CARY, N.C. - The No. 19 Hokies fell just short to the No. 6 Seminoles, 2-0, in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. This is the second consecutive appearance for the Hokies in the semifinals and their second all-time loss there. Jessica Price and Amanda DaCosta were the goal scorers for the Seminoles.
The Hokies (14-7-0) battled the Seminoles (16-3-1) through an evenly matched first half that featured both teams taking just four shots but the Seminoles held the edge on target, shooting two on goal compared to Tech's one.Florida State came close with five minutes remaining in the half as Price fired a header at Tech's keeper Kristen Carden but Carden made the save, bobbling the ball before controlling it and clearing it out.
The second half would begin with even, back-and-forth play, as each team was shooting and attacking equally but Florida State opened things up in the 66th minute when Price found the back of the net after getting a foot on a loose rebound. Teammate Marissa Kazbour, who earned an assist on the play, stopped the ball from going out three yards from the side of the goal and attempted a shot. Carden saved the shot but the rebound got free and Price found the ball and lifted it into the top left side of the net.
The Hokies would continue to attack through the remainder of the half, eventually out-shooting the Seminoles 13-10, and almost got on the board with 11 minutes remaining in the game as two Tech players took three hard shots but just could not get the ball through to the goal. Robin Chidester fired two shots at the goal, the first was saved by back-up keeper Kimmy Diaz and the second dinged off the crossbar, switching fields, which opened up a shot for Kelly Conheeney whose shot was blocked.
Florida State would make it 2-0 with two minutes remaining in the match after Price and Casey Short pushed the ball up the field with Short crossing the ball near the goal and Tiffany McCarty decoyed a shot, letting it roll through her legs to DaCosta, who scored over a diving Carden.
Carden played the entire match, making three saves and allowing two goals, while McNulty split time with Diaz and they combined for three saves on the night.
"I am so proud of this team for the regular season they have had, and the team should be proud as well." head coach Kelly Cagle said after the game. "All year long they have battled amidst one of the toughest schedules in the country, and they have garnered 14 wins along the way. Our staff hopes that they realize what a powerful machine they can be, and we look forward to them coming together again in post season to reach the team and program goals they have set for themselves."
The Hokies are on the verge of making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in program history and will await their NCAA bid, which will be announced Monday night during an NCAA selection show.
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