CARY, N.C. – The No. 1 Virginia women’s soccer team (16-2-2) fell for only the second time this season on Sunday (Nov. 7), falling to No. 2 Florida State (16-1-2) by a score of 1-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park in the finals of the ACC Championship.
Four Cavaliers were named to the All-Tournament team with Haley Hopkins, Diana Ordoñez, Alexa Spaanstra and Talia Staude all being named to the team. Spaanstra is a four-time All-Tournament team selection, while Ordoñez is a three-time selection.
10’ – FSU: Clara Robbins (unassisted)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Florida State struck in the 10th minute when Clara Robbins fired a shot from range following a turnover. The Seminole lifted the shot from 30 yards out, chipping it just out of the reach of a leaping Laurel Ivory for the score.
The Cavaliers would press the attack down the stretch in the second half, managing an 11-to-8 edge on shots for the game that included a couple of chances inside the six in the closing minutes, but Florida State’s keeper was up to the task to preserve the shutout for her team.
NOTES ON THE GAME
• Virginia falls for only the second time on the season and is shutout for only the second time on the year.
• The two shutouts came to No. 2 FSU in the ACC final and at No . 5 UNC in a scoreless draw on October 3.
• It was the second time in two weeks that the Cavaliers and Seminoles had faced off after playing to a 1-1 draw in the regular-season finale in Tallahassee on October 28.
• Virginia and Florida State are now 4-4-2 in games against each other in the ACC Tournament.
• It was the eighth appearance in the ACC Finals for the Cavaliers who claimed the title in 2004 and 2012.
FROM HEAD COACH STEVE SWANSON
“It was a tough loss. In the small picture, we’re disappointed. In the big picture, no one was injured and that’s always a challenge in a game like this when you play Friday and Sunday – you may lose someone heading into the NCAA Tournament. It didn’t happen and we’re happy about that. I feel for our players. They’ve worked hard and obviously we’re disappointed. Congrats to Florida State. They are worthy champions, a good team and are well coached. We lost to the better team today.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
The NCAA will announce the brackets and seeing for the 2021 NCAA Championships on Monday (Nov. 8) at 4:30 p.m. The Cavaliers will await the announcement of the brackets and seeds to find out who they will be playing in the opening round of the tournament.