#3 UVA women’s soccer defeats #14 Virginia Tech, 2-0

uva-vt1The third-ranked UVA women’s soccer team ran its winning streak to six games with a 2-0 victory at No. 14 Virginia Tech Sunday evening at Thompson Field. The Cavaliers (16-1, 8-1 ACC) scored once in each half to record their second ranked win of the season, while the Hokies (13-5, 4-5 ACC) suffered their third home loss of the year.

Sophomore Kristen McNabb (Montville, N.J.) and junior Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) scored for the Cavaliers, who scored multiple goals for the 16th time in 17 games this season.

“This isn’t an easy place to come in and get a win,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We scored a couple good goals tonight. We had a lot of pressure and had a few good chances to break the game open, especially in the first half. They are a tough team to break down and I was happy with how we moved the ball and how we managed the game. Defensively, I thought we did a good job of not letting them get behind us. They are a good offensive team, so I was proud that we were able to get the shutout.”

The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead in the 11th minute as McNabb scored her third goal of the season. She headed in a corner kick from senior Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.), who tied the UVa single season record with her 14th assist of the season on the play.

Virginia doubled the lead early in the second half as Doniak scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season. After Meghan Cox (Springfield, Va.) headed an Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.) cross off the crossbar, the rebound fell right to Doniak, who volleyed home the second Cavalier goal of the night. It marked the fifth consecutive game that Doniak has scored a goal, tying the longest streak of her career and third-longest streak in Virginia history.

Overall, Virginia outshot Virginia Tech 13-9 in the game and had an 11-7 corner kick edge. Sophomore Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) made four saves to post her fourth shutout of the season and the 13th of her career. Hokie keeper Kaylyn Smith made three saves at the other end.

The match was sponsored by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of University of Virginia Athletics. With Virginia’s victory, the Hoos earned a point in the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash and now hold a 2.5 to 0 lead in the Clash. Learn more about Virginia529 and this new competition at thecommonwealthclash.com.

Virginia will return home to conclude the regular season on Nov. 1 against Pitt. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is 7 p.m. Before the game the Cavaliers will honor the four senior members of the team, Colaprico, Campbell Millar (McLean, Va.), Mary Morgan (Norfolk, Va.) and Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), who returns to the team after international duty with the United States Women’s National Team at CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

         
 

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