Oct. 24, 2001
LAST WEEK: The Cavaliers built their current win streak to seven games following a 3-0 victory at Richmond on Wednesday night, the team’s seventh shutout victory of the season, followed by their third ACC victory of the season, a 2-1 overtime victory at Duke. Virginia finishes the season 5-0 against Virginia schools and 5-1-1 on the road this season. In the process, they improve to 9-6-2 all-time against Duke.
THIS WEEK: The Cavaliers close out the regular season with three consecutive home games. This Thursday night, they host defending National Champion and top-ranked North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Virginia looks for its first ever win over the Tar Heels. Both teams bring in the conference’s longest winning streaks, North Carolina with 13 straight wins and Virginia with seven. Following a visit from North Carolina, the Cavaliers face another tough test as Florida State comes to town for an afternoon game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Virginia closes the regular season on Nov. 2, hosting Wake Forest.
IN THE ACC: The Cavaliers are currently in fourth place in the ACC with a 1-1 conference record, behind Florida State who is 3-0, followed by North Carolina and Wake Forest at 2-0, and Clemson at 2-1. The Cavaliers look to go 2-1 in the conference with first conference game on Oct. 10 against Maryland.
ACC STANDINGS (as of Oct. 23) Team (Overall, Conference For Against North Carolina (13-0, 5-0) 48 5 UVA (11-2-1, 3-1) 30 11 Florida State (10-5, 3-2) 35 28 Wake Forest (7-5-1, 3-2) 26 11 Clemson (11-8, 4-3) 30 11 Maryland (7-4-2, 2-3) 15 8 NC State (7-6, 0-4) 16 18 Duke (5-8, 0-5) 19 26
ALSO NOTEWORTHY: Lindsay Gusick, leading the team with 21 points, is third among ACC scorers with 21 points. Her ten goals are tops in the conference. Lori Lindsey’s 19 points are tied for fifth in the conference, while her eight goals are good enough for third. Gusick is also tops in goals per game (0.71) and fourth with 1.50 points per game. Lindsey is seventh with 1.36 points per game and sixth with 0.57 goals per game.
LINDSEY ADDED TO HERMANN AWARD LIST: On Oct. 16, senior Lori Lindsey was added to the finalist list for the Hermann Award, given annually to the nation’s top player. Named ACC Player of the Year for 2000, she currently ranks fourth in the ACC with 18 points, three points shy of her total of 21 a year ago. She’s also tied for second in the conference with eight goals scored. Other accolades she has earned this season, include Soccer America’s “Team of the Week” on Sept. 4, and was also named to Soccer Buzz’ “Elite Eight” on Oct. 10.
GAWOREAT NEWS FOR GAWORECKI: Senior midfielder Laura Gaworecki was named ACC Player of the Week on Oct. 22, the first Cavalier to achieve the distinction this season. Last week, Gaworecki netted a game-winner against George Mason and added a two-goal outing, sparking a 4-1 win at James Madison.
THE FAB FIRST-YEARS: 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. At first, it appeared they would add depth, but after helping the team to a 9-2-1 record, with five games remaining, they’ve done more than add depth.
Lindsay Gusick – a serious contender for freshman of the year honors at the conference and national levels. Was third on the team with 11 shots through the first five games. In the last nine games, all games she has started, she has 10 goals and one assist on 45 shots. Included in that span are game-winners against Liberty, William &Mary, Maryland and most recently Duke along with a hat trick against Liberty. She has scored a goal in eight of the last nine games, a span where the Cavaliers have gone 8-1. She added another two at Richmond on Wednesday followed by an overtime game-winner at Duke which put her in double-figures for the season.
The trio, under the leadership of crafty veteran Kelly Worden, of Gillian Hatch, Jamie Fabrizio and Katie Bunch on defense, is among the nation’s best. In the nine games the trio has started together on defense, five of those games have been shutouts, with the opponents having 10 shots or fewer in five of those games. The Cavaliers are 8-1 with Hatch, Fabrizio and Bunch in the same starting lineup.
Jessica Trainor added her first point, an assist, in a 3-2 overtime victory over Brigham Young. It is the first of many points to come, but Trainor has been on the field virtually every minute of the season (1176, second on the team), while starting in every game this season. Keeping the ball in play and being athletic is where Trainor has made her biggest mark.
Taylor Wood saw her first action in the fourth game of the season, and since then, has made a nice transition to the collegiate level, playing in 11 of the Cavaliers’ 14 games this season. Wood got her first assist in a 7-0 victory over Liberty on Sept. 26, and assisted on Gusick’s game-winner against Maryland. She has appeared in nine games this season in a reserve role, but has definitely been efficient and made the most of her time on the field.
The only first-year not to participate this season is Erin Lycan, at goalkeeper. Second-years Jodi Clugston and Anne Abernethy have been stellar in the net this season, while Lycan has been given a great opportunity to learn from two of the best as she waits for her turn.
MOVIN’ ON UP: Seniors Darci Borski and Lori Lindsey look to move up on the all-time lists. Borski, who is patiently awaiting her return to the Virginia lineup after a stress fracture in her right leg during the preseason, has 52 career points, and needs seven points this season to crack the top 10. Lori Lindsey, with her eight goals this season, just one shy of equalling her previous career high of nine set in both her first and third years, has now moved into eighth place on the career goal list. With 19 points this season, she has 69 for her career.
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. Lori Lindsey, 1998-present 30 Kim Smith, 1991-94 30 8. Tracy DiMillio, 1988-91 29 9. Liz Kelley, 1993-96 25 Kristen DiMillio, 1992-95 25
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. Lori Lindsey, 1998-present 69 Liz Kelley, 1993-96 69 10. Kristen DiMillio, 1992-95 63 11. Dina Padula, 1994-96 59 12. Darci Borski, 1998-present 52
AMERICA SALUTES YOU: On September 4th, Lori Lindsey was named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week, following her two-goal performance in a 3-0 win in the opening game of the season over Mississippi. Three weeks later, Ashley Meeker was called upon, following her five point scoring barrage in a victory over N.C. State (2-0), which she scored both Cavalier goals and an assist which helped the Cavaliers to a tie with No. 10 Florida. On Oct. 10, Lindsay Gusick was selected to the team of the week for her goals against Brigham Young and a game-winner against William & Mary. Lindsey earned her second accolade of the season, as she was named to Soccer Buzz’ “Elite Eight” for her performance during the week of Oct. 1. Virginia’s four honorees for “Team of the Week” is more than any other ACC team. Gusick captured a double honor this past week, named ACC Player of the Week, then named to the Team of the Week for the second time this season.
2001 Weekly Honors earned by Cavalier players ACC Player of the Week Laura Gaworecki (Oct. 15) Lindsay Gusick (Oct. 22) Soccer America Team of the Week Lori Lindsey (Sept. 1) Ashley Meeker (Sept. 26) Lindsay Gusick (Oct. 10, Oct. 24) SoccerBuzz Elite Eight Lori Lindsey (Oct. 8)
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 Other seniors include Darci 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 has played in two games this season, and will also provide leadership to thie year’s team. Mowery will provide depth to the goalkeeping corps, and even chipped in with a scoreless half in a 7-0 win over Libery earlier this season. Grubbs and Terry are coming off injuries. Gaworecki started all 20 games a year ago, adding one goal and four assists. Gaworecki has already surpassed her point production from last year, tallying four goals and two assists this year, including a game-winner against George Mason. Westinghouse is back after missing last season with a knee injury, and is one of the more versatile athletes on the tea, and is tied for second on the team with three assists.
PROTECTING THE NAME: The Cavaliers swept their five Virginia opponents this season, outscoring them by a combined 16-1 in five games, including four shutout victories. The only goal came from James Madison on Oct. 13.
George Mason 8-8-3 James Madison 15-1-2 Liberty 1-0-0 Old Dominion 3-0-0 Radford 7-2-1 Randolph-Macon 2-0-0 Richmond 3-1-0 Roanoke 1-0-0 VCU 1-0-1 Virginia Tech 3-0-0 William & Mary 9-9-1 Totals 53-21-8 (.646)
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. Of offense, Sarah Lane and Erin Engelhardt both show a promising future for the Cavaliers. 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. Lane has started 13 games this season and has two goals and two assists this year. She had arguably the finest game of her young career last week at Richmond, netting the game-winner and assisting on another. Opposite Lane on the Cavalier midfield is Erin Engelhardt, who played in all 20 games and started in 19 of them. This year, Engelhardt has started in nine games and holds the team lead in assists with five. Melissa Somadelis also started in 17 games a year ago, playing in 20 last season. Somadelis continues to be a valuable defender, and has played in all 14 games, starting in four, and contributing one goal and one assist thus far.
LIKE A ROCK: Jodi Clugston, another talented sophomore, in just her second season has become one of the top goaltenders in the country. She made her return to the net last Wednesday, shutting out Maryland in her first start since September 1. She also shut out James Madison on Oct. 13, in her third start of the year, playing 70 minutes. In her five starts this season, opponents went scoreless for nearly 400 minutes before Duke finally scored one this past Saturday. For her career, she has appeared in 20 games, starting in 16 of those. Of those 16 starts, seven of them have been shutouts, including the season opener against Mississippi. Her seven career shutouts already ranks fifth in school history. Currently with a 0.34 goals against average this season, Clugston also contributed to a shutout victory over William & Mary and a 3-2 overtime win over BYU.
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT ANNE: Sophomore Anne Abernethy, playing in her first collegiate games, filled in nicely while Jodi Clugston was out with a head injury. She picked up a win in her first start, over West Virginia, made six saves in a losing effort against Auburn, and in just her third collegiate game, shutout N.C. State in the Cavaliers’ ACC opener. She made a career-high four saves against Florida, and has made 33 saves in ten games played games and has three shutouts already this season, with a goals against average of 1.12.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: In just 14 games this season, UVa already has six multiple-goal games by four different players. Lori Lindsey scored two goals in the first game of the season, a 3-0 win over Mississippi. Fellow senior Ashley Meeker, who had scored two goals in her previous three years, scored two unassisted goals in a 2-0 win at N.C. State. Lindsay Gusick broke onto the scene two games after Meeker, with a hat trick, sparking a 7-0 whitewashing of Liberty. Lindsey came out with another two-goal performance, including the game-winner in overtime, in a 3-2 victory over BYU. Laura Gaworecki, en route to her player of the week honors, scored two goals in a win over James Madison on Oct. 13. Continuing with the tradition, Gusick scored her second multi-goal game of the season at Richmond on Oct. 17.
PUT ‘EM DOWN EARLY: While the 2001 Cavaliers have shown to be strong in first halves, second halves and overtime this season, on paper they appear to be more of a first-half team, outscoring the opposition 17-1 in the first half this season. They’ve outscored opponents 2-0 in four overtime periods this season, with a 2-0-1 record.