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#1 UVa Women's Soccer Beats Michigan; College Cup Bound!

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Molly Menchel scored the game-winning goal Molly Menchel scored the game-winning goal

The #1 ranked UVa women's soccer team beat Michigan 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals Friday night at Klockner Stadium to advance to its first College Cup in 22 years.

Senior Molly Menchel scored the game-winning goal for Virginia (24-1) in the 68th minute.

"It was great," says Menchel.  "It was important we got that goal, and it's just great to score for our team, and it was good."

Morgan Brian got the goal-scoring started in the 23rd minute to make it 1-0, while Michigan tied it up just four minutes later.

Brian now has 16 goals this season, and UVa is in the College Cup for just the second time in school history (1991).

"We started in January with all this," says Brian, "and every single moment you worked hard, even in the spring lifting, or running, just comes back to these moments right here, and that's what we do it for."

Menchel adds, "It's awesome.  It's something that we've only done once in the last 20 years.  It's huge for our team.  It was one of our goals from the very start, so this is great."

North Carolina and UCLA play their quarterfinal match Saturday.

Virginia will play the winner next Friday in the College Cup in Cary, NC. 

The ACC already has three teams in the Final Four, as Virginia Tech will face Florida State in the other national semifinal.

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