Semifinals Set in 2012 #ACCWSoccer Championship ACCtion
Oct. 28, 2012
Greensboro, N.C. (theACC.com) - The top-three seeded teams in the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Championship are headed to the semifinals, and one lower-seeded team also advanced as the tournament got under way on Sunday.
Sunday's quarterfinal action at the campus sites of the higher seeded teams found No. 1 Florida State blanking No. 8 Boston College, 4-0, No. 2 Maryland edging No. 7 Miami, 1-0 in overtime, No. 5 Virginia topping No. 4 North Carolina, 1-0 and No. 3 Wake Forest defeating No. 6 Duke, 1-0, 52 seconds in overtime.
The tournament now moves to WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., which will be host site for the semifinals and finals for the fifth-straight year and the ninth time in 10 years.
Friday's first semifinal matchup finds Florida State (16-2-0) facing Virginia (14-4-1) at 5 p.m. The second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. matches Maryland (12-5-2) matched against Wake Forest (13-4-3). Both games will be broadcast by ESPN3.
The winners advance to next Sunday's 1 p.m. championship match, which will be broadcast nationally by ESPNU.
Defending champion Florida State, Virginia and Wake Forest are each looking for their second ACC Championship titles, while Maryland seeks its first ever tournament crown. The Seminoles earned the top seed for this year's Championship by finishing atop the conference standings with an 8-2-0 league record. The regular-season title was the second in Florida State women's soccer history and the Seminoles' first since 2009.
Florida State needed overtime to top Virginia 1-0 in the two teams' regular season meeting in Tallahassee on Oct. 14, while Maryland edged Wake Forest, 2-1, on the road on Sept. 23.
A capsule look at Sunday's quarterfinal action is below:
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Senior Danielle Hubka scored in the fifth minute of the first overtime to send the No. 2-seeded University of Maryland women's soccer team into the ACC tournament semifinals with a 2-1 victory over No. 7 seed Miami Sunday morning at Ludwig Field.
The game-winning goal was setup when sophomore Cory Ryan stole the ball from the Hurricane's Ali Brennan in Miami's defensive third of the field. Ryan then made a hard break to the end line and patiently waited for help. That help came in the form of Hubka, who raced into the 18-yard box and finished a perfectly played centering ball from Ryan with a hard shot into the top half of the Miami goal.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Top-seeded Florida State took the first step in defending its conference championship Sunday afternoon shutting out eighth-seeded Boston College, 4-0, on a chilly day inside the Seminole Soccer Complex in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals.
After suffering its first loss of the season at the hands of the Eagles just 10 days ago in Massachusetts, the Seminoles got their revenge on Sunday scoring four times including twice each half, in rolling to the largest margin of victory in series history.
Tiffany McCarty registered two goals and Dagny Brynjarsdottir tallied a career-high four points on a goal and two assists as the Seminoles advanced out of the first round of the ACC Tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Marisa Park scored just 52 seconds into overtime to keep Wake Forest alive in the 2012 ACC Championship, handing the third-seeded Demon Deacons a 1-0 win over sixth-seeded Duke on Sunday at Spry Stadium in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Park's goal was set up by Katie Stengel who took on a number of Blue Devil defenders before throwing a cross in front of net. The ball bounced over the foot of Duke's Mollie Pathman and fell to Park who made no mistake with the finish from in close to give the Deacons (13-4-3) the victory.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 10 Virginia women's soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament with a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over No. 8 North Carolina on Sunday at Fetzer Field. Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) scored the game's lone goal in the 11th minute and the Virginia defense posted its 11th shutout of the season.
The Cavaliers took the lead in the 11th minute of play, which proved to be the only goal of the afternoon. Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) threaded a ball to Miller, who dribbled around the keeper and placed the ball into the empty net for her 14th goal of the season. It was Miller's fourth career goal against the Tar Heels.
Miller's goal was all the Cavaliers needed as they shutout the Tar Heels for the second straight time in Chapel Hill. Virginia outshot North Carolina 11-4 and held the Tar Heels without a shot on goal. Danielle DeLisle (Baltimore, Md.) posted her sixth shutout of the season.