Carolina had played an inordinate number of close games all year as this was the 15th game out of 20 to be decided either by one goal or end in a tie.  The Tar Heels finished 10-3 in one-goal games this season but did not have enough to get past the Gamecocks Sunday.

Both teams played overtime in the NCAA second round on Friday, but the Gamecocks definitely came out the fresher team against the Tar Heels on Sunday.  Just 28 seconds into the match Johnson got behind the UNC defense on the left side and had an open shot from 12 yards out that Bryane Heaberlin was able to gobble up.  In the seventh minute, UNC almost went up 1-0 as Summer Green took a long ball from Jessie Scarpa and dribbled into the right side of the box but her tough angle shot sailed just to the left of the far post.

Hokies Fall to Penn State, 2-1, in NCAA Round of 16

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team was ousted from the NCAA Tournament after falling to second-seeded Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon in a thrilling match in the NCAA Round of 16. Ashley Meier scored the lone Hokie goal to tie the game in the 53rd minute, but Penn State headed in the game-winning goal on a set-piece with 20 minutes left.

In Tech’s (16-6) fourth NCAA Sweet 16 game in the last six years, both the Hokies and Penn State (20-3) began the game with offensive pressure, but quality defense from both sides fended away any goals in the opening 40 minutes of the game.

In the 28th minute, a great chance opened up for Tech after Dani King sent a ball through the air to forward Murielle Tiernan. Tiernan met the ball with Penn State’s keeper charging towards her and sent a shot to the goal but a touch from the keeper deflected the chance just to the left of the goal.