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NCAA Oct 29, 2021

No. 1 Virginia locks up ACC regular season title after draw vs. No. 3 Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 1 Virginia women’s soccer team (15-1-2, 8-0-2 ACC) locked up the ACC regular-season championship and top seed at the ACC Tournament on Thursday night with a 1-1 draw at No. 3 Florida State (14-1-2, 7-1-2 ACC).

Virginia outshot the Seminoles 12-to-10 for the match – including a 2-to-1 edge in the overtime periods – and held a 5-to-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Cavaliers struck first with a goal in the 63rd minute off the foot of Diana Ordoñez. Samar Guidry picked up a pass on the left wing and raced toward the endline, cutting in and playing a ball into the six. Ordoñez redirected it in from point-blank range to put the Cavaliers on top 1-0.

Florida State answered four minutes later when Clara Robbins tapped a ball out to Yujie Zhao who fired a shot from range that slipped into the upper right corner of the goal out of the reach of a leaping Laurel Ivory.

The teams would play to a stalemate down the stretch, though the Cavaliers would put a pair of shots on frame in the first overtime period, while the Seminoles’ only shot in overtime hit the post in the second overtime period.

“I’m very proud of the team tonight, not only for winning the championship, but even more for digging in and playing so hard at a challenging environment at Florida State,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “It was a great college soccer match that could have gone either way. We figured out ways to win throughout the year in the conference and that is saying a lot since it really is the most competitive league in the country.”

The Cavaliers have won the ACC regular-season title for the first time since the 2015 season and third time overall. Virginia receives a bye in the ACC Tournament and will return to action in the semifinals of the tournament next Friday (Nov. 5) at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

Virginia will face the winner of Sunday’s quarterfinal match between Notre Dame and Clemson. Game times have yet to be determined for the semifinal matches.

63’ – UVA: Diana Ordoñez (Samar Guidry)
67’ – FSU: Yujie Zhao (Clara Robbins)

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