Women’s soccer: Top-ranked Virginia hosts No. 19 Duke Sunday

uva-duke-headerThe top-ranked Virginia (7-1-1, 1-1-0 ACC) women’s soccer team will hit the pitch on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. to close out a five-game home stand against No. 19 Duke (6-2-3, 0-0-2 ACC).

The Cavaliers are looking to get back in the win column after dropping the first match of the season on Thursday night in a 2-1, double-overtime loss to No. 6 Notre Dame. Duke is coming off a double-overtime draw at Boston College and is looking for its first win in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Virginia enters the match having won back-to-back matches against the Blue Devils and have posted a 6-1 record at home this season. The Cavaliers have posted shutouts in five of those seven home matches behind the solid play of juniors Jessie Ferrari (Fairfax, Va.) and Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) in goal.

MAC Hermann Trophy watch list member Emily Sonnett (Marietta, Ga.), a senior on the squad, anchors the back line that has helped post those five clean sheets this season.

Junior Morgan Reuther (Chantilly, Va.) leads the squad with six goals on the season and has one of the team’s two hat tricks in 2015. She scored the equalizing goal against the sixth-ranked Irish on Thursday night to send the match into overtime and also leads the squad with 13 points.

Nine of the 11 goal scorers for the Cavaliers have posted multiple goals on the season, with four of them posting double-digit points. Senior Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) leads the squad with six assists and is also a member of the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list along with Sonnett.

The Sunday afternoon match against Duke will be broadcast on Cavaliers Live. Gates open one hour prior to kick and single-game tickets are $9 for reserved seats (if available), $7 for adults, and $5 for youth, seniors and faculty/staff in general admission areas. UVa students are admitted free.



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