Oct. 12, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer team captured its second consecutive win, defeating Virginia Tech 2-1 Thursday night at Klockner Stadium. Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio) had a goal an assist to lead the Cavaliers, who improved to 9-4-2 on the season, 4-2-1 in the ACC.
“This was very much the type of game we expected,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “They were very organized and didn’t give us a lot of room to operate offensively. I thought we did a good job of coming out strong in the first 15-20 minutes of the second half and get the goals we needed.”
The teams played a scoreless first half of play with the Cavaliers outshooting the Hokies (5-7-2, 1-5-1) 4-2 before the break. The Cavaliers broke through in the 52nd minute on a piece of individual brilliance by Rostedt. She collected the ball in front of the Virginia bench, then dribbled around several Hokie defenders into the box before firing a shot from 10 yards out into the net for the game’s first goal. Five minutes later, the Cavaliers struck again, as Rostedt set up a goal by Kristen Weiss (Brecksville, Ohio). Rostedt sent a cross behind the Hokie defense to a streaking Weiss. Weiss collected the ball at the corner of the box, cut inside and fired a shot inside the far post to give Virginia a 2-0 lead. The Hokies spoiled Cavalier shutout bid in the 88th minute, when Emily Jukich collected a long ball from Julian Johnson at the penalty spot and placed a shot into the corner of the net for the Hokies’ goal.
The Cavaliers outshot Virginia Tech 12-5 in the game and had a 3-0 corner kick advantage. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) made two saves in net for the Cavaliers. Mallory Soldner and Ashley Owens shared goalkeeping duties for the Hokies, recording two and four saves respectively.
The win was also the 200th career win for Swanson, who becomes the 25th Division I women’s soccer coach to reach the plateau. It was the 97th win for Swanson at Virginia, who also coached at Stanford and Dartmouth.
“I have been blessed to have coached at three wonderful institutions,” Swanson said of the milestone win. “The number (200) is a reflection of the amazing players and terrific assistant coaches I have been fortunate enough to have worked with in my career. I guess it also means I am getting older too.”
With the victory, the Cavaliers earned a point in the Commonwealth Challenge, presented by Comcast. Virginia now leads the all-sports competition between the Cavaliers and Hokies 1.5-0.5. The next game in the Commonwealth Challenge will be October 20, when the Cavalier men’s soccer team travels to Blacksburg.
Virginia will have eight days to prepare for its next game, October 20 when Boaton College visits Charlottesville., Game time at Klockner Stadium is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be the final home game of the regular season for the Cavaliers, as the team will honor the senior class prior to the game.
#14 Virginia 2, Virginia Tech 1
Virginia Tech (5-7-2, 1-5-1) 0 1 1#14 Virginia (9-4-2, 4-2-1) 0 2 2
Scoring Summary1. UVa. Rostedt, 6 (unassisted) 52’2. UVa. Weiss, 3 (Rostedt) 57’3. VT. Jukich, 7 (Johnson) 88′
UVa VTShots: 12 5Corners: 3 0Saves: 2 6Fouls: 9 10
Weather: 60 degrees, partly cloudy, windyAttendance: 682
Game Notes: The Cavaliers extended their winning streak against in-state opponents to 14 games … the Cavaliers have outscored their opponents 57-1 in those games … Jukich’s goal snapped the Cavaliers’ shutout streak against intrastate foes at 1,320 minutes, dating back to 2003 … Virginia is now 11-0-0 all-time against the Hokies.