Sept. 22, 2002
WILLIAMSBURG, VA – The No. 16 Virginia women’s soccer team won the William & Mary Nike Tribe Invitational with a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory over the host tribe on Sunday. For the Cavaliers (4-2-1), it was their second win over an intrastate foe on the weekend, after downing George Mason 2-0 on Friday.
The two teams battled hard in a first half filled with play in the midfield and few scoring chances. After the scoreless first half, the Cavaliers took the lead at 67:26 as freshman Kara Frederick (Woodbridge, Va.) scored her first career goal as she headed a Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.) cross into the net. However, the Tribe would equalize quickly as William & Mary’s Taline Tomassian scored just 50 seconds later. The teams would exchange scoring chances the rest of the second half, but neither could capitalize.
The Cavaliers took control of the play in the first overtime, outshooting the Tribe 4-1 in the period, but could not score. The second overtime was again played mostly in the Virginia offensive third of the field, but it was a full field play with 1:21 left in the second overtime as goalkeeper Anne Abernethy (Atlanta, Ga.) delivered a ball up the left sideline that was headed into open space by senior Darci Borski (Philadelphia, Pa.). The ball went right into the run of freshman Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.) who scored the breakaway game-winner.
“Whenever we play in-state teams, especially William & Mary, we know it is going to be a tough, physical game,” stated Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “I thought we took advantage of our depth and fitness late in regulation and in overtime and that led to the goal. I was pleased that we had a lot of players come off the bench and give us quality play today.”
Overall, the Cavaliers outshot the Tribe 20-8 in the contest and 11 corners to William & Mary’s five. Abernethy made three saves in net for Virginia while Nikki Villott made five for the Tribe.
The Cavaliers return home Wednesday as they host Temple at 7:00 p.m. at Kl?ckner Stadium.
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Scoring1. UVa. Frederick (Hammond) 67:262. W&M Tomassian 68:163. UVa. Keselica (Borski, Abernethy) 108:39
Shots: UVa. 20, W&M 8Corners: UVa. 11, W&M 5Saves: UVa. 3, W&M 5Fouls: UVa. 13, W&M 12Attendance: 350