Nov. 3, 2004
CARY, NC – Third-year forward Kristen Weiss (Brecksville, Ohio) tied two ACC Tournament single game records as the Cavaliers downed Virginia Tech 8-0 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the SAS Soccer Park. Weiss tied records of three assists and seven points in the contest as the Cavaliers advanced to the ACC semifinals.
The Cavaliers (15-2-1), ranked fourth nationally and the tournament’s No. 2 seed, took control of the game early, striking first in the eighth minute. Weiss served a cross that Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.) headed in at the far post for a 1-0 UVa lead. Virginia struck again five minutes later when Weiss threaded a through ball to Lindsay Gusick (Livonia, Mich.), who blasted a shot inside the far post. Weiss scored the next Virginia goal in the 29th minute off a breakaway set up by Gusick. Hammond closed out the first half scoring with her second of the game, as she tapped in a cross by Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas).
The Cavalier offense continued that momentum in the second half. In the 66th minute Sarah Curtis (Yellow Springs, Ohio) was fouled in the box and Nikki Giunta (Ramsey, N.J.) converted the penalty kick for her first career goal. Giunta then picked up her first career assist eight minutes later when she found Gusick making a run in the box and Gusick took the pass and deposited it just inside the near post for her second goal of the game. Weiss recorded her second goal of the game in the 79th minute when Hammond found her making a run into the box and she blasted a shot to the far post. Weiss then tied the two ACC Tournament single game records with her third assist of the day on Curtis’ goal in the 82nd minute.
Overall, the Cavaliers outshot Virginia Tech 19-3 in the game, and had a 13-3 corner kick advantage. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) and Erin Lycan (Hixson, Tenn.) were in net for the Cavaliers, who posted their 13th shutout of the season. Mallory Soldner made four saves for Virginia Tech. The eight-goal margin of victory was the Cavaliers’ largest since a 9-0 win over Wake Forest in 1994.
“I was obviously pleased with this result,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “I thought we came out well and was glad to get an early goal to set the tempo. I think when we got the second goal it made them chase the game and that was to our advantage.”
The Cavaliers advance to Friday night’s semifinals where they will play either Florida State or Clemson. Game time is 5:00 p.m.
No. 4 Virginia 8, Virginia Tech 0
|Virginia Tech (11-8-0)||0||0||0|
|#4 Virginia (15-2-1)||4||4||8|
1. UVa. Hammond (Weiss) 7:06
2. UVa. Gusick (Weiss) 12:25
3. UVa. Weiss (Gusick) 28:26
4. UVa. Hammond (Huffman) 37:00
5. UVa. Giunta (PK) 65:30
6. UVa. Gusick (Giunta) 73:24
7. UVa. Weiss (Hammond) 78:59
8. UVa. Curtis (Weiss) 81:54
Shots: UVa 19, VT 3
Corner Kicks: UVa 13, VT 3
Saves: UVa 1, VT 4
Fouls: UVa 10, VT 13
Weather: 71 degrees, overcast, humid