Quick Strike in Overtime Gives Virginia Sudden Victory Over Wake Forest in ACC Semifinals

Virginia will play North Carolina in ACC Championship game

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (theACC.com) - Caleigh Foust tipped in a pass from Tara Vittese in the second minute of overtime to propel sixth-seeded Virginia past seventh-seeded Wake Forest, 3-2, in the second semifinal of the 2016 ACC Field Hockey Championship.

Virginia (14-7) will face fifth-seeded North Carolina in the ACC Championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Shortly after the start of extra time, Vittese found space in the defense and went one-on-one with Cat O’Connor, the Wake Forest goalkeeper. Vittese found a slashing Foust, who tipped in the pass for the game winner. The goal was the ninth of the season and third in the tournament for Foust.  

Izzy McDonough started the scoring for the Cavaliers in the 24th minute, knocking in a rebound to even the match, 1-1. After the Deacons scored and held the lead for 20 minutes, Vittese evened the game with 14 minutes remaining following a corner. 

Sophomore forward Jule Grashoff scored both goals for the Deacons (11-8), giving her 16 for the season.

The Cavaliers held a 14-6 edge in shots and a 5-2 penalty corner advantage.  Virginia’s Lucas recorded two saves, while O’Connor finished with five.

Virginia will be making their seventh championship appearance and will look to claim their first ACC title.

The ACC Championship will be televised live by the league’s Regional Sports Networks and live online on ACC Network Extra.

For additional information on the 2016 ACC Field Hockey Championship, visit http://theacc.co/16FHchamp.