Nov. 24, 2002
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – The 2002 Virginia women’s soccer season came to an end on Sunday, as the Cavaliers fell 3-0 to Penn State in a NCAA Tournament third round game at Jeffrey Field. After advancing to the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth consecutive year, the Cavaliers finish the season at 13-7-2
After an even first 20 minutes of play, the Nittany Lions struck first as Joanna Lohman’s through ball found Heidi Drummond who chipped the ball into the net from 20 yards out for a 1-0 Penn State lead. Penn State would extend their lead to 2-0 six minutes later when Joanna Lohman converted off a rebound of a corner kick. That would close out the first half scoring, as the Cavaliers faced their largest halftime deficit of the season.
The Cavaliers would try to mount a comeback in the second half, but Penn State would answer by taking a 3-0 lead in the 72nd minute as Stephanie Smith’s shot off the post went to Drummond who scored on the rebound. That was all Penn State would need, as they secured their 3-0 victory.
“It was a tough game against a strong team,” stated Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “In these type of games, the first goal is so critical. They got that first goal and then did a good job of preventing us from moving the ball to generate offense.”
Overall, the Nittany Lions outshot Virginia15-8. Anne Abernethy (Atlanta, Ga.) made four saves in net for the Cavaliers while Amanda Brown made five to record the Penn State shutout.
It was the final game for Cavalier seniors Alyssa Benitez (Lake Mary, Fla.), Darci Borski (Philadelphia, Pa.), Meredith Rhodes (Falls Church, Va.), and Kelly Worden (Spring, Texas). Virginia has 19 players on their roster with eligibility remaining.
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1. PSU. Drummond (Lohman) 20:252. PSU. Lohman 27:053. PSU. Drummond (Smith) 71:55
Shots: UVa 8, PSU 15Corners: UVa 3, PSU 5Saves: UVa 4, PSU 5Fouls: UVa 10, PSU 8