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September 8, 1998

Box Score

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers battled back from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats 3-1 today in the second day of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. In the process, Meredith Thorpe (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs) made her hometown proud as she set a new Virginia career record for goals with her only goal of the afternoon. Her goal 5:56 into the second half tied the score at 1-1 and gave her 85 career goals, breaking the record she held with Cindy Carzo. Nineteen minutes later, with 8:04 remaining in the game, fellow senior Michelle Vizzuzo (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) assisted Melissa Hayes (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation), which gave Vizzuzo 39 assists in her career, a new Virginia record. She had tied the record earlier in the game as she assisted on Thorpe’s goal.

Northwestern got on the board first as Amy Haase made a hard pass into the circle where it was received by Jodie Condie. Condie lifted a shot from close range into the goal. Condie’s goal with 13:52 remaining in the first half gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead that they took into halftime.

In the second half, the vaunted Cavalier defense came alive. Thorpe scored on the penalty corner to start the second half and set the record. Six minutes later, Cavalier goalkeeper Becky Worthington (Fairview Village, Pa./Methacton) came out and made a key save and then knocked the ball to the sideline where it was corralled by senior All-American Lori Mastropietro (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock) who sent the ball forward down the line to Meredith Elwell (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown). Elwell collected the ball sent into the circle where it was tipped into the cage by Lorraine Vizzuso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex). Vizzuso’s goal gave the Cavaliers the 2-0 lead they would not relinquish.

With just over eight minutes to go, Michelle Vizzuso dribbled down the center of the field, who passed the ball to Elwell, who tipped it to Hayes for the final goal. Hayes’ goal, which gave MIchelle Vizzuso her 39th career assist, gave the Cavaliers the final score of 3-1. The Virginia defense, which allowed seven shots and three corners in the first half, clamped down and did not allow either a shot or a corner in the second half.

Virginia returns home to face the sixth-ranked Northeastern Huskies on Thursday, September 10. Game time against the Huskies is 7:00 pm at the University Hall Turf Field.

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