NCAA Women's Soccer ACCtion: Friday, November 25
Of Note: The three ACC teams among the Final Four are a record, but the conference has now placed at least one team in the Women's College Cup in 29 of the 30 years the event has been held ... Wake Forest earns a spot among the NCAA tournament's Final Four for the first time ... Florida State returns to the College Cup for the fifth time in school history and for the first time since 2007, when the Seminoles played Southern California for the national championship ... Duke earns its second trip to the College Cup and its first since 1992 ... Virginia concludes the season with a 17-5-2 record after making its first trip to the NCAA quarterfinals since 2005.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State is headed back to the College Cup! The Seminoles (18-6-1) became the first team to earn a spot in the national semifinals with a 3-0 victory over Virginia (17-5-2) Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
FSU will now make the 300-mile trek north to Kennesaw, Ga., site of the 2011 Women's College Cup, where they will face the winner of Stanford/Oklahoma State on Friday, December 2. The Seminoles return to the College Cup for the fifth time in school history and for the first time since 2007 when the Garnet & Gold played Southern California for the national championship.
After defeating Virginia earlier this month for the first time in school history in the ACC Tournament semifinals, Florida State added to its list of firsts in the series by beating the Cavaliers for the first time in Tallahassee.
With the win, the Seminoles moved to 23-1-0 at home all-time in NCAA Tournament action, while improving their current unbeaten streak to a season-best 10 games (9-0-1).
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's soccer team stormed onto the field in celebration. Head coach Tony da Luz ran over to the Spry Stadium stands to thank the 1,048 fans in attendance. After a resounding 3-0 victory over UCF in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, the Demon Deacons advanced to their first-ever College Cup, which will be held on December 2 and 4 in Kennesaw, Ga.
Wake Forest (18-3-4) will face a familiar foe in the semifinals on Friday at 7:30 in fellow No. 1 seed Duke, which advanced to the College Cup by topping Long Beach State 2-0. The Deacons and Blue Devils split a pair of meetings already this season, with Duke prevailing 2-0 in the regular season and Wake Forest scoring a 2-1 win in the semifinals of the ACC Championships.
The Deacons spread the scoring around to vanquish the Knights, getting goals from 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Katie Stengel, who had the game-winner, along with Kristen Meier and Marisa Park. Meier, Alisha Woodson, Jordan Feger, Jackie McSally and Rachel Nuzzolese all earned assists in the game.
Stengel's goal was her 19th of the season, extending her single-season record and putting her only one goal shy of the Wake Forest career goal-scoring mark of 36 that is held by Jill Hutchinson.
Aubrey Bledsoe made five saves in net to extend her school record to 14 shutouts this season.
DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke University women's soccer team scored a pair of second half goals to earn a 2-0 victory over Long Beach State in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals at Koskinen Stadium this evening. The top-seeded and third-ranked Blue Devils advance to the NCAA College Cup for the second time in program history.
Duke's goals came seven minutes apart midway through the second half and were the 11th and 12th of the NCAA Tournament for the Blue Devils. Redshirt sophomore Kim DeCesare registered what proved to be the game winner off an assist from sophomore Mollie Pathman. Gilda Doria clinched the win with her first career goal.
Duke (21-3-1) will take on No. 1 seed Wake Forest in the NCAA semifinal, Dec. 2 in Kennesaw, Ga., at the KSU Soccer Stadium. This will be the first time the Blue Devils have advanced to the College Cup under head coach Robbie Church. Duke last advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 1992, losing to North Carolina in the championship game.
The Blue Devils controlled the run of play in the first half, but were unable to find that final pass in the attacking third. Duke outshot the 49ers 5-1 in the opening period, missing a couple of outstanding chances.