Nov. 13, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer team advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 win over Tennessee Sunday afternoon at Klockner Stadium. Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio) scored two goals and Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.) had two assists for the Cavaliers, who improved to 17-5-1 on the season.
Virginia came out strong and had the better of the chances in the early part of the game. The Cavaliers got on the scoreboard in the 38th minute as Rostedt scored her first goal of the game. Keselica sent a through ball in behind the Lady Vol defense. Rostedt beat Tennessee goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart to the ball, dribbled around her and placed the ball in the vacated net. Virginia took that 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Cavaliers were able to extend their lead to 2-0 less than three minutes after the break. Rostedt once again beat Phillips-Bosshart to a ball in the box, dribbled around her and scored. Virginia added another score in the 58th minute. Keselica played a ball back to Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) at the corner of the box. Foley sent a cross to the front of the net that missed everyone making runs in the box and the ball rolled just inside the far post for her second goal of the year.
Overall, the Cavaliers had a 14-7 shot advantage in the game. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) made four saves to record her tenth shutout of the season. The shutout was the Cavaliers’ 14th of the season as a team, tying the school record set last season. Phillips-Bosshart made four saves for the Lady Vols, who finish their season with a 15-6-2 record.
Virginia advances to the round of 16 for the first time in three seasons. In each of the past two years the Cavaliers had been upset at home in the second round (by Villanova in 2003 and Duke in 2004). The win also avenges the Cavaliers lone loss at home this season, a 1-0 win by Tennessee on September 9.
“Today was a tremendous effort by our team,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “I was pleased with our play from start to finish, we weren’t going to be denied. Tennessee is a terrific defensive team and to score three goals on them is a great performance by our team. I am confident in how we are playing and think we are peaking at the right time of the season.”
Virginia will host the winner of USC and Cal State Fullerton in the round of 16 next weekend.
1. UVa. Rostedt, 10 (Keselica) 37:18
2. UVa. Rostedt, 11 (Huffman) 47:56
3. UVa. Foley, 2 (Keselica) 57:20
Shots: UVa 14, UT 7
Corners: UVa 2, UT 4
Saves: UVa 4, UT 4
Fouls: UVa 14, UT 4