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MORNING BRIEFING: Three top 10 women's teams fall
by Paul Kennedy, November 6th, 2008 8AM

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Three top 10 teams fell on Wednesday in women's conference tournament action. No. 7 Florida State lost to Virginia Tech on penalty kicks in the ACC quarterfinals, and No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 10 Texas fell to Kansas (4-2) and Missouri (2-1), respectively, on the first day of play in the Big 12.

VIRGINIA TECH-FLORIDA STATE. The Hokies knocked off Florida State, 4-2, on penalty kicks after the teams played to a scoreless tie following 110 minutes of action. 

"I think in the end it was justice," said FSU coach Mark Krikorian.  "I thought Virginia Tech played with much more heart, played with more enthusiasm throughout the game. I thought our kids came in and weren't able to impose our style of game, which is to get the ball on the ground and pass the ball. We didn't compete well enough for fifty-fifty balls, while Virginia Tech did."

In other ACC play ...

-- For the second time in less than a week, top-seeded North Carolina found itself locked in a defensive struggle with stubborn Miami. Once again, one goal proved to be enough. Olympic gold-medalist Tobin Heath scored with 25 minutes remaining to give Carolina a 1-0 win over the Hurricanes.

-- No. 13 Boston College beat No. 16 Duke on Brooke Knowlton's first-half goal. Amy Caldwell sent a shot that bounced off the crossbar and landed in front of the goal where Knowlton headed in her eighth goal of the season.

-- No. 14 Virginia pulled out a 3-2 double overtime victory over No. 24 Wake Forest on Sinead Farrelly's goal in the 105th minute. The Demon Deacons had taken UVa to overtime on Kristina Hanley's equalizer in the 89th minute.

KANSAS-TEXAS A&M. Shannon McCabe scored two goals, while All-Big 12 selection Monica Dolinsky tallied two assists for the Jayhawks in their 4-2 win over A&M, their first win in Big 12 Tournament play in four years.

McCabe opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and Kansas then blitzed the Aggies with three goals in five minutes in the second half. Two goals in the last quarter of an hour saved face for A&M.

MISSOURI-TEXAS. Missouri used three second-half goals to get past defending champion Texas, 3-1.

Bree Thompson gave Mizzou a 1-0 advantage in the 53rd minute and Alysha Bonnick added to the lead three minutes later.
 
The Longhorns cut the deficit in half when freshman Courtney Goodson scored from 20 yards, but Missouri sealed the game with six minutes remaining when Bonnick scored again.

Other Big Ten winners were No. 9 Oklahoma State, the regular-season champion, and No. 17 Colorado. The Cowgirls beat Texas Tech, 3-0, while the Buffs edged Nebraska, 1-0.

Elsewhere ...

Alabama nearly pulled off the upset over sixth-ranked Florida but gave up two second half goals to fall, 2-1, Wednesday night in the SEC quarterfinals at the Orange Beach SportsPlex. The Crimson Tide took a 1-0 lead on Kailey Corken's goal in the first half and held on to the lead for until the 66th minute. The Gators (11-0-0 in the regular season conference play) evened the score in the 66th minute on a header from Megan Kerns. Kerns then set up the game-winner on a free kick from 20 yards out that caromed off UA goalkeeper Kara Gudmens and was finished by Ashlee Elliott.
 
 



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