Women's Soccer ACCtion: Thursday, October 11
Oct. 12, 2007
Before the seventh largest women's soccer crowd in Fetzer Field history, the 11th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels edged the Duke Blue Devils 2-1 Thursday night in the annual battle of arch-rivals whose campuses sit only eight miles apart. All the goals were scored in the first 25 minutes of the match with UNC's Casey Nogueira scoring her second successive game-winner for the Tar Heels in front of a raucous crowd of 4,717.
With the victory the Tar Heels earned one point in the 2007-08 Carlyle Cup competition, the annual all-sports trophy for which the two schools vie. The Cup is sponsored by Carlyle and Company and the schools have each won it three times in the seven-year history along with last year's competition ending in a tie. With the win Thursday UNC increases its lead in the Carlyle Cup this year to two points to one-half point.
Thursday's game was a typical back and forth battle between the two rivals as Carolina improved to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the ACC. Duke, now 7-3-3 and 2-2-1 in the ACC, had great success against the Tar Heels in recent years, going 1-1-1 against Carolina in its last three trips to Fetzer Field. The last three meetings at Fetzer have now been decided by 2-1 scores.
The University of Miami women's soccer team capitalized on an own goal by Boston College to hand the seventh-ranked Eagles their first loss of the season on Thursday evening at Cobb Stadium.
With just over a minute remaining in regulation, Miami freshman Brittney Steinbruch (Wyckoff, N.J.) sent a cross into the box that was deflected into the goal by a BC player to give the Hurricanes the 1-0 victory.
With Miami's fifth-straight win at home, the Hurricanes improve to 7-3-3 overall and a program-best 3-1-1 in the ACC, while Boston College - who entered tonight's contest unbeaten, falls to 8-1-3 overall and 1-1-2 in the conference.
Senior goalkeeper Lauren McAdam (Simsbury, Conn.) picked up her third shutout of the season for the Hurricanes to move into a tie for first place in school history with 13 career shutouts. Miami's all-time saves leader (266) grabbed six saves in the winning effort, as the Hurricanes' defense - including freshman Brittney Macdonald (Littleton, Colo.), sophomore Jessica Wyble (Potomac, Md.) and juniors Corynn Carino (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Sammy Sanderson (Columbus, Ohio) - proved strong once again for the `Canes.
Trailing 1-0 to No. 19 Clemson in a match the Hokies could not afford to lose, Tech responded to the pressure with Marika Gray scoring the game-tying goal in the 90th minute to earn the 1-1 draw on a windy and cold Thursday night at Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.
With the tie, Tech's record moves to 4-5-3 overall and 0-3-2 in the ACC, while Clemson's record now stands at 8-2-2 (1-1-2 ACC). A loss would have hurt because Clemson would have had seven points to Tech's one, but now the difference still remains at three (5-2), the equivalent of one win. Only eight of the 11 ACC teams go to the conference tournament, and Tech currently stands at No. 9 behind Clemson with just five ACC games remaining for the Hokies.
The game was reminiscent of the three previous games between the two teams with the defenses remaining resolute throughout, not allowing many scoring opportunities. In 2004 and 2005, Clemson won 1-0, and last year, the two schools tied, 0-0.
No. 15 Florida State (8-3-2, 3-1-1) registered its third straight win over Maryland (5-5-2, 0-4-0) Thursday night with a 2-0 shutout over the Terrapins at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Sanna Talonen and Becky Edwards each scored a goal as the Seminoles ran their ACC unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1). The Seminole defense turned in another solid effort posting its second consecutive shutout, while blanking an opponent for the sixth time this season.
The Seminoles outshot the Terrapins 18-8 including 13-4 in the first half. FSU also held the corner kick advantage by a margin of 7-1 over the Terps.
Florida State had its first solid scoring opportunity in the 21st minute as Erica Sutton sent a cross into the box from the right side of the pitch. Mami Yamaguchi was there with a header shot, but it was nicely saved by Terrapin keeper Yewande Balogun.
The fourth ranked Virginia women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 3-0 victory over NC State Thursday afternoon at Method Road Stadium. Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) had a goal and two assists for the Cavaliers, who improve to 9-1-3 on the season, 3-0-2 in the ACC.
In the first half, the Cavaliers jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of play. Sarah Senty (Arlington, Va.) received a throw-in from Foley, dribbled to ten yards out and placed a shot just inside the far post to record her second goal of the season. Virginia added to its lead in the 23rd minute as Foley sent a free kick into the box that Kelly Quinn (Dublin, Ohio) headed into the top corner for her fifth goal of the season. UVa took that 2-0 advantage to halftime.
The Cavaliers added a goal in the 77th minute as Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) threaded a through ball to Foley, who scored on the breakaway for her team leading seventh goal of the year.