NCAA Women's Soccer ACCtion: Friday, November 23
Nov. 23, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Tiffany McCarty's goal in the 53rd minute was all top-seeded Florida State needed Friday night as the Seminoles defeated Notre Dame, 1-0, in front of a packed crowd of 2,019 inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
With the win, FSU (20-3-0) advances to the College Cup for the second year in a row and sixth time in school history. The Seminoles will face Penn State, who defeated Duke 1-0, in one semifinal on Friday, November 30 in San Diego, Calif.
After a scoreless first half that featured Florida State out shooting Notre Dame 8-3 and both goalkeepers making two saves a piece, the Fighting Irish came out of the break and forced the offensive pressure with two quick shots in the first three minutes of action.
PROVO, UTAH - Junior midfielder Crystal Dunn scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 107th minute, to send 14th-ranked North Carolina to a 2-1 victory over third-ranked Brigham Young in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Tournament Friday night. The game was played before an overflow crowd of 4,291 at South Field on the BYU campus. The victory sends UNC to its first College Cup appearance since 2009.
Friday night's quarterfinal win over the Cougars, who had not lost since August, would not have been possible were it not by game-saving back saves by sophomore Brooke Elby and Crystal Dunn in the first overtime period. The Tar Heels dominated possession throughout the game and statistically had an edge in shots 23-8 and corner kicks 11-4.
The Tar Heels struck first, getting a goal by Dunn just over three minutes into the match. Junior midfielder Meg Morris, starting for the first time in the NCAA Tournament, slipped a ball across the top of the box to Dunn, who took a couple of dribbles and fired a shot with pace from 18 yards past BYU goalkeeper Erica Owens. The official time of the goal was 3:08. It would be one of the few times all evening the Tar Heels were able to get a shot past Owens, who finished with eight saves on the night.
Duke Falls in Elite Eight, 1-0, to No. 5 PSU
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 15th-ranked and third-seeded Duke women's soccer team had its NCAA Tournament run come to an end on Friday evening in the Elite Eight as the Blue Devils dropped a 1-0 decision at fifth-ranked Penn State at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. As the match went along, the wind picked up and the temperatures dropped as the teams went up against wind gusts over 30 mph.
The Blue Devils concluded their season with a 15-6-2 overall record, while Penn State improves to 20-3-2 and advanced to the NCAA College Cup.
Duke came out on the attack from the beginning and outplayed Penn State for the first 13 minutes of the match. Junior Kaitlyn Kerr opened the game with Duke's first three shots, including a great one-v-one chance at the 7:52 mark, but it was saved by Penn State goalkeeper Erin McNulty.