Sept. 15, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 10 Virginia women’s soccer team used two second half goals to down Dartmouth 3-1 in Sunday’s play at the Virginia Soccer Classic. The win evens the Cavaliers’ record to 2-2-1 on the season.
The Cavaliers attacked the Big Green early and finally took the 1-0 in the 36th minute as Kristen Weiss (Brecksville, Ohio) tapped a Gillian Hatch (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) through ball past the Dartmouth keeper into the vacated net. Virginia would take that 1-0 advantage to halftime, after outshooting Dartmouth 9-3 in the first half.
The Big Green would rally in the second half as Laura Ashley’s breakaway in the 57th minute would produce the tying goal. Virginia would retake the lead in the 71st minute when Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.) dropped a pass back to the top of the penalty box to Meredith Rhodes (Falls Church, Va.) who one-timed it into the net for the eventual game-winner. Darci Borski (Philadelphia, Pa.) would seal the victory with her goal in the 89th minute on a breakaway with Sarah Lane (Wheaton, Ill.)
“Dartmouth is a difficult team to play and I am happy to get a result,” stated Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “Their back line is aggressive and I thought we did a good job of getting balls behind them to stretch them defensively.”
Anne Abernethy (Atlanta, Ga.) made three saves in net for Virginia while Julia Shields and Anne Marberger made two and three saves respectively for the Big Green. Overall, the Cavaliers outshot the Big Green 20-8 and had 13 corners to Dartmouth’s one.
Virginia will return to action this weekend as they travel to the William & Mary Nike Tribe Invitational. The Cavaliers will play George Mason Friday night before meeting the host Tribe Sunday afternoon.
Shots: UVa 20, DU 8Corners: UVa 13, DU 1Saves: UVa 3, DU 7Fouls: UVa 8, DU 9Attendance: 593