Top 10 Roundup
Virginia Tech nets late winner; Virginia keeps streak alive
No. 1 Virginia 2, No. 14 Wake Forest 0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Top-ranked Virginia recorded its first ranked road win of the season, downing No. 11 Wake Forest 2-0 on Sunday at Spry Stadium. Sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe and first-year midfielder Alexis Shaffer tallied goals late in the first half as the Cavaliers (14-0, 8-0 ACC) remained the nation's lone unbeaten and untied team. The Demon Deacons (8-3-2 3-3-2 ACC) suffered their first home loss of the season.
"This has always been a tough place for us to get a result, so we are happy to get the win," head coach Steve Swanson said. "We started a little slow [Sunday] as there was a little residual effects from Thursday night. We moved the ball well at times and created some chances, especially in the second half. The only thing we could have done better was finish a few more of the chances we created. Wake is a good team and we knew this was going to be a good test for us. It was also good for our team to get the shutout."
The first half saw few chances either way during the first 35 minutes before the Cavaliers had a surge during the final 10 minutes. In the 36th minute, Ratcliffe was unmarked at the top of the six-yard box when she headed in a cross from senior defender Shasta Fisher for her eighth goal of the season. Five minutes later Virginia struck again to double the lead. Senior forward Amber Fry took a corner that was headed at the near post by sophomore defender Emily Sonnett to Shaffer at the far post. She controlled the ball and tapped in her third goal of the season.
Virginia had the better of the chances in the second half, outshooting the Demon Deacons 10-2 through the final 45 minutes, but couldn't find a third goal. The Cavaliers' two first-half goals were enough as the defense posted its eighth shutout of the season.
Overall, Virginia outshot Wake Forest 15-3 and had a 4-2 corner kick edge. First-year goalkeeper Morgan Stearns made one save to record her fifth shutout of the season. Aubrey Bledsoe made seven saves at the other end for the Demon Deacons.
With Sunday's results, Virginia became the first team to clinch a place in this year's ACC tournament.
No. 2 UCLA 1, No. 8 California 0
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Second-ranked UCLA needed just one goal to hand No. 8 California its first loss of the season.
The Bruins’ hot start peaked at the 27th minute as Rosie White took a corner, sending a ball across through the 18-yard box and creating a scramble near the net. Amid the chaos, UCLA’s Caprice Dydasco got a foot on it, quickly passing it to Sarah Killion who volleyed it into the net before Cal senior keeper Emily Kruger could recover.
UCLA used a 14-6 edge in shots to defeat Cal despite a strong showing by the Bears in the second half and UCLA’s slim 6-5 shot margin in the final period.
The Bruins improve to 12-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Pac-12. Cal is 9-1-4 and 2-1-2.
No. 3 Florida State 4, Pittsburgh 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Four different Seminoles scored on Sunday afternoon as No. 3 Florida State (12-0-3, 7-0-2 ACC) kept its unbeaten record intact, blanking Pittsburgh (4-10-1, 0-9-0 ACC) 4-0 inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Anna McClung, Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Marta Bakowska-Mathews and Carson Pickett all found the back of the net on Sunday as the four goals tied a season high for the Seminoles.
"From start to finish it was a fairly solid performance," Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. "It's another ACC win; a good defending performance, a good attacking performance and a solid win."
Defensively, Florida State held the Panthers without a shot and a corner kick opportunity. FSU finished with a 31-0 advantage in shots and 14-0 margin in corners. The 31 shots tied a season high (Oklahoma State), while it marked the most corners taken by the Seminoles this year. The Seminoles held their opponent without a shot for the first time in 2013 and for the fifth time in school history. The last time FSU did not allow a shot was against Jackson State on Sept. 21, 2012.
With the win, Florida State kept pace with Virginia, who defeated Wake Forest on Sunday, near the top of the ACC standings. The Seminoles currently sit in second place with 23 points, one point shy of the first place Cavaliers (24 points). Sunday's victory was also significant running FSU's unbeaten streak to 15 games, breaking the previous school record of 14 games (14-0-0) set last year. It also extended the Seminoles' school-record home unbeaten streak and the longest active home unbeaten streak in the nation to 28 games (27-0-1), a mark that started back in 2011.
Anna McClung, Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Marta Bakowska-Mathews and Carson Pickett were the scorers for the Seminoles.
Kelsey Wys played all 90 minutes between the posts to earn her 10th shutout of the season. In the process, she lowered her goals-against average to 0.44 on the year.
No. 4 North Carolina 1, Boston College 0
NEWTON, Mass. -- For the third consecutive year North Carolina and Boston College fought tooth and nail on the pitch and the result was the same as the previous two occasions, a nailbaiter 1-0 win for the Tar Heels. Sunday's game was played before a crowd of 1,500 fans at the Newton Campus Soccer Field.
Senior Kelly McFarlane notched her first goal of the season for the Tar Heels at 64:48 of the match and it held up for the game winner. McFarlane broke free on the right side and took a pass from Crystal Dunn in stride and buried a shot from 12 yards out into the lower left side netting past Boston College goalkeeper Alex Johnson.
The win was the fifth in a row for the Tar Heels, who improve to 12-2 overall on the season and 6-2 in the ACC. Boston College, which dominated the run of play in the first half against the Tar Heels but could not put one in the back of the net, falls to 7-7 overall and 4-5 in the ACC.
Johnson played all 90 minutes in goal and made four saves as Carolina placed five of its 13 shots on frame. Bryane Heaberlin and Anna Sieloff split halves and combined on the shutout, giving Carolina four clean sheets in its past five ACC contests.
Southern California 1, No. 5 Stanford 0
PALO ALTO, CALIF. -- Southern California stunned No. 5 Stanford with a 1-0 shutout of the Cardinal thanks to the winning header from Alex Quincey on Sunday night. The victory marks USC's first win against Stanford since 2005 and snaps a skid of five winless games by the Trojans, who now improve to 6-6-2 overall and 1-3-1 in Pac-12 play. Stanford takes its third consecutive loss with the defeat, going to 9-3-1, 2-3-0.
Quincey not only commanded the midfield along with Jordan Marada and Jamie Fink, she hammered home a header off a corner kick sent in by Kayla Mills. In the 59th minute, USC got deep in Cardinal territory and earned the corner. Mills went out to the right corner to take it, and sailed the ball into the box. Quincey was there to meet the ball with a header that knocked the ball off the crossbar and in to take the Trojans to a 1-0 lead on Stanford.
Stanford dug in and worked to create some chances for an equalizer in the remaining time, but the stubborn USC defense and cast of determined Trojan teammates were up to the task of making that Quincey goal stand up as the winner.
Marquette 4, No. 6 Georgetown 0
MILWAUKEE -- It was a day of celebration as Marquette capped off the opening of the new stadium at Valley Fields with a 4-0 shutout of Georgetown on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory the Golden Eagles snap a 13-game unbeaten streak from the Hoyas and remain in sole possession of first place in the Big East standings as they improve to 12-3 overall and 5-0 in league play. Georgetown falls to 11-1-2.
Senior Taylor Madigan put MU on the board first after she took a pass from classmates Vanessa Legault-Cordisco and Maegan Kelly from the right side and found the back of the net. It was Madigan's fifth goal this season.
Just seconds after entering the game, freshman Ashley Handwork ran up the middle of the field after a pass from sophomore Jacie Jermier and shot past the keeper from the 18-yard box, which extended Marquette's lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute.
The Golden Eagles' 2-0 lead held throughout halftime as MU held a slight 6-4 edge on shots, while sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel recorded two saves in the frame.
MU's offense continued its attack right out of the halftime break as Madigan sent a pass to Kelly from the right side and the shot sailed to the far post for a 3-0 lead in the 50th minute of play.
In the 56th minute senior Cara Jacobson split defenders and ran down the middle with a shot to the far post, which gave the Golden Eagles a 4-0 advantage. It was her third this season and came unassisted.
No. 7 Portland 3, Pepperdine 1
MALIBU, Calif. -- After a scoreless first half, the No. 7 Portland Pilots scored three goals in the second half to cruise to a 3-1 win against the Pepperdine Waves in a West Coast Conference game played on Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. It's the eighth consecutive win for the Pilots, who improve to 11-1-1 overall and to 3-0-0 in the WCC.
After taking just two shots during the game's first 45 minutes, the Pilots scored on their first two shots of the second half. In the 49th minute, Micaela Capelle found Danica Evans with a through ball, and Evans chipped a shot over Pepperdine keeper Hannah Seabert, who had come out to challenge the freshman. It's the second goal this season for Evans and it gave the Pilots 1-0 lead.
Just five minutes later, Amanda Frisbie converted her second penalty kick of the weekend and the Pilots were in control 2-0. Evans earned Portland the free attempt after she made a nice move around a defender and into the 18-yard box. Evans was then fouled from behind and Frisbie did the rest, registering her sixth goal of the year.
The Pilots then answered a Pepperdine penalty kick by scoring 13 seconds later. The Waves' Kristin DeGrandmont had made it a 2-1 game on the PK in the 73rd minute, but Mikayla Elmer took the ensuing kickoff and navigated her way down the field. The freshman then fed a through ball to Noelle La Prevotte, who buried a shot from about six yards out. It is Elmer's second assist of the year, while La Prevotte notches her first goal.
The Pilots scored three goals on five shots in the second half and attempted seven on the game. The Waves were credited with 18 shots on the afternoon. Pepperdine's (6-4-2, 1-1-0 WCC) goal ended a string of 367 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal for the Pilots.
Frisbie, who also converted a PK during Portland's win at LMU on Friday night, gets her fourth game-winner of the year.
No. 10 Virginia Tech 1, No. 9 Notre Dame 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Junior Ellie Zoepfl smashed home a goal in the 87th minute on Sunday afternoon, propelling the No. 10 Hokies to a 1-0 victory against No. 9 Notre Dame at Thompson Field.
Tech entered the day having not played a match for 10 days, dating back to a 1-0 overtime win against Clemson on Oct. 3. The victory extended the Hokies’ unbeaten team to seven consecutive matches, a stretch that has seen Tech give up just two goals.
“This was a great win for us,” Virginia Tech head coach Chugger Adair said. “I think we played a really good 90 minutes against a very talented Notre Dame team. I’m very proud of the effort we showed this afternoon.”
Junior Shannon Mayrose started the decisive play when after an Irish defender deflected a ball in the box, she collected the ball on the right edge of the box and drove in a low cross. Zoepfl timed her run perfectly, met the ball with a single touch and blasted a shot through Little’s legs to put the Hokies up 1-0 in the 87th minute.
The goal was Zoepfl’s first of the season and the second of her career. Mayrose earned her first assist of 2013, her eighth as a Hokie.
Just one minute later, Notre Dame almost equalized on a cross of its own. Lauren Bohaboy, the leading scorer for the Irish this season, got behind a Hokie defender and volleyed a point-blank shot at Dayle Colpitts from the six-yard line. Colpitts proved up to the task, however, lunging to her right to smother the shot and prevent a rebound opportunity.
“I was very happy with the way we played all 90 minutes [Sunday],” Adair said. “We made some adjustments during the second half. The girls did an outstanding job with them and it made the difference for us. We’re very happy to earn this win.”
With the victory, the Hokies move to 11-1-2 on the season, with a 6-1-1 mark in ACC play. Tech has now at least one victory against a top-10 team in seven consecutive seasons, dating back to 2007. Notre Dame falls to 9-4-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the conference.
Colpitts earned her 38th career win and 25th career shutout on the afternoon, tallying three saves along the way, including the game-saving stop with three minutes remaining.
Colpitts, a senior, also added another Tech career record to her growing list, as her 6,158 minutes are now the most by a Hokie goalkeeper, passing Mallory Soldner (2003-06), who previously held the record with 6,139.
Mayrose, in just her third match back from injury, racked up five shots to pace the Hokies offensively, while Tiernan added two of her own.