Aug. 31, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 6 Virginia women’s soccer team opened up the 2002 campaign with a 7-0 win over Saint Joseph’s Saturday night at Kl?ckner Stadium. It was the largest margin of victory for the Cavaliers in a season opener, as they won their sixth straight home game, dating back to last season.
The Cavaliers (1-0) used a first half explosion of six goals to take a 6-0 lead into the break. Last season’s leading scorer Lindsay Gusick (Livonia, Mich.) opened the scoring on the year as her volley of a Gillian Hatch (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) pass found the back of the net 4:23 into the contest. Virginia made the score 2-0 when Kelly Worden (Spring, Texas) converted a penalty kick at 15:46. Sixteen minutes later, Kristen Weiss (Brecksville, Ohio), in her first collegiate game, dribbled to the top of the 18 yard box and fired a shot just under the crossbar for her first collegiate goal. In the 32nd minute, Sarah Lane (Wheaton, Ill.) made the score 4-0 as her long run into the penalty area resulted in a goal from 15 yards out. Lane added a second goal seven minutes later as Alyssa Benitez (Lake Mary, Fla.) passed a ball into open space inside the penalty area that Lane one-timed into the net. Benitez closed the first half scoring with three seconds remaining in the period when she was tripped in the penalty area and converted the resulting kick. Overall, the Cavaliers outshot the Hawks 21-0 in the first half.
The Cavaliers added one more goal in the second half, as Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.) dribbled into the box and placed a shot into the far lower corner for her first career goal.
For the game, the Cavaliers outshot the Hawks 35-2 in the contest. Anne Abernethy (Atlanta, Ga.) recorded the shutout in goal for Virginia while Christy Ganc made eight saves at the other end for Saint Josephs’s.
Virginia will return to action next weekend as they travel to Los Angeles for the UCLA Tournament. Friday, the Cavaliers will face the third-ranked host Bruins of UCLA and on Sunday play another Pac-10 foe, Southern California.
|Saint Joseph’s (0-1)||0||0||0|
|#6 Virginia (1-0)||6||1||7|
Gusick (Hatch) 4:23Worden (PK) 15:46Weiss 21:55Lane 31:14Lane (Benitez) 41:00Benitez (PK) 44:57Keselica 85:55
Shots: UVa 35, SJU 2Corners: UVa 10, SJU 0Saves: UVa 0, SJU 8Fouls: UVa 8, SJU 3Offsides: UVa 1, SJU 1Attendance: 905