Wake Forest wins ACC Women’s Soccer Championship

Posted on 11/08/10 No Comments

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Go Deacs! Congratulations are in order for Amy’s alma mater Wake Forest, as the women’s soccer team claimed their first ACC Championship over 17-2-2 Maryland this past weekend at Cary’s WakeMed Soccer park.

While no true soccer fan loves a shoot out, it can add excitement and helps draw in those who may not call soccer their “favorite” sport. (Sigh.) Kind of like playoff hockey. However, in this instance, the penalty kick period provided a level of play that every soccer fan would have appreciated experiencing, as Wake Forest’s keeper, a freshman and eventual tourney MVP, stopped three of Maryland’s attempts. Bad shots or not, that’s remarkable. Once a miss gets into the head of the remaining shooters, the line starts to falter and confidence wavers. For the team with the stops in their favor, the goal suddenly gets 10 yards wider. It was the second shoot out of the tournament for Wake Forest.

And did you hear about Florida State? Their coach, Mark Krikorian, in deciding that the ACC Championship wasn’t much of a priority for the Seminoles,  left seven of his starters back in Tallahassee to rest up for the NCAA tournament. The ‘Noles lost in the first round.

Our question is, what kind of messages does this send to the young athletes who made the trip? Clearly their status on the team is not as vital as that of those who managed to be granted a few days of rest, right coach? It certainly insults their level of competitiveness. Apparently, he decides not only who plays and where, but also just how passionate his players should be about particular games. What if some ladies on the team wanted nothing more than to win the ACC Championship? It’s very likely many of these women have been playing against each other since youth soccer, developing a healthy level of rivalry and competition among schools and throughout the conference.

Lastly, it’s an insult to the other teams in the league, especially Wake Forest, which beat Florida State in the first round. Like any athlete, the women on the other teams deserve their opponents’ best. And they didn’t get it.

The league saw the move as a public show of disrespect to its tournament and spirit of competition. As a result, it came down hard on Florida State, suspending Krikorian for his next game, fining the school $25,000, relieving it of its $15,000 in travel reimbursements and issuing public letters of reprimand to both Krikorian and the school’s athletic director.

Nice work coach, really. And congrats ladies.

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