Nov. 6, 2005
CARY, N.C. – The No. 7 ranked Virginia women’s soccer team had their bid to repeat as ACC Champions fall short as they were defeated by No. 3 North Carolina 4-1 Sunday in the ACC final at SAS Soccer Park. The Tar Heels scored twice in each half to win the match, which was a rematch of last year’s final. Virginia falls to 15-5-1 with the loss as the Tar Heels improved to 20-1-0.
The Tar Heels got on the board first in 14th minute as Kendall Fletcher served a free kick into the box that Elizabeth Guess headed into the corner of the net. North Carolina struck again in the 27th minute when Lindsay Tarpley headed in a corner kick by Yael Averbuch. The Cavaliers cut that lead in half just before the break with a goal in the 43rd minute. Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio) dribbled a ball into the box and fired a ball off a Tar Heel defender that found Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md) on the far wing. Keselica then fired a low shot inside the far post for her ninth goal of the season.
In the second half, the Tar Heels extended the lead back to two as Guess one-timed a cross from Kacey White into the net for a 3-1 UNC lead. North Carolina added another score in the 71st minute as Tarpley threaded a ball that sprung Heather O’Reilly on a breakaway that resulted in a goal.
Overall, North Carolina outshot Virginia 14-2 in the game. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) made three saves in net for the Cavaliers.
“First I would like to congratulate North Carolina, they were better than us today and deserved to win,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “I was pleased with our fight, especially getting a goal back late in the first half, but every time we made a mistake, Carolina made us pay for it. Half our team is new this year and to get back to the final was a great accomplishment for our team. This tournament, as well as this whole season, has given us a lot of experience and will hopefully help us in the NCAA Tournament.”
Four Cavaliers were named to the ACC All-Tournament team. Forward Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), midfielders Jen Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) and Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas), along with goalkeeper de Vries were honored.
The Cavaliers will learn their draw for the NCAA Tournament on Monday as the field of 64 is announced. The bracket will be unveiled on ESPNews between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.
|#7 Virginia (15-5-1)||1||0||1|
|#3 North Carolina (20-1-0)||2||2||4|
1. UNC. Guess, 10 (Fletcher) 13:28
2. UNC. Tarpley, 9 (Averbuch) 26:35
3. UVa. Keselica, 9 (Rostedt) 42:25
4. UNC. Guess, 11 (White) 56:48
5. UNC. O’Reilly, 16 (Tarpley, Chalupny) 70:17
Shots: UVa 2, UNC 14
Corners: UVa 2, UNC 8
Saves: UVa 3, UNC 0
Fouls: UVa 9, UNC 9