NCAA Division I Women's Tournament: Santa Clara crashes ACC party

Santa Clara is headed to the Women's College Cup first time since 2004 thanks to a 1-0 win over Clemson that denied the ACC a clean sweep of Sunday's four quarterfinal matches.

The Broncos were one of women's soccer's first national powerhouses, making the final four 10 times over 16 seasons in 1989-2004 and winning a national championship in 2001. They have reached the final 16 five times in the last eight seasons but this is just the second time they reached the final eight.

The game's only was scored by Sally Menti, the WCC Freshman of the Year, in the 19th minute.

May 9 in Cary, N.C.
Santa Clara 1 Clemson 0. Goal: Menti 19.
Santa Clara -- Nicolos, White, Bubnis, Nezu, Reeves, Goor, Loera, D'Aquila, Turnbow, Doyle, Menti. Substitutes: Glenn, Halvorsen, Smith.
Clemson -- Hancuff, Makenna Morris, Moehler, White, Dawson, Haley, Guion, Maliah Morris, Conti, Bornkamp, Meredith.
Substitutes: Dudley, Hanks.
Att.: 118.

Top-seeded Florida State survived a shootout against ACC rival Duke to reach the College Cup for the 11th time.

The Seminoles won, 5-3, on penalty kicks after their match ended 0-0. They entered the game with a 13-0-0 record with 11 wins en route to the ACC championship in the fall and two wins the NCAA Tournament.

“I thought Duke had a wonderful game plan and their kids executed it to perfection,” said Florida State coach Mark Krikorian. “It was clear that they were trying to minimize our opportunities at goal and they did a really good job at that. I thought our kids stayed disciplined throughout without giving much at our goal.”

Florida State had 74 percent of the possession and a 14-2 edge in shots, limiting Duke to only two shots, both off target, in the first seven minutes of the game.

"It's been quite a year," said Duke coach Robbie Church. "There has never been a year like this. That's obviously been documented so many ways, but starting here in July and ending on May 9, and ending on penalty kicks to the No. 1 team – one of the best teams that's ever been in this conference – the girls just gave everything."

May 9 in Cary, N.C.
Florida State 0 Duke 0 (Florida State wins 5-3 on penalties).
Florida State -- Roque, Carle, Madril, Howell, Flynn, Pavlisko, Payne, Nesbeth, Robbins, Lynch, McFarland. Substitutes: Nighswonger, Iwai, Brown, Mitchell, Zhao.
Duke -- R.Jones, Mitchell Cosme, Royson, Graham, Gyau, Groff, Graham, S.Jones, Boade, Pluck. Substitutes: Migli, McGuire, Duerr, Simmons, Nabet.
Att.: 164.

North Carolina advanced to its 30th College Cup in 39 seasons with a 1-0 win over Texas A&M on substitute Rachel Dorwart's goal on a breakaway late in the first half.

Carolina is 18-1-0 overall -- its only loss came in the 2020 ACC Tournament final to Florida -- and has now won all seven contests it played in the spring.
Tar Heel keeper Claudia Dickey recorded her seventh straight shutout and 15th of the season, which leads the country.
May 9 in Cary, N.C.
North Carolina 1 Texas A&M 0. Goal: Dorwart 43.
North Carolina -- Dickey, Allen, Tolentino, Meza, Pinto, Jones, Dellaperuta, Cox, Patterson, Gambone, Moore. Substitutes:
Grant, Dorwart, Strickland, Hansen, Bell, Klanke, Quinlan.
Texas A&M -- Caldwell, K.Smith, Sample, Dumond, Pounds, Olivieri, Kolb, Bates, Ziemer, Carroll, Geczik. Substitutes: Colvin, Russell, J.Smith.
Att.: 164.

Virginia upset Big 12 champion TCU, the No. 4 seed, 1-0, to advance to the College Cup for the fourth time.

Defender Lizzy Sieracki scored her first goal of the season with a header off a corner kick by Lia Godfrey to put the Cavaliers ahead in the 60th minute. TCU's best chance later in the second half when Yazmeen Ryan rattled the crossbar with a shot that bounced down on the goal line. The Horned Frogs argued unsuccessfully that the ball had crossed the line.

The Cavs join Florida State and North Carolina to give the ACC three teams in the semifinals for the third time, matching the total from 2011 and 2013.

Virginia will face Florida State in the semifinals on Thursday in Cary. North Carolina and Santa Clara will play in the other game at WakeMed Soccer Park.

May 9 in Cary, N.C.
Virginia 1 TCU 0. Goal: Sieracki 60.
Virginia -- Ivory, Sieracki, Constant, Guidry, Staude, Torres, Godfrey, Jarrett, Dawson, Spaanstra, Ordonez. Substitutes: Serepca, Clark, Jablonowski, Rouse, Theoret.
TCU -- Alvarado, Hubbard, Akins, Duricek, Slater, Ryan, Crew, Peterson, Brian, Collins, Bright. Substitutes: Hasler, Warren.
Att.: 178.
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