Virginia Captures First ACC Women's Soccer Championship Title
Nov. 7, 2004
CARY, N.C. -- In one of the most closely contested finals in ACC Women's Soccer history, it was no surprise that the winner of this year's championship would be determined by a penalty kick shootout. Virginia and North Carolina played to a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of action before the game was sent to pks. In the shootout, the Cavaliers downed the Tar Heels 5-4 as Virginia claimed its first-ever ACC Women's Soccer Championship.
In a first half dominated by defensive play, both teams combined for five shots and one corner. The Tar Heels held the shot advantage 3-2 while responsible for the lone corner, but it was the Cavaliers who took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Virginia got on the board first as Lindsay Gusick netted her team leading 16th goal of the season at the 23:21 mark of the first half. Gusick took a pass from Sarah Huffman and found the left side of the net from ten yards out for her fourth tally of the tournament to lead all players.
In the 56th minute of the second half, North Carolina was awarded a penalty kick when Elizabeth Guess was taken down in the box. Junior Kasey White took the kick for the Tar Heels and deposited the ball into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.
The game remained tied at one sending it into overtime for the fourth time this tournament, setting a new ACC Championship record for overtime games in a single tournament. It also marked just the second overtime final in ACC Tournament history and first since the inaugural championship back in 1988 featuring NC State and North Carolina.
After 20 minutes of scoreless overtime soccer, the two teams would head into penalty kicks to determine a champion. Virginia out shot North Carolina during the overtime session 4-1, while both teams were awarded a pair of corner kicks.
Virginia took an early 1-0 lead after the first round of penalty kicks before both teams exchanged made goals in rounds two and three. North Carolina would draw even at 3-3 after the fourth round. But in the end it was the Cavaliers who would take the 5-4 shootout win as the Tar Heels final attempt was saved by Virginia goalie Christina de Vries.
With the tie, Virginia moves to 16-2-2, while North Carolina ran its record to 18-0-2. The Cavaliers will receive the ACC's automatic bid into the 2004 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship as result of their 5-4 shootout victory. The women's field of 64 for the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship will be announced on Monday, November 8 between 4 and 5 pm on ESPNews.