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The Virginia field hockey team scored a goal in each half to upset fourth-seeded Boston College 2-1 in quarterfinal action at the ACC Field Hockey Championships held today in Chapel Hill, NC. Virginia's Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn scored both of Virginia's goals as the Cavaliers (13-6) won for the second time in Chapel Hill in 2006. Kat Blair made three saves to hold the Eagles in check.
The Cavaliers surrendered an early short corner, but then rattled off six in a row to keep the offensive pressure on the Eagles. An attack up the left side of the pitch that saw Abby Taylor hit the ball up to Mia Link, who advanced the ball up to Erin Hayes in the circle drew a foul, awarding Virginia a short corner. The direct shot by Kaars Sijpesteijn was tipped by a defender and headed for the upper corner of the goal, but it was batted away by the post player, giving the Cavaliers a stroke. Kaars Sijpesteijn converted the stroke in the 23rd minute, putting UVa ahead 1-0. The Cavaliers took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
Virginia kept up the pressure in the second half, drawing a pair of wide shots early before Kaars Sijpesteijn tipped a clear to the middle where Sara Confer took possession and attacked the circle, drawing a short corner. On the play, Abby Taylor trapped the injection by Biffy Cornelison, and Kaars Sijpesteijn rocketed the shot to the corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead in the 44th minute. The Eagles drew a corner a minute later and scored off the option left, pulling the Eagles within one.
Virginia almost moved back ahead by two goals as the Cavaliers worked a 2v0 breakaway, but Berkowitz came out to challenge the ball, giving time for BC defender Kelley Smith to get back, where she was able to block the shot on the endline, keeping the Eagles within one.
"It was a typical ACC game, with opportunities at both ends. I thought we controlled the midfield and the possession game, and that translated in our favor," said Virginia head coach Michele Madison.
The Cavalier defense, however, stood strong, with Blair making two saves in the waning minutes to preserve the victory. Virginia had fallen to Boston College 1-0 in Newton, Mass. in September.
Virginia advances to the ACC Semifinals where they will take on top-ranked and top-seeded Maryland. Game time against the Terps is 4:00 pm.
Linescore 1 2 F records
Virginia 1 1 2 (13-6)
Boston Coll. 0 1 1 (14-6)
22:35 VA Kaars Sijpestiejn, ps
43:37 VA Kaars Sijpesteijn, pc (Cornelison, Taylor)
44:34 BC Feole, pc (Parks)
Keepers: VA: Katherine Blair (70 mins, 3 saves, 1 GA)
BC: Julia Berkowitz (70 mins, 3 saves, 2 GA)
Shots: VA 14, BC 9
Short corners: VA 9, BC 6
Defensive saves: BC 1 (K Smith)
Strokes: VA 1/1 (Kaars Sijpesteijn)
Incidents: VA: Link, GC, 53'