North Carolina, Florida State Advance to Sunday’s ACC Women’s Soccer Championship Final

North Carolina, Florida State Advance to Sunday's ACC Women's Soccer Championship Final


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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – With both semifinal matchups needing penalty kicks, top-seeded North Carolina and No. 2 seed Florida State are moving on to the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Championship final this Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

 

After the Tar Heels and No. 5 seed Duke were scoreless through 110 minutes, UNC edged the Blue Devils in penalty kicks, 7-6. In the nightcap, the Seminoles and No. 3 seed Notre Dame were even at 3-3 through the second overtime period. FSU advanced to the title match with a 4-2 difference in penalty kicks.

 

Tickets for the final of the 2022 ACC Championship are on sale now and can be purchased at theacc.co/22wsoctix. Single-day adult general admission tickets are $10. One ticket is good for entry into both semifinal games, but no reentry is allowed.

 

Admission is free for youth ages 18 and under, as well as students of ACC institutions.

 

No. 1 North Carolina 0, No. 5 Duke 0 (UNC advances 7-6 in PKs)

The Tar Heels had a player advantage for 27:52 after Duke’s Maggie Graham was issued a red card with 0:44 seconds remaining in the first half. UNC took nine shots and five corner kicks with the advantage but were stymied by the Blue Devils’ defense that dropped back into a 4-4-1 formation.

The teams went back to even strength in the 73rd minute when UNC midfielder Talia Dellaperuta was issued her second yellow card and disqualified for the remainder of the match. The two teams played 10-on-10 for the final 17 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime.

Carolina nearly avoided penalty kicks but junior Avery Patterson shot in the 109th minute clip the inside of the far post and ricochet out.

The game came down to the eighth penalty kick attempt for both sides. UNC’s Emmie Allen denied Mackenzie Pluck’s attempt before senior Emily Moxley buried her shot to seal the victory.

North Carolina will play in its 28th ACC Championship match on Sunday. The Tar Heels are 22-4-1 in titles matches.

 

No. 2 Florida State 3, No. 3 Notre Dame 3 (FSU advances 4-2 in PKs)

The Seminoles struck first in the 13th minute on a header from Clara Robbins after a cross from Onyi Echegini. Echegini tracked the ball into the left corner before serving a pass to the top of the 18-yard box to Robbins who headed the ball in for her fourth goal of the season. It was the two-time ACC Tournament MVP’s fifth ACC Tournament goal in her career.

Notre Dame rebounded quickly scoring less than a minute later on a goal from Korbin Albert.

Florida State took back the lead in the 32nd minute after Heather Payne drilled a penalty kick into the back of the net. Payne stepped up to the PK after Echegini was fouled just above the PK spot.

The Fighting Irish took a 3-2 lead midway through the second half after Albert earned a hat trick with her second goal of the game at the 56:32 mark and her third goal just 27 seconds later.

Florida State tied it up in the 73rd minute on Emma Bissell’s third goal of the season. Maria Alagoa sent in a cross from the right side that was punched away by the Notre Dame keeper. Bissell was on the right end of the rebound and cleaned it up by finding the back of the net.

The game headed to overtime tied at three and after two 10-minute overtime periods, the game was still tied at three and was heading to penalty kicks. After the Seminoles missed their first PK, Cristina Roque came up huge, denying Notre Dame’s first attempt. Florida State went on to make their next four attempts and Roque came up big once again shutting down the Irish on their fourth attempt, leading to a 4-2 advancement in PKs.

 

2022 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship

First Round | Sunday, Oct. 30

#3 Notre Dame 1, #6 Pitt 1 (2OT; ND advances 5-4 on PKs)

#5 Duke 2, #4 Virginia 1

 

Semifinals | Thursday, Nov. 3

#1 North Carolina 0, #5 Duke 0 (2OT, UNC advances 7-6 on PKs)

#2 Florida State 3, #3 Notre Dame 3 (2OT, FSU advances 4-2 on PKs)

 

Final | Sunday, Nov. 6

#1 North Carolina vs. #2 Florida State | Noon | ESPNU





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