DURHAM, N.C. – The Virginia field hockey team (11-6, 3-3 ACC) opened play at the 2022 ACC Field Hockey Championship with a 1-0 victory against Louisville (12-7, 1-5 ACC) in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday (Nov. 1) at Jack Katz Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Taryn Tkachuk scored the game-winning goal in the first quarter.
Third-seeded Virginia advances to the semifinals, where they will face second-seeded Wake Forest on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia got on the scoreboard with 3:30 remaining in the first period. Freshman Caroline Nemec sent a long pass to Tkachuk in front of the goal. Tkachuk dribbled to create an open space and then flipped the ball into the far corner of the net.
Louisville upped its attack in the second quarter, taking all three shots of the period, but the score remained tied 1-0 at the break.
The Cardinals took seven shots in the third period with freshman goalkeeper Jet Trimborn making four saves in the period. In the fourth quarter, sophomore back Jans Croon came up with a key defensive save, blocking a shot that was on its way into goal right at the corner of the net to keep the Cardinals off the board. Louisville tried to pull their goalkeeper with just under three minutes to play, but grad student forward Annie McDonough showed off her ball-handling skills, keeping possession of the ball and dribbling out the clock before Louisville finally managed to get possession and pull their keeper, but could not manage a shot with the extra attacker as Virginia held on for the victory.
- Louisville outshot Virginia 13-4 and had a 5-2 edge in penalty corners
- Louisville is the No. 6 seed in the tournament and ranked No. 12 in the latest NFHCA rankings
- Virginia is the No. 3 seed and ranked No. 5 in the latest NFHCA rankings
- Jet Trimborn had five saves. Louisville’s Sasha Elliott made one save
- Virginia has advanced to the ACC Semifinals in each of the last eight seasons
- This was the Cavaliers’ sixth shutout of the year
FROM HEAD COACH MICHELE MADISON
“This was a typical ACC Tournament game. Both teams definitely came to play. There was a lot of good hockey out on that field. We are happy to come away with the win and look forward to going back to the hotel and getting ready to take on Wake Forest tomorrow.”
SEMIFINIAL BROADCAST INFORMATION
- The entire ACC Championship will air on the ACC Network and stream on ACCNX
- Live stats be available
- Links are posted on VirginiaSports.com
Highlights of the win vs Louisville