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Schwoy, Florance goals spark North Carolina comeback in 2-1 victory over Virginia.

CHAPEL HILL, N.J. (Saturday, November 18, 2000) -- Goals by seniors Laurie Schwoy and Meredith Florance allowed No. 4 North Carolina to erase a second-half deficit and edge 20th-ranked Virginia 2-1 tonight before 5,008 fans who witnessed an NCAA tournament third-round match in the cold and bluster of Fetzer Field.

UNC (18-3) will host No. 14 Connecticut, a 1-0 upset winner over second-ranked Nebraska last night, in the quarterfinals next weekend.

"Connecticut will be a tremendous opponent," UNC coach Anson Dorrance said. "In a one-game series, it's harrowing for any team. We're thrilled to be advancing and to be playing a home game over Thanksgiving."

Florance, a striker, netted the winner for the Tar Heels from 16 yards in the lower right corner of the goal past the outstretched arms of freshman goalkeeper Jodi Clugston for a 2-1 lead at 75:11.

Less than eight minutes earlier, Schwoy, a midfielder, tied the game 1-1, sailing through the penalty area to head in a corner kick from Jena Kluegel at 67:35.

"There's something special about this program, but when we go down I always feel we are going to pull through," Schwoy said. "It was probably one of my greatest goals ever. To be able to help my team and to see the fans stand and cheer, that's a great feeling."

UNC seemed to dominate the first half, outshooting Virginia 13-3. Despite several potential chances, however, neither Carolina nor Virginia were able to score, as the first half ended in a 0-0 tie.

Clugston made five impressive saves to keep Carolina off the scoreboard before intermission.

"I'm real proud of our team," said Cavaliers senior midfielder Katie Tracy. "Hey, we wanted to play our best, and I think we did play our best. As we walked off the field, (Carolina players) said we played them as hard as any team this season. It's a nice compliment, but we still have to go home."

At the start of the second half, Virginia (11-8-1) immediately took to the attack, creating several good chances. Senior midfielder Tracey Lache managed to knife through the UNC defense for a breakaway goal, skidding a shot past keeper Jenni Branam for a 1-0 U.Va. advantage at 54:59.

"The big thing is that we had a chance to win the game," U.Va. coach Steve Sampson said. "It was a tremendous improvement from our last game (a 6-1 loss to the Tar Heels), but there's no question that when you get the chance to win, you want to take it. Obviously, it's very tough to take right now."


[18] Santa Clara 2, [11] Brigham Young 1 (OT)

PROVO, Utah -- Megan Horvath scored on a breakaway with four minutes to go in the first sudden-death overtime period to propel No. 18 Santa Clara to a 2-1 decision over 11th-ranked Brigham Young.

SCU (15-6-1) advanced to a quarterfinal visit to No. 1 Notre Dame. The loss marked the fourth consecutive season the Cougars had their NCAA tournament ended by Santa Clara which advanced to the Final Four in each of those years.

"Our goalkeeper made a couple of big saves for us in regulation," Santa Clara coach Jerry Smith said. "I am very proud of the team. We played with a lot of heart and guts against a great team, probably the toughest team we have faced all year."

BYU (19-3-1) took a 1-0 lead at 4:47 when senior midfielder Sara Reading placed a shot into the upper right corner off an assist from Natalyn Lewis.

"We stayed within our game plan and were able to isolate some of the match-ups we wanted," BYU coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "Santa Clara is an outstanding and very experienced team."

The Broncos tied the score at 1-1 at 55:43 when Chardonnay Poole headed in a cross from teammate Heather Aldama.

"We needed to put the game away when we were pressing their defense late in the second half," Rockwood said. "We had some good looks but couldn't convert them. This was a tough loss. I felt we deserved to win, but things don't always go your way.

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