Oct. 25, 2001
The Virginia women’s soccer team lost its first game in nearly a month, falling to top-ranked North Carolina, 6-1, on Thursday night. Virginia drops to 11-3-1 on the season, while North Carolina remains unbeaten at 14-0.
Lindsay Gusick scored the first goal of the game, giving the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead less than 15 minutes into the game. Gusick battled her way into the Carolina end, moving around defenders, and fired a shot into the left corner of the net from 25 yards away, for her 11th goal of the season.North Carolina evened the score at 1-1 at the 29th minute, as Elizabeth Ball scored following a corner kick, and was assisted on the play by Catherine Reddick.
The score remained even at 1-1 at the half, before North Carolina struck with four goals in a span of seven minutes, starting with an unassisted goal by Jordan Walker at the 65th minute. Two minutes later, Ball increased the North Carolina lead to 3-1 on a penalty at the 67th minute. Alyssa Ramsay scored on a shot outside the box, into the left corner of the net, then later scored an unassisted goal, firing a ball into the net after a steal. Ball finished with two goals and two assists for the Tar Heels, while Ramsay finished with two goals and an assist.
“We played well for the first 65 minutes, then I think we forgot who we were playing,” head coach Steve Swanson said after the game. “We aren’t the type of team that will make a lot of mistakes, but North Carolina has some great athletes, and they really took control over the last 25 minutes of the game. Against Florida State this Sunday, hopefully the team will learn from what happened tonight, and that will make them play well for the full 90 minutes.”
The Cavaliers look to rebound this coming Sunday, as they host No. 20 Florida State in another key ACC matchup, on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Klockner Stadium. Their final home game will be next Friday, Nov. 2 against No. 19 Wake Forest at 7 p.m.
NOTES – 1,560 fans were in attendance at tonight’s game … Gusick leads the team and ACC with 11 goals … for the season, she has 22 points … Jamie Fabrizio picked up her first shot of the year.
BOX SCOREUNC 1 0 1UVA 1 5 6
ShotsUNC 7 10 17UVA 6 2 8
Corner kicksUNC 2 2 4UVA 2 2 4
SavesUNC 4 1 5UVA 0 2 2
FoulsUNC 3 5 8UVA 3 3 6
SCORING SUMMARY1. 14:!7 UVA Gusick (12), unassisted – left corner of the net from 25 yards out2. 29:03 UNC Ball, assisted by Reddick – left corner of the net following corner kick3. 65:39 UNC Walker, unassisted – left corner of the net4. 67:08 UNC Ball, penalty kick5. 71:39 UNC Ramsay, assisted by Ball – outside the box into left corner of the net6. 72:45 UNC Kluegel, assisted by Ramsay and Ball – outside the left corner of the net7. 89:15 UNC Ramsay, unassisted – shot past the goalie following a steal