No. 1 Virginia 5, NC State 0
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Top-ranked Virginia extended its win streak to 15 games with a 5-0 victory against NC State on Thursday at the Dail Soccer Field. The Cavaliers (15-0, 9-0 ACC) remained the nation's only unbeaten and untied squad, while the Wolfpack (6-10, 1-9 ACC) suffered its eighth consecutive defeat.
Sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe had two goals and junior midfielder Morgan Brian had three assists to lead the Cavaliers. Senior Gloria Douglas, sophomore Makenzy Doniak and junior Mary Morgan also scored for Virginia.
Overall, Virginia outshot NC State 19-7 and had a 5-1 corner kick advantage. Senior goalkeeper Danielle DeLisle made four saves during the first 80 minutes before redshirt-freshman Jessie Ferrari made her collegiate debut by playing the final 10 minutes. The pair combined to post the Cavaliers' ninth shutout of the season. Mackenzie Stelljes made three saves at the other end for NC State.
No. 4 North Carolina 1, Syracuse 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Fourth-ranked North Carolina utilized a goal by Summer Green in the ninth minute to defeat Syracuse 1-0 on Thursday afternoon at Fetzer Field in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
The Tar Heels were awarded a free kick after a Syracuse foul 25 yards out on the left side and capitalized to notch the game-winning goal at the 8:06 mark. Kealia Ohai tapped the ball to Summer Green who drove a bending shot into the upper right 90 of the frame past Syracuse goalkeeper Brittany Anghel. It was Green's fifth goal of the season and it held up for the game winner as the Tar Heels dominated the remainder of the game even though they did not put a second goal in the back of the net.
UNC has now won six successive games and improved to 13-2 overall and 7-2 in the ACC. Syracuse, which had won two of its past three games coming into its game with the Tar Heels, fell to 6-9-1 overall and 2-7-1 in the ACC.
Carolina outshot the Orange 22-0 and had 12-2 advantage in corner kicks. Carolina has now posted clean sheets defensively in five of its past six matches and has nine shutouts on the season in 15 games.
Despite the huge edge in shots, Carolina was only able to put six shots on frame, forcing Anghel to make just five saves. Bryane Heaberlin and Anna Sieloff split the assignment in goal for North Carolina and combined on the clean sheet with each playing 45 minutes.
Syracuse was effective defensively in clogging up the middle of the field, dropping nine defenders into UNC's attacking third on a regular basis. Carolina earned 12 corner kicks but was unable to get clean looks off any of them. Syracuse threatened only when the Orange was able to earn throw ins deep in Tar Heel territory where Taylor Haenlin regularly placed them into the box forcing the Tar Heels to make defensive clearances.
No. 6 Virginia Tech 2, No. 19 Wake Forest 1, OT
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Freshman Murielle Tiernan’s goal in the ninth minute of overtime carried sixth-ranked Virginia Tech to a 2-1 victory against No. 19 Wake Forest on Thursday evening, as the Hokies picked up their third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference victory.
After falling a goal behind early, the Hokies were able to battle back prior to halftime, before Tiernan buried her shot in the 99th minute to extend Tech’s unbeaten streak to eight matches.
Kendall Fischlein opened the scoring early for Wake, burying an unassisted goal in the 11th minute. Fischlein took a pair of touches on the right side of the box before curling in a left-footed shot from 20 yards that bent into the top left of the net to put the Demon Deacons up 1-0.
The deficit marked the first time the Hokies had trailed at any point since the loss to No. 1 North Carolina on Sept. 12, a span of eight matches.
Junior Shannon Mayrose finished the job just a minute later, after collecting a pass from junior Katie Yensen. Mayrose pulled a defender to her right, before cutting back and ripping a left-footed shot from the top of the box to the right post that beat goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe to even things at 1-1 in the 26th minute.
The goal was Mayrose’s first of 2013, after the junior missed 11 matches to injury to begin the season, and her 17th as a Hokie. Yensen’s fourth assist of the season tied her for the team lead.
Mayrose almost gave the Hokies a lead with 23 seconds left before halftime, but her shot from the right side snuck just around the left post.
Tech applied more pressure as time went on, as six of those nine shots occurred in the final 10 minutes. Though the Hokies did not find a winner, they continued to control the match into the overtime period, taking the only shot of extra time prior to the game winner.
In the 99th minute, Tech finally broke through with the help of traffic in front of the goal. Junior Kelsey Loupee latched onto a ball near the penalty spot and threaded a pass through a pair of defenders to Tiernan. The freshman blasted a shot from close range into the upper-right corner, clinching the victory and sending the Hokies spilling off the bench to celebrate.
It was Tiernan’s sixth goal of 2013 and broke her eight-match goalless drought, dating back to a 3-1 win at James Madison, the sixth contest of the season.
With the win, Tech moves to 12-1-2 on the season, including a 7-1-1 mark in ACC play.
Senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts recorded three saves on the evening to earn her 12th win of 2013, setting a Virginia Tech record for goalkeeper victories in a single season. Bledsoe tallied five saves for the Demon Deacons in the loss.