Nov. 2, 2001
Charlottesville, Va. – The No. 8 UVa women’s soccer team closed out its regular season schedule with a 2-0 shutout victory in front of 1,248 fans at Klockner Stadium. The win clinches second place for the Cavaliers, as they now prepare to compete in the ACC Tournament, next weekend (Nov. 8-11) at Winston-Salem, N.C.
“It was a different game from what we’re used to,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “It took some time to adjust to, but after the first 15 minutes of the match, I think we really took control. We did a good job defensively, while it was very fitting on senior night for this group of seniors to get their 50th win.
After a scoreless first half, first-year sensation Lindsay Gusick put the Cavaliers on the board at the 58th minute, on an assist from Taylor Wood. Wood passed to Gusick from the right side of the field, as Gusick controlled the ball right in front of the net and dribbled it past the goalkeeper for the eventual game-winner, her fifth game-winner of the season, as the Virginia defense shutout the Demon Deacons. For Wood, she scores for the second consecutive game. Gusick scored an unassisted goal at the 76th minute on a breakaway, beating the goalkeeper a second time after she came out of the net.
“The first goal was interesting, the second was lucky,” Gusick said after the game. “It’s a huge win for us, as we get to finish second in the ACC, the highest we’ve ever finished. That’s another one of the team goals we wanted to achieve this year.”
For the seniors, playing in their final regular season home game, the 2-0 victory was that much more important.
“Playing here has been one of the greatest things in my life,” senior co-captain Lori Lindsey said. “It’s kind of sad, but it was nice to look back at what we’ve accomplished. It was a great win to clinch second place in the ACC.”
Virginia now awaits the conclusion of the ACC season to find out who it will play in the ACC Tournament next weekend.
NOTES – Former head coach April Heinrichs and assistant Ron Raab were on hand to greet the nine seniors who played their final regular season game at Klockner … Virginia outshot Wake Forest 9-1 for the game, and did not yield a Wake Forest shot until the 72nd minute … Jodi Clugston picked up her fourth shutout of the season, her second in ACC play … Gusick become the fourth player to score at least 13 goals in a season at Virginia, joining Angela Hucles, Andrea Rubio and Janet Caswell as the others … her 27 points this season is tied with Rubio for ninth on the school’s all-time list for points in a season … Wood adds her third assist of the season, the seventh player on the UVa roster with at least three assists on the season.
BOX SCOREWake Forest 0 0 0Virginia 0 2 2
ShotsWake Forest 0 1 1Virginia 6 3 9
Corner kicksWake Forest 1 2 3Virginia 1 3 4
SavesWake Forest 1 0 1Virginia 0 1 1
FoulsWake Forest 5 4 9Virginia 6 5 11
SCORING SUMMARY1. 58:09 UVA Gusick (12), assisted by Wood, in front of the net, pass from right2. 76:56 UVA Gusick (13), unassisted in front of the net