Semifinals Set for 2021 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship

Semifinals Set for 2021 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The semifinals for the 2021 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship are set, as fifth-seeded Clemson defeated fourth-seeded Notre Dame, 3-2, and sixth-seeded Wake Forest edged third-seeded Duke, 2-1, Sunday evening.

The Tigers will play top-seeded Virginia on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m. and the Demon Deacons will battle second-seeded Florida State at 8 p.m. Both semifinal matchups will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, and air live on ACC Network.

Friday’s winners will square off on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. in the final on ESPNU.

No. 5 Clemson 3, No. 4 Notre Dame 2

Clemson struck first in the contest on a goal by Caroline Conti in the 12th minute and the Tigers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute thanks to a goal from Megan Bornkamp. Notre Dame’s Korbin Albert helped the Fighting Irish cut the deficit in half with a goal in the 36th minute, as Clemson took a 2-1 advantage into halftime.

A goal from Makenna Morris pushed the Clemson lead to 3-1 early in the second half, but the Irish countered to narrow the margin to 3-2 as Sammi Fisher converted on the penalty kick. Despite a flurry of shots from Notre Dame in the final minutes, Tigers goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff was up for the task to preserve the victory.

Clemson advances to the semifinals for the 12th time in program history and first time since 2018.

No. 6 Wake Forest 2, No. 3 Duke 1

Wake Forest is heading to the semifinals for the first time since 2012, after earning a 2-1 road win at Duke on Sunday. Jenna Menta’s sixth goal of the season, which came in the 29th minute of the contest, gave the Demon Deacons a 1-0 advantage the squad held throughout most of the game.

The Blue Devils scored the equalizer in the 84th minute after Olivia Migli found the back of the net and it appeared the match would be heading to overtime, but an unfortunate own goal by Duke a few moments later helped Wake Forest regain the lead, 2-1, and that proved to be the difference.

Wake Forest snapped a five-match Duke winning streak to clinch the program’s 10th semifinal appearance.

Tickets for the semifinals and final of the 2021 ACC Championship are on sale now and can be purchased at https://theacc.co/wsocchamptix21. Single-day adult general admission tickets are $10. One ticket gets entry into both semifinal games, but no reentry is allowed.

Admission is free for youth ages 18 and under, as well as students of ACC institutions.  

2021 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship

First Round | Sunday, Oct. 31

#5 Clemson 3, #4 Notre Dame 2

#6 Wake Forest 2, #3 Duke 1

Semifinals | Friday, Nov. 5

#5Clemson vs. #1 Virginia | 5:30 p.m. | ACC Network

#6 Wake Forest vs. #2 Florida State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Final | Sunday, Nov. 7

Semifinal 1 Winner vs. Semifinal 2 Winner | 1 p.m. | ESPNU

 


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