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Cavaliers Fall in Penalty Kicks in ACC Semifinals

CHARLOTTESVILLE The No. 14 Virginia women’s soccer team was eliminated from the ACC Tournament in penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie with Virginia Tech in a semifinal Friday night at the WakeMed Soccer Park. The Hokies won the shootout 2-1 to advance to the final.

“It is obviously disappointing to be eliminated this way,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We did everything we needed to do to win this game but just ran into a red-hot goalkeeper. We now must regroup and get ready for the NCAA Tournament.”

The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute as Caitlin Miskel (Boca Raton, Fla.) sent a free kick into the box that was flicked on by Alli Fries (Dublin, Ohio) to Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), who turned and fired in her fifth goal of the season. The Hokies answered in the 67th minute as Emily Jukich slotted a shot from the top of the box just inside the far post.

The Cavaliers dominated the chances in the game, outshooting the Hokies 22-5 and having an 8-1 corner kick advantage. Hokie goalkeeper Kristin Carden made nine saves to keep her team in the game and Virginia Tech defense also cleared three balls off the line. Virginia goalkeeper Celeste Miles (Garland, Texas) made one save for the Cavaliers.

In the penalty kick shootout Carden again came up big for the Hokies, making four saves on the five shots. Virginia Tech scored on their first two attempts to secure the win.

Virginia will now await their NCAA Tournament bid. The draw will be announced on Monday.


Virginia Tech (10-7-4)           0    1    0    0    (2)    -    1
#14 Virginia (13-4-3)            1    0    0    0    (1)    -    1

UVa Lauren Alwine 5 (Alli Fries 3, Caitlin Miskel 3) 22’
VT Emily Jukich 15 (Robin Chidester 3) 67’

UVa Miskel (save)
VT Hylton (goal)
UVa Rostedt (save)
VT Puglisi (goal)
UVa Lenczyk (save)
VT Lynch (save)
UVa Alwine (goal)
VT Hickey (wide right)
UVa Krzysik (save)

VT Chidester (YC-50’)

Shots: UVa 22, VT 5
Corners: UVa 8, VT 1
Saves: UVa 1 (Miles 1), VT 12 (Carden 9, Team 3)
Fouls: UVa 19, WF 18

Weather: 65 degrees, clear
Attendance: 610




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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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