Aug. 25, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer team kicked off its 2006 season Friday night with a 6-0 win over Syracuse at Klöckner Stadium. Freshman Caitlin Miskel (Boca Raton, Fla.) had two goals and an assist in her collegiate debut to pace the Cavaliers, while senior Kara Frederick (Woodbridge, Va.) added two goals as well.
“We did some really good things tonight,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “We moved the ball well at times, made some runs, and got in behind their defense. It was good to get some goals, which will give us some confidence moving forward.”
The Cavaliers (1-0-0) opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Miskel delivered a cross to the middle of the box that Kelly Quinn (Dublin, Ohio) played to Jen Redmond (Morristown, N.J.). Redmond one-timed the pass into the net from 15 yards out. Two minutes later, Frederick made the score 2-0 as she dribbled through several Orange defenders and fired a shot from 25 yards just inside the far post. In the 23rd minute, Miskel scored her first collegiate goal as she one-timed a cross from Alex Singer (Rye, N.Y.) into the net. Nikki Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) closed out the first half scoring in the 28th minute as she scored after Sarah Curtis (Yellow Springs, Ohio) flicked to her a cross from Amanda Stewart (West Chester, Pa.).
In the second half, Miskel tallied her second goal of the night as she half-volleyed a Redmond cross into the net from the middle of the box. Frederick’s second goal closed out the scoring in the 69th minute. After Orange keeper Candice Hofmann saved Frederick’s breakaway shot, Frederick beat her to the rebound and scored.
Virginia outshot Syracuse 19-0 in the contest, marking the third time in the past two years that the Cavaliers have held an opponent without a shot. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) and Celeste Miles (Garland, Texas) were in goal for Virginia, which posted a shutout in the season opener for the seventh consecutive season. Hofmann made six saves for Syracuse.
“We can’t get carried away, it is only the first game of the season,” Swanson said. “We are happy with the win, but we know that we still have the whole season in front of us.”
Virginia returns to action on Sunday, August 27 as its hosts Liberty. Game time is 5 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s match against UC-Santa Barbara at 7:30 p.m.
#7 Virginia 6, Syracuse 0
Syracuse (0-1-0) 0 0 0#7 Virginia (1-0-0) 4 2 6
Scoring Summary1. UVa. Redmond, 1 (Quinn, Miskel) 16’2. UVa. Frederick, 1 (unassisted) 18’3. UVa. Miskel, 1 (Singer) 23’4. UVa. Lieb, 1 (Curtis, Stewart) 28’5. UVa. Miskel, 2 (Redmond) 57’6. UVa. Frederick, 2 (unassisted) 69′
Caution Summarynone UVa SyrShots: 19 0Corners: 7 1Saves: 0 6Fouls: 7 9
Weather: 94 degrees, mostly sunnyAttendance: 824
Game Notes: The win marks the second consecutive season that the Cavaliers have won their season opener 6-0, defeating Rhode Island by the same score in last year’s season opener … the Cavaliers are now 7-0-0 in season openers in the Swanson era, outscoring opponents 30-0 in those games … Frederick’s first goal of the night was the 1,000th goal in the history of the program … three players, Miskel, Lieb, and Stewart recorded their first collegiate points in the game … Miskel’s five points (two goals, one assist) in the opener is the most by a Cavalier freshman in her first collegiate game since at least 1990.