Virginia Women's Soccer Clinches ACC Berth

Sinead FarrellyVirginia women's soccer got the job done this weekend, upsetting No. 4 Florida State 1-0 and taking care of Miami 2-0. With the great performnace this weekend, the Cavaliers clinched a berth in the ACC tournament. Going into the weekend, Virginia knew they had their work cut out for them, as they needed to win both games to guarantee them a top-eight finish and a place in this week's ACC tournament. No sweat.

The first match was against fourth-ranked Florida State (after the loss to Virginia, 13-3-1, 6-2-1 ACC). The 'Hoos had just returned from a 4-game road trip, picking up the 1-0 W over Duke and a scoreless tie against No. 5 Wake Forest. Virginia's Sinead Farrelly scored the only goal, in the 44th minute, to keep FSU scoreless for the fourth time this season.

"Credit to Virginia," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "They held serve and won on their home field. It was a just result on the night."

"Held serve" indeed. In fact, FSU has never broken our serve, nor have they ever held their own serve. The Seminoles are 0-18 all time against the Cavaliers.

The team rounded out their regular season with a 2-0 victory over Miami at home. It was their fourth consecutive shutout, and just want the women's team needed to seal the deal and make it to the ACC tournament. The first half was completely dominated by the Cavaliers, outshooting the Hurricanes 13-1 before intermission. Yet Virginia wasn't able to find the back of the net even once during the first half.

"This was like a NCAA Tournament weekend for us because of the results we needed to get," said Head Coach Steve Swanson. "To get a pair of wins says a lot about our team and certainly helped our postseason chances."

The ACC tournament begins on Wednesday in Cary, NC. The schedule will be announced tomorrow.
The first half was completely dominated by the Cavaliers, outshooting the Hurricanes 13-1 before intermission. However, Virginia couldn’t take advantage of those chances and the game remained scoreless at the break.
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