By: Marcus Joseph
The No. 12 Lady Noles defeated the No.8 North Carolina in extra time Sunday afternoon with the help of Jessica Price, who found the back of the net to give Florida State a 1-0 victory in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at Fetzer Field.
The win advanced the sixth-seeded Seminoles into the semifinals of the ACC Tournament where they will square-off against second-seeded Virginia.
“This was a big win for our program,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Everyone knows that success in women’s soccer goes through UNC, so to come in here, be on the road and to win in overtime is a credit to our players’ hard work and resilient behavior.
According to seminoles.com, with the win, Florida State also created a bit of history on Sunday handing the Tar Heels their first ever loss in the ACC Tournament. UNC was 58-0-4 entering the quarterfinal match on Sunday. It also marked the first time the Tar Heels have lost three straight games in their 33-year history. The win was the first for the Seminoles in Chapel Hill (1-7-2), while it marked the first win over UNC in 11 tries in the ACC Tournament.
“It was a hard fought game, a hard fought win and we are thrilled to beat Carolina and to move on in the ACC Tournament,” added Krikorian.
The shutout was FSU’s ninth of the season and third in the last four games.
“Before the game, we talked about how the team can’t win if they can’t score goals,” said Brockway. “That was one of our main focuses today.”
Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Tori Huster and McCarty led the Seminoles with three shots each, while Janice Cayman recorded two. Crystal Dunn paced the Tar Heels with five shots on the afternoon.
“Always exciting (to be moving on in the ACC Tournament,” added Stephan. “This is my senior year; the senior last go around, so go big or go home.”
Florida State will return to North Carolina where they will face Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C. on Friday, November 4. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be seen on ESPN3.com.