NCAA women's tournament
Santa Clara scores four after intermission, stifles Syracuse 4-1 in second round victory.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (Sunday, November 18, 2001) -- For some reason it was decided that Santa Clara, the NCAA Division I women’s tournament second seed would play its first two games here at the University of Illinois’ Soccer & Track Stadium. Well, the Broncos are heading home.
Freshman striker Leslie Osborne led the way with a goal and an assist for SCU, which rallied to find net four times after intermission for a 4-1 victory over Syracuse in a second-round match before 194 fans. Now, the Broncos return to their Buck Shaw Stadium for the third round against Dartmouth next Saturday.
"I think we're going to pick it up and play a full 90 minutes on our field," Osborne said. "We just proved this weekend that we deserve home-field advantage until we take it all the way to the College Cup (Final Four). . . "We need to pick it up. Against a good team, we could have easily been down at halftime. We know that, but we're nervous. We need to forget that if we lose, we're done, and just play patient, like we do in the second half."
Even with a 3-0 victory over Evansille in the first round Friday, SCU did not score a first half goal in the two games. "A part of it is when you travel, you're legs get taken out from under you a little bit and you're maybe not as enthusiastic as you would be if you were playing in front of your own fans at home," Broncos coach Jerry Smith said. "I think that's typical of teams playing on the road. Secondly, when teams play against us, they've very energized to play against us. They probably use most of their energy in the first half staying with us, they run out of gas a little bit in the second half and we have a chance to take over. Often times when teams play against us, they're worried about us scoring a bunch of goals against us, so it's kind-of a moral victory if the score is 0-0 at halftime, which these last two games were.
"That's kind of dangerous; they feel like they've accomplished something, but it's only halftime. So maybe they don't come out with as much energy, or maybe they don't have as much energy because they've used so much in the first half, while our team tries to maintain a steady level of energy. What looks like more energy from us in the second half is really just in comparison to our opponent having less energy."
Osborne’s 12th tally of the season off a pass by senior midfielder Kerry Cathcart in the 47th minute. It was the first goal allowed by Syracuse keeper Shannon Myers in 341 minutes of play.
"I chested it, and knew a girl was coming on me quickly, so I volleyed with my inside left foot to the far post," Osborne said. "I knew the keeper thought I was going to go to the near post. I concentrated a lot more than I did in the first half, when I missed."
The Broncos (19-2), ranked second in the SoccerTimes.com College Coaches Poll, went ahead 2-0 when junior midfielder Aly Wagner converted a penalty kick with 58:58 elapsed. The penalty was awarded when Osborne was taken down by Syracuse's Candy Reich just to the right of the far post while going for a Wagner corner kick.
Four minutes later, senior defender Danielle Slaton served a corner kick from the far side across the goal mouth to Osborne headed the ball to Devvyn Hawkins, a junior midfielder to nod home to make it 3-0.
The Broncos capped their scoring when sophomore forward Kristi Candau scored her third goal of the tournament, deflecting a pass from freshman defender Jessica Ballweg into the net for a 4-0 advantage at 72:21.
Parsons, Erin put the Orangewomen (12-7) on the scoreboard with 7:17 remaining when she netted a rebound of Stephanie Sybert’s free kick. It was only Syracuse’s second shot of the match with SCU recording a 23-2 margin in that department.
 North Carolina 2, Duke 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C..-- First half goals by sophomores Jordan Walker and Maggie Tomecka less than eight minutes apart propelled the top-ranked North Carolina to a 2-0 victory over Duke before 2,415 fans who watched the game between two arch-rivals at Fetzer Field.
The two-time defending national champion Tar Heels (21-0) advanced to a third-round home meeting next Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rutgers which won 1-0 at 22nd-ranked Princeton today.
UNC went ahead 1-0 at 26:54 after Anne Felts gained possession in the midfield pushed the ball into the deep right corner for Ramsey. Ramsey centered the ball for Walker to gather in the penalty area and put away
At 34:21, the Tar Heels made it 2-0 after senior Anne Remy sent a ball from the right side into the penalty area for the 5-foot-11 Tomecka, the tallest player on the field who outjumped everyone for a header into the upper left corner.
UNC ended up with a 19-8 shots advantage and an 11-2 edge in corner kicks. Both goalkeepers played extremely well with Thora Helgadottir making six saves for Duke (8-10-1) and Kristin DePlatchett four saves for North Carolina. It was a physical game with the Blue Devil committing 15 fouls to 14 for UNC.
 Clemson 1,  Florida State 0
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Paige Ledford found net with less than 15 minutes remaining sending No. 16 Clemson to the third round of the NCAA tournament with a 1-0 decision over 18th-ranked Atlantic Coast Conference foe Florida State (15-8-1) before 986 at Riggs Field.
On a give-and-go, Ledford passed to her right to Lindsay Browne, then cut into the box for the return pass. Ledford’s 10th goal came off her left foot from close range near the left post with 75:21 elapsed. It was Browne's eighth assist this season.
"A big part of our victory was to handle their momentum swing at the beginning of the second half," Clemson coach Todd Bramble said. "It was important that our forwards can step back and be strong defensive players. This factor helped us hold our lead and have good clock management. We have had two consecutive shutouts in the NCAA Tournament and I am very proud of our team and their effort."
The Tigers (15-4-1) advanced to a third-round meeting with Florida, a 3-0 victor over visiting Georgia. It was the fifth time the Lady Tigers advanced to the round of 16 since the program started in 1994.
"There wasn’t one point today that I felt we weren’t going to win this game," FSU coach Patrick Baker said. "I feel for our kids because they did everything we asked of them and played a fantastic game but didn’t get the result. . . I really feel for this great senior class. They came to this program when it was a joke and stuck with it and they leave here after gong to two NCAA Tournaments and to an ACC championship. They are leaving us with a Top 20 program.
 Florida 3, Georgia 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Three goals from senior forward Abby Wambach gave No. 6 Florida a 3-0 second-round triumph over Southeastern Conference rival Georgia (13-6-1) before 831 at Percy Beard Stadium.
The hat-trick was the 10th of Wambach's career and third of 2001. She leads Florida this season with 31 goals and 73 points.
Florida (19-3-1) advanced to a third-round meeting with Clemson, the Gators’ fourth time in the round of 16 in the program's seven-year history.
"I'm just really excited that we got through that round, since we hadn't in the last two years," said UF coach Becky Burleigh of two first-round exits after the 1998 NCAA championships. "It was a great effort for us. We wanted to come out hard from the beginning and match Georgia's intensity, because we thought that was one thing they did to us the first time we played them."
The Gators took the lead quickly when Wambach and sophomore Casey Hamel connected on a set play at 2:42. Hamel sent a corner kick which Wambach headed home from six yards to make it 1-0.
Danielle Murphy commenced the second scoring sequence with a long ball to the top of the box which set up Andi Sellers for a shot that banged off the right post. Wambach netted the four-yard rebound to make it 2-0 at 29:56.
Less than two minutes later, sophomore Dena Floyd sent a corner kick to the top of the box where freshman Monica Hoyles triggered an 18-yard shot which Wambach from six yards to make it 3-0 at 31:26.
"Abby's one of those players where at least she's good for a goal a game, you just expect it no matter what," Georgia coach Sue Patberg said. "No matter if you put five players on her, she's so strong and for as big as she is, she's sneaky."
Georgia sophomore Andrea Velasco, a member of the All-Southeastern Conference first team and the Bulldogs' second-leading scorer, was taken by ambulance to Shands Hospital at UF to be examined for possible neck and head injuries incurred with 5:29 remaining in the opening half.
Each team registered 10 shots Sunday. Florida goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in seven saves, while the Bulldogs’ Ashley Lindley posted one.
 Virginia 4, William & Mary 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.. -- No. 15 had a 3-0 lead after less than 14 minutes and cruised to a 4-1 second-round victory over William and Mary at Klöckner Stadium.
"We're excited to move on," Virginia coach Steve Swanson said. "I'm pleased with the way we came out and controlled the game early. We'll take the confidence we've played with so far, and try to improve for the next game. We're excited to move on."
The Cavaliers (16-3-2) will face Cincinnati in the third round.
The first three tallies came in a span of less than three minutes. Sarah Lane’s fourth goal of the season came from two yards out off a pass from Jessica Trainor at 10:56, her fourth of the season and second of the tournament.
Lindsay Gusick made it 2-0 52 seconds later, taking a long defensive clearance from Jamie Fabrizio. Gusick battled a defender for position, then created a breakaway and scored.
"I took the time, and just placed it in the corner," said Gusick, who leads U.Va. with 14 goals and 30 points.
Ashley Meeker’s second goal of the tournament and fourth of the season came directly off her corner kick at 13:23 to give the Cavaliers a commanding 3-0 lead.
Taylor Wood closed the Virginia scoring at 32:17, carrying past one defender before beating Tribe keeper Nikki Villott for a 4-0 advantage.
The Tribe (11-9-1) scored its lone goal in the 80th minute when Colonial Athletic Association "Player of the Year" Tara Flint beat two defenders and blasted home a drive.
Dartmouth 1, Michigan 0
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- Junior Mary McVeigh scored with 4:32 remaining to send Dartmouth to a 1-0 triumph over Michigan (13-8-1) in a second round match at Valley Field
Off a throw in by Janet Light, senior Jamie Lang tipped a shot in the penalty area and junior Lea Kiefer also got put a foot on the ball and hit the far post. McVeigh netted the rebound from two yards to give Dartmouth (11-4-1) the 1-0 advantage.
Advancing to the third round for a second straight season, the Big Green will next play at Santa Clara.
"Michigan was relying on athleticism and a few special players, and we shut those special players down," said Dartmouth coach Erica Walsh.. I thought Shannon Agner completely neutralized Abby Crumpton, who has scored 11 goals in the last 11 games."
With Agner assigned to mark her, Crumpton, who had 13 goals on the year, did not get off a shot.
"We are peaking at the right time, playing our best soccer of the year," Walsh said.
Dayton 2, Miami (Ohio) 0
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Megan McKnight and Erin Showalter tallied first half goals while goalkeeper Stephanie Weisenfeld recorded her second straight NCAA tournament shutout for Dayton which advanced for the first time to the round of 16 with a 2-0 decision over Miami of Ohio (15-7-1) at University Of West Virginia’s Mountaineer Soccer Complex
The Flyers (17-5), who have won a school-record 15 straight games, next travel to UCLA for a Sunday third-round afternoon match.
McKnight put Dayton ahead for good just 1:22 in, wrapping a corner kick inside the far post for her sixth goal and a 1-0 lead.
With the first half nearing an end, McKnight took a restart 40 yards out and found Erin Showalter who headed the pass over Miami keeper Katie Karlander for a 2-0 at 41:14 with her third goal.
With the Flyers playing stifling defense, Weisenfeld needed to make one save with the UD holding a 13-6 advantage on shots. In its 15-game win streak, Dayton has permitted six goals.