TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Virginia women’s soccer team had its 2011 season come to an end with a 3-0 loss at sixth-ranked Florida State in an NCAA Quarterfinal game Friday. The Cavaliers conclude the season with a 17-5-2 record as they made their first trip to the quarterfinals since 2005.
The Seminoles (18-6-1) advance to the College Cup to play either Stanford or Oklahoma State next weekend.
“Congrats to Florida State; they were sharper than us and deserved to win today,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We had a couple good chances in the first 10 minutes and if we get something there, it is a different game. Giving up the first goal was a game-changer. In the second half we were pushing forward and had some looks, but when they got the second goal it was going to be hard for us to come back.”
The Cavaliers and Seminoles traded chances early in the first half, with both keepers making big saves. Kelsey Wys made saves on chances by Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) and Morgan Brian (St Simons Island, Ga.) in the opening minutes, followed by Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) pushing wide a long-range chance by Janice Cayman. Florida State took the lead in the 35th minute as Ines Jaurena converted a penalty kick after Tiffany McCarty was tripped in the box. The score remained 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Florida State doubled the lead in the 71st minute as Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored off a pass from Kristin Grubka. Five minutes later, with the Cavaliers pushed forward on a free kick opportunity, Tiffany McCarty took the clearance and scored on a breakaway to make the score 3-0.
Virginia outshot Florida State 15-13 in the game, while the Seminoles had a 7-4 corner kick edge. Jones made five saves in goal for Virginia, while Wys made six saves for Florida State.
Five Cavaliers played their final game of their career on Friday. Jones, who concludes her collegiate career as the NCAA’s career shutout leader with 47; Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Virginia’s career assist leader with 42; Amanda Fancher (The Colony, Texas); Maggie Kistner (St. Louis, Mo.); and Katie Starsia (Rockville, Centre, N.Y.).
#6 Florida State 3, #8 Virginia 0
#8 Virginia (17-5-2) 0 0 – 0
#6 Florida State (18-6-1) 1 2 – 3
1. FSU. Ines Jaurena 4 (penalty kick) 35′
2. FSU. Dagny Brynjardsdottir 5 (Kristin Grubka) 71′
3. FSU. Tiffany McCarty 18 (unassisted) 76′
Shots: UVa 15, FSU 13
Corners: UVa 4, FSU 7
Saves: UVa 5 (Chantel Jones 5), FSU 6 (Kelsey Wys 6)
Fouls: UVa 4, FSU 7