September 23, 1998
Current Record: 5-2
Current rank: 13 (NSCAA)
GAME 6: #13 Virginia 2, N. C. State 0
Two second half goals and a defense that held the Wolfpack to only three shots throughout the game gave the Virginia womens soccer team a 2-0 victory over N.C. State at Klockner Stadium. Senior forward Jill Maxwell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) broke the scoreless 0-0 tie five minutes into the second half on volley off a cross from freshman Ashley Meeker (Zanoni, Va./Hampton Roads Academy). Meeker sent a beautiful ball from the right side of the penalty box to Maxwell who allowed the ball to drop once, and then blasted it into the upper righthand corner of the goal. The score put the Hoos up 1-0. The scoring continued for UVa at the 61st minute mark when junior Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) crossed the ball from the left touchline to the feet of freshman Laura Gaworecki (Houston, TX/Cypress Creek) who shot the ball past N.C. State goalkeeper Sara Marino. The goal held for the final score, 2-0. The Cavalier defense allowed the Pack only three shots during the game with all of them taken in the first half. UVa dominated the game offensively with 14 shots on goal and 10 corner kicks. The Pack was held to only two corner kicks.
GAME 7: #13 Virginia 5, #11 Duke 1
Junior forward Angela Hucles scored the game winning goal in the 20th minute to lead #13 Virginia in a 5-1 victory over #11 Duke. With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 5-2 on the season and 3-0 in the ACC, while the Blue Devils fall to 3-4 and 0-2 in the conference. Virginia began the scoring early as freshman Lori Lindsey (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) placed the ball in the back of the net three minutes into the game. Freshman defender Ashley Meeker dribbled the ball up the right side of the field and crossed the ball to Lindsey. Lindsey weaved the ball through the Duke defense and shot it in the upper left corner of the goal to put Virginia ahead 1-0.The Cavaliers, who never trailed, went up 2-0 at the 19 minute mark when Hucles received the ball in the penalty box and put the ball past Duke goalie Isis Dallis. Hucles goal proved to be the game-winner. But the Blue Devils answered back one minute later when senior midfielder Kari Junker took a pass from sophomore Kasey Truman and drove the ball into the net to make the score 2-1. The Cavaliers scored in the 59th minute when Lindsey passed the ball to Hucles who dribbled into the penalty box and blasted a shot into the lower left corner of the net past the outstretched arms of Duke goalkeeper Dana Piper. The score put Virginia up 3-1.Virginia senior Jill Maxwell was taken down in the penalty box at the 77 minute mark and Lindsey connected on the penalty kick to make the score 4-1.
The Cavaliers scored again seven minutes later when freshman Darci Borski (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) knocked a shot off the left goal post and into the net for the final tally of the game to give the Cavaliers a 5-1 victory. The win marks the first time the Cavaliers have defeated the Blue Devils since 1990. Virginia tied Duke four times in the regular season between 1991-1994 and have lost five in a row to Duke since the 1995 season. Virginia outshot Duke 21-4 and also had the advantage in corner kicks, 10-6.
Bedeviling the Devils: The victory over the Blue Devils was the Cavaliers first victory over Duke since 1990, It was the most goals that the Cavs have ever scored in a victory against the Blue Devils (UVa and Duke tied 5-5 in 1991).
The Rush of 40-9: Angela Hucles two goals against Duke have given her 40 goals for her career, adding to her record totals. With her 9 career assists, Hucles now has 89 points which ranks third alltime at Virginia, right behind Gayle Smiths 90 points (86-89). Her 12 game-winning goals is also third all-time at UVa, behind Andrea Rubio (17) and Kim Smith (16).
Meeker is not meek!: Another Cavalier freshman, Ashley Meeker, is leading the team in minutes played. Meeker has logged 574 minutes this season, or 83.5% of the total minutes played. She is right in front of Tammy Westinghouse, who has played 561 minutes, which is 82% of the total minutes.
Hat Trick in the ACC: The Cavaliers have started 3-0 in the ACC, their best start since 1994 when they started 4-0-1.
On the Horizon
Coca Cola Classic:
Flying with the Pilots: Virginia will square off against the Portland Pilots in the first day of the Coca-Cola Soccer Classic. Virginia defeated the third-ranked Pilots in the only meeting between these two soccer powerhouses last year in Portland, becoming one of only three teams to ever defeat Portland in Portland (UNC, Notre Dame). With the 1-0 win, the Cavaliers vaulted to #3 in the polls, their highest ranking in seven years.
Spinning with the Spiders: Although these two state schools are only an hour apart, Virginia and Richmond have faced each other only once, with the Cavliers recording an 11-0 victory over the Spiders in 1986 in Richmond. The Spiders and the Hoos will tangle on the second day of the Classic.