Virginia Advances To Championship Final With 2-1 Victory Over Clemson
Nov. 5, 2004
CARY, N.C. - For the second time in school history and first since 1990, the Virginia Cavaliers advanced to the 2004 Women's Soccer Championship final with a 2-1 win over the Clemson Tigers Friday evening at the SAS Soccer Complex. Virginia scored two second half goals en route to its first ever victory in four tries over the Tigers in ACC Tournament play. The Cavaliers' Lindsay Gusick registered three points on a goal and an assist in the victory.
After both teams played scoreless soccer for a majority of the first half, Clemson tallied the games first goal at the 38:28 mark. Junior midfielder Allison Graham found Amanda Garcia, who redirected the ball off her stomach and into the back of the net. The goal was Garcia's second of the season.
In the 61st minute, Virginia tied the game as Gusick blasted a shot from the left side and into the top right corner of the net. It was Gusick's team leading 15th goal of the season and third of the championship.
Three minutes later, the Cavaliers would take their first lead of the match as Kelly Hammond netted the game-winner for her ninth goal of the season and third goal of the tournament. Gusick was credited with the assist on the play.
With the win, Virginia moves to 16-2-1 on the year and will advance to the tournament final where they will face the winner of North Carolina/Duke on Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 pm. Clemson fell to 10-7-2 on the season.
Shots: Virginia 20, Clemson 4