Sept. 19, 2001
The Virginia Cavaliers picked up their third win of the season, a 2-0 win at ACC rival N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C. Ashley Meeker scored both Cavalier goals unassisted, as Virginia won its seventh consecutive game over the Wolfpack, gaining a 12-11-1 lead in the all-time series.
“It was a great win for us. It’s always good to get an ACC win on the road, especially in our opening conference game,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “This gives us good momentum, and it was really good just to get a game in because we haven’t played in awhile. I would say it’s our most complete performance of the season.”
After the game was left scoreless at halftime, Meeker broke the game open with two outstanding plays. At the 62:03 mark, she stole a pass from the N.C. State defender, and drilled a shot to the right corner of the net, giving the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead. A little over 15 minutes later, at the 78:22 mark, she scored off a corner kick, which sealed the victory. Meeker, prior to tonight’s victory, appeared in all three previous games, registering two shots. Against N.C. State, she scored on both of her shots.
Erin Engelhardt and Lori Lindsey both led the Cavaliers with three shots apiece. Anne Abernethy picked up her second win of the season and the first shutout of her career, in just her third career start. She made five saves in the victory.
Virginia improves to 3-1 (1-0) on the season, while N.C. State drops to 2-3 (0-1). The Cavaliers travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m., who defeated Virginia at Klockner Stadium last year on Sept. 24, 3-2. Virginia won the previous meeting in 1999, a 3-2 overtime thriller over the then defending National Champions.
NOTES – Virginia outshot N.C. State 11-7 for the game, including a 6-1 margin in the second half … Taylor Wood made her first collegiate appearance for the Cavaliers, playing a little over eight minutes late in the second half … In addition to Engelhardt and Lindsey’s shots, Lindsay Gusick had two shots and Meredith Rhodes had one … Gusick has seven shots on the season, good enough for third on the team … this marks the second shutout of the season for UVa in just four games this season
BOX SCOREVirginia 0 2 2N.C. State 0 0 0
Shots by periodVirginia 5 6 11N.C. State 6 1 7
Corner kicksVirginia 2 3 5N.C. State 1 0 1
SCORING SUMMARY1. 62:03 Meeker (unassisted) stole from defender to right corner2. 78:22 Meeker (unassisted) scored off corner kick