Women's Soccer ACCtion: Sunday, October 14
Oct. 14, 2007
Junior Laurie Beth Puglisi and sophomore Julian Johnson posted a combined four goals and one assist as the Virginia Tech women's soccer team trounced NC State, 4-1, in the Hokies' first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season Sunday afternoon at Method Road.
With the much-needed victory, Tech moves back to .500 overall at 5-5-3 (1-3-2 ACC), also moving up to an eighth-place tie in the conference at five points with Boston College. NC State falls to 5-6-2 (0-5-0 ACC). Only the top eight teams are invited to the ACC Tournament. Tech has four ACC opponents remaining - No. 4 Boston College, Maryland, No. 11 North Carolina and No. 3 Virginia.
Prior to Sunday, the Hokies had only managed four goals in the last six games, but the offense got into an early rhythm against the Wolfpack and never let up, converting four goals, the most in an ACC game since a 5-0 victory over Miami in 2005. In the 2006 season opener, Tech defeated Radford, 6-0.
For the first time since Sept. 9 against Loyola (Md.), a span of eight games, Tech scored in the first half in the eighth minute as Johnson (Norfolk, Va.) made another one of her patented long throw-ins that was deflected into the goal by a Wolfpack defender for the early 1-0 lead.
The fourth ranked Virginia women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 1-1 tie against No. 21 Clemson Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) scored for the Cavaliers, who are now 9-1-4 overall and 3-0-3 in the ACC.
Neither team generated a quality scoring chance in the first half and the game remained scoreless at the break. The Tigers (8-2-3, 1-1-3 ACC) took the lead in the 49th minute as Nuria Zufia headed in Elizabeth Jobe's long ball into the box. It was the first goal allowed by the Cavaliers after halftime this season. Virginia evened the match in the 62nd minute. After the Tigers committed a foul just outside the box, Foley scored on the free kick from 20 yards out. It was her team leading eighth goal of the season.
The Cavaliers outshot Clemson 25-5 in the contest and had a 7-2 corner kick advantage.
No. 15 Florida State (9-3-2, 4-1-1) notched its third straight win Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over No. 7 Boston College (8-2-3, 1-2-2), tying the Seminoles' longest win streak of the season. Junior Mami Yamaguchi netted the game-winner in the 83rd minute converting on FSU's first penalty kick opportunity of the season. The win was also the first for the Seminoles over a ranked opponent this season.
Florida State remains unbeaten against Boston College running its all-time record to 2-0-2. Both wins over the Eagles have come within the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex. With today's shutout, the Seminoles have not allowed the Eagles to score in the series.
The Seminole defensive effort was solid once again posting its third straight shutout and eighth of the season. Katrin Schmidt, Libby Gianeskis, Becky Edwards and Erica Sutton limited a Boston College team, who entered today's game averaging 17.5 shots per game, to just seven shots on Sunday. The Eagles' first shot of the game and only shot of the first half didn't come until the 34th minute off the leg of Hannah Cerrone.
Two of the nation's best defensive teams met on Fetzer Field Sunday afternoon and the No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels controlled the tempo while recording a 1-0 victory over the No. 24 Wake Forest Demon Deacons before a crowd of 2,842. On a sun-drenched and hot October Sunday afternoon, the Tar Heels improved to 11-3 and 5-1 in the ACC, maintaining their lead in the conference standings. The Deacons fell to 7-5-2 and 2-2-1 in the ACC.
The lone goal of the game came off the foot of reserve forward Jaime Gilbert in the 37th minute of play with an assist by Tobin Heath. Heath dribbled past a pair of Demon Deacon defenders and slipped a pass to Gilbert who had gotten behind the Wake defense. Gilbert dribbled into the lower left side of the box one-on-one with Wake goalie Laura Morse and then finished to the far post, slotting her shot into the lower right 90.
The defense of the two teams dominated most of the first half, limiting chances for both squads. Whitney Engen recorded the game's first shot in the 13th minute for Carolina but the attempt flew wide left.
Freshman Brittney Steinbruch (Wyckoff, N.J.) fired in the game-winning goal in the 89th minute as the University of Miami women's soccer team picked up its sixth-straight win at home, shutting out Maryland, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Cobb Stadium.
Senior goalkeeper Lauren McAdam (Simsbury, Conn.) grabbed five saves - all in the first half - for the Hurricanes en route to her school-record 14th career shutout. With the win, Miami improves to 8-3-3 overall and 4-1-1 in the ACC, moving into a tie for second place with No. 15 Florida State. Maryland's Yewande Balogun finished with nine saves for the Terps (5-2-2, 0-5-0), who remain winless in the league alongside NC State.
Despite playing to a scoreless tie at the half, both teams got off to strong starts, as the Hurricanes registered six shots on goal and the Terps recorded five. With just over five minutes remaining in the first half, Steinbruch fired off a shot from 18 yards out. Maryland`s keeper came out of the net in defense, but Steinbruch's shot sailed over her head and just high of the net.