Nov. 4, 2005
CARY, N.C. – The No. 7 ranked Virginia women’s soccer team advanced to the ACC final for the second consecutive season with a 2-0 win over No. 6 Florida State Friday night in an ACC semifinal matchup at the SAS Soccer Park. The Cavaliers will meet No. 3 North Carolina in the final Sunday in a rematch of last season’s ACC final in which Virginia downed the Tar Heels in penalty kicks to win the first ACC Championship in school history.
The second-seeded Cavaliers (15-4-1) jumped out to a strong start and took the lead in the 4th minute of play. Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio) started a give-and-go passing sequence with Jen Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) and broke free behind the Seminole defense. Rostedt dribbled around FSU goalkeeper Ali Mims and fired the ball into the vacated net for her team-leading ninth goal of the season. The chances were few and far between for the remainder of the first half as each team record just two shots before halftime, where UVa took that 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Florida State (17-3-0) had several chances and outshot the Cavaliers 6-3 after the break. However, the Cavaliers capitalized on one of their chances to increase their lead to 2-0 in the 58th minute. Rostedt made a run along the right side into the box beating FSU defender Kelly Rowland, who fouled Rostedt for a penalty kick. Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.) stepped up and converted the penalty for the second Cavalier goal of the night.
Overall, Florida State outshot Virginia 8-5 in the contest as the Cavaliers were held to their lowest shot output of the season. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) made two saves in net for the Cavaliers as she increased her school record to 22 career shutouts, which now ranks sixth in ACC history. It also marked just the second time Florida State has been shutout this season, both by Virginia. Mims made one save in net for the Seminoles.
“Florida State is an excellent team and tonight was a difficult game,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “I thought the first goal was huge and after we got that it settled us. The second goal gave us a cushion and we rode that the rest of the game. We are excited to play North Carolina in the final, as they have set the bar high in this sport. We accept the challenge are looking forward to Sunday.”
The Virginia-North Carolina match will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at SAS Soccer Park. The game will also be televised live on Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports South and Sun Sports.
|#6 Florida State (17-3-0)||0||0||0|
|#7 Virginia (15-4-1)||1||1||2|
1. UVa. Rostedt, 9 (Redmond) 3:23
2. UVa. Hammond, 5 (penalty kick) 57:57
Shots: UVa 5, FSU 8
Corners: UVa 7, FSU 1
Saves: UVa 2, FSU 1
Fouls: UVa 10, FSU 8