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Oct. 5, 2006

Box Score

The University of Virginia field hockey team used a balanced scoring attack and held the University of the Pacific without a field shot in the second half to defeat the Tigers 4-2 tonight in Charlottesville. No. 9 Virginia (9-4) scored in the third minute of the game to take the early lead, and then responded with three consecutive goals, including two in a span of two minutes in the second half, to hold back the visitors.

An Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn free hit bounced out to Abby Taylor in the opening minutes of play, and Taylor’s shot from the top of the circle was saved by Pacific’s Kelly Miller. The loose ball was picked up by Liz Hiltz and after her initial shot was saved by Miller, was able to stick the ball in the goal in the third minute of play to take the early lead. Virginia was able to defend Pacific’s first corner, and the Tigers almost pulled even as Jennifer Chaney was able to get up on a breakaway and pull around the keeper, but her shot was knocked off the line by Biffy Cornelison. Pacific was able to draw a second successive corner, however. On the second corner, the variation to the right was sent back over to the left, where Brianne Martinez sent the ball to the far post for a goal in the 16th minute, equalizing the game.

The Cavaliers answered right back, gaining field space and a long corner to the right of the cage. Taylor sent the ball into the circle where Traci Ragukas collected it and sent it to the boards for a 2-1 lead. Virginia almost added to their lead when consecutive shots rang off the post to the right of Miller and then off the crossbar, but both failed to cross the plane and the Hoos held a 2-1 lead at the break.

Despite two early short corners, Virginia was not able to add to their lead until Mia Link stole the ball above the 25, entered the circle, pulled right, and scored in the 55th minute for a 3-1 lead. Minutes later Sara Confer notched her second career goal as she stole a ball on a clearing attempt, penetrated the circle, and rocketed off a shot in the 57th minute that found the boards. Pacific answered right back with an attack right off the centre possession, drawing a short corner in the first minute. The variation to the left was saved but it came back out to Campos, who buried her own rebound with a reverse stick shot for a goal in the 59th minute of play. Pacific was almost able to pull within one as Campos’ low drag flick was saved by Kaars Sijpesteijn in the final minutes of play, keeping the final score at 4-2.

The Cavaliers return to action on Wednesday as they travel to James Madison on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Game time against the Dukes is 6:00.

Linescore	1	2	F	recordsPacific		1	1	2	(6-6)Virginia	2	2	4	(9-4)

Scoring summary:3′ (2:11) : UVa, fg, Hiltz16′ (15:26): UoP, pc, Brianne Martinez19′ (18:05): UVa, fg, Ragukas (Taylor)55′ (54:14): UVa, fg, Link57′ (56:09): UVa, fg, Confer59′ (58:18): UoP, pc, Campos

Keepers: VA: Katherine Blair (70 mins, 2 saves, 2 GA) UoP: Kelly Miller (70 mins, 4 saves, 4 GA)

Shots: VA 13, UoP 9Short corners: VA 4, UoP 4Defensive saves: VA 2 (Kaars Sijpesteijn, Cornelison)

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