CARY, N.C. – The top-ranked Virginia women’s soccer team (16-1-2) locked up a spot in the ACC Tournament finals by grabbing a 1-0 victory over No. 24 Clemson (12-6-1) in a semifinal match at WakeMed Soccer Park. Virginia is the top-seeded team in the tournament, while Clemson was the fifth-seeded team.
The Cavaliers will now face Florida State in Sunday’s final. Kick is set for 1 p.m. on ESPNU.
48’ – UVA: Diana Ordoñez (Haley Hopkins)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia got on the board in the 48th minute when Diana Ordoñez found the back of the net from near point-blank range. Laney Rouse played a ball ahead to Haley Hopkins on the left wing to set up the play. Hopkins received the ball and turned, splitting two defenders and racing toward the goal. As she approached the six she slipped the ball through to the back post for Ordoñez who finished for the 1-0 lead.
NOTES ON THE GAME
• Virginia advances to the ACC finals for the eighth time and for the second time in the last three seasons.
• With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 16-12-2 all-time against Clemson and 3-3-0 in the ACC Tournament.
• The shutout is the 11th straight in the series against Clemson with UVA going 8-2-1 in those 11 games.
• Diana Ordoñez scored her 15th goal, tying her freshman season mark for ninth most in a season at UVA.
• With the goal, Ordoñez took sole possession of fifth all-time in goals at UVA with 42 and passing Morgan Brian.
• Haley Hopkins tallied her eighth assist of the season and second on a game-winner to Ordoñez this season. The other game in a 1-0 win over No. 2 Duke.
• Laurel Ivory improved to 66-16-13 and is three wins shy of tying the career mark of 69 set by Morgan Stearns.
FROM HEAD COACH STEVE SWANSON
“It was tough match against a good team tonight. They’re organized and hard to break down. At halftime, we felt we were in good positions to create some things but couldn’t get the final pass. We had a lot of overlaps that didn’t connect. We had people doing the right things, getting in the box and making good runs, but we couldn’t execute them. Haley had a great run and pass and once we got that first goal it settled us down. But, they’re very good on set plays and counters and have dangerous players, so it was never secure until the end.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia returns to action on Sunday afternoon when the Cavaliers will play in the finals of the ACC Tournament at 1 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ESPNU.