UNC women’s soccer team falls short of ACC title
Sunday afternoon’s script was not pleasing for the North Carolina women’s soccer team.
The Tar Heels fought hard, but fell short 4-3, on penalty kicks, after a scoreless draw through regulation and two overtimes, against the sixth-seeded Florida Seminoles in the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship.
Each side made its first two attempts of the penalty kick phase before Seminoles’ Cassie Miller made a good read to stop UNC’s third attempt by Abby Elinsky, and Megan Connolly converted her try to give Florida State a 3-2 edge.
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UNC nearly struck for a goal just seven minutes into the match when Elinksy headed in a long pass from Julia Ashley, but an offsides penalty nullified the would-be goal.
The second half failed to produce the winner, as scoring chances remained sparse. UNC held a 6-4 edge in total shots at the end of regulation, and both teams were credited with two shots on goal.
In the end, UNC fell just short in its bid to capture its 21st ACC title but its first since 2009.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack plays its final exhibition game Monday night as it hosts Barton College at 7 p.m. in PNC Arena.
The Wolfpack won its first exhibition game, 100-66, over Lynn University. All tickets for Monday night’s game are general admission and cost $5.
UNC: The Tar Heels close out their exhibition schedule with Monday’s tilt with Elizabeth City State at 6 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. Admission is free.
The team opened with a 96-70 victory over Carson-Newman in an exhibition game last Wednesday night.
The Tar Heels will open the regular season on Friday against Alabama State at 4 p.m.
Duke: Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell led the Blue Devils’ offense with 27 points, while senior Oderah Chidom totaled 18 in a 129-46 exhibition victory over the University of Charleston (W. Va.) Sunday evening.
The Blue Devils outscored the Golden Eagles 80-10 in the paint and dominated the boards with a 50-22 rebounding margin in the win.
The Blue Devils will kick off the 2016-17 campaign at Liberty on Friday before returning to Durham for the home opener against Penn at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Duke: The Blue Devils ended their fall season Sunday, capturing a pair of championships with junior Nicolas Alvarez and freshman Robert Levine winning their matches.
Alvarez claimed the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship consolation title, while Levine took home the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic singles championship in Florida.
The team will return back to action in January for the Hills Family Hawaii trip, where it will be in Waikiki from January 7-13 to open the spring portion of the campaign.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons claimed their second national title of the fall.
Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri won the doubles title at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Sunday.
In the final, the Wake Forest duo earned a pair of late breaks to beat Valparaiso’s Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt, 6-3, 7-5.
The Deacs were all square at 3-3 against the Crusaders in the opening set before claiming the final three games.
Elon: The Phoenix completed the fall season at the Kitty Harrison Invitational, on Sunday, at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Kirsten Ward had a solid tournament for the team, which included singles victories against Charlotte and Davidson. Erica Braschi also picked up two singles victories over the weekend along with: Alex Koniaev, Maria Paraja, and Natalia Janowicz. Double match wins for the team were completed with the help of Suzanne Zenoni and Olivia Lucas.
The Phoenix will return to the courts in January to begin the spring season.
UNC: Tar Heels freshman Sara Daavettila won the singles consolation title on Sunday at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship from Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Daavettila, the top ranked freshman this fall by the ITA, defeated seventh ranked Sinead Lohan of Miami by scores of 7-6 (3), 6-2.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack team had a3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-17) win against Miami Sunday inside the Knight Sports Complex.
After earning the program’s first top-10 victory at Florida State Friday, the Pack carried that momentum into Sunday’s contest to tally the program’s first-ever road win at Miami.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons suffered a 3-0 loss to Louisville on Sunday afternoon at the Summit School. Kylie Long led the Demon Deacons, recording 13 kills.
Long moved into eighth place in school history in career kills during the match.
Duke: The Blue Devils dispatched Notre Dame Sunday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium, winning their fourth straight match with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 24-26, 25-11) victory over the Fighting Irish.
Samantha Amos, Jordan Tucker, Cadie Bates and Leah Meyer put down double-digit kills.
The Blue Devils also had 104 digs.
UNC: The Tar Heels stormed back from an 0-2 deficit on Sunday to defeat Florida State, 3-2 (13-25, 21-25, 25-11, 25-22, 15-13).
Sophomore Taylor Leath dominated the match with 26 kills to lead the Tar Heels to their third victory over a top-10 team this season.
With the win, the Tar Heels distanced themselves at the top of the ACC standings at 21-3 (13-1 ACC).
Shaw: The Bears host conference- and division-foe Fayetteville State University for a key division matchup.
First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m., fans are encouraged to come early with the event expected to reach capacity.
UNC: The top-seeded Tar Heels were upended by Boston College, 1–0, in the quarterfinals of the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship on Sunday at Fetzer Field. Zeiko Lewis scored on a shot that was severely deflected off a Tar Heels defender in the 58th minute that held up for the winner.
The Tar Heels led 15-7 in shots, and put a full offensive press on in the final 30 minutes of the match. The team will now wait for NCAA Tournament selection on Nov. 14.
Wake Forest: The No. 2 seed Deacons advanced to the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame at Spry Stadium on Sunday.
Jacori Hayes scored in the 75th minute in front of Walt Chyzowych Alumni Hill to lift the Demon Deacons to the victory.
The Deacons will face third-seeded Louisville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the semifinals.
UNC: The Tar Heels fell in the final game of the ACC championship Sunday, 4-2 to Virginia, who claimed its first ACC crown. The Tar Heels (17-5) await tonight’s announcement of the NCAA tournament field.
The loss marked the highest scoring total UNC has given up this season, as well as the first time all fall the Tar Heels have been either out-shot or out-cornered.
ECU: The Pirates men and women’s teams wrapped the dual meet portion of their fall schedules with a pair of victories Sunday as the men posted a 132-97 victory over UNCW, and the ladies defeated Delaware, 122-98, as part of the CAA Pod Meet.
With the victory, the ECU men improved to 3-1 this season and women upped their record to 4-2.
Campbell: The Camels picked up a pair of big victories during the Mountaineer Duals, Sunday inside the West Virginia Coliseum.
The Camels opened up the day with a 29-17 victory against the hosts, West Virginia. The day continued as the team took down Ohio State with a score of 20-12. The Camels fell in the third match, with a 21-13 scoreline against Pittsburgh.
Nathan Kraisser was one of three Camels to go 3-0 on the day, leading the way with 14 points and one pin. Ville Heino also went 3-0, gathering 13 points on the day, with one pin. Jere Heino also posted a 3-0 record on the day, garnering 11 points during his three contests.
Duke: The Blue Devils came home with a pair of titles at the Southeast Open Sunday, getting the 2016-17 season off to a strong start. Veterans Jacob Kasper and Connor Bass both captured top honors in their respective weight classes to lead the Blue Devils in the season-opening tournament.
The title was the second straight for Bass, Kasper’s first in a Duke singlet in a year.
Both Blue Devils bumped up two weight divisions with Bass taking home the crown at 174 after winning at 157 last season, and Kasper bringing home the trophy at heavyweight after competing at 184 his first two seasons.
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