CARY, N.C. – The Virginia women’s soccer team had its stay at the ACC Tournament come to an end in penalty kicks for the third consecutive season. The Cavaliers played No. 6 Boston College to a scoreless draw, but fell in the shootout 3-2 in a quarterfinal at WakeMed Soccer Park.
“We had a good performance tonight and it is disappointing that we don’t have anything to show from it,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “This was a game with two good teams going at it and this tournament is showing that you can ignore the seeds because everyone is so evenly matched. Unfortunately we didn’t do enough in regulation and the overtimes to get the victory and then anything can happen in penalty kicks.”
The teams played a scoreless 110 minutes of soccer, but the game was not without its scoring chances. In the first half, Colleen Flanagan (Downingtown, Pa.) rattled the crossbar with a long range shot. Towards the end of the first overtime, Meghan Lenczyk’s (McLean, Va.) shot off a through ball beat the charging keeper, but hit the inside of the post and stayed out. On the other end, Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) needed to make six saves to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard.
In the shootout, Boston College had a 3-2 lead through the first three rounds, but the both goalkeepers made saves in the fourth and fifth rounds as the Eagles advanced 3-2.
The game was the fifth consecutive ACC Tournament game for the Cavaliers to go to overtime, the fourth of which went to penalty kicks. Virginia lost in the semifinals in penalty kicks the last two years, to North Carolina in 2007 and Virginia Tech in 2008.
Boston College outshot Virginia 12-10 and had a 6-1 corner kick edge. Jones posted her fifth consecutive shutout for the Cavaliers, marking the first time a Virginia keeper has posted five consecutive clean sheets against ACC competition. Jillian Mastroianni made five saves for Boston College.
The Cavaliers will now await the NCAA Tournament announcement on Monday.
VIRGINIA 0, BOSTON COLLEGE 0 (BC advances on PKs 3-2)
Boston College (15-2-2) 0 0 0 0 (3) - 0
Virginia (9-5-5) 0 0 0 0 (2) - 0
Shots: UVa 10, BC 12
Corners: UVa 1, BC 6
Saves: UVa 6 (Jones 6), BC 5 (Mastroianni 5)
Fouls: UVa 12, BC 6
Weather: 60 degrees, clear
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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