Farrelly's Goal in Double-Overtime Lifts Virginia Past Wake Forest
Nov. 5, 2008
CARY, N.C. - The final quarterfinal game of the 2008 ACC Women's Soccer Championship ended in high drama.
Sinead Farrelly lined a 10-yard shot off the far post and into the net with 5:44 remaining in double-overtime, lifting third-seed Virginia to a 3-2 win over sixth-seeded Wake Forest on Wednesday night.
The Cavaliers (13-4-2) survived a roller-coaster ride before earning a spot opposite rival Virginia Tech in Friday night's 7:30 semifinal game. The Demon Deacons, who defeated Virginia in last Sunday's regular-season finale at Charlottesville, led 1-0 at the half, yielded a pair of second half goals to fall behind, then tied the score at 2-2 on Kristina Hanley's 10-yarder with 1:42 left to play in regulation.
"As long as you're playing in the ACC, this is the type of game you are going to get," Virginia coach Steve Swanson said. "I think it had its ebbs and flows, like any game that had two good teams."
Wake Forest (12-7) battled the Cavaliers on even terms until the end despite being out-shot 23-7. Deacon goalkeeper Laura Morse recorded 11 saves.
"Congrats to UVa." Wake coach Tony da Luz said. "They stuck it out. Our kids fought as hard as they could ... and I was proud of them to keep fighting and get the tying goal."
The Deacons struck first a little over 16 minutes into the match when Amy Smerdzinski blasted in her sixth goal of the season unassisted from 25 yards out. The lead held up until the early in the second half, when Farrelly assisted Sarah Senty on a looping shot to the far upper corner that knotted the score at 1-1.
Virginia took its first lead with just under 15 minutes to play when Alli Fries headed in a pass from Amanda Stewart off a free kick. It appeared that might be the difference-maker, but Hanley came through with her goal off a feed from Allie Sadlow in the half's waning moments to force the tournament's second overtime game of the day.
After one scoreless 10 minute overtime, Virginia broke through with just under six minutes to play in the second period. Farrelly took a pass from Senty and scored to end the game in sudden-death.
`I thought we overcame a lot, to come back from a goal down," Swanson said. "We came back from a goal down, lost it before the overtime and then to come back and win is a real tribute to our players. I'm proud and happy for them, and really pleased to be moving on."