After three straight NCAA games where they didn't give up a single goal, the Virginia Women's Soccer team today found themselves on the wrong side of a shutout against the Florida State Seminoles.
The 'Noles have been a bit of a thorn in the side of the Cavaliers this season. It took an overtime performance in the regular season for the 'Hoos to take them down. Then in the ACC tournament, FSU came out on top 2-1 and ended up winning the conference championship. Earlier today, the Seminoles prevailed 3-0 to advance to the College Cup.
Virginia actually outshot Florida State 15-13 on the day, but had trouble getting the shots on goal (6 SOG for Virginia to 8 for FSU). Florida State held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks on the day.
Three different players - Ines Jaurena, Tiffany McCarty and Dagny Brynjarsdottir (wow, what a name) - scored for the Seminoles. Jaurena got the 'Noles up 1-0 in the 34th minute and the score remained there - well within reach of Virginia - for most of the game. But in the 71st minute, Brynjarsdottir doubled FSU's lead and four minutes later McCarty added what had to be a dagger in the heart of the Cavaliers.
Virginia finishes the season 17-5-2 with its first trip to the quarterfinals in six years. There is a lot of young talent on this team, so you can expect them to be very competitive against next season.
Congratulations to the entire team for a very good season!