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Duke leads Stanford at East Lake Cup

ATLANTA, GA. – The inaugural East Lake Cup kicked off Monday at the East Lake Golf Club, but was delayed by four hours due to inclement weather conditions.

After the delay, the Duke Blue Devils took control early and has an impressive lead over the top-seeded Stanford Cardinal.

Play was suspended due to darkness at 5:30 p.m., Monday as only two of the 10 matches were finished in the afternoon.

The semifinal matches will resume at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, airing live on the Golf Channel.

The Blue Devils, who are seeded No. 4 overall, hold a commanding lead in three of their four matches still to be completed over 2015 national-champion Stanford, with a point already on the board courtesy of sophomore Gurbani Singh’s 3&2 win over Stanford’s Shannon Aubert.

In the other Duke matches, Leona Maguire leads Lauren Kim, 2up, through 14 holes.

Senior Celine Boutier holds a 2up advantage through 11 holes over Casey Danielson and junior Sandy Choi leads Quirine Eijkenboom with 10 holes completed.

Blue Devil freshman Virginia Elena Carta had an early lead on Mariah Stackhouse, but Stanford senior came back and is 2up through 12 holes.

In the other semifinal match, Southern California leads Baylor in two of the five matches, while two matches are all square and Baylor leads in one match.

The rain-soaked East Last Golf Club – home to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on the PGA TOUR – received more than three inches of rain in the 36 hours prior to Day One matches Monday, providing competitors with difficult scoring conditions throughout the day.

East Lake Cup – Women’s Division

Duke (4) leading Stanford (1) 4-1

Shannon Aubert v Gurbani Singh (3&2)
Lauren Kim v Leona Maguire (2up, 14)
Mariah Stackhouse (2up, 12) v Virginia Carta
Casey Danielson  v Celine Boutier (2up, 11)
Quirine Eijkenboom  v Sandy Choi (2up, 10)

USC (3) Leading Baylor (2) 2-1-2

Lauren Whyte (All Square) v Karen Chung
Giovana Maymom v Kyung Kim (6&4)
Maggie Beth Byers  v Robynn Ree (3up, 13)
L. Gateau-Chovelon (1up, 11) v Gabriella Then
Laura Lonardi (All Square) v Tiffany Chan

Seeds set for 2015 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four teams ranked among the nation’s Top 10 comprise a strong field for the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women’s Soccer Championship, which gets underway Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

Top seeded Virginia (15-1-1, 9-1-0 ACC) will meet fourth-seeded Clemson (13-3-1, 7-3-0 ACC) in Friday’s opening semifinal game at 5:30 p.m.

The second semifinal game at 8 p.m. on Friday finds second-seeded Florida State (13-2-3, 6-1-3 ACC) facing third seeded North Carolina (14-3-1, 7-3-0 ACC).

Friday’s winners will play for the championship and the league’s automatic berth in the 2015 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship on Sunday at Noon.

Virginia entered the final week of the regular season ranked No. 1 nationally by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer America.

Florida State is ranked sixth by the NSCAA and second by Soccer America.

Clemson is ranked No. 6 by the NSCAA and No. 7 by Soccer America, while North Carolina holds the No. 8 spot in the NSCAA poll and No. 5 in the Soccer America poll.

Both of Friday’s semifinal games will be streamed live by ESPN3, while Sunday’s championship match will be televised by ESPNU.

2015 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship

Fri., Nov. 6

5:30 p.m.  – Semifinal – No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Clemson (ESPN3)

8:00 p.m.  – Semifinal – No. 2 Florida State vs No. 3 North Carolina (ESPN3)

Sun., Nov. 8

Noon – Championship Game (ESPNU)