Oct. 5, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss Thursday night to No. 2 North Carolina before 1,709 fans on a rain soaked night at Klockner Stadium. The Tar Heels used two first half goals to down the Cavaliers, extending their winning streak to 13 straight.
“We played well enough to get a result tonight,” Virginia head coach Steve Swanson said. “I am proud of our team. We rebounded well after a disappointing result at Miami Sunday. Sometimes in this sport the scoreline doesn’t do the game justice. People who saw this game know what type of game this was.”
In the first half of play, the Tar Heels took the lead in the 23rd minute of play. Elizabeth Guess sent a through ball to Whitney Engen, who beat Cavalier keeper Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) to the ball, dribbled past her, and placed the shot into the net. Ten minutes later, North Carolina added their second goal. Jessica Maxwell served a free kick from near midfield into the box, where it was flicked on by Yael Averbuch to Ali Hawkins, who headed in the shot.
“I thought the first goal put us back a little,” Swanson said. “The second goal would have knocked most teams out of it. I thought we did a good job of coming back and getting chances to get back into the game.”
In the second half, the Cavaliers had the better of the play, outshooting North Carolina 7-4 after intermission. However, Virginia could not convert any of those chances as the game ended 2-0.
“I thought Virginia totally outplayed us in the second half,” North Carolina head coach Anson Dorrance said. “To be completely honest, I thought the just result of this game should have been a tie. I thought we did some good things in the first half. Virginia did some good things in the second. Obviously in a game like soccer, you never know what’s going to happen, but I just felt like we were able to score in our half and Virginia wasn’t able to in its.”
Virginia outshot North Carolina 8-7 in the game with the Tar Heels having a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. In goal, de Vries made one save for Virginia, while Anna Rodenbough made three for North Carolina.
The Cavaliers travel to Clemson on Sunday for their next game. Game time at Historic Riggs Field is 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast online by ACCSelect.
No. 2 North Carolina 2, No. 12 Virginia 0
#2 North Carolina (13-1-0, 5-0-0) 2 0 2#12 Virginia (7-4-2, 2-2-1) 0 0 0
Scoring Summary:1. UNC. Engen, 4 (Guess) 23’2. UNC. Hawkins, 3 (Averbuch, Maxwell) 33′
Stats UVa UNCShots: 8 7Corners: 3 4Saves: 2 3Fouls: 5 1
Attendance: 1709Weather: 65 degrees, rain, heavy at times
Game Notes: The crowd of 1,709 was the third largest women’s soccer crowd at Klockner Stadium … the North Carolina goals were the first 1st half goals allowed by Virginia this season … the game was the first time this season the Cavaliers have allowed multiple goals in a game … the Cavaliers have been shutout for three consecutive games, the first time that has happened since 1995, when UVa was shutout in its final four games of the season.