Oct. 10, 2001
Playing in their first conference home game of the season, the No. 13 Virginia Cavaliers defeated Maryland 1-0. First-year Lindsay Gusick continued her scoring surge, scoring the game-winning goal at the 67:45 mark. Virginia extends its all-time series mark over the Terrapins to 20-1-2.
“We played well from start to finish,” head coach Steve Swanson added. “We played good team defense. We were a little impatient in the first half, but responded well and controlled the game from start to finish. Lindsay Gusick is a dangerous player who uses her body well to get someone off balance. She has a knack for getting open.”
The game was scoreless after the first half, as Virginia held a 7-2 edge in shots. The game remained scoreless until the 67th minute, when Sarah Lane carried the ball down the right side off a pass from Taylor Wood. Lane fired a perfect crossover to Gusick, who was positioned right outside the left corner of the box, and was able to tap it in for her sixth goal of the season.
“Sarah made a great run down the line, and I was wide open,” Gusick said. “We have been playing great as a team.”
Tonight’s win over Maryland also saw the return of Jodi Clugston to the net. Clugston made her first start since the season-opener against Missisippi where she sustained a head injury, and came through with her second shutout in as many starts, while also adding two saves.
“Anne (Abernethy) has done a tremendous job for us, while Jodi raised her level tonight,” Swanson said. “We feel confident Jodi can go the whole way. To win a championship, we need two strong goalies and we have them.”
The Cavaliers play their next three games on the road, before closing out the regular season with three consecutive ACC games. They travel to in-state rivals James Madison on Oct. 13 followed by a trip to Richmond on Oct. 17. Their only remaining road conference game is at Duke on Oct. 20.
NOTES – Gusick was named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week earlier today, following her four-point performance from a week ago, including a game-winner against William & Mary … tonight’s game-winner was the third of the season, tops on the team … all 13 of Gusick’s points have come in the last six games … Clugston’s shutout was the sixth of her career, in just 13 starts … Gusick also led the team with four shots, followed by Lori Lindsey and Ashley Meeker who had three … Maryland’s four shots marked the fourth time this season the Cavaliers have held their opponent to four or fewer shots.
BOX SCOREMaryland 0 0 0Virginia 0 1 1
ShotsMaryland 2 2 4Virginia 3 2 5
Corner kicksMaryland 0 0 0Virginia 3 2 5
SavesMaryland 4 1 5Virginia 0 2 2
FoulsMaryland 3 3 6Virginia 4 0 4