Oct. 28, 2001
Charlottesville, Va. – After losing its first game in its previous eight, the UVa women’s soccer team rebounded with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over No. 20 Florida State. The Cavaliers improve to 12-3-1 on the season, surpassing last year’s total of 11 wins, while increasing its all-time record against Florida State to 8-0. The Cavaliers are also 4-2 in the conference, in second place for the moment, heading down the final stretch of the season towards the ACC Tournament.
“I really like the intensity we played with today,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “I think this team has been playing very well over the last several games, but the intensity level has definitely picked up, not just in games, but also in practice. I like the fact we have a full week to prepare for our final game. In the last couple weeks, our team has been dealing with midterms and two or three games a week. This part of our schedule works out nicely.”
The first three goals of the game between the two teams were scored in the first ten minutes, while the final two goals were scored within the last ten minutes of the game. Meredith Rhodes, making her first start of the season, scored on the very first shot, sending the ball from the left side of the field from about 20 yards out, and over Florida State goalkeeper Ali Mims’ head, giving the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead a little over two minutes into the game. The Seminoles came back with two quick goals, one from Maren Vik Edvardsen in front of the net, at the fourth minute and one from Cindy Schofield at the 10th minute.
The Cavaliers dominated the second half, and was able to shut down the Seminole offense. While keeping the ball in the Florida State end for a good portion of the half, the Cavaliers only allowed one Seminole shot in the entire second half, while adding 11 of their own.
After constant pressure and a lot of good scoring opportunities, UVa finally evened the score at 2-2 at the 68th minute of play. Lindsay Gusick charged towards a loose ball and attempted a header that was saved by goalkeeper Mims. Gusick collided with Mims, who was coming out of the net to attempt the save, but was beaten to the ball by Erin Engelhardt, who took full advantage, grabbing the loose ball and dribbling it into the net. For Engelhardt, it’s her second goal of the season.
Laura Gaworecki teamed with Taylor Wood to put any thoughts of overtime to rest. Gaworecki crossed a ball from the left side of the field over to first-year forward Wood, who tapped the ball in from right outside the corner of the net, giving UVa the lead with 1:56 remaining in the game, completing the Cavalier comeback. For Gaworecki, it was her third assist of the season, while Wood gets her first career goal, as well as the game-winner.
UVa will spend this week preparing for its final regualar season game against Wake Forest, Friday night at 7 p.m. at Klockner Stadium.
NOTES – Lori Lindsey was named to the Missouri Club finalist list this past Friday … it marks her second consecutive year as a finalist for the award … Attendance for today’s game was at 1,111, the second game in a row with over 1,000 fans … Engelhardt has moved up to fourth on the team with a total of nine points and a team-best five assists … Gaworecki is third on the team in scoring with four goals and three assists, tying her career-high total of 11 set in 1998 … Jodi Clugston improves to 6-1 on the season in net.
BOX SCOREFlorida State 2 0 2Virginia 1 2 3
ShotsFlorida State 5 1 6Virginia 6 11 17
Corner kicksFlorida State 1 2 3Virginia 2 3 5
SavesFlorida State 1 4 5Virginia 1 1 2
FoulsFlorida State 3 4 7Virginia 1 2 3
SCORING SUMMARY1. 2:24 UVA Rhodes (2), unassisted – shot from outside the box, over the goalkeeper2. 4:46 FSU Vik Edvardsen (4), assists – Schofield – shot in front of net, into right corner of net3. 10:35 FSU Schofield (13), assists – Bybee, Tollefson – shot off a rebound4. 68:07 UVA Engelhardt (2), unassisted – shot off a rebound5. 88:04 UVA Wood (1), assists – Gaworecki – cross from left, shot into right corner of net