Sept. 6, 2001
LAST WEEK: The Cavaliers opened their 2001 regular season with an impressive 3-0 victory over Mississippi. Lori Lindsey led the way with two goals, while Jodi Clugston picked up her fifth shutout in just her 12th career start. Kelly Worden assisted on Lindsey’s second goal, while her first goal, the game-winner, was unassisted. Alyssa Benitez scored the final goal in the waning mimutes on a one-timer from Laura Gaworecki.
THIS WEEK: The Cavaliers host the annual Virginia Soccer Classic this weekend. They host neighboring West Virginia on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Sunday 3:15 game with Auburn. This marks the first meeting between both the Mountaineers and the Tigers. Virginia’s game with Auburn marks its second SEC opponent within the first three games of the season. St. Louis will also be playing in the tournament, as they compete against Auburn at 5 p.m. Friday and against West Virginia at 1 p.m. Sunday.
MEET THE COACH: Steve Swanson is in his second season as the head coach of the Virginia women’s soccer team. He took over the position from current United States National Team Head Coach April Heinrichs in the spring of 2000. Swanson finished the 2000 campaign, his first in Charlottesville, with a 11-8-1 overall record and led the Cavaliers to their second consecutive appearance in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. before falling to eventual champion North Carolina, 2-1. Three Virginia players received postseason accolades, including midfielder Lori Lindsey, who was named Virginia’s first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. Swanson came to Virginia after two highly successful stops at Stanford and Dartmouth. At Dartmouth, Swanson guided the Big Green in to national prominence. He did an equally impressive job at Stanford, helping to maintain the Cardinal’s standing as one of the premier teams in the country. Swanson left after four years at Stanford. During his four seasons with the Cardinal, Swanson guided his team to a record of 48-27-4, two Pac-10 championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. His 1999 squad finished with an impressive 14-4-1 record, captured a Pac-10 title and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament. Three of Swanson’s players were named to the 1998 All-Pac-10 team and four earned Pac-10 All-Academic recognition. Swanson also coached the 1998 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year.
IN THE POLLS: The Cavaliers find themselves predominantly ranked in several polls this week. Virginia holds the No. 5 spot in the Soccer American Poll and are the top-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic according to Soccer Buzz. The Cavaliers are ranked sixth in the NSCAA/adidas poll and Soccer Buzz poll and eighth in the latest Soccer Times poll.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: The Class of 2001 is one of the finest recruiting classes in the history of the program. Soccerbuzz.com ranked the class number one in the nation, but most importantly this year’s first-year group will get a chance to contribute early and add depth to the team. All seven freshman come from seven different states, while five of them were NSCAA All-America selections at one point of their career. Katie Bunch (St. Louis, Mo.), Jamie Fabrizio (Carmel, Ind.)and Lindsey Gusick (Livonia, Mich.) are two-time NSCAA All-Americans. Gusick is a three-time member. Bunch was also a three-time all-state selction and four-time U.S. National team member. Fabrizio was named 2000 NSCAA player-of-the-year as a senior, and helped her team to consecutive state championships. Fabrizio and Bunch were teammates on the U-19 team. Gusick was also a Parade All-American and a member of the U-16 and U-17 National teams. Gillian Hatch was named to the Parade All-American team and was a two-time all-state selection. Erin Lychan, a goalkeeper from Nixson, Tenn., was a two-time all-state selection as well. The last two members of the first-year class represent both coasts of the country. Jessica Trainor (Sparta, N.J.) was an NSCAA All-America selection as a senior while Taylor Wood (San Ramon, Calif.) was a two-time NSCAA All-America selection.
OFF AND RUNNING: Three of those heralded freshman started in their first collegiate game. Katie Bunch, Jamie Fabrizio and Jessica Trainor all found themselves in the starting lineup in their first collegiate game. Lindsey Gusick and Gilian Hatch also played significantly. Trainor was one of was one of four player to play all 90 minutes, while Gusick had three shots on goal.
MOVIN’ ON UP: Seniors Darci Broski and Lori Lindsey look to move up on the all-time lists. Broski, UVa’s leading active scorer with 52 career points, needs seven points this season to crack the top 10. Lindsey is 10th with 22 goals, and had 50 career points.
CAREER GOAL SCORERS Player Goals 1. Angela Hucles, 1996-99 59 2. Andrea Rubio, 1989-92 36 3. A. Cromwell, 1988-91 35 Janet Caswell, 1984-87 35 5. Gayle Smith, 1986-89 34 6. Kim Smith, 1991-94 30 7. Tracy DiMillio, 1988-91 29 8. Liz Kelley, 1993-96 25 Kristen DiMillio, 1992-95 25 10. Lori Lindsey, 1998-present 24
CAREER POINTS Player Years Points 1. Angela Hucles, 1996-99 138 2. Andrea Rubio, 1989-92 102 3. Gayle Smith , 1986-89 90 4. Janet Caswell, 1984-87 85 5. Amanda Cromwell, 1988-91 84 6. Kim Smith, 1991-94 75 Tracy DiMillio, 1988-91 75 8. Liz Kelley, 1993-96 69 9. Kristen DiMillio, 1992-95 63 10. Dina Padula, 1994-96 59 11. Lori Lindsey, 1998-present 54 12. Darci Broski, 1998-present 52
VIRGINIA SOCCER CLASSIC: Virginia hosts the second annual Virginia Soccer Classic this weekend. Over the years, the tournament hosted by Virginia has gone through several different names. From 1987 to 1990, Virginia played host to the Diadora Classic every fall. From 1992 to 1994, it was called the Lanzera International. Virginia Invitational took the name for 1995 and 1996 before the annual fall tournament became the Coca-Cola Classic from 1997 to 1999. It has been known as the Virginia Soccer Classic fo r the last two season. Here is a look at how the Cavaliers have fared in their own tournament.
VIRGINIA SOCCER TOURNAMENT HISTORY Oct. 3, 1987 Barry L, 1-2 (OT) Oct. 4, 1987 Maryland W, 3-0 Oct. 22, 1988 Dayton W, 2-0 Oct. 231988 Cincinnati T, 1-1 Oct. 21, 1989 Notre Dame W, 2-0 Oct. 22, 1989 Stanford W, 3-2 Sept. 1, 1990 George Mason W, 5-1 Sept. 2, 1990 UNC-Greensboro W, 5-1 Oct. 17, 1992 Wisconsin W, 3-2 (OT) Oct. 18, 1992 Creighton W, 3-1 Oct. 23, 1993 New Hampshire W, 4-0 Oct. 24, 1993 Villanova W, 3-2 Sept. 24, 1994 Kentucky L, 1-2 Sept. 25, 1994 Harvard W, 2-0 (OT) Sept. 9, 1995 Wisconsin-Milwaukee W, 5-2 Sept. 11, 1995 Rutgers W, 1-0 Sept. 13, 1996 Clemson L, 1-2 Sept. 14. 1996 Villanova W, 6-0 Sept. 19, 1997 Kansas W, 4-0 Sept. 20, 1997 Princeton W, 3-0 Sept. 25, 1998 Portland T, 1-1(OT) Sept. 27, 1998 Richmond W, 1-0 Sept. 24, 1999 Stanford W, 3-2 Sept. 26, 1999 Hartford W, 2-1 Sept. 22, 2000 George Mason W, 4-1 Sept. 24, 2000 Florida L, 2-3 (13 years) 20-4-2 (.769) 71-26
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: The 2001 captains are seniors Laura Gaworecki, Lori Lindsey and Tammy Westinghouse. Lindsey enjoyed a true breakout year, leading the team in scoring en route to earning ACC Player of the Year honors. Gaworecki started all 20 games a year ago, adding one goal and four assists. Westinghouse is back after missing last season with a knne injury, and is one of the more versatile athletes on the team. Other seniors include Borski, Lindsey Grubbs, Megan Leo, Ashley Meeker, Ashley Mowery and Heather Terry. Meeker was a valuable asset to the team last year, starting and playing in 18 games last season after being forced to the defender spot after injuries. She still came through with seven points, while playing out of position. Leo played in one game last season, and will also provide leadership to thie year’s team. Mowery will provide depth to the goalkeeping corps while Grubbs and Terry are coming off injuries.
SENSATIONAL SOPHOMORES: The Cavaliers have a solid class of five sophomores who got valuable experience as first-years and definitely played a role in last year’s success. With one year under their belt, thesophomore class looks to have an even bigger role on how far the 2001 team goes. Sarah Lane, who scored three goals and one assist through two exhibition games, and was a member of the ACC All-Freshman team last season while playing in all 20 games and starting 17. Erin Engelhardt played in all 20 games and started in 19 of them. Melissa Somadelis also started in 17 games, playing in 20 last season. All three started the first game of the season against Mississippi, combining for four shots.
LIKE A ROCK: Jodi Clugston, another talented sophomore, in just her second season has become one of the top goaltenders in the country. She has appeared in 14 games, starting in 12 of those. Of those 12 starts, five of them have been shutouts, including last Saturday’s against Mississippi. She needs two more shutouts to break into the school’s top-five list for career shutout.