Sept. 25, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE – In their final match before the start of the ACC season this weekend, the No. 16 Virginia women’s soccer team had one of their biggest offensive nights in years. An eight goal output, the most by a Cavalier team since 1995, was more than enough as Virginia topped Temple 8-1 Wednesday night at Kl?ckner Stadium.
The offense came early for the Cavaliers as senior Darci Borski (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored two goals in the first 18 minutes on her hometown school on assists from Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.) and Meredith Rhodes (Falls Church, Va.). Fellow senior Alyssa Benitez (Lake Mary, Fla.) made it 3-0 in the 19th minute on a breakaway goal assisted by Katie Bunch (St. Louis, Mo.). Sophomore Jessica Trainor (Sparta, N.J.) scored her first goal of the year in the 33rd minute as she volleyed a Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.) pass into the net. Freshman Julie Napolitano (Ellicot City, Md.) closed out the first half scoring with her goal in the 44th minute. In the half, the Cavaliers outshot the Owls 21-1.
The second half began much like the first ended as Kara Frederick (Woodbridge, Va.) volleyed another sharp pass from Keselica for the Cavaliers’ sixth goal just 1:16 after the break. The Owls would counter in the 51st minute as Stephanie Vietry put home a through pass from Courtney Eaton. The Cavaliers would extend the lead back to six in the 62nd minute as benitez scored her second of the night, and team-leading fifth of the season on a breakaway set up by Frederick. Keselica closed out the scoring in the 80th minute with her breakaway goal from Rhodes.
“The game plan was the press them early and put some pressure on them,” stated Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “I think we did some good things tonight but we were a little impatient at times. We are a young team that is just trying to improve our play every game.”
The Cavaliers’ eight goals was the most since an 8-1 win over UMBC in 1995. Anne Abernethy (Atlanta, Ga.) made one save while shutting out Temple in the first half while Erin Lycan made one save for Virginia in the second half. Jackie Mauro made 12 saves in net for Temple. Overall, the Cavaliers outshot Temple 30-6.
The Cavaliers will open the ACC season at home Saturday night as they host Clemson at 5:00 p.m. The game is the first part of a doubleheader of soccer action at Kl?ckner Stadium as the Cavalier men will play NC State afterwards.
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1. UVa Borski (Hammond) 11:442. UVa Borski (Rhodes) 17:583. UVa Benitez (Bunch) 18:514. UVa Trainor (Keselica) 32:265. UVa Napolitano 43:176. UVa Frederick (Kesleica) 46:167. TU. S. Vietry (Eaton) 50:098. UVa Benitez (Frederick) 61:589. UVa Keselica (Rhodes) 79:24
Shots: UVa. 30, TU 6Corners: UVa. 4, TU 1Saves: UVa. 2, TU 12Fouls: UVa. 9, TU 14Attendance: 601