Nov. 8, 2001
Winston-Salem, N.C. – In a game with nearly an identical scenario as their regular season victory over Duke on Oct. 20, the UVa women’s soccer team defeated Duke 2-1 in the opening round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday afternoon, and will advance to face Florida State in the second round.
“It was everything we expected,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “Every game in the ACC is a difficult game. We knew it would be a tough game and it was.”
The teams battled to a scoreless first half, as Virginia outshot the Blue Devils 8-3.
The teams remained scoreless until the 51st minute, as Duke got on the board first, when Sarah Pickens scored an unassisted goal, her fourth of the season, on an open net goal, beating out goalkeeper Jodi Clugston. Not to be outdone, Lori Lindsey came right back, taking the ball in from Laura Gaworecki and connected on a shot 12 yards away, hitting the upper left corner of the net, as Duke’s only lead of the game lasted only 19 seconds. It was Lindsey’s ninth goal of the season, tying her career-high of nine set last year. For the second time in as many meetings, the two teams finished regulation deadlocked at 1-1. In their previous meeting, It was Virginia who scored first, followed by Duke tying the game later. Virginia outshot Duke 11-5 in the second half.
The Cavaliers continued to take a lot of shots, and connected on just their second shot of the overtime, a little over four minutes in as Erin Engelhardt scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway, hitting the ball into the left side of the net on an assist from Megan Leo. For Engelhardt, it’s her third goal of the season, second in the last three games. Ironically, Engelhardt assisted on Lindsay Gusick’s game-winning goal in overtime on Oct. 20. For Leo, it’s her third appearance of the season, and first career-point for the Miami, Fla., native.
“Erin (Engelhardt) made a great run,” Swanson added after the game. “She’s been doing that for us all throughout the second half of the season. There are really only a few players in the country who can beat defenders when they’re playing better defense. Erin is one of the few who can. She’s a real weapon for us. She’s been an impact player from day one.”
“We had been working on our forwards working together,” Engelhardt said. “I made the second run and Lindsey flicked it on. I just took the lane and focused on shooting low. We had talked about shooting low against a good goalkeeper like we were against today.”
Virginia’s game with Florida State is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The Cavaliers improve to 14-3-1 on the season, tying the school mark for third-highest win total in a single-season, while becoming the eighth team in Virginia history to record at least 14 wins in a season.
NOTES – Virginia is 10-6-5 against Duke, and has won four of the last five meetings over Duke, ending a two-game skid in postseason play … Gusick led the team with seven shots, all of them on goal … Lindsey and Engelhardt each had three, followed by Laura Gaworecki and Kelly Worden, who each had two … Lindsey matches her career-high of 21 points set last season, in 19 games played … Gaworecki sets a new career-high by picking up her twelfth point of the season.
BOX SCOREDuke 0 1 0 1Virginia 0 1 1 2
ShotsDuke 3 5 0 8Virginia 8 11 2 21
Corner kicksDuke 1 1 0 2Virginia 2 3 0 5
SavesDuke 3 7 1 11Virginia 0 3 0 3
FoulsDuke 7 5 0 12Virginia 3 9 0 12
SCORING SUMMARY1. 48:56 Duke Pickens (unassisted)2. 49:15 UVa Lindsey (unassisted)3. 94:14 UVa Engelhardt (Leo)