ACC women’s soccer down to 4

November 7, 2013 

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    ACC Women’s Soccer Championship

    At WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary

    Friday’s Semifinals

    No. 1 Virginia (20-0) vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech (15-3-2), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

    No. 2 Florida State (16-1-3) vs. No. 3 North Carolina (17-3-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

    Sunday’s Final

    Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

    Tickets: Adults $10, 18 and under $5, students with ACC college ID free.

About the teams:

Top-seeded Virginia is ranked No. 1 nationally, the only undefeated and untied team in the nation. The Cavaliers are led by junior center midfielder Morgan Brian (12-13-37), sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak (14-5-33) and sophomore defender Emily Sonnett, all first-team All-ACC selections. Steve Swanson was named ACC Coach of the Year.

Virginia Tech, ranked No. 6, gets balanced scoring from senior forward Jazmine Reeves (8-5-21), a first-team All-ACC pick, freshman forward Murielle Tiernan (8-4-20) and sophomore midfielder Ashley Meier (8-2-18). The Hokies lost to the Cavaliers 2-0 last week in Charlottesville.

Florida State, ranked third, features senior defender Kassey Kallman, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and second-team All-ACC goalkeeper Kelsey Wys. The Seminoles’ top scorer is junior midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir (9-3-21) of Iceland. The Seminoles have beaten the Tar Heels in their past three meetings, all by 1-0 scores.

Fourth-ranked North Carolina depends on the speed and scoring ability of senior midfielder Crystal Dunn (13-5-31), the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Dunn is the first player in ACC history to be named the offensive and defensive player of the year. She earned the defensive honor in 2010 and 2012. Senior forward Kealia Ohai (8-5-21) joined Dunn on the All-ACC first team.

Kip Coons

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