Women's Soccer ACCtion: Friday, September 21
Sept. 21, 2007
The 20th-ranked Clemson women's soccer team upset seventh-ranked South Carolina by a score of 1-0 on Friday night at Riggs Field. With the win, the Lady Tigers improve to 6-1 on the season, while the Gamecocks suffered their first loss of the season falling to 7-1.
The win was the first over a top-10 team for the Lady Tigers since October 15, 2006, when Clemson won a 2-1 decision over #9 Wake Forest at Riggs Field. It was the seventh victory over a top-10 team for Head Coach Todd Bramble.
The Lady Tigers took five shots to the Gamecocks' 10 and Clemson had five corner kicks while South Carolina took eight in the match. Lady Tiger goalkeeper Ashley Phillips recorded three saves and posted her third solo shut out of the season. Phillips has still only allowed one goal in over 470 minutes of play this season.
The Boston College women's soccer team continued to roll as the Eagles cruised to a 3-0 victory over cross-town rival Northeastern. The Eagles improved to 7-0-1 and do not play again until they travel to Clemson on Sunday, Sept. 30. Northeastern dropped to 2-3-1 on the season.
Boston College has not been scored upon in seven of eight games this season. The Eagles have gone 470 minutes and five games without letting up a goal. Against Northeastern the stingy BC defense allowed only two shots on goal, while the offense registered 18 shots. The Eagles also had 10 corner kicks and shutout the Huskies on corners.
Moving to the forward position this season after playing mostly on the defensive end the past two years with the Blue Devils, Kelly Hathorn has found her touch as the junior registered two goals on Friday evening as Duke blanked San Francisco, 4-0, on the first day of the Duke adidas Classic at Koskinen Stadium.
Hathorn, a native of Durham, N.C., is used to scoring goals as she netted 101 over her high school career, but did not score her first two years with the Blue Devils. On Sept. 13, Hathorn posted her first career goal against Elon and then two games later she collected her first two-goal performance versus the Dons of San Francisco.
The eighth-ranked University of North Carolina women's soccer team turned in its best offensive performance of the young season by finding the net five times in their 5-0 defeat of Ohio State in the first game of the Duke/adidas Classic. Sophomore Casey Nogueira knocked in three of the five Carolina goals to cop her first career hat trick. Sophomores Whitney Engen and Caroline Boneparth also tallied second-half goals to fuel the Tar Heel attack. Sophomore keeper Ashlyn Harris spearheaded the Carolina defense with a career-best 5 saves.
The Buckeyes dictated the pace of play in the game's first 15 minutes putting four shots on goal, all of which were stonewalled by Harris. Shortly after Harris ended Ohio State's fourth consecutive attack, the Tar Heels offense awakened and took back control of the game, outshooting the Buckeyes 26-6 from that point forward.
The Hurricanes didn't let a two hour and 25 minute lightening delay dampen their spirits, as the University of Miami women's soccer team defeated Stetson, 2-1, on a rainy Friday evening at Cobb Stadium. In a match that took over four hours from start to finish, the Hurricanes (4-2-2) picked up their second-straight win at home and improved to 6-1-0 all-time versus the Hatters.
Miami controlled the ball for most of the game, taking 18 shots - 10 more than Stetson (2-3-1), who managed just three after the delay.
The fourth ranked Virginia women's soccer team recorded its fourth consecutive shutout, downing Liberty 5-0 Friday night at Klöckner Stadium. Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.) had two goals and Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif,) had two assists to lead the Cavaliers to their fifth win of the season.
The Cavaliers (5-1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute of play. Farrelly stepped in front of a clearance attempt, controlled the ball and fired a shot from 15 yards out into the far side netting. That score would be the only goal of the first half, as Virginia led 1-0 despite a 10-2 shot advantage.
The Brown University Bears sniffed around Spry Stadium for their first win of the season, but the Wake Forest women's soccer team snuffed them out with 2-0 shutout Friday night.
The Bears (0-4-1) kept their goal heavily defended, but that didn't stop the Demon Deacons (4-3-1), who landed two beautiful long range goals. Amy Smerdzinksi had the first from nearly 20 yards out, with an assist by Jill Hutchinson. Hutchinson then landed her fourth goal of the season from 15 yards, with an assist by Kaley Fountain.
In Virginia Tech's first game with a three-hour time difference, the Hokies used a late goal by freshman Meghan Flesch and another strong performance by goalkeeper Ashley Owens to shut out the Arizona Wildcats 1-0 in front of 919 fans Friday night at Murphey Stadium.
The victory gives Tech (4-2-1) its first two-game winning streak and third shutout of the season, while Arizona drops to 4-3 after the loss. This was the Wildcats' first match at home since they defeated then-No. 4 Texas 2-0 two weeks prior.
Despite being out shot 9-4 in the game, the Hokies had the only one that counted. It was the substitutes that made the difference for the team after battling to a scoreless tie for the first 82 minutes. Flesch (Manassas, Va.) scored her first career goal off an assist from Mauri Liberati (Warwick, Md.) after coming onto the field less than one minute before the score. Liberati herself substituted into the game just eight minutes prior to record her second assist of the season.
An own goal in the second minute of overtime proved to be the difference for NC State in a 1-0 victory at Elon Friday night at Rudd Field.
The win extends the NC State (4-1-2) unbeaten streak to five matches, while Elon (2-4-1) lost its third straight game to an ACC opponent.
Katie Ruiz set up the winning play off a corner kick, which led to Jessica O'Rourke heading the set piece off an Elon defender into the back of the net for the goal at the 91:27 mark.