Published: November 21, 2011
Eight matches played Sunday have drawn the NCAA Women’s Tournament field and our Tournament 64 National Ranking
into sharper focus. They also helped, along with Friday night’s 2nd round matches, to determine the selections for our TopDrawerSoccer.com Team and Player of the Week.
The unique Tournament 64 ranking is a running projection of who will be in the tournament field up until selection day. It then reflects the winners and losers in each round, and this week’s list shows the 8 quarterfinalists on top.
Wake Forest’s Katie Stengel has been named Player of the Week as she recorded 3 goals and 2 assists in helping the Demon Deacons to a pair of tournament wins.
Of the eight matches played Sunday, seven involved ACC teams, including one where both teams were from the nation’s top soccer conference. Four ACC teams were successful in their quest to reach the quarterfinals, and that does not include perennial national power North Carolina, who fell on post-match penalty kicks to UCF.
Wake Forest advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-2 win at home over Penn State. Katie Stengel scored twice and Ally Berry and Jackie Logue once each for Tony Da Luz’s side. Maya Hayes scored twice for Penn State
The Demon Deacons will play Central Florida, who advanced on penalties 5-4 after a 1-1 draw with North Carolina. Kristina Trujic had put UCF on top 1-0, but Crystal Dunn scored a late equalizer to send the match into overtime. Bianca Joswiak scored the decisive spot kick for the Golden Knights.
Virginia got a pair of goals from Morgan Brian and single tallies from Julia Roberts and Lauren Alwine in a 4-0 win over in-state and conference rivals Virginia
Tech. Chantel Jones recorded a third consecutive tournament shutout in goal for Steve Swanson’s Cavaliers.
That result sets up an all-ACC quarterfinal with Florida State, who defeated Louisville 2-0. Tiffany McCarty and Kassey Kallman scored Mark Krikorian’s Seminoles, while Kelsey Wys recorded a shutout in goal.
Duke’s Kaitlyn Kerr scored a late winner to put Robbie Church’s Blue Devils into the quarterfinals via a 2-1 win over Ohio State. Kelly Cobb tied the game for Duke with a 2nd half goal after Ohio State’s Paige Maxwell had scored a 1st half opener.
Duke now meets Long Beach State. The 49ers are on a dream tournament run and defeated San Diego 1-0 on Sunday on a winning goal from Ashley Roese. Kaitlyn Gustaves recorded the shutout in goal.
For the 2nd consecutive match, Oklahoma State won 1-0, this time over Maryland. As in Friday’s win over Illinois, Annika Niemeier scored the lone goal and Adrianna Franch recorded a shutout in goal.
The Cowgirls will play undefeated and consensus #1 Stanford in the quarterfinal. The Cardinal rode goals from Camille Levin and Lindsay Taylor, plus another shutout from its airtight defense and goalkeeper Emily Oliver, to a 2-0 win over Boston College.
Wake Forest’s Stengel headlines our TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week announcement.
The complete list is as follows:
GK: Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State
D: Alina Garciamendez, Stanford
D: Camille Levin, Stanford
M: Kaitlyn Kerr, Duke
M: Annika Niemeier, Oklahoma State
M: Janice Cayman, Florida State
M: Shawna Gordon, Long Beach State
F: Paige Maxwell, Ohio State
F: Lauren Alwine, Virginia
F: Katie Stengel, Wake Forest
F: Maya Hayes, Penn State
Player of the Week: Katie Stengel, Wake Forest