CARY, N.C. -- The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team dropped a hard-fought Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on Sunday evening, as the No. 6 Hokies dropped a tough 1-0 decision to No. 3 Florida State.
The Hokies, who were seeded fourth and entered the match off an upset of No. 1 Virginia in the ACC semifinals, were in the ACC finals for just the second time in program history.
“We’re disappointed in the result, but I’m very proud of the girls,” Head Coach Chugger Adair said. “We probably came out a little slow in the first half, but we played much better in the second half and tried to push the result.”
Florida State opened the match on the offensive, controlling much of the possession in the first 15 minutes, but the Hokies battled back to gain a foothold in the midfield.
The first half-hour gave a glimpse into the rest of the match, with both sides playing very defensively and almost all of the play remained in the midfield.
The Seminoles broke through for the decisive goal in the 36th minute, as Dagny Brynjarsdottir latched onto a ball at the top of the box, dodged some traffic and fired a shot inside the left post to put FSU up 1-0.
At halftime, the sides had combined for just six shots, as FSU held a 4-2 edge in chances. The Seminoles also took the only corner kick of the opening period.
The second half saw the Hokies take a much more assertive style, as Tech controlled the lion’s share of possession and threatened the goalmouth on a consistent basis.
In the 68th minute, sophomore Nicolette Young had a chance on a header, but the shot crept just over the crossbar. With five minutes to play, sophomore Ashley Meier played senior Jazmine Reeves down the right wing, but FSU goalkeeper Kelsey Wys proved up to the task as she turned the shot around the post.
Despite wave after wave of Hokie pressure, Tech could not find an equalizer as time ran out. At match’s end, FSU held an 8-5 advantage in shots, but each team had managed two corner kicks.
“It wasn’t one of our better night, but Florida State is a very good team and we just need to keep playing our game,” Adair said. “I’m proud of the girls for an outstanding run in this tournament and we’re extremely thankful for the Hokie fans. We had great fan support this weekend, both at the stadium and back in Blacksburg, so we’re very thankful for them.”
Senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts recorded a pair of saves in the loss, one in each half. Reeves tallied a pair of shots on the evening to pace the Hokies
Play was very physical throughout the match, as the teams racked up 24 fouls combined, while many tough challenges also went uncalled.
The Hokies, who are expected to be named as a high seed in the NCAA Tournament, will find out their seed and opponent on Monday, November 11, when the NCAA announces the 64-team bracket at 4:30 p.m. The NCAA Selection Show will be broadcast live at NCAA.com.
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