Nov. 5, 2004
CARY, N.C. – The No. 4 ranked Virginia women’s soccer team rallied for a 2-1 victory over No. 22 Clemson.Friday night in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament at SAS Soccer Park. With the win, the Cavaliers advance to the ACC Championship game for the second time, the first since 1990.
Although the Cavaliers (16-2-1) outshot the Tigers (10-7-2) 6-2 in the first half, Clemson was the one to take advantage. In the 39th minute, Allison Graham took a free kick from the right side and sent it into the box. At the far post, Amanda Garcia deflected the ball into the net for a 1-0 Tiger lead.
After halftime, the Cavaliers took control of the game. In the 61st minute, a deflection of a clearance came right to Lindsay Gusick (Livonia, Mich.), who blasted a shot from 15 yards to the upper far corner to tie the game. Less than three minutes later, the Cavaliers took the lead when Gusick again pounced on a loose ball in the box, and this time threaded it to Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.), who fired it into the vacated Clemson net.
For the Cavaliers, it marked the first time since a 3-2 win over Florida State on October 28, 2001 that they have overcome a halftime deficit to win. Overall, Virginia outshot Clemson 20-4 in the game. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) made two saves for the Cavaliers, while Lauren Johnston made five for Clemson.
“I think we were part of a very exciting, attractive game tonight,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “Clemson played well in the first half. I thought in the second half we fought hard and deserved to win.”
The Cavaliers will play the winner of North Carolina and Duke in Sunday’s championship game. Game time is 3:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet-Mid Atlantic, FSN South, and Sunshine Network.
No. 4 Virginia 2, No. 22 Clemson 1
|#22 Clemson (10-7-2)||1||0||1|
|#4 Virginia (16-2-1)||0||2||2|
1. CU. Garcia (Graham) 38:28
2. UVa. Gusick (unassisted) 60:21
3. UVa. Hammond (Gusick) 63:58
Shots: UVa 20, CU 4
Corner Kicks: UVa 4, CU 2
Saves: UVa 2, CU 5
Fouls: UVa 14, CU 19
Cards: CU: Foster (YC-18′), Meyer (YC-79′)
Weather: 60 degrees, clear