Nov. 15, 2002
MORGANTOWN, WV – The Virginia women’s soccer team used three second half goals to rally for a 3-2 win over Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Mountaineer Soccer Complex. The Cavaliers advance to Sunday’s second round while handing the Flyers their first ever first round exit from the NCAA Tournament.
In the first half, both teams had several good scoring chances. The Cavaliers dominated the possesion and created several scoring opportunities with their passing. The Flyers had several chances on the counter-attack, but neither team could convert and the game went to halftime scoreless. In the first half, Virginia had a 12-4 advantage in shots.
In the second half, the Flyers scored first in the 53rd minute as a Dayton counter-attack produced a ball to Beth McHugh who chipped the ball into the net from 20 yards out to give Dayton the lead. The Cavaliers would rally to tie the game quickly. Three minutes later after the Cavaliers had several chances at the goal, Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas) one-timed a rebound from 30 yards out off the left post and in the tie the game. In the 58th minute Virginia took the lead as Lindsay Gusick (Livonia, Mich.) sent a through pass to Darci Borski (Philadelphia, Pa.). The senior beat the last Dayton defender and sent a shot just past the far post to give the Cavaliers a 2-1 advantage. The same duo struck again in the 65th minute as Borski found a Gusick run on the right side. Gusick made a move at the corner of the six yard box and blasted a shot to the far post for Virginia’s third goal. The Cavaliers held that two-goal advantage until the 87th minute when Tesia Kozlowski blasted a shot from 40 yards that found its way into the net to cut the lead in half.
“I was pleased with how we rallied after falling behind,” stated Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “We played some good soccer in the second half and hopefully we continue our strong play on Sunday.”
Overall, Virginia outshot Dayton 21-11 in the contest. Anne Abernethy (Atlanta, Ga.) made five saves in net for the Cavaliers while Stephanie Weisenfeld made eight for Dayton.
Virginia will play the winner of the West Virginia Sunday at 1:00 p.m in second round action. The Mountaineers, the tournament’s No. 5 seed defeated Virginia 2-1 on Sept. 13 in a regular season match at Klockner Stadium.
Virginia (12-6-2) 0 3 3
1. UD McHugh (Brown, Lowstuter) 52:362. UVa Huffman 54:243. UVa Borski (Gusick) 58:064. UVa Gusick (Borski) 64:385. UD Kozlowski 86:42
Shots: UVa 21, UD 11Corner Kicks: UVa 5, UD 1Saves: UVa 5, UD 8Fouls: UVa 8, UD 11Attendance: 216