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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) – The 2023 Ally ACC Women’s Soccer Championship resumes Thursday with a pair of semifinal matchups, as No. 2 seed Notre Dame takes on No. 3 seed Clemson at 5:30 p.m. and No. 1 seed Florida State squares off with No. 5 seed Pitt at 8 p.m. ACC Network will broadcast both contests from WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
The Fighting Irish make their second straight appearance in the semifinals and look to advance to the title match for the first time in program history. With its No. 2 seed, Notre Dame earned a bye into the semifinals and look to be the second straight No. 2 seed to win the championship after Florida State won the title a season ago. The Irish are led by back-to-back ACC Defensive Player of the Year Eva Gaetino, who became just the third player ever to win the award twice since 2004.
Clemson returns to the semifinals of the Ally ACC Women’s Soccer Championship for the second time in three seasons after missing the tournament a year ago. The Tigers edged No. 6 seed Wake Forest in the first round following a second-minute goal from Mackenzie Duff and Halle Mackiewicz’s program-record 13th clean sheet. During the regular season, Clemson fell on the road to Notre Dame, 2-0, in the regular-season finale.
Florida State enters the postseason ranked No. 1 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll, as it has held onto the top spot since Oct. 10. In conference matches this season, the Seminoles averaged 3.6 goals per game and are the only ACC team to score more than 30 goals this season (36). The attacking duo of Onyi Echegini and Jordynn Davis scored a conference-high seven goals apiece in ACC matches this season. FSU has won the last three ACC titles and nine since 2011.
Pitt earned its first-ever victory in the Ally ACC Women’s Soccer Championship on Sunday when it went on the road and knocked off No. 4 seed North Carolina, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday. Striker Amanda West scored her 48th career goal in the 99th minute to eventually seal the historic win for the Panthers. Pitt comes into Thursday as the top-scoring team in the ACC, scoring 51 goals in its 19 matches. The trio of West, Sarah Schupansky and Samiah Phiri combined for 29 goals this season, and all rank in the top five in the…