Women's DI College Cup field set
And then there were four.
One season after the Pac-12 dominated the 2019 College Cup field, it’s the ACC’s turn during the 2020-21 season.
It was an unsurprisingly tight affair in all four games, as a total of three goals were scored across the entirety of the quarterfinals.
Santa Clara kept it from being an all-ACC affair, edging Clemson by a 1-0 score. Freshman Sally Menti scored the biggest goal of her career to date, as her goal in the 19th minute was enough. Bronco goalkeeper Marlee Nicolos enjoyed a strong day, making six saves to secure Santa Clara’s 11th College Cup appearance in program history, and first since 2004.
HIGHLIGHTS | Sally Menti scored the match-winner and @marleenicolos_1 made key stops in net in today's 1-0 victory over Clemson to punch our ticket to the @NCAASoccer #CollegeCup!#NCAASoccer #StampedeTogether #SCUBroncos pic.twitter.com/UJDE96aXjL— Santa Clara Women's Soccer (@SCUWomensSoccer) May 10, 2021
The Broncos line up against North Carolina in the final, as the Tar Heels lockdown defense blanked Texas A&M to secure a 1-0 victory. Rachel Dorwart accounted for the game’s only goal, a 42nd minute strike. Goalkeeper Claudia Dickey made a pair of saves as UNC still haven’t conceded a goal in the tournament.
On the other side of a bracket, Virginia advanced to a first College Cup since 2014, holding on for a 1-0 win against a TCU program enjoying a stellar season. Redshirt senior Elizabeth Sieracki headed home the winning goal in the 60th minute, as the Cavaliers out-shot the Horned Frogs by an 11-5 margin.
In the final quarterfinal matchup of the day, Duke successfully sat in and kept Florida State off the scoreboard over 110 minutes. This despite being out-shot by a 14-2 margin, as Duke goalkeeper Ruthie Jones made eight saves to keep a clean sheet. However, Florida State made all five of their penalty kicks, progressing to an 11th College Cup and eyeing a second national title in three seasons.
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