NCAA Division I Women's Tournament: Stanford, Duke and South Carolina headed to Orlando

Stanford, Duke and South Carolina clinched berths in the Women's College Cup that begins Friday in Orlando, Florida. Top-ranked Stanford and Duke have been regular Women's College Cup participants in recent years, but South Carolina is headed to the final four for the first time.

Quarterfinals, Results
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24
#1 Stanford 4 #3 Penn State 0
#1 Duke 4 Baylor 0
#1 South Carolina 2 #2 Florida 0
Quarterfinals, Schedule
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
#2 UCLA vs. #3 Princeton, 8:30 pm ET pac12.com

STANFORD 4 PENN STATE 0. Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said it wasn't easy, but the Cardinal certainly made it look easy, scoring three goals in the first 12 minutes and adding a fourth goal in the 25 minutes en route to a 4-0 win over Penn State.

"Penn State is a fantastic team and they’ve had a great season,” said Ratcliffe. “We started so fast and scored some incredible goals, but we also possessed the ball really well to kill off the game. Overall, it was a very strong all-around team performance.”

Brazilian-born freshman Catarina Macario scored her 17th goal of the season on a free kick in the second minute and set up Kyra Carusa for the fourth goal with a perfect through ball. Macario leads the nation with 13 assists and 47 points.

Carusa, Macario and Jaye Boissiere each finished with one goal and one assist, and U.S. international Andi Sullivan added a goal for Stanford, which will head to the College Cup with a 20-game winning streak.

Trivia. Stanford’s 86 goals on the season are the most in program history.

Nov. 24 in Palo Alto, Calif.
Stanford 4 Penn State 0. Goals: Macario 2, Sullivan (Boissiere) 11, Boissiere (Carusa) 12, Carusa (Macario) 25.
Stanford -- Jahansouz, McGrady, Cook, Pickett, Boissiere, Davidson, DiBiasi, Sullivan, Macario, Carusa, Haley. Subs: Briede, Malatskey, Serafin, Gee, Kuhlmann, Goad, Tran, Harber, Collins, Rood.
Penn State -- Chandler, Basinger, Riehl, Elliston, Ball, Ogle, Williford, Freigang, Sheva, Schafer, Crouse. Subs: Dennis, Abello, Williams, Jean, Echard, Ortega-Jurado, Moyer, Tagliaferri, Thomson.
Att.: 2,147.



DUKE 4 BAYLOR 0. Duke returned to the Women's College Cup for the second time in three years with a 4-0 win over Baylor in the quarterfinals.

The Blue Devils again wasted no time taking the lead when Kayla McCoy scored her 14th goal of the season in the sixth minute. Any chance the Bears had of getting back in the game was lost when Lauren Piercy was sent off for her second yellow card in the 40th minute.

The score remained 1-0 until halftime, but Ella Stevens and Imani Dorsey scored in the first three minutes of the second half to blow the game open. Tess Boade finished off the scoring in the 87th minute.

“The biggest thing is that we’re playing well," said Dorsey, who assisted on Stevens' goal with a back-heel pass, "and we’re moving into it with a lot of confidence and just knowing that we can win the whole thing.”
 
Trivia. Duke has shut out every opponent through four NCAA Tournament matches for the first time in school history.
 
Nov. 24 in Durham, N.C.

Duke 4 Baylor 0. Goals: McCoy (Racioppi) 6, Stevens (Dorsey, Burns) 47, Dorsey 48, Boade (Quinn) 87.
Duke -- Proctor, Burns, Quinn, DeBree, Reid, Mitchell, Miller, Racioppi, Stevens, McCoy, Dorsey. Subs: McDonald, Brummett, Erlbeck, Paschall, Munro, Allen, Boade.
Baylor -- Wendt, Davis, King, Schwartz, James, Henderson, De Lima, Akanyirige, Wendlandt, Brown, Padgett. Subs: Leach, Piercy, Bunnell, Sowinski,
Att.: 995.

SOUTH CAROLINA 2 FLORIDA 0. South Carolina is headed to the Women's College Cup for the first time after topping SEC rival Florida, 2-0, on goals by defender Grace Fisk and midfielder Lindsey Lane.
 
Twice in the last three years the Gamecocks have lost in the final eight, but they took an early when Lane found Fisk, the Penn State transfer from England, at the far post on a corner kick in the 13th minute.

Lane added the insurance goal in the 77th minute on a shot from outside the box.

Sophomore goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski made a great save on Gabby Seiler in the 73rd minute to preserve the lead.
 
“We as a program, as a staff, as players, as everyone involved, are so excited to be moving on," South Carolina coach Shelley Smith. "Achieving this is something we have never been able to do before in our program’s history and it is an amazing feeling."

Trivia. The Gamecocks have yet to concede a goal in the NCAA Tournament, outscoring opponents 7-0 through the first four rounds.

Nov. 24 in Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina 2 Florida 0. Goals: Fisk (Lane) 13, Lane (Woodard) 77.
South Carolina -- Krzeczowski, Conklin, Schaefer, Lane, Fisk, Milazzo, Babbitt, Gareis, Carrigan, McCaskill, Bahr. Subs: Zullo, Galassini, Woodard, Chang, Eskew.
Florida -- Marckese, Betters, Lester, Roberts, Smith, Sapone, Solis, Troccoli, Pelayo, Seiler, Rose. Subs: Monteagudo, Alexander.
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