Nov. 12, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Third-year midfielder Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.) had a record setting night as the No. 3 seeded Virginia women’s soccer team downed James Madison 6-0 in a NCAA Tournament first round game on a rainy night at Klockner Stadium. Hammond had three goals and an assist, tying the school and NCAA Tournament NCAA records for goals and points in a game.
The Cavaliers (17-2-2) took control of the game early. Hammond notched her first goal of the game in the 14th minute when she intercepted a JMU clearance of a corner kick and blasted a shot into the upper corner from 18 yards out. Although the Cavaliers outshot the Dukes 14-1 in the first half, the score remained 1-0 at the break.
The Virginia offense exploded for five goals after halftime. Hammond scored her second of the contest in the 53rd minute when a cross into the box was fumbled by the James Madison keeper in the wet conditions and Hammond pounced on the rebound and placed it in the vacated net. In the 73rd minute, Hammond completed the first hat trick by a Cavalier in three years when Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas) threaded a through ball into her run and Hammond launched a shot from 20 yards out that hit the under side of the cross bar and fell down into the net. The last Cavalier to have a hat trick was Lindsay Gusick, who scored three times in a 4-0 win over Cincinnati in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. Hammond added an assist less than a minute later when she found Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.) making a run into the box and Keselica fired a shot off the right post and in. In the 86th minute, Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) made the score 5-0 when she intercepted a pass in the offensive zone, dribbled to 15 yards out and fired one inside the far post. Julia Falk (Clifton, Va.) closed out the scoring in the 88th minute with her first career goal.
Overall, Virginia outshot James Madison 24-1 in the game and had a 12-2 corner kick advantage. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) did not need to make a save to post her 13th shutout of the season. Jessica Hussey made seven saves for the Dukes.
“I thought we played well overall, especially for the conditions,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “We didn’t finish well in the first half and part of that is due to the play of their goalkeeper who made some terrific saves. I was pleased with our focus coming off of last weekend and hopefully we can keep the momentum going on Sunday.”
The Cavaliers will meet ACC rival Duke in the second round on Sunday, 1:00 p.m. at Klockner Stadium. The Blue Devils downed VCU 2-1 in the second game of the evening.
No. 3 seed Virginia 6, James Madison 0
|James Madison (11-8-3)||0||0||0|
|#3 Virginia (17-2-2)||1||5||6|
1. UVa. Hammond (unassisted) 13:49
2. UVa. Hammond (unassisted) 52:40
3. UVa. Hammond (Huffman) 72:26
4. UVa. Keselica (Hammond) 73:12
5. UVa. Foley (unassisted) 85:50
6. UVa. Falk (Gusick, Bunch) 87:29
Shots: UVa 24, JMU 1
Corner Kicks: UVa 12, JMU 2
Saves: UVa 0, JMU 8
Fouls: UVa 6, JMU 7
Weather: 45 degrees, light rain