Nov. 10, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Virginia women’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 victory over No. 9 ranked West Virginia Friday night at Spry Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest. Julia Falk (Clifton, Va.) and Nikki Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) scored second half goals for the Cavaliers, who advance to play Wake Forest on Sunday.
“I thought we had done a good job of possessing towards the end of the first half, and that carried into the start of the second half,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “The difference in the second half was that we took advantage of our chances. Julia finished hers well, and that first goal settled us down. I was pleased to see that we kept pushing for a second one, and we are able to get it.”
The teams played a scoreless first half. The Cavaliers had the better of the chances before intermission, and nearly took the lead in the 21st minute of play, as Jess Rostedt fired a shot off the crossbar.
In the second half, the Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute. Kristen Weiss (Brecksville, Ohio) hit a cross toward the near post that Falk headed past the Mountaineer keeper for her second goal of the season. In the 73rd minute, the Cavaliers added a second goal as Lieb corralled a Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.) throw-in at the 6-yard box, turned, and poked a shot into the net for her second goal of the season. Those two goals were enough, as the Cavaliers shutout the Mountaineers, the nation’s tenth highest scoring team (2.75 gpg).
Virginia (11-7-2) outshot West Virginia (14-4-3) 11-8 in the contest, as each team had three corner kicks. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif,) made four saves to record her seventh shutout of the season, and 30th shutout of her career. Lana Bannerman made three saves for the Mountaineers.
The Cavaliers will meet Wake Forest in a second round game Sunday. Game time at Spry Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
Virginia 2, #9 West Virginia 0
Virginia (11-7-2) 0 2 2#9 West Virginia (14-4-3) 0 0 0
Scoring Summary1. UVa. Falk, 2 (Weiss) 50’2. UVa. Lieb 2 (Krzysik) 73′
UVa WVUShots: 11 8Corners: 3 3Saves: 4 3Fouls: 7 15
Weather: 75 degrees, clear
Game Notes: Falk has now scored three of her four career goals in NCAA Tournament games … the Cavaliers have now advanced out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament in every year since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 2001 … the win was Virginia’s fourth ever NCAA Tournament win away from Charlottesville … the 30th shutout of de Vries’ career makes her just the fourth goalkeeper in ACC history to reach the 30 shutout mark … the game was a rematch of a regular season game between the schools, which ended in a 1-1 tie … Virginia has posted a shutout in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the past three seasons.