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Oct. 4, 2000

Charlottesville, VA — The Virginia women’s soccer team continued its impressive run at home with their second consecutive shutout at home with a 3-0 defeat of ACC-rival N.C. State tonight. Aly Benitez (Lake Mary, FL/Lake Mary) buried a cross by Laura Gaworecki (Houston, TX/Cypress Creek) in the 18th minute of play to break a scoreless tie and put the Cavaliers ahead for good.

Benitez’ goal came on her second shot of the game, she hit the left post 2 minutes earlier after she had beat the State keeper in what would be the first of a number of near-misses for the Cavaliers. Five minutes after the goal, Katie Tracy (Richmond, Va./James River) rocketed a shot that hit the post, and then with just under 17 minutes to play in the half, Sarah Lane’s (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton North) shot was saved off the line by a State defender.

N. C. State had a pair of chances in the half but the Pack was not able to convert as Shannon Tully’s shot on an open cage went over the crossbar, and with 25 seconds remaining in the half, Katherine Warman collected a loose ball and ran unimpeded to the cage but her shot hit the left post.

The Cavaliers put two goals on the board in the second half. Missy Somadelis (Oakton, VA/Oakton) scored her first career collegiate goal after she intercepted a ball in the offensive third and her shot ricocheted off a Pack defender, wrong-footing the keeper and going in the left side of the net in the 61st minute. With just under three minutes to play Kelly Melton (Lake Ridge, VA/Woodbridge) recorded her first collegiate point as she sent a through ball to Darci Borski (Philadelphia, PA/Nazareth Academy), who collected the ball, beat a defender, and deposited the ball in the lower right corner in the 88th minute for the final goal of the game.

The Virginia defense held their opponents scoreless for the second consecutive game at home and have not yielded a goal in Klockner Stadium this season. They were able to draw the Pack offsides four times in tonight’s contest.

Virginia goes on the road to Stanford to play in the Stanford/Nike tournament this weekend. The Cavaliers face Stanford on Friday, Sept 15 and will play the Broncos of Santa Clara on Sunday, Sept. 17.

#15 Virginia 3, N. C. State 0 1 2 FinalNCSU (2-3-1) 0 0 0Virginia (3-2) 1 2 3

Scoring summary: 18th – V: Benitez(Gaworecki), 61st – V:Somadelis, 88th – V: Borski (Melton)
Goals: V: Benitez, Somadelis, Borski
Assists: V: Gaworecki, Melton
Shots: V: 23, NCSU: 10.
Saves: V: 0 (Clugston 0), NCSU: 15 (Kristen Skinner 13, Kelly Jordan (ds – 2)).
Corner Kicks: V: 7, NCSU: 7.
Fouls: V: 8, NCSU: 9.
Offsides: V: 1, NCSU:4

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