NCAA Tournament Third Round Notes: Illinois vs. Boston College
Nov. 23, 2013
NCAA Sweet 16: Boston College
Scouting the Eagles: Boston College is 12-9-1 after wins over Northeastern (2-0) and No. 10 Nebraska (4-1) in the NCAA Tournament. McKenzie Meehan scored her ACC-leading 19th goal against the Huskers, which was the game-winner and set a school record for most in a season. BC is one of eight ACC teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagleas have a 45-30 goal differential on the season and seven shutouts.
Ticket Information: Tickets are available at the gate for Round Three of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for youth, high school age and under, and kids under three are free. Parking will be available for $5 in nearby lots or garages.
NCAA Tournament History
With its 3-1 penalty kicks victory in round one over Washington State, Illinois advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round for the second-straight season in penalty kicks, as they did so at Missouri last year. The Illini have moved on in all three games featuring penalty kicks, with the other also coming over Missouri in 2008. It also marked the ninth time in 12 appearances that UI has advanced to the second round, as they are now 7-3-2 all-time in the first round. Illinois improved to 3-5-1 in the second round with its 4-3 overtime win over Portland. This Illini senior class is 2-3-2 in their career after qualifying for the NCAA Tournament during all four years. They will play in the third round for the first time after being knocked out in the second round each of the past two seasons and suffering a first round exit in 2010.
During their first appearance in the tournament, the Illini defeated Xavier, 2-0, in Champaign during the 2000 season before falling to Big Ten Champion Penn State, 1-0, in overtime in the second round. Illinois went on to see first round competition in both the 2001 and 2003 seasons before its longest run through the NCAA Tournament. In 2004, the Illini downed Rice, 2-0, and No. 7 Texas A&M, 2-1, during the first and second rounds in College Station, Texas, to earn the right to host the Sweet Sixteen - where the Orange and Blue downed Nebraska, 2-1. Illinois hit the road again for the Elite Eight, heading to California to face Santa Clara, where the Illini fell, 2-0, to end their magical run.
During 2006 and 2008, the Orange and Blue advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, dominating Southeast Missouri State, 2-0, and Saint Louis, 4-1, to reach the third round in 2006. Two years later, Illinois needed two overtimes to beat Memphis, 1-0, during first round competition, before using penalty kicks to down No. 13 Missouri in Columbia, Mo., during the second round. UI fell to eventual national champion North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen.
After an opening-round exit at the hands of No. 22 USC in 2010, Illinois sent Notre Dame packing with a 1-0 shutout victory in the first contest of the 2011 version, the first time a defending national champion squad was bounced from the tournament in the opening round. Illinois then fell to No. 4 Oklahoma State in the second round, 1-0. Last season, Illinois advanced past Missouri in a shootout before falling to eventual national champion North Carolina in the second round.
Round Two Recap vs. #7 Portland
Following a miscommunication on a Pilots free kick just outside of their box, senior Megan Pawloski stole the ball and passed it to Flaws in the center of the box, who tallied her second goal of the contest and fifth game-winner on the year. The Glenview, Ill., native increased her school-record total to 23 goals, which is tied with Rachel Daly of St. John's for the most in the nation in 2013.
Portland scored twice on just three shots in the first half, while the Illini were held scoreless on eight shots in the opening frame. Illinois' comeback started in the 54th minute when senior Vanessa DiBernardo nailed a strong shot from the top-left corner of the box into the right side of the goal above the keeper's hands, cutting the deficit in half. Six minutes later, Portland answered back with a goal by Kendrick in the 59th minute to push their lead back to two goals at 3-1.
The Illini completed the comeback with a pair of penalty kicks in the final 22 minutes of regulation. DiBernardo was fouled inside the box in the 69th minute and Flaws put away her first goal of the game on the PK. In the 84th minute, sophomore Nicole Breece was taken down inside the box, which set up DiBernardo for the equalizer on the penalty kick, her second goal of the contest and seventh on the season.
Illinois overcame a two-goal deficit for the first time in 2013 and scored the most goals by any team this season on Portland, which had only allowed 15 goals all year.
Round One Recap vs. #21 WSU
After 110 minutes of play in sloppy conditions due to snow and rain from the night before, the first round game went to penalty kicks to decide a winner. Wheatley made a clutch save on the first WSU attempt, while redshirt-sophomore Aliina Weykamp found the back of the net to put the Illini ahead 1-0 after the first round. Wheatley again made a save on the second WSU attempt and sophomore Taylore Peterson connected on her attempt to give UI a 2-0 edge after two rounds. The Cougars scored during round three, while the Illini were stopped, making it 2-1.
WSU sailed its fourth attempt wide, setting up DiBernardo for the game-winner in the fourth round. The Naperville, Ill., native came through for the Orange and Blue to keep the season alive. Despite getting outshot 29-10 and trailing 11-4 in corner kicks, the Illini held their own on the road and earned a trip to the next round.
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Illinois' Penalty Kick Success
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DiBernardo Clutch in Postseason
The two-time All-American played all 110 minutes in the NCAA Tournament first round and sent the Illini to the next round with the clinching penalty kick. She again played the entire time (99 minutes) in the second round vs. Portland in which she netted two goals, including the equalizer on a penalty kick. Illinois is 3-1-1 since she has returned and 8-3-3 with DiBernardo in the lineup this season (also missed one game while with U.S. WNT).
Flaws By the Numbers
Flaws posted a breakout year in just her second full season on the field. She entered 2013 with just three career goals after only playing in the 2011 season, where she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. She was sidelined for the 2010 and 2012 seasons due to two knee injuries. After playing in only 45 career games, she ranks seventh in school history with 26 career goals.
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