Eight teams advance to the quarterfinals with the ACC leading the charge with six of those teams in the women’s NCAA Tournament after a whirlwind of second and third round games.
Virginia, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Duke, UCLA, North Carolina, Boston College and Florida State are set to play at various campus sites Nov. 29-30 to decide who will travel to Cary, NC for the 2013 College Cup.
Virginia Tech Edges Out Santa Clara in PK’s
It took a penalty shoot out for Virginia Tech to earn their quarterfinals ticket, but they were able to clinch the win against Santa Clara yesterday 3-1 in Blacksburg, VA.
Scoring was opened in the second half when freshman Murielle Tiernan blasted a 20 yard bomb into the net from the left side to put the Hokies ahead 1-0. Santa Clara was hot on their heels though, equalizing nine minutes later with a goal from Sofia Huerta.
Regulation ended with a penalty shootout to determine the victor and that’s where Virgina Tech emerged victorious with successful shots from junior Kelsey Loupee and freshman Candace Cephers scoring in the first three attempts. Tiernan added a final goal and senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts tallied eight saves to seal the deal. They will next take on Duke Nov. 29 in the quarterfinals.
Boston College Eases Past Illinois into Quarterfinals
The Eagles didn’t have to work too hard to advance, locking down a comfortable 3-1 lead against Illinois before the first half of their third round match and adding a final goal in the second to defeat them 4-1 in Lincoln, Neb. on Sunday.
Goals were scored by senior Gibby Wagner, freshman Hayley Dowd, sophomore McKenzie and Lauren Bernard with the first netted by Wagner early in the 6th minute. Dowd doubled it up in the 39th, charging into the box to deliver the fatal blow in the left corner.
Illinois countered back with their only goal scored by sophomore Amy Feher a minute later, but Meehan got the ball two minutes after off a deflection and put away a third insurance goal for Boston College to keep them ahead 3-1.
The game concluded with a final 76th minute goal from Bernard. They will take on powerhouse Florida State in quarterfinals n Nov. 29.
Virginia Downs Wake Forest with Second Half Goals
It took two goals and some impeccable defense for Virginia to shut out Wake Forest 2-0 on Sunday in Charlottesville, VA and advance to quarterfinals where they will take on Michigan Nov. 29.
Although the Cavaliers held possession for the majority of the first half, Wake Forest held their ground and made it difficult to score, locking both teams in a seemingly unbreakable stalemate.
The second half saw the tide change finally, and Virginia got on the board just 30 seconds in. Freshman Alexis Shaffer sent a cross bouncing off post to sophomore Makenzy Doniak, who was ready and waiting to slam the rebound into the net for the 1-0 lead.
In the 49th minute junior Morgan Brian added the final goal with Shaffer once again on the assist. Brian collected the pass and one timed the ball in for her seventh career NCAA tournament goal.
“I don’t think people realize how difficult this match was,” head coach Steve Swanson told NCAA. “Wake is a great team. They are in our conference. They know us. They know our field. They are really organized and very difficult to break down. That was not an easy game. It was one of our best performances of the year, from start to finish. I was happy with how we moved the ball against a quality team that was organized and committed to defending.”
Michigan Advances to Quarterfinals for 2nd Time in School’s History
Michigan had a magical third round match against top dog Notre Dame Sunday at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, defeating them 1-0 to advance to quarterfinals for the second time in the program’s history.
The Wolverines came together to get results, with freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin notching four courageous saves to lead her team to its third consecutive shut ou, and senior Meghan Toohey scored the winner to cement the win.
Both teams battled back and forth throughout the first half, but no one was able to get on the board. In the 55th minute a foul was called on Notre Dame for a hand ball and Michigan received a free kick from 35 yards out. Toohey took the shot and it saw nothing but the back of the net. Defense played its part and kept that one point lead solid to the end of regulation.
The Wolverines will have their hands full in the quarterfinals when they take on Virginia Nov. 29, but it’s still anyone’s game in the NCAA tournament and is sure be a great fight to the end.
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